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The Last Laugh

Author : Phil Berger
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The first and only book to take readers fully into the bizarre universe of the stand-up comic, from its earliest origins in the antics of Milton Berle and Sid Caesar to today's hottest acts.

Chasing the Last Laugh

Author : Richard Zacks
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From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain’s late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy—and revived his world-class sense of humor Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation’s worst investors. “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate,” he wrote. “When he can’t afford it and when he can.” The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard. “I have a perfect horror and heart-sickness over it,” she wrote. “I cannot get away from the feeling that business failure means disgrace.” But Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the fifty-nine-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the “platform” again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories—such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco—and spun them into a ninety-minute performance. Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa. He rode an elephant twice and visited the Taj Mahal. He saw Zulus dancing and helped sort diamonds at the Kimberley mines. (He failed to slip away with a sparkly souvenir.) He played shuffleboard on cruise ships and battled captains for the right to smoke in peace. He complained that his wife and daughter made him shave and change his shirt every day. The great American writer fought off numerous illnesses and travel nuisances to circle the globe and earn a huge payday and a tidal wave of applause. Word of his success, however, traveled slowly enough that one American newspaper reported that he had died penniless in London. That’s when he famously quipped: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Throughout his quest, Twain was aided by cutthroat Standard Oil tycoon H.H. Rogers, with whom he had struck a deep friendship, and he was hindered by his own lawyer (and future secretary of state) Bainbridge Colby, whom he deemed “head idiot of this century.” In Chasing the Last Laugh, author Richard Zacks, drawing extensively on unpublished material in notebooks and letters from Berkeley’s ongoing Mark Twain Project, chronicles a poignant chapter in the author’s life—one that began in foolishness and bad choices but culminated in humor, hard-won wisdom, and ultimate triumph.

The Last Laugh

Author : Bill De Mott
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The Last Laugh and Other Stories

Author : Chinelo Achebe
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The Last Laugh and Other Stories

Author : Hugo Martinez-Serros
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This collection of stories about life in the Mexican-American community in South Chicago includes such titles as "The last laugh," "Distillation," "The birthday present," and "Father Palomo"

The Last Laugh

Author : Ben Payne
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Having the Last Laugh

Author : Aaron Kumar
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Day in day out, across the globe we hear stories of bullying, kids losing confidence and worse still being permanently scarred for life. In our society we sometimes have a tendency to focus on the negatives. It comes from the old adage "is the glass half empty or half full?" I understand more than anyone how a youngster can have their confidence crushed in this cruel world that we live in. In this book I will share with you my school life, from the lowest possible moments all the way up to reaching a personal goal of mine.

The Last Laugh

Author : Arjuna Ardagh
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"I stood on the bridge just before midnight, the wind from the ocean arriving in violent blasts, as if saying under its breath, ‘Jump, motherf***er, jump.’ This was the last of a string of attempted departures, most orchestrated in my tired mind. Always a bitter reminder of all that had been lost and destroyed by my foolishness." When suicide feels like your best option, you know something has gone horribly wrong – and that’s just how Matt Thomson felt. He had lost everything: his wife, his children, his job, all his money, and his front door key. But everything changes when he meets Joey Murphy, ex-Merchant Marine, entrepreneur, teacher, and wild man, an enigmatic mixture of Forrest Gump, Merlin, and a long-lost best friend. Upon hearing Matt’s woes, Joey offers Matt a life-changing deal he can’t resist: "The life you know has been completely predetermined by automatic habits, both your triumphs and your failures. If you are really at the end of your rope, these habits will drop away, and you will be free . . . I give you ten days, starting today. I will show you all you need to see. It is up to you." And with the deal struck, Joey leads Matt on the roller-coaster ride of his life: a ten-day adventure filled with dodging cop cars, playing Blind Man’s baseball on the edge of a cliff, finding heaven in a Taco Bell, and learning how to open the hearts of total strangers. Joey introduces Matt to "the True Teacher," but also leads him to face his own deepest darkness and despair.

