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Laughter: Home

It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. There have been many studies that show laughter can help reduce stress. If nothing else, laughter can improve your mood! Check out one of these books today and start off the year with a positive mood

E-Books

 

Life, love and laughter: 50 Short Stories / S.L. Menear.

A collection of short stories by two different authors.  A mix of true fictional stories that include, a haunted house, interesting flight attendant and pilot stories, aerobatic lessons leading to divorce, a terrifying first solo flight, soaring in a glider, hang-gliding over Biscayne Bay, hot-air ballooning, an airliner stranded by an earthquake, a dangerous airline evacuation of Saigon, an emergency landing after total engine failure, flight training in a jet airliner; a thrilling first ocean dive, a terrifying shark attack, diving to 800 feet in a submarine, an exciting ride on a horse named Satan, funny stories about naughty seniors, an endearing love story between two antique cars, an unusual love story based on supernatural events, a murder mystery based on an ancient weapon invented by Merlin, a murder mystery involving disgruntled authors and snotty literary agents, and many stories involving humorous situations.

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Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why. 

We know it when we see it, but is there any way to figure out what we really find funny? In this fascinating investigation into the science of humor and laughter, neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what's happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter. Beginning with the premise that humor arises from inner conflict in the brain, Weems explores such issues as why surprise is so important for humor.

E-book available on Libby

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That Dammed Beaver : Canadian Humour, Laughs and Gaffs.

A unique collection of stories and art.   Humor is an integral part of the Canadian identity, and we have a truly unique way of looking at ourselves, poking fun at our own stereotypes with irony, parody, and satire. What a nation finds funny, and how it embraces humor, is the key to what makes a nation great. And we are a great nation!

E-book available on Freading

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I'm a Joke and So Are You: Reflections on Humour and Humanity by Robin Ince

Evening Standard's the Best Comedy Books of the Year, 2018 Skinny's Book of the Year, 2018'Joyfully entertaining. Full of warmth, wisdom and affectionate delight in the wonder and absurdity of being human.' Observer' Funny, honest and heart-warming.' Matt Haig What better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily? In this touching and witty book, award-winning presenter and comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief? Informed by personal insights from Robin as well as interviews with some of the world's top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. But it is also a powerful call to embrace the full breadth of our inner experience - no matter how strange we worry it may be!

E-book available on Freading

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Books

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The humor code : a global search for what makes things funny / Peter McGraw, PhD, and Joel Warner. 

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist travel the globe to discover the secret behind what makes things funny, questioning countless experts, including Louis C.K., along the way.

Adult Non-Fiction 152.43 MCGRAW

Hold on, but don't hold still : hope and humor from my seriously slawed life by Kristina Kuzmic. 

"The inspiring and hilarious true story of how a single mother found the strength to transform her life and become the person--and parent--she could admire, revealing the tips and advice that empowered her Kristina Kuzmic has made herself a household name, speaking directly to mothers from the trenches of parenthood via her viral videos and social media presence. She's now bringing her message of self-acceptance, resilience, and joy to book readers. What she has delivered is a refreshingly unpretentious, funny, and galvanizing book that goes behind the scenes on how Kristina Kuzmic went from broke and defeated to unshakably grounded and brimming with gratitude. Illuminating the hard-won wisdom from a life spent always one step behind, whether it was as a high school student new to America, a suddenly single mother to two kids, a newlywed juggling two teens and a newborn, or the unexpected recipient of Oprah's attention and investment, Hold On, But Don't Hold Still is the book every mother needs to reassure her that she's not only fine just as she is, but that she already has more tools and support than she can possibly imagine. Sparkling with wit, this heartfelt memoir is like a long coffee date with a best friend, or the eleventh hour text message that gives you just the boost you need to get through the day"-- Provided by publisher.

Adult Non-Fiction  306.8743 KUZMIC

 

 

I found this funny : my favorite pieces of humor, and some that may not be funny at all / edited by Judd Apatow. 

Apatow shares a collection of "writing from all disciplines-- short stories, poetry, essays, humor writing, journalism, memoir, cartoons, sketches, and even television pilots." Most were selected for their humor, but the author admits to selecting a few because they were so personally meaningful to him.

Adult Non-Fiction 808.87 I

It happened in church : stories of humor from the pulpit to the pews / Patti S. Webster ; with a forward by Donnie McClurkin. 

This inspiring, feel-good collection of humorous stories from celebrities, pastors, and church members proves that laughter is truly a gift from God.

Adult Non-Fiction  248.4 WEBSTER

Funny letters from famous people / edited by Charles Osgood. 

Known for his clever commentary and witty radio-show rhymes, Charles Osgood offers a collection of hilarious correspondence from some of our best-loved politicians, authors, and stars of the stage and screen. Providing an entertaining look at celebrated lives, Osgood lets us glimpse Mark Twain squabbling with the gas company, Dwight D. Eisenhower kvetching to Mamie about Patton, and radio personality Fred Allen desperately seeking logic from his insurance carrier. Sprinkled throughout with Osgood's own humorous quips, this is a delightful compendium of clever letter writing at its side-splitting best. Book jacket.

Adult Large-Type Non-Fic.  LARGE PRINT 816.008 FUNNY

by Cindy H.

Movies

Misery loves comedy / director, Kevin Pollak.

Director Kevin Pollak interviews over 60 of the most successful comics working today to learn about the rare personality of a comedian and their motivations to (willingly) get into one of the most deprecating professions.

Non-Fiction DVD   DVD 792.7028 MISERY

Kevin Smith : silent but deadly / Comedy Dynamics ; Smodcast Pictures ; written & performed by Kevin Smith ; directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, Gil Cunha ; producer, Jordan Monsanto. 

Kevin Smith, the filmmaker/podcaster/comedian known for playing the character Silent Bob, is anything but quiet in this new comedy special that was recorded an hour before his widely reported massive heart attack in February.

Comedy DVD  DVD COM

Kevin Hart's guide to black history / directed by Tom Stern

Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history's unsung heroes in this entertaining and educational comedy special.

Comedy DVD   DVD COM

Seriously funny / Codeblack Entertainment in association with K. Hart Enterprises presents an Art & Industry production ; written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wills ; produced by Michelle Caputo ; directed by Shannon Hartman.

Kevin Hart performs in front of a sold out crowd at the Allen Theater where he delivers his hilarious and unique brand of comedy in an unforgettable night of comedy. Hart is in rare form and funny as ever!

Comedy DVD   DVD COM D-26356

 

Stand-up revolution / Comedy Central. 

Fluffy's back and he's brought his friends. Yes, Gabriel Iglesias is back with a new hit Comedy Central show. Join Iglesias as he introduces viewers to eighteen of the funniest comedians today. Includes all seven extended episodes featuring all new material from Gabe, as well as hilarious bonus footage, two music videos, and more. Get ready to laugh your head off!

TV Series DVD  DVD TV

 

Jeff Dunham : all over the map / Levity Productions ; Red Wire Blue Wire. 

Jeff Dunham and his iconic creations, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Walter, Peanut, and Bubba J. have embarked on an unprecedented world tour that has Dunham touching five continents, logging almost 100,000 miles and starring in arenas where few American comedians have dared to perform. While Dunham collects and crafts pop culture references that can excite a local audience upon entering each country, he shows that humor is truly universal. Most of the time.

 Comedy DVD  DVD COM