I’m up and down this week but I’m trying to stay up because I have work to do and I need to keep myself from falling into the hole of depression. One of the things that save me are books. So can you help? I need funny books. Ridiculous, hysterical, silly…
Tell me the funniest book you ever read. Pretty please.
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Tanya Huff’s Summon the Keeper (the whole trilogy, really, but the first one’s the best).
“A Man Called Ove” is, in its own very dry, wry way, quite funny.
Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood will make you pee yourself.
Or Jim Gaffigan.
Anything by Jennifer Crusie. (romantic comedy, mostly)
Christopher Moore’s new book, Noir, comes out next week! I am assuming it will be hilarious because he can’t not be hilarious! (He’d probably even send you an advance copy if you asked. He is a fan of yours, too.)
Samantha Irby’s Audible of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life is hysterical.
Wee Free Men, by Pratchett. It’s not just funny, but it made me laugh out loud which few books do.
Lamb- by Christopher Moore
Hyperbole and a half by Allie Brosh. That’s the first that came to mind, at least.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman tickled me pretty hard back in the day.
Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella makes me giggle hysterically and I listen to it every few years. Feel better! 💕
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin helped me during a tough time. Wake Up SIr! by Jonathan Ames made me happy. This book called FURIOUSLY HAPPY is also a favorite 🙂
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency had me in stitches. Particularly the bit about the horse in the bathroom.
ok, not a book but, I have watched this clip easily 20 bajillion times and I giggle snort Every Single TIme.
Will Cuppy’s The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody.
Close second: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
Third: probably Naked Beneath My Clothes by Rita Rudner.
Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb
I liked ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me’ and Kevin Hart’s book. Comedian biographies. But I am in desperate search books in the same category for the same reason so thank you for putting out this request. I needed it.
When I want funny I re-read Let’s Pretend this Never Happened.
Might not be as effective for you…given how close you are to the author.
Really anything by Terry Pratchett! The Tiffany Aching series is particularly fantastic.
Anything by Janet Evanovich, Dave Barry….
Anything from Carl Hiaasen (but your books are the funniest I’ve ever read)
Pretty much pick a Terry Pratchett Discworld book. They are all really hilarious fantasy satire and they’re genius.
If you haven’t already encountered them, Gail Carriger has written numerous hysterically funny steampunk novels. Everything of hers is always funny.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Sorry, not much help.
Lamb by Christopher Moore made me laugh so hard it hurt. Bridget Jones’ Diary had the same effect. Dave Barry (especially Dave Barry Slept Here) is another good source.
Honestly, your books are on that list too, though I doubt they’d have the same impact on you.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. ;o)
Adding another couple of Chris Moore (which you’be likely already read):
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max. Simply brilliant story telling.
Christopher Moore’s Lamb
Janet Evanovich “One for the Money” and “Two for the Dough”. There are more but these made me laugh the hardest.
The Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evonovich made me laugh out loud. Ok now that she’s up to book 25 or so it gets old but if you haven’t read them start with the 1st and keep going until you get sick of them.
One of them is “Gods Behaving Badly” by Marie Phillips. Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore (of course), are among my go-to funny authors.
Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force Book 1)
the others in the series are also really funny.
The Bachelorette Party by Karen McCullah Lutz (who also wrote the screenplay for Legally Blonde)
Kick Me and Superstud, both by Paul Feig (creator of Freaks & Geeks, now best known for directing Bridesmaids and other female-friendly flicks), made me laugh so hard I was sobbing, and it woke my then-roommate up. She was not happy.
Meaty (reissued with new material) and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. I know you’ve probably read them, but always worth a reread!
Take good care. xx
Furiously Happy (do you ever read your own books?) Me Talk Pretty One Day, I Feel Bad About My Neck, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. There. I tried. But I do have this feeling you’re yawning at me for having read all these already.
Lamb by Christopher Moore!
Furiously happy for one. But if you want something that’s not so personal I would recommend any Simpson book
This Is Where I Leave You
Who Ran My Underwear Up the Flagpole (Schooldaze #2)
lastly; if you can separate the author (rapist) from the material (hilarious)
Bill Cosby… I bet all his proceeds from anything now are likely going straight to some sort of victim’s fund… so even if you buy it I doubt you are supporting him… that Puddingpop money has to be long gone…
Pick a Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy, but hilarious satire. Flat out jokes on every page.
‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me’ and Kevin Hart’s new book. I need recommendations in this category too right now. Thanks for throwing this out there.
Bossypants – Tina Fey
Besides yours and Allie Brosh’s? “The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World” is an autobiography from A.J. Jacobs that’s pretty funny and lighthearted.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson! ;o)
Blue Moon Rising by Simon R Green.
The funniest books I’ve read are yours, but outside of those, The Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison. They’re YA books, but are completely laugh out loud funny, so Hailey might also enjoy them. The first book in the series is Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. Umm….I do also love Aisha Tyler’s memoir Self-Inflicted Wounds. All the stories about her as a young kid are sooo funny. Also, any of Aisha’s comedy specials, but that’s not what you asked for.