The Terrible Two s Last Laugh

Author : Mac Barnett
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It’s Miles and Niles’s final year at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy, and the Terrible Two have one goal: an epic prank. Something big, something brilliant, something that will leave a lasting legacy at their school. Which should be easy-peasy for these experts, especially now that their principal has gone from archnemesis to pranking protégé. But their smooth sailing gets downright bumpy when they find out that the new superintendent is none other than Bertrand Barkin, their principal’s father . . . and their sworn enemy. Now that Former Principal Barkin is Acting Superintendent Barkin, he has a first order of business: his long-promised revenge on the Terrible Two. This rollicking finale to the bestselling series by Mac Barnett and Jory John will settle once and for all who—between quick wits and powerful fists—will have the last laugh.

The Last Laugh A Romantic Comedy That Will Make You Laugh and Cry

Author : Tracy Bloom
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'I've googled it, how to die, ' Jenny says to Maureen. 'It was full of climbing this mountain, swimming that sea, becoming a marathon runner and raising millions for charity.' 'Sounds like bloody hard work. You can make it more fun than that surely?' Jenny discovers her days are numbered at the same time she discovers her husband is having an affair... Frankly, her life was tough enough already. Two tricky teenagers, her mother's constant complaints, friends who aren't up to the job and a career which has been spiralling downwards since she won 'Sunseeker Tour Rep of the Season' twenty years ago. And now this: a cheating husband and a death sentence. Enough is enough. Jenny vows to keep both catastrophes a secret. She takes her life - and death - into her own hands and decides to live as she did when she was happiest... in 1996. She plans a spectacular 1990s themed party in place of a wake that she herself will attend. But will she be able to keep her secrets for long enough to have the party of a lifetime? From No. 1 bestseller Tracy Bloom, The Last Laugh is both hilarious and heartbreaking, a book about how to find happiness and live your life as though every day is your last. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and The Kicking the Bucket List. What readers are saying about The Last Laugh: 'Oh this was such a brilliant read. I was engrossed and laughed out loud and welled up. It was great!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'A stunning book that was both funny and incredibly heartbreakingly sad. This book was just a wonderful celebration of the character's life, strength and courage. Fabulous.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Absolutely loved this book! What should be a really sad story is written so well and with such zest and optimism that it's impossible not to be smiling. A beautifully-told tale.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Thought-provoking, warm, and extremely funny. You will love Jenny! She is all of us! A hard-working, sweats wearing, wine-loving mother (complete with "mom body"), who possesses a great sense of humour about everything...even death.' Reels and Reads 'I laughed and cried in equal measure at this book... highly recommended.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'I have loved every Tracy Bloom book I've picked up and this one was no exception! I laughed and cried... Reading it has given me a new perspective! You really don't know the minute your world could change forever. I read it in one day!' The Introverted Mum 'A wonderful blend of humour and at times tears, as Jenny struggles to "live" each moment and to move as if she was "on top of the world" in 1996... Jenny has courage along with humour and as she says: "Time to start living." Great story!' Goodreads reviewer 'This book is heartbreaking at times but hilarious in others... fantastic.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'If Tracy Bloom's other books are like The Last Laugh she definitely has a new fan. I felt instantly connected to the main character, Jenny, like I was part of her life... It inspired me to make the most of the life I have.' After the Rain

The Last Laugh

Author : Jose Aruego
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A wordless tale in which a clever duck outwits a bullying snake.

The Last Laugh

Author : Raymond A. Moody
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The psychologist revists his work in near-death experience to examine the treatment given his research by parapsychologists, professional skeptics, and Christian fundamentalists.

The Last Laugh

Author : George Hillocks (Jr.)
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The Last Laugh Joke Book

Author : Alex Newman
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This book is a collection of over 600 inappropriate, possibly offensive, and definitely not safe for work jokes. So why is it called "The Last Laugh Joke Book?" Because the creator, Alex Newman, put this book together as a means to recover from the financial debt he was left with after a bad breakup. Alex turned to humor to help himself laugh, cope and recover emotionally from the mess his ex left. Now, the proceeds of this book will help cover the financial damage he was stuck with. In his own words- readers will "buy a book, laugh your ass off, and help a guy out." If he can use humor to entertain others and get people to laugh while paying off the debt he didn't create, then in his mind, he gets the last laugh. The content of this book is for adults only.

