Bob Odenkirk at Quimby’s with the authors of Comedy By the Numbers!
Sunday, June 24th, 1:00 PM
Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), is going to be at Quimby’s! For real! He’ll be here with either one or both of the authors of Comedy By the Numbers: 169 Secrets of Humor and Popularity (McSweeney’s), Eric Hoffman and Gary Rudoren, to show us how to be funny.
From http://www.bobanddavid.com: Being funny is hard work: just ask Gary Rudoren and Eric Hoffman. Like many people, they once believed that comedy was simply a matter of coming up with “zingers” and “jokes.” After countless hours of painstaking research, they’ve discovered that true creativity is derived from simple formulas and the memorization of data. Their groundbreaking new book makes the secrets of comedy accessible to all, not only to the naturally funny, but to those who lack the intrinsic ability or talent to be funny. With Comedy By The Numbers, readers no longer need worry about originality. They simply choose from the book’s comedic blueprints — and hilarity ensues! A comprehensive list of comedy characters, bits, scenarios, sketches, skits, shtick, and more helps readers build a memory bank of funny material. Special hints, tips, comedy history, hilariously funny comedy facts, and inside secrets from Bob Odenkirk and other seriously funny people provide additional aid and amusement.
From McSweeneys.net: This book is perfect for people who are funny and for those who aren’t funny — thus it is marketable to 100% of the population. As we all know, true creativity comes from simple formulas and the memorization of data. This new bible makes the secrets of comedy accessible, not only to those funny few among us, but also to those who might not have the ability or talent to be funny. One no longer need worry about originality – just find the right comedy number and apply as needed… and then you’re on your way to POPULARITYVILLE!© Comedy By The Numbers is a NEARLY comprehensive list of all comedy characters, bits, scenarios, sketches, skits, shtick, and much more. (We say “nearly” because we want to leave room for Volume 2.) Includes special hints, tips, and unboring comedy history. Comedy By The Numbers is the brainchild of Prof. Eric Hoffman (Mr. Show) & Dr. Gary Rudoren (Annoyance Theatre) – AND features loads of comedy fun facts that you can memorize and use to impress people at parties