Jay Leno’s How to Be the Funniest Kid in the World (or just in your class)
Submitter: As Librarians, we’re taught not to have our personal biases interfere with collection policy, but part of me can’t help but wonder where is the book for those of us on Team Coco? Oh, that’s right…we’re too cool to do something this corny!
I also wonder what kid under 12 years old – who would be the one browsing shelves in the children’s department versus the teen stacks – would really be fired up about entering a contest to “Win a trip to The Tonight Show”…shouldn’t they be in bed? Is his nightly monologue even appropriate or appealing to kids?! And yes, this book is still on the stacks…
The most unfortunate part of this book is one specific “Funny Friends” citation. “Funny Friends” is a small quarter page insert that occurs about every 15 pages highlighting other comedians and some of their most “notable” quotes or jokes. On page 61 he cites George Carlin’s alternate “America the Beautiful” lyrics, and considering current events, I really doubt it would get many laughs:
for smoggy skies,
for strip-mined mountains majesty,
above the asphalt plains.
man sheds its waste on thee,
and hides the pines
with billboard signs,
from sea to oily sea.
Holly: I agree – I’m not sure Jay Leno is the right guy to be teaching kids how to be funny. Do kids know who he is? I doubt very many have seen The Tonight Show (let alone the drama of late night tv ). Any kid who is excited by the contest will be sorely disappointed when he learns that it ended five years ago. Anyway Mary and I are always going to be on Team Jimmy Kimmel.