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Seg. 1: The Jokes Show. Seg. 2: Bibliofiles: Humor

Segment 1: If laughter is the best medicine, can a doctor write a prescription for a joke? 

In this conversation, we break down what makes a successful joke, and invite listeners to share a few wisecracks.

  • Dan Margolies, pun enthusiast, KCUR's health and legal affairs editor
  • Ameerah Sanders, stand-up comedian

Segment 2, beginning at 18:49: Books that tickle the funny bone.

The Ancient Greeks say comedy is one of the two pillars of storytelling; humor is still a big part of literature today. The Bibliofiles run through their list of recommendations of books that will make you LOL.

Kaite Stover

  • "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • "Honey, Hush: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor" edited by Daryl Cumber Dance
  • "Last Cattle Drive" by Robert Day
  • "New Hampshire" by Keith Jennison
  • "Bosspyants" by Tina Fe

Jeffrey Ann Goudie

  • "Today Will Be Different" by Maria Semple
  • "Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York" by Roz Chast
  • "Where'd You Go Bernadette" by Maria Semple

Mark Luce

  • "Naked" by David Sedaris
  • "Persuasion" by Jane Austen
  • "Mr. Phillips" by John Lanchester
  • "Veeck" as in Wreck by Bill Veeck
  • "Florida Road Kill" by Tim Dorsey

KCUR staff recommendations:

Matthew Long-Middleton

  • "Code of the Woosters" by P.G. Wodehouse

Dan Margolies

  • "Right Ho, Jeeves" by P.G. Wodehouse
  • Just about anything by David Sedaris

Michael Byars

  • "The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach" by Peter Schickele

Linda Sher

  • "Born A Crime" by Trevor Noah
  • "Just The Funny Parts" by Nell Scovell

Melody Rowell

  • "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling
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