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Eating Salad Drunk

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I was first drawn to this book by the title.  However, I was intrigued by the idea of the book - I had to write haikus in school, but I don't know much beyond that, except they were often a pain to write.  I loved the way this book had so many comedians that I know of write these haikus and how much humor can come out of a few syllables.  It's a fun read.
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I love a good haiku so I tore my way through this collection with abandon. Some were laugh out loud funny, some were dark and delicious. It's an all-star list of contributors too, from Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho, Ray Romano, Zach Woods and so many more!

Plus, there are awesome illustrations sprinkled through the book, so it's super visual as well.

If you enjoy haikus definitely pick this one up.
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Hilarious haikus on a variety of subjects are sure to make readers laugh. Crafted like perfectly executed jokes, these haikus take the form to a new place: one you’ll wish you could stay longer in. Highly recommended.
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Some of the Haiku in this collection land better than others but overall it was an enjoyable read. The title may be a deterrent to some who would enjoy the collection as a whole but might not choose to pick up the book based on its titling. I personally found that haiku to be one of the funniest and wouldn't change the title in any way.
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What a delightfully irreverent book! I really enjoyed the selection of haikus in the Food section; there are some real gems that make you chuckle and think. Reading these definitely put a smile on my face and I hope that everyone gets to relish some joy in these uncertain and anxious times we currently inhabit.
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Eating Salad Drunk by Gabe Henry was a fast read for me. It was fine, and it was entertaining enough to pass some time, but it wasn't my style of humor and I didn't find it very funny. Maybe I'm a little younger than the intended audience.
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This was a very quick and enjoyable read. I look forward to passing along this recommendation to friends. A few of the haiku made me genuinely laugh out loud.
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quirky. not for me but entertaining & a good gift for people who like random haiku commentary on life
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*This book was provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I like to think of haiku as bite-sized poetry, and this book is no exception. The various themes of Eating Salad Drunk were relevant to life today, and it was enjoyable to see how clever and creative each of the contributors were when writing poetry that follows such a specific and rigid style. Overall, I thought the book was humorous and very creative.
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Being a comedian is not easy. You’re always trying to find the fastest route to a laugh in your audience. Author and manager of a popular Brooklyn comedy venue Gabe Henry realized that an easy way to distill the funniness into one short bite is to use the form of a haiku poem. We are taught to think of haikus as serious poems, about nature and emotions and humanity. But the truth is that a lot of the early haikus were funny. And Henry is bringing the poetry form back to that 17-syllable joke with the help of some of the funniest people in the business. 

The topics include relationships, screens, nature, food, friends, family, self-love and self-loathing, and wisdom, to name a few. And these gems come from a range comedy names, from Jerry Seinfeld to Mike Birbiglia, from Margaret Cho to Maria Bamford. You may know these names from prime time television (Greg Proops, Colin Mochrie, Ray Romano), from movies (Kevin Smith, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo), from NPR’s comedy shows (Ophira Eisenberg, Joel Kim Booster, Josh Gondelman, Alonzo Bodden), or from local comedy stages. Some of these comedians you may know well already, and for some this may be an introduction, but it’s the variety of voices that make this collection so special. 

Now, some of these haiku may not follow the strictest of the haiku rules, but comedians aren’t really known for their ability to color inside the lines. It’s their invention and ingenuity, their ability to build bridges between ideas, that creates the comedy we love. These short poems are packed with punches, twisty with truths, and laughably enlightening. They take something you thought you knew and turn it upside down, bringing you a new perspective in just a few lines. 

I enjoyed Eating Salad Drunk so much. In truth, I read it several times, sometimes going from the beginning to the end, other times jumping around, looking for my favorite topics or comedians. There are so many contributors to this that there is something in it for everyone, no matter what kind of comedy you like. It would make an amazing gift for anyone needing a pick-me-up, or for anyone wanting to be a comedian themselves (although I’m not sure if it would encourage them towards comedy or away from it).

