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Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut: Twenty-Five Years of P. J. O'Rourke , O'Rourke, P. J.
1 Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut: Twenty-Five Years of P. J. O'Rourke  O'Rourke, P. J.
New.  
Paperback. Brand-new softcover 1st printing 1995 Atlantic Monthly Press. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight; never read. Gift-giving condition. 341 pages. Language: English. 'There is giddy juvenilia he wrote for the 1970s underground press, including a hilarious hoax piece about Richard Nixon's trip to China. There are several arch tales about the 1960s that O'Rourke published in the National Lampoon, including an amusing attack on communism. His bumptiously ignorant persona serves him well as he explores high-end automobiles and such sports as fishing and golf for specialized magazines. O'Rourke's brief section on Current and Recurrent Events reminds us of his best political work; an even briefer selection of miscellany has some funnier stuff, including his uproarious dissection of a book tour.'--Publishers Weekly, 1995. Keywords: humor, humour, humorist, politics, collection, anthology, anthologies.  
Price: 12.00 USD
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Basic Black: The Wit and Whimsy of Arthur Black , Black, Arthur
2 Basic Black: The Wit and Whimsy of Arthur Black  Black, Arthur
Very Good.  
Paperback. Earlier softcover edition Penumbra Press. GIFT INSCRIPTION BY AUTHOR with humorous note on title page. Also, SKETCH OF AUTHOR BY THE ILLUSTRATOR, also signed. Very clean; no creases; pages bright; binding tight. Language: English.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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Common Nonsense , Rooney, Andy
3 Common Nonsense  Rooney, Andy
1586481444 / 9781586481445 Very Good.  
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 2002 PublicAffairs. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; jacket crisp. Only a hint of wear. 349pp. Language: English. 'He's at it again. In his inimitable style, the 60 Minutes commentator and bestselling author picks apart the stuff of our lives--from the ordinary to the extraordinary--to get to the heart of the matter. Whether it be chairs that are too small for comfort, or why Americans have trouble understanding the Koran, no subject is too small or too grand for Rooney to scrutinize. The 154 essays are, he says, a reflection of a flawed brain with a capacity for being interested in more things than it can comprehend. Hilariously funny at times, Rooney also takes a tender turn and despairs at some of the sadder aspects of American life. ... Though rambling at times, this is a funny, touching, charming work that will be welcome alongside Rooney's previous collections; his take on the annoyances and joys of humanity always hit home.'--Publishers Weekly, 2002.  
Price: 12.00 USD
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Confessions of a Late Night Talk Show Host: The Autobiography of Larry Sanders, Shandling, Garry; Rensin, David
4 Confessions of a Late Night Talk Show Host: The Autobiography of Larry Sanders Shandling, Garry; Rensin, David
Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1998 Simon and Schuster. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Price clipped from front flap corner. Only light wear. 237pp. Language: English. 'For those who have missed the vain, obtuse, and very funny Larry Sanders since he left the airwaves, this will be a welcome fix. Sanders (aided by his alter ego, Gary Shandling) relates how he came to write the book (Because I'm Larry Sanders. I'm very famous); recalls his tawdry childhood (My mother slept with more men than Paul Lynde); promotes his loyalty (I stayed with [my agent] Leo until I made it big. That was 15 years. And people forget that), and lists all the women he has had sex with (everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Heather Whiteside, Miss America 1995). Then, of course, there are the behind-the-scenes looks at some of his coworkers, including sidekick Hank and producer Artie (played on television by the irrepressible Rip Torn). There's plenty of (phony) dish about celebrities, using real names all the while. ... Those who don't know The Larry Sanders Show won't have a clue about what's going on here, but fans will be laughing out loud.'--Ilene Cooper, Booklist. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Diggin' In and Piggin' Out: The Truth About Food and Men , Welsch, Roger L.
5 Diggin' In and Piggin' Out: The Truth About Food and Men  Welsch, Roger L.
0060187174 / 9780060187170 Very Good.  
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1997 HarperCollins. Has REMAINDER MARK at bottom page edge. Otherwise gift quality: Superclean; never read; pages bright; binding tight; jacket crisp. 212pp. Language: English. 'Welsch takes the reader on a tour of the manly world of cooking and eating. From tips on how to make Gin & Tonic BBQ Ribs (Hint: Drink while you cook), anecdotes about a man's ideal restaurant (a place where you can eat canned food over a sink) and places to cook these delectable meals (huge firepits, car-size barbecue grills, custom-built smokehouses), Welsch proves to the reader that men need to get in touch with their inner chef and have a few laughs at the same time. Diggin' In & Piggin' Out is sure to appeal to the crowd who enjoys the humor of Dave Barry, Tim Allen and Lewis Grizzard.'--from the publisher.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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Dude, Where's My Country? , Moore, Michael
6 Dude, Where's My Country?  Moore, Michael
0446532231 / 9780446532235 Very Good.  
