This is an anatomy of humor -- and it's still a joke book. A professional comedian, Joey Adams investigates the operators of the joke machine, examines the gag files, and generally proves that ""comedy is no laughing matter"". Wits, humorists, clowns, murderers, satirists, the sicknics,- are diagnosed for their types of ""make funny""; material and delivery, using jokes properly, creating a gag, are part of this blueprinting; and there is an overflow of giggle stuff to illustrate the points in question. The written and the spoken, the radio and the TV, the banquet and testimonial, the spontaneous and the planned, the monologue and the conversational -- are all part of this study. There's a dictionary of jokes and Adams' wife Cindy contributes some fast talk from her column. For the omniverous as well as the collector of funning -- from A -- Z.