Seriously though, this is just a fun little book filled with nuggets of humor, and comedy fans will love it. As a bonus, Gabe Henry is donating all the proceeds of the sale of the books to a nonprofit organization helping comedians with mental illness or addiction issues as well as those needing help because of the recent pandemic. So basically, it’s a good cause, a good gift, and a good laugh. 

Egalleys for Eating Salad Drunk were provided by St. Martin’s Griffin through NetGalley, but between requesting the book and getting the approval, I also won a copy on Goodreads, and I’m so thankful for both.
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The first time I remember having anxiety was in the third grade when I was told to write a haiku. If I had known then that haikus could be this silly, perhaps I wouldn't have had such a difficult time with the assignment. "Eating Salad Drunk" is a collection of haikus written by some of the best names in comedy, touching on relatable subjects such as dating, food, and being terminally online. As it turns out, there's really not that big of a difference between a haiku and a one-liner, and infuriatingly clever. The perfect gift for all your comedy-nerd friends who will say, "Hey, I recognize that name!"
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This was a really interesting concept, but I think I was wanting a little more. Still a fun, quick read though, and would definitely be something to buy and use as a coffee table book.
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When I first saw the premise, I was very excited. Haikus? By comedians? Exactly what I wanted! And while I did find humor, it wasn't as much as I'd hoped for. There is certainly a lot of discussion that could be generated by any of the poems contained within, which is partly what saved this for me. But for a book meant to be funny, it hit the nail on the head of some serious realities of our tech-heavy world.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review!
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Eating Salad Drunk is a bunch of haikus by comedians that you have probably never heard of. The book proves two things.

1. Haikus are more fun to write than to read, and
2. Comedians are no better than anyone else in writing humorous ones.

I’m disappointed. I had high hopes for this high concept book. Unfortunately, Eating Salad Drunk is just not funny. It’s a cute idea that never takes off. Read at your own risk. 2 stars.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Griffin and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Silly little book that will make you smile.  Haikus written by comedians who certainly know how to pack a laugh.
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What a bazaar poetry collection!

I was originally interested in reviewing this because I recognized some of the comedians involved like Kevin Smith and Aubrey Plaza. In the end, some of my favorites were from contributors I wasn't as familiar with.

I loved the sections Screen Time, Modern Romance, and Entertainment, but I definitely had different favorites from different parts of the collection.

I'll leave you with this from the great Bob Odenkirk

"Shoot the show for months.
Talk about the show for years.
Binge it in a day."
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This is a lighthearted coffee table book. It's essentially a collection of haikus by a lot of comedians I've never heard of. Some of the exact same haikus are repeated. There was some discussion on not understanding TikTok and it came across like that image of the old guy with the skateboard. The illustrations were my favorite part of this poetry collection.
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Asking a stand-up comedian to write a poem is like asking Van Gogh to paint your house. Sure, he could do it, but it ain’t going to be as good as Starry Starry Night. ⭐️🌙⭐️

I found every fifth or sixth poem absolutely hilarious, and could have skipped the rest. Not the worst hit or miss ratio, but I was pretty hyped with all those boldfaced names on the cover. The funniest poems were actually from comedians I wasn’t familiar with. 

I can see this collection inspiring people to write their own funny haikus on Twitter or elsewhere—there’s always room for more humorous verse in the world.

P.S. Don’t skip the introduction—it’s actually a great introduction to haiku and it’s place in poetry past and present.
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I loved this book! Many of the haiku are laugh-out-loud funny (if you find sarcasm and snark plus wordplay and pessimism funny). I plan on getting it for my library and reading it aloud to whoever is nearby.
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I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it.  It was clever, funny, cutting.  And it has some Haikus  from some famous and funny comedians.  That said, I think the impact of a comedic Haiku is blunted in the age of Twitter.  The syllable limit is not the same as a character limit, but the search for short, clever, punchy, surprising jokes is very similar.  So this was a fun collection, but I think it has a similar half-life to that of a tweet, and, similar to tweets, a week after reading as I write this review I can't remember a single poem.  

This collection was 
Quite fun but insubstantial.
Eating Salad Drunk
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