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Isn't That Clever: A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy

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2018.05.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Gimbel, Isn't That Clever: A Philosophical Account of Humor and Comedy, Routledge, 2018, 196 pp., $140.00, ISBN 9781138082151.   Reviewed by Darren Hudson Hick, Furman University Timing is critical in comedy, and Steven Gimbel has good timing. Lucky timing, at least. It's been an interesting year for comedians. As I write this, politicians, pundits, and journalists are still sorting through the aftermath of Michelle Wolf's performance at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Traditionally, the event includes a featured comedian, who proceeds to roast the sitting administration, including the President of the United States, and usually to his face. At the best of times, a roast involves a very delicate balance of wit and bite; there is a reason that roastmasters at the Friars Club (and, more often than not, the roastees) are seasoned comics. Roasting a president and his administration... . . .

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