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THE BEST AMERICAN HUMOR 1994 by Moshe Waldoks


edited by Moshe Waldoks

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-89940-6
Publisher: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster

``Lady vampires demand their own blood bank!'' Not one to let shame get in the way of compiling a funny book, Waldoks (co-editor, The Big Book of Jewish Humor, not reviewed) even looks at the front page of the Weekly World News, the tabloid of tabloids, from which he pulled the above headline. Also in the ``Miscellaneous'' section of mostly found humor are headlines from real newspapers (``Prostitutes appeal to pope''; ``Survivor of Siamese twins joins parents'') and a gag about not putting ``Descartes before the horse.'' Waldoks has also collected articles and essays by the likes of Emily Prager, Stanley Bing, and Douglas Coupland; sketches and short fiction from folks as diverse as Garrison Keillor and Karen Finley, the two of whom surely never expected to find themselves together between the covers (of the same book); and excerpts from longer works by Philip Roth, Andrei Codrescu, and others. Funny stuff, in all shapes and sizes, some of it cornball camp and some of it sophisticated.