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 3rd printing 2003 Warner Books. Remainder mark at top page edge. The word 'Gift' is inkstamped on 1st blank page. Otherwise clean; no marks in text; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 249 pages; Notes and Sources. Language: English. 'From the author of the number-1 New York Times bestseller Stupid White Men comes a hilarious act of sedition to overthrow the Thief in Chief--and effect the kind of change that just may save the country. Michael Moore is on a mission: He aims to unseat the man who slithered into the White House on tracks laid by guilty Enron execs and greased with his daddy's oil associations. And as for The Left, they're just as satisfied to stand idly by as the chasm between the haves and have nots grows wider and wider. That's right, Michael Moore is back with a new book that reveals what's gone wrong in America and, more importantly, how it can be fixed. In his characteristic style that is at once fearless and funny, Moore takes readers on another wild ride to the political edge of righteous laughter and divine revenge.'--from the publisher.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics , O'Rourke, P. J.
7 Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics  O'Rourke, P. J.
0871137194 / 9780871137197 Very Good.  
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1998 Atlantic. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only a hint of wear. 246 pages. Language: English. From the publisher: In the tradition of his contemporary classic Parliament of Whores, the man who The Wall Street Journal calls the funniest writer in America is back with Eat the Rich, in which he takes on the global economy. P. J. O'Rourke leads you on an hysterical whirlwind world tour from the good capitalism of Wall Street to the bad socialism of Cuba in search of the answer to an age-old question: Why do some places prosper and thrive, while others just suck? With stops in Albania, Sweden, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Tanzania, P.J. brings along his incomparable wit and finds hilarity wherever he goes.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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Happiness Is a Dry Martini , Carson, Johnny; Darrow Jr., Whitney  (illustrator)
8 Happiness Is a Dry Martini  Carson, Johnny; Darrow Jr., Whitney (illustrator)
Good.  
Hardcover. Small hardcover 1965 Doubleday. Vintage book with noticeable average wear. Printer's error: several pages are REPEATED. Cover corners and edges rubbed and worn; small stains to covers; small smudges to a few pages. Glossy picture cover-- no dustjacket. Text clean and unmarked; pages reasonably bright; binding tight. Ca. 64 pages (pages not numbered); black-and-white illustrations with color borders. No additional printings indicated. Language: English. Humorous, wink-wink '60s Playboy-magazine-type drawings by noted cartoonist Whitney Darrow, Jr. Sample: 'Happiness is- finding out the hobby your wife signed you up for is nude figure drawing.' Keywords: humor, humour, parody, cartoon, risque, bawdy, Sixties, 1960s, comedy, comedian. No ISBN.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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Hearts a la Mode , Dix, Dorothy; Ackley, E. E. (illustrator)
9 Hearts a la Mode  Dix, Dorothy; Ackley, E. E. (illustrator)
Very Good.  
Hardcover. Hardcover 1915 Hearst's International Library, New York. No dustjacket. No additional printings indicated. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Light wear to corners and edges. Royal-blue cloth-covered boards with white lettering on spine and white design on front. 157pp, 15 B/W cartoon drawings. Language: English. A wonderful period piece with sage advice that still resonates today. Humorous commentary on love, marriage, and relationships with family and friends, given in the form of cookbook recipes. For example: 'To prepare Cold Shoulder take a barrel of snobbishness, a bushel of idiocy, a peck of egotism, and a pound of superciliousness, and mix well together. When these are thoroughly blended flavor with enough ingratitude for past favors and broken ties of friendship to make it bitter. Add selfishness and cruelty to taste, and steep yourself in this mixture.' Dorothy Dix was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, a forerunner of the modern advice columnist. Her popular newspaper columns ran for 30 years. Hard-to-find title. No ISBN.  
Price: 75.00 USD
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Horseshoes, Cowsocks and Duckfeet: More Commentary by NPR's Cowboy Poet and Former Large Animal Veterinarian , Black, Baxter
10 Horseshoes, Cowsocks and Duckfeet: More Commentary by NPR's Cowboy Poet and Former Large Animal Veterinarian  Black, Baxter
0609610902 / 9780609610909 Very Good.  
