Bombardier Books

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: On the Death and Rebirth of Comedy


The Woke are killing comedy—and that makes being a comedian today better than ever!

The Woke—that humorless, joyless, shame-inducing virus—are killing comedy…and that is great for comedians! So argues award-winning comedian Lou Perez in his hilarious and provocative book debut, That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore.

Through the lens of comedy, Lou examines anti-racism, sex, gender, cancel culture, and all the modern-day sacred cows that have been propped up in recent years. An equal-opportunity offender, nothing is safe from his mockery. Lou punches up, he punches down—he’s throwing haymakers in every direction!

This book is a cancellable offense¾but worth the risk. It’s time to fight back: to create, to celebrate, and most importantly, to laugh. These are amazing times, in no small part thanks to the Woke gift to comedy.

Plus, reading That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore will take care of your diversity reading quota. Lou has the results from his DNA test to prove it.

“Lou is the best kind of political satirist—fearless, funny and willing to soar above partisan squabbles. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore proves it, chapter after chapter. Comedy needs more warriors like him, artists willing to tackle the most challenging subjects with wit and wisdom.”

–Christian Toto, Host, The Hollywood in Toto Podcast


That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore is a travelogue of how comedy went from ‘That could be funny¾let’s try it!’ to our current climate where comedy and more importantly, attempts at comedy, are placed under a microscope to ensure the motivational purity of the person telling the joke. From his days as a buff college hottie, through the mean streets of the UCB system, to the deep deep deep weirdness of having and making children in NYC during the height of the Covid-19 debacle, Lou manages to make his personal journey universal and beautiful.”

–Dean Cameron, Hiding somewhere in Hollywood


“Reading That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore is like drinking a cocktail from the safety of an orbital space station while watching the burning terrain below. It offers solace and perspective while witnessing the madness that’s destroying society.”

–Peter Boghossian, co-author How to Have Impossible Conversations


“A serious theme underlies this compulsively readable, laugh-out-loud tour of today’s comedy landscape. Comedian Lou Perez argues persuasively that a healthy society thrives on nurturing funny folks whose jokes shock, dismay, and outrage us.”

–Gene Epstein, Director of the Soho Forum


“Lou Perez is an exhilarating reminder of what sane people sounded like before social media, pronoun obsessions, and plague paranoia destroyed most Americans’ minds, leaving them tragically incapable of appreciating comedy or life¾especially in New York City, where he was living before writing the book. Without hatred or pettiness but with many laughs, Perez shows how that which parades itself as ‘tolerance’ is often just another excuse to make one’s fellow humans miserable, sometimes while advancing one’s own career. (Of course, the culture has moved so far to the left that this book might now get ‘canceled’ just for having a cover photo resembling one from a Smiths album, since their lead singer Morrisey, though a gay vegan immigrant musician who hates Margaret Thatcher, has recently been criticized for his wariness of Islam. It never ends. But if Morrissey himself reads the book, he might like the chapter defending Charlie Hebdo, or the oddly frequent jokes suggesting Perez is bi-curious.)”

Todd Seavey, author of Libertarianism for Beginners and columnist at


“All great truths begin as blasphemies. The same can be said of jokes. And in his debut book, That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, comedian Lou Perez delivers truth and blasphemy with punch lines. Each chapter is a killer performance, so I highly recommend the audiobook version, which Lou narrates.”

–Nadine Strossen, Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)