Sean & David’s Long Drive by Sean Condon. The cigarette on the boat story makes me laugh just thinking about it!
I love Carl Hiassan for laugh-out-loud satire. Laurie Notaro for essays (“Housebroken” is her latest and best, IMO).
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris.
Anything by Jenny Lawson. Xox ok also Christopher Moore.
It’s a children’s book, and you have to read it out loud, but The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak makes me lmao every time.
Dave Barry is reliably funny – never fails to give a belly laugh. Ditto Bill Bryson.
Besides yours? Laurie Notaro. Anything by Laurie Notaro
Anything David Sedaris, but especially Me Talk Pretty One Day. I second the recommendation for We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby.
Lamb, by Christopher Moore (The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal)
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Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell – Tucker Max
Food a Love Story – Jim Gaffigan
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson had me crying with laughter at least once. Highly recommend it.
Lamb by Christopher Moore
Anything by Jenny Lawson… I hear she’s a hoot! 😉
Also, the Lamb and Fluke by Christopher Moore. Pretty off color though so buyer beware.
Jesus, I was going to suggest one of your’s. Sigh. ANYway, anything by David Sedaris, He’s my go to funny person. Just started reading Samantha Irby’s book and I love it! Carrie Fisher is a favorite too. The guy who writes a column for Elle Magazine . . I can’t remember his name right now, but he definitely makes me pee my pants ( in a good way, not the bad autoimmune way).
Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. Kids book, but so funny.
Other than your stuff, pretty much anything by David Sedaris, How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, anything by Samantha Irby. I’m sure there’s more.
Straight comedy bits: Jim Gaffigan books
Amusing fiction: Where’d You Go Bernadette?
Inspiring nonfiction: Yes, Please (Amy Poehler), Seriously, I’m Kidding (Ellen)
Well, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened is the funniest book I’ve ever read, but you’ve probably read that one already…
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. It’s like almost like dadaism for children (but hilarious!)
Also, most of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. The witches and city watch strands are my favorites.
Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams are the first authors who come to mind for me. Kinky Friedman’s novels can be fun, too.
Terry Pratchett’s books always make me smile but the last book I read that made me laugh out loud was spectacles by Sue Perkins, but not sure if it’d be so funny if you’re not a Brit, lots of references to Croydon!
I just got “The Joy of Cookies” by Cookie Monster last night and the whole family as now read it. It’s short, but AWESOME! And you can read it over and over again.
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor. The entire series is hilarious.
Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett is among the funnier I’ve read.
How to get run over by a truck, by Katie McKenna. True memoir, poignant and laugh out loud funny
Oh, one more…The Spellman Files series by Lisa Lutz. I find the books very funny, but in a slightly different way than standard comedic fiction or non-fiction. They’re also pretty good mysteries, though I don’t read mysteries too often, as I find them kind of dry. I NEED the humor.
Douglass Adams – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
I love Douglas Adams, Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck, Jan King’s Hormones From Hell, Felicia Day’s book, Simon Pegg’s book.
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window. Maybe not the funniest I’ve ever read (that probably goes to Hitchhiker’s Guide) but it’s a definite pick-me-up. Highly recommend.
Anything by Terry Pratchett. Always funny, thoughtful, and a quick read.
Big fan of the Janet Evanovich books with Stephanie Plum when I need a good laugh (start with One for the Money).
Unfortunately for your search, hands down the funniest book I’ve ever read is Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. My husband who professes to be “a practicing illiterate” says he’s read your book because I pretty much recite the whole thing every time I read it. (3 times now)
Or anything by James Thurber.
Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, and his other family-related books, made me giggle uncontrollably. I remember lying on the floor of my grandmother’s house howling with laughter at one scene, and not being able to get it under control.
Marian Keyes’ “Cracks In My Foundation”. I laughed so much, and so hard, I thoroughly annoyed my husband.
Jim Gaffigan’s books: “Food: A Love Story,” and “Dad Is Fat”
Agnes and the Hitman
A Spell for Chameleon
The Royal Treatment (all the Alaskan Royals books, actually)
Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants
Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
Vacationland by John Hodgman
“A bad idea I’m about to do” by Chris Gethard.
“You’re doing it wrong,” by Michael Ian Black.
Those are the only two I could think of that weren’t written by you.
Anything by David Sedaris
Wish I could help, Jenny, but Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is without question the funniest book I have ever read. It made me convulse, fart and stop breathing all at the same time. You know, from the kind of laughter that comes from the deepest depths of your soul. I will leave it to the others to recommend a new funny book that will help you hold on. Lots of love.
“It was on fire when I lay down on it” by Robert Fulghum, or Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner
“The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog” by Jen Lancaster. Most of her books are hilarious! And “Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh!
Funniest? Don’t know-but it made me laugh during lunch on a Very Bad Day. https://www.amazon.com/Take-Monkeys-Barbara-Murd
I don’t know about the funniest ever, but the audiobook of Where the Hell is Tesla? By: Rob Dircks Narrated by: Rob Dircks had me grinning like an idiot at least. Ridiculous and silly – so fun.
