Humour is one of the most important things in my life.
These days I’ve found myself reaching for books that make me laugh or that at least make me smile.
Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres was one of the books that I recently finished, and it’s one that I recommend highly – you’ll breeze right through it because you won’t want to put it down.
I’m a fan of Ellen DeGeneres, but not to the point where I’d pay $50 for a piece of gum she chewed. I would, however, pay $50 for a $100 bill she touched. 😉
Seriously…I’m Kidding has a great tone – it’s more like a friend talking with you than it is like an author writing to you. And if you like Ellen’s laid-back attitude and warm personality, you’ll definitely appreciate this book.
“Social Skills” is my favourite section because it made me laugh the most. She talks about how with the advent of push-button, instant-communication technology like Twitter, people have forgotten the joy of physical writing.
On page 138, Ellen says:
I’ve always liked writing. I like the feeling of having a nice pen in my hand. It feels like I’m creating something when I put pen to paper, even if it is just a doodle of a flower or a note that says, “If you ever park in my spot again I will have your ass towed.” It’s a nice feeling.
What I admire the most about Ellen’s writing style is that she’s able to deliver a punchline without being really windy. That’s no easy feat. Usually most people take a long time to build up to a punchline, but by the time they’re just getting around to their joke, she’s already hanging up her boxing gloves. That takes real skill.
Especially since I tweeted yesterday about a picture of a hamburger bed, her comment on page 139 made me laugh:
Way, way back in the day, like in the 1990s, if you wanted to tell everyone you ate waffles for breakfast, you couldn’t just go on the Internet and tweet it out. There was only one way to do it. You had to go outside and scream at the top of your lungs, “I ate waffles for breakfast!” That’s why so many people ended up in institutions. They seemed crazy, but when you think about it, they were just ahead of their time.”
So, now I’m curious…What have you all been reading these days? And do you have any book recommendations for me? Also, have any of you read her other books? (I’m thinking about picking them up soon.)