Journey to the Center of the Mirth

How to find, develop, and use humor

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
88 Pages
Reviewed on 09/29/2014
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Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite

Journey to the Center of the Mirth is a thought provoking book about the advantages of humour. Author Leonard Ryzman speaks about the various facets to humorous situations. He relates the evidence from researchers who have touted the physical attributes of laughter. One example given is that laughter results in more oxygen being distributed throughout the body. In addition, lots of laughter exercises the muscles in the jaw, neck and face. A Dr William Fry noted that if people laugh one hundred times a day, this action has the same positive benefits as ten minutes of physical rowing. Another advantage of humour is that it provides comic relief. Most comedians cannot exist without humour. Humour can even be utilized to broach sensitive topics. It is therefore evident that humour is an important factor in forming and maintaining relationships.

Journey to the Center of the Mirth is an interesting book. The topic isn’t one that we usually think about in a formal way. I appreciate the fact that author Leonard Ryzman took an explanatory approach in this informative book. Humour is one of those features that is easily taken for granted. The language used is semi-formal. I love the insertion of various anecdotes and jokes in the book. This allows the reader to identify with the subject matter and understand the author’s viewpoint more clearly. I love the cute cover photo of the novel. It is quite effective in that the picture instantaneously evokes a smile or a laugh. This seems to be the actual intention of the author. I believe that this a good handbook for budding comedians as well as stalwarts. I recommend it to all readers.

Dennis Garcia

With his book, Journey to the Center of the Mirth, Leonard pans the river of humor and deftly swirls the gravel from the gold with great success. He not only displays his findings, but entertainingly explains how anyone can find it with samples, exercises and anecdotes. A nugget well worth the purchase.