Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cheep Laughs - Darren Walsh

Summary:  Darren Walsh, the UK’s first Pun Champion™ and the comedy circuit's Tallest Comedian™, debuts his first and greatest joke book encompassing four misspent years of scribbling and doodling.
Look upon these works and despair and/or giggle:
I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It's Hans free.
Went to my allotment and found that there was twice as much soil as there was the week before. The plot thickens.
Green men make me cross
’My nephew would like to borrow your Toy Story costume.’
‘Oh, Woody?’
If Catwoman decided to go to Nepal, what would Catman do?
Got a free chimney the other day. It was on the house.
K e v i n (Kevin Spacey)

Summary and image from amazon.com.uk.  I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.)

Darren Walsh, the UK’s first Pun Champion™ and the comedy circuit's Tallest Comedian™, debuts his first and greatest joke book encompassing four misspent years of scribbling and doodling.
Look upon these works and despair and/or giggle:
I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It's Hans free.
Went to my allotment and found that there was twice as much soil as there was the week before. The plot thickens.
Green men make me cross
’My nephew would like to borrow your Toy Story costume.’
‘Oh, Woody?’
If Catwoman decided to go to Nepal, what would Catman do?
Got a free chimney the other day. It was on the house.
K e v i n (Kevin Spacey)

Review: Okay, okay, so last year I gave a scathing review for a book that was too full of puns, and today I'm bringing you a book dedicated to them?  What gives?  Well, for starters, Darren Walsh is a British comedian known as the "King of Puns".  He has a mastery of, in my opinion,  one of the more difficult arrows to yield in a writer's shaft.  If not properly executed, or if too plentiful, the puns fall utterly flat, making the author look juvenile or untrained.  This book comes with a warning to NOT read it all at once; rather, to read it in short snippets for fear of getting buried by puns.

I read it all at once. 

I giggled.  I guffawed.  Some puns were either over my head or just didn't culturally translate.  But there were enough witticisms and sketches to keep me happily entertained for a few short hours.  In all fairness, I agree with Walsh.  Under normal circumstances, this is a book best nibbled, not devoured.  However, I'd just had back surgery and didn't have the brain capacity to read anything more daunting, and couldn't sit up to watch a show.  It was a perfect fit!

I read a few of these to my husband and son, and my husband couldn't stop rolling his eyes.  However, I'd see him giggling about them a second or two later.  My son is quite literal, and to our chagrin, doesn't get puns.  At all.  It didn't stop him from giggling -- gotta love the social laugh!

Rating: Four stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  There are some puns and cartoons that are a little saltier than others.   Some could be naughtier than I realized, and I just didn't get the British connotation.  

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