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03/23/2015

Aspiring Kid Comedian Jamie Grimm Is Getting His Own TV Show!

Barnes & Noble and James Patterson Teamed Up for an Exclusive Joke Drive to Help Beloved Character Jamie Grimm of the I Funny Series Get on TV
 
Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide Collected More Than 21,000 Jokes Thanks to the I Totally Funniest Joke Drive to Make Jamie Grimm’s Dream Come True

New York, NY – March 23, 2015 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced the big news that young readers across the country have been waiting for: aspiring kid comedian Jamie Grimm is landing his own TV show! In February, Barnes & Noble joined forces with James Patterson, the record-breaking bestselling author, to launch an exclusive joke drive in an effort to help Jamie Grimm, the main character in the bestselling I Funny series for young readers, fulfill his dream of getting his own TV show. During the month-long I Totally Funniest Joke Drive, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide collected more than 21,000 jokes covering a huge variety of topics ranging from birds to jalapenos, guitars to fish, and chickens to candy canes, to help make Jamie’s dream a reality.
 
James Patterson is thrilled with the I Totally Funniest Joke Drive and how it brought Jamie Grimm that much closer to accomplishing his mission of becoming the world’s greatest stand-up comedian. Patterson provided the following letter of thanks to Barnes & Noble customers:
 
Dear Readers,
 
You did it!  You joined me and Barnes & Noble in a coast-to-coast joke drive!
 
Not only did we get kids reading, we got kids laughing. I’m entirely blown away by the spirit and humor of the jokes and stories that young readers contributed at stores across the country.
 
The response was so great that there is no question that Jamie Grimm—star of the I Funny book series—will be getting his TV show.
 
To celebrate this milestone, Barnes & Noble is revealing the cover of Jamie’s next book, I Funny TV, an exclusive edition of which will be on sale at Barnes & Noble on December 21.
 
I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for bringing more reading—and laughter—into the world.
 
All my best,
JP
 
To celebrate the huge success of the I Totally Funniest Joke Drive, today Barnes & Noble is revealing the cover of the next book in the I Funny series, I Funny TV, on sale December 21. Customers can pre-order a special Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of the book online at BN.com and in stores now. The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of I Funny TV will come with a special “I Funny Build-Your-Own 3D Paper TV Set.” 
 
The I Funny series follows Jamie as he moves to a new town where he’s stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. He has big dreams of being the best stand-up comic in the world, and after winning the state finals in the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest, Jamie scores big on national TV in the semifinals. In I Totally Funniest, the latest installment in the I Funny series, the pressure is on Jamie to come up with his best material ever to snag the final win in Hollywood and fulfill his dream of getting his own TV show – and that’s where Barnes & Noble customers and the I Totally Funniest Joke Drive came in.
 
“We are so excited that Barnes & Noble was able to team up with James Patterson for the I Totally Funniest Joke Drive and invite our customers across the country to submit their funniest material so Jamie Grimm, the hugely popular character from the bestselling I Funny series, could have the chance to become a giant television success,” said Mary Amicucci, Vice President, Adult Trade and Children’s Books. “Barnes & Noble is on team Jamie Grimm. More than 21,000 hysterical jokes were submitted by our customers on his behalf, and we’re excited to celebrate the success of the I Totally Funniest Joke Drive with a Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition of I Funny TV, the next book in the I Funny series, available only at Barnes & Noble stores and at BN.com beginning December 21.”
 
For more information on the I Funny series, customers can speak with a knowledgeable bookseller at any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 650 stores nationwide or visit BN.com.

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