• How to Be Funny

  • By: How To: Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Bob Cryer
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-04-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tony Wrighton
  • 1.5 out of 5 stars 1.7 (13 ratings)


Here are incredible, candid interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy. Barry Cryer from I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Monty Python's Michael Palin, and BBC1's Stewart Lee, amongst others, talk about the ins and outs of how to be funny. Hosted by Barry Cryer's son, Bob, who is a successful writer and actor in his own right, this audiobook provides a unique guide to the art of being funny from the experts themselves. It's all here: the best way to tell a joke, the importance of rhythm in being funny, and the secret of how to make people laugh. Now you can learn the secrets for yourself, and laugh along at a few jokes along the way, in this new and exclusive title from the How To: Audiobooks range.
©2009 Tony Wrighton (P)2009 Tony Wrighton
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4 out of 5 stars
By Glen on 11-05-09


Wow. I couldn't agree less with Andrew's rather odd review. I thought the point was that the title was a joke in itself. How can you really define humour? It's impossible. The interviewees made great play of this in the opening segment. However there are great pointers to enjoying comedy. The book is also part of a series of instructional audiobooks and was therefore playing off this brand. I thoroughly enjoyed it and as a huge comedy fan couldn't fault the quality of speaker involved. I didn't give it 5 stars however as no women were interviewed. An idea for a future book perhaps?

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 10-05-09

How To Be Funny

This book really isn't worth very much.

The book does have the merit of interviewing some good comedy writers but I finished listening somewhat bewildered as to the writer's aim and his choice of title.

This piece is moderately interesting and probably worthy of a 30 minute slot on Radio 4 but I don't think it is worth buying.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 06-09-09

Nothing Funny Here

This book is not funny or entertaining in any way, nor is it instructional. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Robin Dale on 17-04-09


OMG Boring beyond beleif. All they say is "I don't know" "There is no way to teach someone how to be funny--it just has to be there."
don't waste any $ or time on this.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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