I had so much fun reading this book? it made me feel like i was watching all my favorite movies all over again, but even better. usually, explaining why a joke is funny is extremely un-funny, but saul austerlitz takes the best moments of comic film history and makes them even funnier by putting them in context. i laughed as i was being told why i was laughing. the writing is superb. very intelligent but not condescending. and the author treats all comedy as serious art, be it old stars that we don't see much nowadays but critics love to discuss amongst themselves, or modern-day low-brow comedy like scary movie and it's offshoots. i felt validated in the fact that a movie doesn't have to be "important" to be important. i'm hoping for a sequel, if only i could read it again!