Anthony Balducci, 52, studied journalism at Baruch College in Manhattan and earned a criminology degree at the University of Florida. His first book, a biography of film comedian Lloyd Hamilton, was published by McFarland in 2009. The Funny Parts, a book detailing the history of gags and routines, was published by McFarland in 2012.
A highlight of Grandma's Boy (1922) is a scene in which Mildred Davis makes an effort to feed Harold Lloyd a piece of candy without realizing that she has in fact picked up a mothball that has gotten mixed up with the candy. Variations of this routine were performed by a number of comedians. Routines involving comedians consuming inedible objects or adulterated food is the subject of a Funny Parts chapter entitled "Misadventures in Eating." The chapter covers classic routines from Chaplin's struggle to eat a boot to Abbott & Costello's "Turkey Sandwich and a Cup of Coffee" fracas.