A National Joke

A National Joke
Author: Andy Medhurst
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2007-09-18
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9781134702558

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Comedy is crucial to how the English see themselves. This book considers that proposition through a series of case studies of popular English comedies and comedians in the twentieth century, ranging from the Carry On films to the work of Mike Leigh and contemporary sitcoms such as The Royle Family, and from George Formby to Alan Bennett and Roy 'Chubby' Brown. Relating comic traditions to questions of class, gender, sexuality and geography, A National Joke looks at how comedy is a cultural thermometer, taking the temperature of its times. It asks why vulgarity has always delighted English audiences, why camp is such a strong thread in English humour, why class influences what we laugh at and why comedy has been so neglected in most theoretical writing about cultural identity. Part history and part polemic, it argues that the English urgently need to reflect on who they are, who they have been and who they might become, and insists that comedy offers a particularly illuminating location for undertaking those reflections.

Bouncing Back From National Joke to Grey Cup Champs

Bouncing Back  From National Joke to Grey Cup Champs
Author: Paul Woods
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2013
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781304106384

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For three decades the Toronto Argonauts were a national joke: a team that not only lost most of the time, but usually did so in embarrassing fashion. The franchise bottomed out in 1981 with just two wins. But 1981 was not a complete disaster because, even while finding new and more creative ways to lose, the Argos were assembling many of the key components that helped the franchise return to excitement in 1982 and Grey Cup glory in 1983. Thirty years after that long-awaited triumph, Bouncing Back takes readers on a wild ride through the three eventful and mesmerizing years that culminated in the 1983 Grey Cup, from crushing humiliations through sensational resurgence and finally the ultimate triumph.

Knock Knock

Knock Knock
Author: Tammi Sauer
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2018-07-31
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781338283259

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Bear is getting ready for a long winter nap when his friends come "KNOCK KNOCK" knocking! A hilarious tale from bestselling author Tammi Sauer and bestselling illustrator Guy Francis. Knock Knock is a fresh and innovative method of humorous storytelling that uses knock-knock jokes to tell the story of Bear and his woodland friends Raccoon, Rabbit, Turtle, and others. With each new visitor, Bear grows increasingly frustrated at his lack of peace and quiet. Little does Bear know that his friends have a surprise in store for him -- a happy hibernation party!"Knock, knock!""Who's there?""Justin.""Justin who?""Justin the neighborhood and thought I'd stop by."It's sidesplitting storybook fun!

Beyond a Joke

Beyond a Joke
Author: Neil Archer
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-10-27
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781786720900

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At the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, a global audience of nearly one billion viewers were treated to the unprecedented sight of James Bond meeting Queen Elizabeth II. Shortly after, the 'Queen' hurled herself out of a helicopter, her Union Jack parachute guiding her down to the Olympic Stadium. What it is about moments such as these that define both a particular idea of Britishness and a particular type of British film comedy? How has British cinema exploited parody as a means of negotiating its sense of identity? How does this function within a globalized marketplace and in the face of dominant Hollywood cinema? Beyond a Joke explores the myriad ways British film culture has used forms of parody, from the 1960s to the present day. It provides a contextual and textual analysis of a range of works that, while popular, have only rarely been the subject of serious academic attention – from Morecambe and Wise to Shaun of the Dead to the London 2012 Olympics' opening ceremony. Combining the methodologies both of film history and film theory, Beyond a Joke locates parody within specific industrial and cultural moments, while also looking in detail at the aesthetics of parody as a mode. Ultimately, such works are shown to be a form of culturally specific film or televisual product for exporting to the global market, in which 'Britishness', shaped in self-mocking and ironic terms, becomes the selling point. Written in an accessible style and illustrated throughout with a diverse range of examples, Beyond a Joke is the first book to explore parody within a specifically British context and makes an invaluable contribution to the scholarship on both British and global film culture.

Totally Silly Jokes

Totally Silly Jokes
Author: Alison Grambs
Publsiher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2004-08
Genre: Riddles, Juvenile
ISBN: 1402717261

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An illustrated collection of riddles, such as "Why did the banana get a speeding ticket? He got caught peeling out of the parking lot" and "What do elves surf on? Micro-waves."

Just Joking

Just Joking
Author: National Geographic Kids
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2012
ISBN: 9781426309304

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Packed with the silly jokes that kids love--including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, traditional question and answer jokes and more--a fun-filled book will keep readers laughing page after page.

To establish a national water policy

To establish a national water policy
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Subcommittee on Water Resources
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1752
Release: 1978
Genre: Water resources development
ISBN: UCAL:B5133334

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No Joke

No Joke
Author: Ruth R. Wisse
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2013-06-02
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780691149462

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In this book, Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking--as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S. Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. A.