Seattle author and Jeopardy champion par excellence Ken Jennings has taken to writing books that reflect his wide-ranging knowledge. The newest such, following Brainiac, Maphead, and Because I Said So!, is Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture (Scribner). Ranging from bawdy humor on Sumerian tablets to Twitter doings, this book looks at how central a place in things humor has taken root.
“Ken Jennings hops aboard our thundering avalanche of comedy and surfs it like a pro. Lively, insightful, and crawling with goofy factlings, Planet Funny is for the comedy geek in all of us." —Maria Semple.