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 2002 Crown. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; appears unread. Minor edgewear to jacket. 262pp. Language: English. From jacket flap: '[O]ffers a generous helping of his tender yet irreverent, sage-as-sagebrush takes on everything from ranching, roping, Wrangler jeans, and rodeos to weddings and romance, the love of a good dog, dancing, parenting, cooking up trouble, and talking about the weather. If you haven't ridden with Baxter before, find out what more than a million dedicated fans are laughing about inside and outside the corral. And with the help of the glossary at the back of the book, you'll soon be conversing in fluent cowboy.' B/W illustrations by noted cowboy artists Bob Black, Don Gill, Dave Holl, and Charlie Marsh.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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Humbug magazine, Volume 1 No. 4, Nov. 1957, Kurtzman, Harvey (editor)
11 Humbug magazine, Volume 1 No. 4, Nov. 1957 Kurtzman, Harvey (editor)
Acceptable. 
Paperback. Softcover periodical with stapled binding, November 1957, Humbug Publishing Co., New York. Heavy wear: water stain to front cover corner; pages tanned with age (but still legible); covers grubby and edge-worn. Intact; no marks to text; binding still holding. Good reading / research copy. 32 pages; black-and-white illustrations. Language: English. Cover parodies Time magazine. Contents include Welcome to the Queen; Fund Raising; parodies of the Cary Grant / Sophia Loren / Frank Sinatra movie The Pride and the Passion, Consumer Reports ('Consumer Retorts'), and Perry Como's TV show ('Peri Coma'); much more. Artists: Jack Davis, Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, Will Elder. Contributors: Harry Purvis, Paul Rosner, et al. Keywords: satire, humor, cartoon, comics, graphic design, popular culture, pop, literature, vintage, retro, 1950s, Fifties, '50s. No ISBN. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny, Newhart, Bob
12 I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny Newhart, Bob
1401302467 / 9781401302467 Very Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket, published 2006 by Hyperion. Only light wear: tiny rip to edge of front jacket. Otherwise, appears unread: clean and unmarked; pages bright; binding tight. 239 pages; no photos. Language: English. 'That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. In this, his first book ever, Newhart gives his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as golf. And of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career.' -- from jacket flap. Keywords: comedy, humor, humour, biography, autobiography, memoir. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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MAD Magazine No. 51, December 1959, Feldstein, Albert B. (editor)
13 MAD Magazine No. 51, December 1959 Feldstein, Albert B. (editor)
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover periodical with stapled binding 1959 E.C. Publications. Noticeable average wear and light soiling to cover edges and corners; no deep creases. Moderate age-tanning to pages. Staples rusted. No marks to text; binding is sound. 48 pages. Language: English. William M. Gaines, publisher. Great cover art by Kelly Freas shows drum majorette Moxie Cowznofski and Alfred E. Neuman marching for Potrzebie High School. Contents include The Price is All Right (parody of The Price Is Right); TV Ads We'd Like To See; Painting by the Numbers [paint-by-number]; Unknown Poetry Vol. II; Civilian Space Flight; Handwriting Analysis; Adult Education; Hide-a-Bed; Madison Avenue Turns to History and Literature; Teen Magazine; much more. Keywords: humor, humour, parodies, satire, satirical, cartoon, cartoonist, popular culture, pop, vintage, retro, 1950s, Fifties, '50s, collectible. No ISBN. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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MAD Magazine No. 54, April 1960, Feldstein, Albert B. (editor)
14 MAD Magazine No. 54, April 1960 Feldstein, Albert B. (editor)
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover periodical with stapled binding 1960 E.C. Publications. Noticeable average wear to cover edges and corners; no deep creases. Moderate age-tanning to pages. No marks to text. 48 pages. Language: English. William M. Gaines, publisher. Special April Fool Issue. Cover art by Kelly Freas shows a nauseated Alfred E. Neuman with paintbrush, having painted 'This Magazine Is Revolting ...against Conformity!' on a fence. Contents include Around the World with U.S. Television (parody of TV show Father Knows Best as it would be produced in Russia, Japan, etc.); Ad Testimonials from Politicians (including Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy); The Interpreter (Jimmy Cagney, Gary Cooper, Mort Sahl translate for Khruschev and Eisenhower); Educational Billboards; America Is Getting Soft; Distinctive Picket Lines; My Fair Ad-Man (My Fair Lady song parodies re Madison Avenue, starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, et al.); Movie Land (fan magazine parody); much more. Keywords: humor, humour, parodies, satire, satirical, cartoon, cartoonist, popular culture, pop, vintage, retro, 1960s, Sixties, '60s, collectible. No ISBN. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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MAD magazine Volume 1, Number 56, July 1960, Feldstein, Albert B. (editor)
15 MAD magazine Volume 1, Number 56, July 1960 Feldstein, Albert B. (editor)
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover periodical with stapled binding 1960 E.C. Publications. Noticeable average wear to cover edges and corners; no deep creases. Moderate age-tanning to pages. Clean and unmarked; binding is sound. 48 pages. Language: English. William M. Gaines, publisher. Great cover art by Kelly Freas shows national convention urging 'Alfred E. Neuman for President', led by Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, Harry Truman, etc. Contents include How Publicity Works; MAD Bubble Gum Cards; MAD's Modern Olympic Games; Madison Avenue's Political Ad Campaigns; Hollywood 'Scenes We'd Like To See'; The Garbage Explosion; The MAD 'Comic' Opera (musical starring comic-strip characters); US Army Chicken Officer's Manual; Honest Ads; much more. Keywords: humor, humour, parody, parodies, satire, satirical, cartoon, cartoonist, politics, popular culture, pop, vintage, retro, 1960s, Sixties, '60s, collectible. No ISBN. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Make 'Em Laugh , Allen, Steve
16 Make 'Em Laugh  Allen, Steve
0879758376 / 9780879758370 Very Good.  
