"And Here's The Kicker" | A Boöring Book Club Review

"And Here's The Kicker" | A Boöring Book Club Review

And Here’s The Kicker: Conversations With 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft

As discussed in this YouTube video - we will rank and review And Here’s The Kicker to share a few things we learned without reading the book yet!

First, we rank the book based on three factors:

  1. Enjoyability

  2. Applicability

  3. Literary Value

Score:

Enjoyability (4*)

Not often will I say 540 pages is an enjoyable feat…

This book has quite a way of captivating you, however. It may be one of the breeziest reads you will encounter at this length.

Mike Sacks structures each chapter as a transcribed interview with a successful humor writer, making our job nothing more than a dance through dialogue.

A humor writer, as you may imagine, is quick-witted and observant in their response - often to the taste of “respectful smart-ass”.

This read is a pleasant journey into the mind’s of the world’s best.

Applicability (2*)

This book isn’t inherently applicable, (somewhat to my disappointment), yet offers tremendous value to the aspiring writer.

Between each interview chapter, Mike inserts a tangible resource for the writer’s career pursuit. Something along the lines of , “10 Things To Avoid When Submitting a Column to the New York Times”.

These are the most hardcore resources found in the book. While useful, the actual dialogue from each interviewer is more of a quick biography than a “how to” guide.

This book remains important for the writer interested in absorbing successful perspectives.

Literary Value (1*)

Nothing along the lines of literary value here.

Three Interesting People/Shows to Research From This Book:

  1. Woody Allen

  2. Groucho Marx

  3. “Mr. Show”

*for a detailed explanation, check out my video here

Thank you for reading!

Louis J. DiPaolo Jr.

*amazon link

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