The Laugh Supper By Leonard Ryzman

The description of the book The Laugh Supper by Leonard Ryzman says that is one of the most hilarious books you will ever read about an impromptu dinner party hosted by an average joe, it appears, with nine legends such as Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.  These legends show up through time travel of some sort and spend a couple of hours discussing a variety of subjects over dinner that is phoned in for the last minute party.

I just…I’m lost here and I’m not sure where to begin.  I usually try to find points to compliment the author on and some points for constructive criticism with the hope that I enjoyed the book and there’s more of the former than the latter.  As I sit here I realize I have truly stumbled upon a neutral review, one I didn’t just inch upwards because I wanted to be nice.  To begin with, I didn’t find the book to be overly funny.  But then I thought about it and I remembered this class I took in college and it was way over my head and some kid and the professor proved we didn’t exist and were laughing and I must have looked like my head was going to explode and the professor catching a glimpse of me told me I didn’t look so great and dismissed me from his class and I realized this is what happened here.  This is a funny book for smart people like Spencer Reed from Criminal Minds or Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.  The author has to be super smart.

And then I realized that while I didn’t exactly see the character’s personalities shinning through and it seemed anyone could volley up the next punch line, I realized this really smart author actually took quotes from these famous people and used them.  While it still didn’t feel like the characters were well developed I certainly can’t argue that that’s not what they would have said either.  And so again, my mind has exploded.  I can’t offer a comment.  The only small criticism I can give is I think it might have been funnier if they weren’t so familiar with the technology of the time.  I have to think how funny the movie Hocus Pocus was in bringing back witches who had to contend with new technology and how hysterical it was and I kind of would have enjoyed watching Di Vinci figure out DVD players and the sort.  On the positive side, the book was nicely edited and the chapters were a great length.

I’m going to give this book a four even though I feel neutral and I’m doing so because it must have taken quite a bit of work looking up quotes and sorting through that mess and because I could easily see this going down at the college I attended when we spent the days throwing around theories and even though I wasn’t one of the smart kids who proved we didn’t exist I could hold my own in philosophy and I had nice flashbacks of my younger years so the nostalgia earned you some points in my book.  I notice the author has some other books and I might give one of them a try as well and I feel like if you got me to read another of your books you might have something.

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