October 10, 2011

MonsterMatt’s Bad Monster Jokes Vol. 1 (Review)

Bad Monster Jokes Vol. 1

By MonsterMatt Patterson

West Neb Books: 2011

4 / 5 zedheads

Q: What’s the film about undead high interest blood-thirsty loans?
A: Night of the Living Debt!
It's hard to succeed at comedy but it's even harder to succeed at bad comedy.

A writer of intentionally bad jokes faces an almost impossible task: make the audience laugh while giving the illusion of failure. It's a paradox you only find in the world of jokes. A lethargic action movie is never exciting. A boring horror movie is never scary. A bad joke, however, can be funny. Sometimes even hilarious. With this is in mind, please know when I say that MonsterMatt Patterson's Bad Monster Jokes Vol.1 is full of horrible puns and full-out groaners that I mean this as nothing but a compliment.

I love bad jokes. I grew up with Halloween joke books full of spooky puns and ghastly groaners. It's for this reason that I have such a soft spot for the cheesy dialogue of the Cryptkeeper, for example. MonsterMatt's Bad Monster Jokes Vol. 1 is the closest thing I've read that captures that tongue-in-cheek, cheese-ball spirit of the monster joke books of my youth. If, like me, you or your family delight in puns and love monster movies, then MonsterMatt's Bad Monster Jokes Vol. 1 will make a great Halloween gift this season.

What sets MonsterMatt's jokes apart from the other joke books on the market is that his jokes go beyond the general monsters we've seen before. Sure, you get some batty jokes about vampires and some very hairy quips about werewolves, but there are also jokes about the work of H.P. Lovecraft, the movie Piranha, and even the current cult favorite The Human Centipede. Where else are you going to find puns based on the film Basket Case or the Nazi Zombie comedy Dead Snow?

Topped off with song parodies, lyrics, and rhymes, MonsterMatt's Bad Monster Jokes Vol. 1 should bring you a Halloween evening of cheese-ball chuckles. Some of the writing is a little rough around the edges -- I think the book needed a few more editorial passes to revise some awkward wording -- but it's a charming throwback to the bad jokes of childhood written with a modern bite.