Saturday, July 26, 2008

Science writer tackles comedy? That's a good one!

Jim Holt, a science writer, wrote Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes, which came out earlier this month. So far, it's gotten a four-star rating from reviewers at Amazon, and the Publisher's Weekly review is mostly complimentary - guess I'll have to check it out!

Wired Magazine had a little interview with him in their July issue, which reminded me a bit of the interview we did with Danna Young from the Annenberg School of Communication back in 2004. Seems that Holt's dissecting jokes in a similar way to how Young dissected late-night satire, except on a much longer-term scale.
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