The Last Laugh

Author : Linda Wiges
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When recent college graduate Vanessa Martin accepts her first teaching job, she doesn't expect the year to hold much excitement. But it isn't long before small-town Haven gives her all the conflict and turmoil she can handle. David Bingham, the high school principal, proves to be a controlling and dangerous man, bent on fulfilling his own agenda for the school and town. Moving into an apartment in a run-down old mansion throws her into the lives of a group of displaced clowns. After a bad experience with the creepy clowns of two years ago, no one in town, least of all Bingham, wants those tenants to stay. Nessa finds herself in the middle of it all. Alongside a handsome private eye, she fights for justice for her unpopular neighbors. The tension builds until the final pages reveal who gets the last laugh.

The Last Laugh

Author : Joe Foley
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What if you could have a bird's-eye view of the stylings of a brilliant, yet diabolical, serial killer? A killer whose campaign of horror intersects with the investigative talents of his equal - a driven, talented detective, determined to end the gruesome crusade. Imagine watching up close as their thought processes manifest in a psychotic game, a contest in which every move necessitates the placement of a new game piece - the game pieces being dead bodies. You are invited to witness the spine-tingling terror as it unfolds, right through to The Last Laugh.

The Last Laugh

Author : Michelle Dorey
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From Michelle Dorey, bestselling author of paranormal suspenseSome secrets should have stayed buried...Finding the century home in the idyllic lakeside town of Westport was the best thing that could have happened to Sharon. She'd turn it into a B&B and finally run her own business. Who said that it was all downhill at fifty? This is a change of life all right-a change for the better. She and Peter could slide right into being empty nesters. Except...the Victorian era place isn't quite as vacant as they thought. It begins with puzzling events like a TV set turning on by itself...then some flickering lights...nothing big; just new house jitters, right? The house was just a new home Sharon would get used to. They'd get an electrician in, and that would be that. Or is it something else? Years ago, Liam Gallagher, a hard working man who loved practical jokes and pranks died in a tragic accident. Or was it an accident? As Sharon tries to uncover these long buried secrets, her own bizarre past comes back to haunt her. As a young child, she had a 'gift' of an otherworldly nature. She could find lost items, know peoples' secrets and even have foretelling of dangerous events. It faded when she matured, and she never spoke of it. But it's back now.With a vengeance.Rage and long past hatreds are resurrected. Sharon and her family aren't just in the way.They're the newest victims. It's time for one last laugh.The Hauntings of Kingston are a series of standalone tales of the occult that take place in and around the enigmatic city of Kingston...

Bernard Shaw The Shaw companion The last laugh Rev ed Complete notes Cumulative index

Author : Michael Holroyd
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The Last Laugh

Author : Lynn Freed
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*A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice* From the award-winning author Lynn Freed, who’s been called a “literary star” by The New York Times Book Review, comes a hilarious and brilliant new novel about the riotous, passion-filled adventures of three women who thought they were past their prime. To escape their griping grown children, husbands and lovers, and an abundance of grandchildren underfoot, three self-proclaimed “old bags,” Dania, Ruth, and Bess, head for a quiet island on the Aegean Sea. They’ll spend a year by the water—watching the sunset, eating grilled fish and fresh olives, sipping ouzo. They deserve it, they say. After all those years, the three women will finally have some peace. Except that they can’t. For one, Bess, a pampered, once-beautiful inheritress, falls swiftly into an affair with a poetry-writing taxi driver—who has, of course, a territorial wife. And Dania, a therapist, begins to receive an increasing number of cryptically menacing phone calls from a psychotic patient. An ex-lover of Ruth’s shows up unexpectedly, right before one of Bess’s does—and then the women’s children arrive, with their own demanding children in tow. As the island quickly becomes crowded, the women’s serene year in Greece devolves perilously, and uproariously, into something much more complicated. With the wit of Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different and all the adventure of Deborah Moggach’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lynn Freed’s The Last Laugh is at once wildly funny and deeply perceptive, an exuberant story of friendship and pleasure, family and love.

Last Laugh Best Laugh

Author : Chinyere Chukwudum Ebom
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