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Literature & Fiction

Released: 2015-05-26

Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People by Matthew Diffee


Finally, a book that’s not for everyone! From award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee—editor of The Rejection Collection and the “de facto leader of a young generation of cartoonists”(The Wall Street Journal)—a hilarious mix of cartoons, visual riffs, and illustrated one liners that will appeal to anyone who is beautiful and intelligent.

For almost fifteen years, Matthew Diffee’s uniquely funny single-panel cartoons have gussied up the pages of The New Yorker, winning him countless fans, big shot friends, and a pile of hilarious material he’s never used. Yet shockingly, a small sector of the population is not enamored with his work. Diffee has met some of these people and reports that they are, without exception, dumb and ugly, whereas the people who enjoy his work are just the opposite. In fact, the smarter and more attractive people are, the more they tend to appreciate Diffee’s humor. This book is for them.

This collection contains Diffee’s funniest drawings and writings from the past decade as well as all-new cartoons and sketches organized into categories that will appeal to smart attractive people in all walks of life, based on profession and circumstance: smart attractive Medical Professionals, sharp and good-looking Old People; beautiful geniuses in Prison; brainy handsome Lumberjacks; and more. Are you an alluring well-read utensil user? Well, there’s a chapter just for you!

If you’re a fan of Demetri Martin and Jack Handey, or if you happen to be George Clooney or Natalie Portman, Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People will leave you laughing your smart attractive ass off.

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Guest Review by Roz Chast

Roz Chast
Matthew Diffee

Matt Diffee’s cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999. Since then his distinctive drawings have made me, and almost everyone I know, laugh like a bat. They don’t look like anyone else’s. He has a style that’s hard to describe. He draws with a soft pencil in a sort of realistic way. The faces are never cartoon-goofy. They have a comic bite that is original and dark and completely his own. He also has some interesting obsessions, like lumberjacks. I never thought much about lumberjacks. But thanks to Matt, I now know: lumberjacks ARE funny. Maybe it’s the hats they wear, or those plaid lumberjack shirts, or the way they stand there in their lumberjackian get-ups, thinking their lumberjack thoughts. It could also be the word “lumberjack.” All I know is that seeing the world through Matt’s eyes makes things seem funnier, which is a good talent to have if for some reason you have decided that you are a cartoonist.

Anyone who reads The New Yorker is familiar with certain cartoon genres: the food cart, the caveman, heaven jokes, cocktail party banter, talking dogs, desk jokes, Grim Reapers, Fountains of Youth, and diners in a restaurant, for starters. It’s no small accomplishment to bring something new and truly funny to these set-ups. Matt does. Bigtime. One of my favorite cartoons—not just in this book, but in the ENTIRE CARTOON UNIVERSE—is the one where a waiter tells a man and woman seated at the table: “Careful. These plates are extremely dirty.” I would say that is a classic gag. Another one is the old man at a crossroads where there are two arrows, one pointing to the Fountain of Youth, the other to the Fountain of Bacon. That's hilarious. I won't quote any more. I don't want to give too many of these jokes away.

His work is contemporary, but never in a contrived way. The drawings are wonderful. This is an original and funny book.

Book Details

Author: Matthew Diffee Publisher: Scribner Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 256


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