National Humor Month was founded in 1976 by best-selling humorist Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor (www.larrywilde.com). Wilde writes, "It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one's life." He points out that April's unpredictable weather, combined with April 15, can make this a trying month. And, of course, it kicks off with April Fool's Day and its "licensed frivolity." Get frivolous with one of our funny finds for this week.
"Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial" by Nicole Hollander. 2007.
Hollander is the creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon strip Sylvia. Tales is a laugh-out-loud, irreverent look at being an older woman in America. If the age of 60 is the new 40, it's time to get creative. Her hilarious anecdotes explore friendship, online dating, sex, menopause, health, marriage and more. Then there are the lost keys, lost glasses, buying books you have already read and wishing for a fairy godmother to organize your life and get you out of bed in the morning. A dose of Hollander's wit and wisdom is what every woman needs. - Anna Smith
"The Everything Kid's Joke Book: Side-Splitting, Rib-Tickling Fun!" by Michael Dahl. 2001.
Larry: Is there any tapioca pudding on the menu?
Waiter: There was, but I wiped it off.
This and many other jokes, puns, gags, puzzles and more are included in this silly book. There are sections with advice on how to tell jokes, sight gags, inside information from some of the world's greatest comedians and a glossary of words. Read, laugh and be more funny! - Joyce Read
The novels of Christopher Moore - Moore's "You Suck: A Love Story" was my introduction to this zany writer who fits on the same shelves as Tom Robbins, Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut. From this vampire romance, I moved on to "Fluke," which explores humpback whales and their surprising "Bite Me" tattoos. "Coyote Blue" introduces Sam Hunts Alone, an insurance agent whose encounter with Coyote is hilariously and poignantly life-changing. I'm looking forward to "Lamb," a biography of Jesus by his best friend, and the rest of the Moore oeuvre. As a friend of mine once said, you can't beat fun for having a good time. - Sharon Seymour
"How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (or Just in Your Class)" by Jay Leno. 2005.
The first chapter of this book is entitled Comedy 101 and is a short biography of how Jay Leno got started in his life as a comedian. The rest is an upbeat collection of original jokes and puns and bits of advice from the funnyman. So, What kind of monsters make honey? Zom-bees! Come on! Where's your sense of Yuma! - Joyce Read
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