American Cornball

American Cornball

A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny

Book - 2014
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An encyclopedic presentation of "nearly 200 comic staples, their (often unseemly) origins, why they were funny then, and why they're not so funny now."--P. 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062225177
Characteristics: 530 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm


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Jan 07, 2017

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny looks at what used to amuse the readers of newspaper comics from long ago. And yes I am old enough to remember "Our Boarding House featuring Major Hoople", "Mr. Tweedy" and "Mutt and Jeff". For me it was partly an exploration of humor and despite Mr. Twain's quote (“Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog, you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.") the jokes manage to survive. It also served up in small doses. nostalgia, seeing comic strips from back in the day gave me a smile.


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