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The Funny Man

av John Warner

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The funny man is a middling comic in an unnamed city. By day he takes care of his infant son, by night he performs in small clubs, sandwiched between other aspiring comics. His wife waits tables to support the family. It doesn't sound like much, but they're happy, more or less. Until the day he comes up with it. His thing. His gimmick. And everything changes. He's a headliner, and the venues get bigger fast. Pretty soon it's Hollywood and a starring role in a blockbuster, all thanks to the gimmick. Which is: He performs with his fist in his mouth to the wrist. Jokes, impressions, commercials--all with his fist in his mouth to the wrist. The people want him--are crazy for him--but only with his fist in his mouth. And the funny man, he is tired of having his fist in his mouth. And so, the novel begins, his career's in tatters, his family's left him, and he's on trial for shooting an unarmed man six times. But for the second time in his life, against all odds, he's found love. This time with another celebrity, who may or may not be sending him coded messages, and may or may not be equally in love--or even know he exists. A coruscating satire of our culture of celebrity, The Funny Man documents one individual's slide from everyman to monster, even as it reveals the potential for grace--and mercy--in his life.… (mer)
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For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: The Funny Man. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
This was a goodreads.com first read contest win.

While so many people think this book is funny, I actually think it is a sad. The funny man (unknown name and I wonder why that is all he is known by) has everything before he made it big. He has a wife, child, home but to me that still was not enough for him. He had to have more. He had to come up with the next big thing to get noticed.

To me this book shows what can and possibly will happen when any of us think that what we have is not enough and want more. While this book was interesting I did not really like it. Maybe it has something to do with an ex-husband that had an addiction problem who knows.

This is my opinion and in no way reflects the book or the author. For your own opinion of the book please take the time to read this author's work. Who knows you might like it.

The bunnies and I give this book 3-Carrots.









As of December 2nd I have not received the copy I won in the goodreads.com first read

Up-date As of December 16, I still have not received my copy to this book. No reply from the person that listed it as a giveaway.

I received this book but date is unknown. I will write a review of this book before the new year. ( )
  kybunnies | Oct 19, 2014 |
An unfunny comic rides an unfunny joke to spectacular fame. He overdoses on his ego and then does something very stupid. He’s charged with manslaughter, and pleads “not guilty by reason of celebrity.” Warner offers a blistering critique of American celebrity culture but remembers to make us laugh along the way. If a younger, tougher Larry David wrote a novel, it would be this book. ( )
  michaeladelberg | Feb 16, 2014 |
I really had fun with this book. It goes quickly and gets a bit odd - but it's a wonderful debut from an author who I've been waiting see a debut from since I first encountered his work some years ago. And I've been hearing about this book since I started following the Tournament of Books, so I'm thrilled to've finally had it in hand. It's a good read - and I can't wait to see what comes next.

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  drewsof | Jul 9, 2013 |
A well-written satire on becoming famous and what happens afterwards. The main character goes from struggling comic and devoted husband and dad to self-centered superstar - and then beyond. The book is spot on and snarky about the path upwards to fame, but becomes even more interesting after it all starts to inevitably fall apart. If you like some sarcasm and social commentary with your humor, you should enjoy this book. ( )
  JoLynnsbooks | Jan 10, 2012 |
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The funny man is a middling comic in an unnamed city. By day he takes care of his infant son, by night he performs in small clubs, sandwiched between other aspiring comics. His wife waits tables to support the family. It doesn't sound like much, but they're happy, more or less. Until the day he comes up with it. His thing. His gimmick. And everything changes. He's a headliner, and the venues get bigger fast. Pretty soon it's Hollywood and a starring role in a blockbuster, all thanks to the gimmick. Which is: He performs with his fist in his mouth to the wrist. Jokes, impressions, commercials--all with his fist in his mouth to the wrist. The people want him--are crazy for him--but only with his fist in his mouth. And the funny man, he is tired of having his fist in his mouth. And so, the novel begins, his career's in tatters, his family's left him, and he's on trial for shooting an unarmed man six times. But for the second time in his life, against all odds, he's found love. This time with another celebrity, who may or may not be sending him coded messages, and may or may not be equally in love--or even know he exists. A coruscating satire of our culture of celebrity, The Funny Man documents one individual's slide from everyman to monster, even as it reveals the potential for grace--and mercy--in his life.

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