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BOOK REVIEW — Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside

Posted October 12th 2011 by J. Edison Thomas.

Sad Monsters

My attitude towards humor follows what I think of as the "Weird Al Yankovic Principle."  I'm sure someone smarter has come up with a better name, but it stems from how often Weird Al's song titles are all there really is to laugh about in a Weird Al song.  This concept comes up a lot during Saturday Night Live skits—often the emergence of the idea behind the skit has you laughing, and then four minutes later you wonder why they didn't cut it off four minutes ago.  The Onion fake news website has a solid understanding of this principle.  Often, rather than introducing a funny idea and then beating it into the ground over several paragraphs, they have the sense to limit it to one "news in brief" paragraph, or simply leave it at the headline alone.  Speaking of fake news, an Emmy Award–winning writer for The Colbert Report wrote a humor book called Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside.  Clever readers will already have guessed where this 171-page book falls on the Weird Al Principle metric.

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