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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Hudgins Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781480524095
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Since Andrew Hudgins was a child, he was a compulsive joke teller. So when he sat down to write about jokes, he found that he was writing about himself—what jokes taught him and mistaught him, how they often delighted him but occasionally made him nervous with their delight in chaos and sometimes anger. Because Hudgins’s father, a West Point graduate, served in the US Air Force, his family moved frequently; he learned to relate to other kids by telling jokes and watching how his classmates responded. Jokes opened him up to the serious, taboo subjects that his family didn’t talk about openly—religion, race, sex, and death. Hudgins tells and analyzes the jokes that explore the contradictions in the Baptist religion he was brought up in, the jokes that told him what his parents would not tell him about sex, and the racist jokes that his uncle loved, his father hated, and his mother, caught in the middle, was ambivalent about.

This book is both a memoir and a meditation on jokes—how they educated, delighted, and occasionally horrified him as he grew.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a writer who has something to say about humor, its mystery and chaos, and what it means to our lives.”

    John Jeremiah Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Pulphead

  • “His often-bawdy material probes depths far beneath the jokes themselves, providing opportunities to examine his life through a humorous lens…Humorous, cerebral, and daringly written.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • The Joker is an absolutely brilliant book, as necessary as it is pleasurable.”

    Richard Bausch, author of Thanksgiving Night

  • “[Hudgins] is one of the funniest, filthiest, smartest people I have ever met—and this book is a treasure, a golden whoopie cushion, a pearled set of chattery teeth.”

    Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

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