The Mirth of a Nation: Audio Companion, Fellow Traveler and Friend for Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael J. Rosen
Narrator: Tony Roberts
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Comedy, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: November 2002
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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Perfect for commuter train rides, rush-hour gridlock, Pilates work-outs, or any time when levity might add to the very quality of life. With inimitable contributions by Merrill Markoe, Dave Barry, Garry Trudeau and Bruce McCall, you have a triumphant salute to one of America's greatest assets: its sense of humor.

A salvo of hilarity from that loose canon of American humor that Mirth of a Nation editor Michael J. Rosen has culled from some 1200 pages of brilliantly original works by our best contemporary humorists. This action-packed compilation of highlights (FYI, we have no intention of mentioning "the funnybone" and how these CDs are sure to tickle it) includes Bobbie Ann Mason's stint at the La Bamba hotline, David Rakoff's insights on families, Andy Borowitz's memoir of Emily Dickinson (basically, she was a drunken jerk), and Michael Feldman's helpful (re)locating of the Midwest.

Performed by Tony Roberts, Susie Essman, with guest performances by Stephen Collins, Michael Feldman, Cynthia Kaplan, Martha Plimpton, David Rakoff, M. Sweeney Lawless, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Mark O'Donnell.

Reviews (1)

Not funny

Written by Anonymous on March 11th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I was looking forward to this book. The two by Bill Bryson about Paris were funny. But it was all down hill from there. The humor was not only not funny, it was at times just about repulsive - I'm not prudish, but the one on Emily Dickinson was offensive. I sent it back early - no need to be so mentally insulted.

Author Details

Author Details

Rosen, Michael J.

The editor of "More Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor, " Michael J. Rosen has been called the unofficial organizer of the National Humor Writer's Union, a pretty good idea for an organization that could offer all kinds of benefits to its struggling members (currently numbering more than 300 who have never been published in "The New Yorker" or aired on NPR). He has been called other things as well, like in third grade, and then in seventh grade especially, by certain older kids known as "hoods," who made his life miserable, specifically during gym class, lunch period and after scho