Book Review: The Official Book of Mob Humor

The Official Book of Mob Humor

By: Malcolm Kushner

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411. 978-1934759516, $ 9.95, 2012, 189 pages. Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Decidedly Entertaining

Award winning author Malcolm Kushner, often recognized as “America’s Favorite Humor Consultant,” adds a new title to his repertoire of published collections of quips, quotes, jokes, and anecdotes. “The Official Book of Mob Humor” is packed with wit, wisdom, and headlines featuring quirks, oddities, and idiosyncrasies, of the mob. Kushner’s humor is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone every law abiding citizen, officer of the law, as well as the families and associates of Mafia members from every ethnic group.

I especially enjoyed the creative message and imagination in the cartoon illustrations drawn by Kenny Durkins.  Another of the featured that kept me laughing was the chapter “Headline Hits” made up of humor found in actual newspaper headlines.  “The Interrogation Room” contains Mob Q & A, featuring hilarious one line riddle like questions with funny quip answers from “downright corny” to “brilliantly clever.”

For movie fans Kushner includes a comprehensive list of “mob related comedies” with wild hilarious plots involving mobsters, racketeers, and criminals from every imaginable diversity.  He also includes memorable quotes from these movies.

In a day when the experts are touting “laughing” as a way for finding health and happiness, and doctors are prescribing “laughter” as a stress reliever, Malcolm Kushner’s humor  is destined to establish this book as “The Official Book of Mob Humor.”  Decidedly entertaining.  Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.