"2007-Eleven and Other American Comedies," by Frank...

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June 25, 2000|By Michael Pakenham

"2007-Eleven and Other American Comedies," by Frank Cammuso and Hart Seely (Random House, 165 pages, $19.95)

Touted as a "satire of our media culture," this is an irresistible compilation of take-offs on events and phenomena both historic and contemporary. Try the Last Supper as described by the waiter (who thinks Jesus' hair is "very B.C.") -- or the Wicked Witch's tort litigation against Dorothy for taking her livelihood (her broom) and melting her. The title piece is a faux-terror story of "Mart," a computerized cash register that monitors everything that is happening in a Seven-11 -- until the really dangerous stuff begins. In all, a joy and a delight by two of the funniest writers scribbling today.

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