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Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor

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Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor Offers an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor Reveals how standard theories of humor fail to explain its true nature and actually support traditional prejudices against humor as being ...more
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published September 28th 2009 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 2009)
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Nikola Novaković
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Provides a very brief and superficial look at the study of humour, as well as some simple reasons for why humour is useful. It has very little to do with philosophy and calling it comprehensive is frankly ridiculous, as the meat of the text itself is under 200 pages long.
Sjef van Gaalen
May 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Yes, its the lowest rating Ive ever given a book on Goodreads, so I feel that I should elaborate.

Consider a point deducted for each of the following:
- Consistent inability to spell Bill Mahers name correctly.
- Discussing whether brains in vats, disembodied gods, aliens and nerve damaged humans can be amused, and managing to make it not funny.
- Claiming that standup comedians generally dont work from a set but just wing it.
- Equating a fake laugh to a real one for the sake of social graces.

Dylan Cook
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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The fact that I forgot that I read this book is a good indicator of its mediocrity. Morreall ultimately develops some interesting thoughts throughout the book, but it's bogged down by a lot of unnecessary details.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely loved this book. I assigned it for my summer course and it was definitely an excellent read that was a nice blend of philosophy, humor theory, and understandable language that made the groundings of humor accessible to almost any level of college student. The reason for the 4/5 stars is simply that at times it got a little dry and tried to give us too much breadth. Still a great foundation!
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This began well with a look at the history of philosophy on humour. Unfortunately it degenerated on just insisting that humour is good and should be taken "more seriously", which is not quite enough to get my attention. Of course it is a good statement but I was hoping for deeper analysis than just "some say humour is irresponsible, I say it is not so all the time".
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, humor
This book is exactly what it says it is on the cover: A philosophical treatise on humor and comedy.

If you are the type of person who is really into analyzing jokes, wondering how they're creative, and their larger roles in society, you'll like this book a lot.

If you are looking for a quick and funny read, you won't. Don't be misled, this is book _about_ comedy, it's not a comedic work.
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