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Borne of the belief that “true creativity comes from simple formulas and the memorization of data,” COMEDY BY THE NUMBERS© BOOK-ON-TAPE CD! is nothing short of an indispensable audio guide on how to be funny. Prof. Eric Hoffman (not an actual professor) and Dr. Gary Rudoren (not an actual doctor) first reduced comedy to an easy-to-follow manual in the McSweeney’s humor bible COMEDY BY THE NUMBERS©, and now, for the first time ever, their work has been lovingly adapted to the medium of sound with the help of the brightest stars in the comedy galaxy.

Would you like to make your co-workers laugh but have zero sense of humor? No problem! Experience the aural pleasures of the ins and outs of set-ups and punchlines from the masters. Take a tour of comedy history as you discover the power of such tried-and-true humor staples as “Catch Phrases,” “Clowns,” “Novelty Items,” “Cursing,” “Prop Comedy,” “The Double Take,” “Movie Spoofs,” “Pie In The Face” and much, much more! Guest readers featured on the CD include Sarah Silverman, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Andy Kindler, Paul F. Tompkins, Matt Walsh, McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers and many more! The question isn’t, “Can I live without this book-on-tape CD?” The question is, “How have I lived this long without it?”

AST011 / 19-May-2009