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1993 Prometheus Books. The word 'Gift' is inkstamped on 1st blank page. Otherwise very clean; pages bright; binding tight. Only light shelfwear; appears unread. 339 pages. Language: English. 'The success of Steve Allen's How To Be Funny ... has now occasioned a companion volume, Make 'Em Laugh. This new how-to book about the art of comedy includes an even richer assortment of examples of the author's unique humor. Allen, called by Noel Coward the most talented man in America, laces his formal instruction with hilarious ad-libs, written jokes, TV comedy sketches, satires, song parodies, humorous essays, amusing autobiographical reminiscences, one-act plays, witty speeches, and stand-up monologues from his comedy concerts. Allen is probably the most borrowed-from comedian of all time.--from jacket flap.  
Price: 20.00 USD
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Misreadings , Eco, Umberto; Weaver, William
17 Misreadings  Eco, Umberto; Weaver, William
Very Good.  
Paperback. Superclean; no marks or creases. Only light wear. Language: English.  
Price: 7.50 USD
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Not for Children (New Edition with New Pictures and Verse) , Young, Roland
18 Not for Children (New Edition with New Pictures and Verse)  Young, Roland
Acceptable.  
Hardcover. Hardcover 1945 Garden City Publishing Co. Pictorial paper-covered boards; NO DUSTJACKET. Acceptable / Fair condition: Noticeable soiling to boards; edges heavily worn. Title page has bottom corner clipped off. Gift inscription on front flyleaf: 'Hurry back for picnics of beans, potato salad & watermelon. Save all extra nickels for pin ball machines. 7/23/47 Norm Ed Orph'. Text clean and unmarked; pages reasonably bright; binding tight. Ca. 72 pages (pages not numbered); black-and-white illustrations by the author. Language: English. Mildy risque, Thurber-esque, humorous verse about animals. 1-sentence Introduction by Ring Lardner. Keywords: humor, humour, nonsense, poem, poetry, cartoon. No ISBN.  
Price: 7.00 USD
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Pooh's Workout Book , Mordden, Ethan; Shepard, Ernest H. (illustrator)
19 Pooh's Workout Book  Mordden, Ethan; Shepard, Ernest H. (illustrator)
0525242767 / 9780525242765 Very Good.  
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1984 E.P. Dutton. Price clipped from flap. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Light wear. 170pp. Language: English. Sweet little book that is more of an homage to A.A. Milne than a parody of Winnie-the-Pooh. Incorporates some of the original text and Ernest H. Shepard illustrations. Fitness program devised by Pooh and his forest friends that includes many new and unusual exercises and competitions. Keywords: Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin, bear, parodies.  
Price: 12.00 USD
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Punch Magazine, January 21, 1959, Vol. CCXXXVI, No. 6180, Various
20 Punch Magazine, January 21, 1959, Vol. CCXXXVI, No. 6180 Various
Good. 
Paperback. Weekly periodical with stapled binding, published 21 January 1959 by Bradbury, Agnew and Company, Ltd., London. Noticeable wear: light center crease to entire magazine; edges rubbed; staples rusted; light age-tanning to pages. Text clean and unmarked. Language: English. Cover art by Norman Thelwell shows Mr. Punch as a farmer with a petrol can, riding a horse to fetch gas for his tractor. Toby the dog follows sadly. Political satire and commentary, humor, cartoons, verse, criticism, advertisements. Includes J. B. Priestley on literary snobs; Le Grand Chef by Eric Keon and Ronald Searle. Keywords: Fifties, 1950s, '50s, British, humour, UK, vintage, retro. No ISBN. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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