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July 2017


A Reader, a Watcher and a Player walk into a bar. . .

July is all about humour. Interestingly, for all the vigorous debate around what is and what is not “classic” reading; what is and what is not funny can generate even more disagreement. A sense of humour can be shared but what makes us laugh is also deeply personal.

Humour comes in many different styles from the understated to the slapstick, from playful to satire, from black humour to celebratory humour. Reading, watching and playing humorous material can make us feel uncomfortable, make us smile or laugh out loud, or even make us forget about the world around us (for a little while at least).


Laughing by Chi Wai Un

What will make you laugh in July?

There are joke books and riddle books. There are lots of cartoon books such as Footrot Flats and Garfield.

There are lots of books that can make us laugh including works by Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde, Terry Pratchett, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and PG Wodehouse. There are also works that offer more serious humour including Stella Gibbons and Evelyn Waugh. At the other end of the humour scale there are books about bottoms from authors Terry Denton, Andy Griffiths, Paul Jennings and Jenny Mawter.

There is a vast array of material to watch in July ranging from Grumpy Cats to over a million memes as well as timeless British film and television with Monty Python, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers and To the Manor Born being a very small sample of the titles available.

There are also funny people we can watch: Wil Anderson, Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler (and we can read some of their auto-biographies and biographies too). There are also funny things that happen to us: embarrassing incidents, travel tales and the occasional workplace disaster. We can, too, play at being humorous with games like charades and Pictionary in addition to the odd practical joke.

So, this July, crack a smile or crack up. Laugh (or see if you can make someone else laugh). Share a joke and share your #humourread, watch or play.

There will be a twitter discussion on 25 July  starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #humourread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #humourread, so others can join in the conversation too

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