Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus


Fiction - Humor/Comedy
194 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus is an enormous collection of puns, one-liners, and humorous expressions compiled and created by author Alex Gall. Intended to be a highly amusing book that covers many different topics and subject areas, this compendium is a dream read for newbie comedians, dad joke maestros, and those who simply need to sit down and have a laugh once in a while. The contents system is in alphabetical order by subject matter, which means that whatever type of joke you’re looking for, you’ll find a section with short, sharp laughs from Alcohol and Art right through to Writing, Youth, and Zombies.

Author Alex Gall has crafted the kind of book that belongs on everyone’s coffee table for those essential moments when the room needs a pick me up. As well as the lists of puns and one-liners, there are a few sections with longer stories where the author really gets to show narrative skill and authentic voice. These moments are sharply penned with a good idea of how to create comic timing in grammar and punctuation so that they still give a great punchline on the page. Certainly, this is a unique type of book and many of the shorter, snappier lines really stick with you for their concise wit and are ready to pull out at any occasion and make others chuckle. Overall, I would certainly recommend Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus for comedy fans, joke hoarders, and generally, any reader seeking a good honest laugh at the end of the day.

A. L. Peevey

Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus by Alex Gall is an alphabetized collection of one-liners, short conversations, or discussions that are clever observations on life or like punchlines from a stand-up comedian’s routine. Their themes vary from abbreviations and acceptance to youth and zombies so readers can move around in the book according to whim or interest at a given moment or even a particular time in their lives. Alex Gall has a talent for taking a familiar saying and extending it to a wry conclusion or bending it to derive new or personal meaning. The “Plus” part of the book is a series of commentaries or essays, as Gall calls them, that thoughtfully discuss a variety of topics or share episodes from his life, all with the hope of entertaining us and making us think.

Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus by Alex Gall has something for just about any reader, but it will probably appeal more to mature readers. This does not mean that the author has written a book filled with off-color turns of phrase or obscene observations about life. It merely means that depending on a given reader’s maturity or life experience, the clarity or point of a particular witticism will not be lost or remain obscure. We need books that make us laugh, shake our heads lightheartedly or share ah-hah moments, giving us a break from the stressful times we all find ourselves in. This fun book is sure to provide that relief everyone craves.

Romuald Dzemo

Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus by Alex Gall is a deftly written collection of humor, witty sayings, and aphorisms with huge potential to entertain readers from different backgrounds. The themes are universal, and readers from different cultures will find enough stuff to share, to bring laughter or smiles to their lips, or to make them stop to rethink reality and the way they see the world around them. In the preface, the author explains the process of writing this work and notes that he has taken some familiar clichés and given them his own interpretation to have an original feel. The humor covers a variety of topics and situations, putting professionals in specific contexts, like a party being offered by an accountant where the food doesn’t taste good. Some of the humor deals with professionals, professions, and status. You’ll find witty sayings involving art, automobiles, beauty, Hollywood, boating, and a lot, lot more.

I read some of the humor to my wife, especially those that explore the expansive nature of women and their inclination to hoard things and we had a hilarious conversation about that. Here are two striking ones: “Nature abhors a vacuum, so does my wife” and “I gave my wife an inch, she converted it to centimeters.” It is not a great practice to feature texts from a book in a review, but you’ve got to have a taste of Alex Gall’s wit and humor. You must have heard the cliché: “It is right under your nose.” The author gives an interesting response to it: “Most of my body was under my nose, Sherlock.” Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus is an interesting collection that not only entertains readers but challenges them to shift perspective and evaluate the logic in our language and thought processes. It is a fun read and a tool we can use to dilute the stress that can be overwhelming at times. If you want to gift someone something of value, especially in this time of crisis, give them a laugh. Buy them this book.

Lesley Jones

In Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus by Alex Gall, the complexities of human behavior are fascinating to watch. Throughout this little book of witticisms, short stories, and observations, no subjects are free from mockery and scrutiny. From relationships, politics, travel, religion, and philosophy, the author's comical reflections will brighten your spirits without fail. With so many stories, fun facts, and jokes at your disposal, you will never be short of a conversation starter again. There are random thoughts for you to ponder and also bizarre life lessons for you to reflect upon. If you have ever been the victim of an awkward silence in a social gathering, this book could be the metaphorical life jacket that you have been waiting for.

Humor and Witticisms 101 Plus by Alex Gall is filled with stories, jokes, and observations of people that will definitely make you laugh out loud or groan with embarrassment. I think many people could relate to the situations and characters as they have either had the misfortune to meet similar personalities, or they have been this person at some point. This is definitely a book that you want to read every day to help you escape from the stresses and strains of life. The doctor jokes were my favorite but there are so many subjects covered, some quite dark and unexpected. However, the author very cleverly finds humor in situations that you would not anticipate. I found the author has a great skill of observing behavior and the views of people and situations he has experienced. This is such a great book for public speakers or anyone that dreads those events where you have to make small talk with strangers. You will never be short of a comical anecdote or story again. The best pieces of advice in this book were: "If you are going to play a cat and mouse game try to be the cat" and "Whenever I was up a creek I rented a paddle to be on the safe side."