Comedy

Internet usage among older adults lags behind younger user and many older adults cite the lack of relevancy to their lives as a reason for not going online.  However, internet usage by older adults has been slowly increasing and websites written by and for older adults are available. Websites challenging readers to decide what is ageist are Ashley Appleton's  Yo, Is this ageist? , Dr. Bill Thomas' Changing Aging discusses alternative care options, and Senior Planet  encourages aging with an attitude.

Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson

 Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator. In their polite acts of sabotage and ruthless jockeying for the position of cultural arbiter Mapp and Lucia tear up the conventions of drawing-room bridge evenings as their deadly weapons. Things finally come to a head with Miss Mapp's audacious attempt to steal her rival's celebrated Lobster a la Riseholme. E.F. Benson's charming satrical bent turns the pretensions and snobberies of English village life into a vicious comedy.

Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols

First in a trilogy, Merry Hall is the account of the restoration of a house and garden in post-war England. Though Mr. Nichols's horticultural undertaking is serious, his writing is high-spirited, riotously funny, and, at times, deliciously malicious.

"Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as 'The Producers,' 'Blazing Saddles,' 'Young Frankenstein,' 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and 'Stir Crazy,' died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83." (Variety http://variety.com/2016/film/news/gene-wilder-dead-dies-willie-wonka-young-frankenstein-1201846745)

Please check our collection for works by this heart-warming performer. He will be missed.

A spoof of every cliché in the western film genre, telling the story of an African American sheriff who is sent to clean up a frontier town, with unpredictable results.

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It tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment..

Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

"An initially breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions that slowly sneaks up on you and packs a major wallop."--Variety.

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Presents a collection of jokes for young readers, including one liners, knock knock jokes, and tongue twisters.

Sleepless knight by James Sturm

The Knight and his trusty horse Edward go on a camping trip, but the Knight cannot sleep when he discovers he has left his beloved teddy bear behind.

The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video game systems, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides backup.

On a nature hike with her class, young Amelia Bedelia's literal-mindedness causes confusion along with some laughs.

Baaad sheep by Dosh Archer

When three sick sheep arrive at City Hospital with upset tummies, Dr. Glenda needs to find out what's wrong and make them feel better.

A collection of five stories about a family of silly people, based on noodle folklore from America, India, Japan, Korea, and the Arabian Nights.

Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

 

Ideas about humor may vary, but each of these has laugh potential.

Little Dee and the penguin by Christopher Baldwin

After her park ranger father dies, Little Dee is swept off on an adventure with a group of animals as they try to protect their penguin friend from being eaten by a pair of hungry polar bears.

A collection of cartoons from the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes," celebrating the tenth anniversary of the strip's publication.

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