I read my Kindle every day in my workplace’s cafeteria during my lunch hour. Normally this is a very quiet experience, but when reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, I was laughing and crying so hard my co-workers thought there was something wrong with me. Undoubtedly there funniest book I’ve ever read.
Dave Turner ‘s How To Be Dead series is hilarious… Followed up by the Four Horsemen.
The Day the Crayons Left. Big Mouth Frog. Mr. Brown Can Moo (though I only laugh when I try do voices and try to say all the sounds in one big breath). The Book with No Pictures.
Yes, they are all kids books, but I laugh every time I read them!
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Gillian Flynn’s short story (novella?!?) first published under the name “What do you do?” and then later under the name “The Grownup” will absolutely make you laugh.
It’s nothing new: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve never laughed so hard at a book in my life.
Literally anything by Christopher Moore, but specifically “Fool”.
Triggerfish Twist by Tim Dorsey.
David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries. My stomach hurt from laughing.
“Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation” by Aisha Tyler. So, so funny. A++, highly recommend.
Robyn Peterman…put on a depends, take your pick of vampires, werewolf shifters, witches or a horny sasquatch and prepare to laugh your ass off!!!! Seriously. You can thank me later.
Believe Me by Eddie Izzard – the audio version performed by him with all the Eddie extras.
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett.
I love all of Terry Pratchett’s books, but this one stands out as one of the best.
Also wonderful- the Spellman books by Lisa Lutz. Comedic mysteries solved by a totally dysfunctional family. The Spellman Files are Book 1 in the series.
Not a book, but a short story by James Thurber, “The Night the Bed Fell”
Anything by Laurie Notaro, Jen Lancaster, or Sloane Crosby
I’m pretty sure you’ve read Chris Moore already. Pest Contol by Bill Fitzhugh is also very funny.
The first 10 of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (the first 6 are the strongest), A Man Called Ove, My grandmother told me to tell you she’s sorry followed by Britt Marie was Here (hilarious character), 40 Scotland Street series by Alexander McCall Smith (the Bertie bits are the best), The Rosie Project…
Lamb by Christopher Moore… and pretty much anything he’s written.
Hyperbole and a Half.
Honestly, the funniest book I have ever read have been your books, so that’s not terribly helpful to you. Except that your books crack me the fuck up every time I read or listen to them.
I have to second the Good Omens suggestion. anything by Terry Pratchett is a slamdunk for humor, but Good Omens is my favorite!
Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
I like Good Omens and Wee Free Men too, but my go to funny book is To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. The description of the Bishop’s Bird Stump still makes me laugh. And I am sure you will get a kick out of Cyril!
A Confederacy of Dunces. Funniest book I’ve ever read. Also love the Douglas Adams books.
Kevin Hart – I Can’t Make This Up. Audio book is funnier because he reads it himself and pretty sure he goes off script.
And “Let’s Pretend This never Happened” of course.
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo. You know how you read in bed next to a sleeping person and you’re laughing quietly but still shaking the whole bed? That’s what happened.
“Our Hearts Were Young and Gay” by Cornelia Otis Skinner and “It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It” by Robert Fulghum
There’s this hilarious book called, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened…” oh, wait…
Tim Dorsey, Dave Barry, Carl Hiassen
McCarthy’s Bar, Pete McCarthy
“McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland,” by Pete McCarthy. A poignant, often hilarious travelogue of self-discovery. Yes, it’s all that!
Oh, and anything by David Sedaris and/or Sloane Crosley.
“Letters from a Nut!” Read it out loud to someone please! The original one.
Writing to hotels and companies… like explaining he will be dressed in shrimp attire (pink, veiny) or that he travels with his own drapes… with actual, real live responses from the hotels and companies.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christoper Moore. Best. Book Ever.
The Charlie Davidson books by Darynda Jones.
Anything by Christopher Moore, really, but I’d start with “Coyote Blue” if you want to be laughing by the 2nd page. Also, since he has so many reoccurring characters in his books it’s a good idea to read them as published chronologically. I’ve gifted that book to at least 10 people.
Than again, you can just dive in with “Fool” if you’re a fan of Shakespeare. Fuckstockings Forever!
• Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (all of them)
• Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
• everything Samantha Irby has ever written (except the pieces that make you cry, obv)
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened-
I love all the “travel” books by J. Maarten Troost. This is the first one he wrote: https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Lives-Cannibals-Equatorial-Pacific/dp/0767915305/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1523467765&sr=8-3&keywords=j+maarten+troost
Caitlin Moran’s “How to Be a Woman” and “Moranthology” both made me laugh out loud. Also, she has a white stripe in her hair and is planning to dye a black one in once her hair turns mostly white, which I love.
Not a book, but I turn to this at least once a year. DO NOT drink anything or hold any drinks, or watering cans, or….while reading. Keyboards are not safe if you have on your person or in your mouth. https://littera-abactor.livejournal.com/7748.html
The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Guide by Laurie Notaro. Then you can become an Idiot Girl (we’re a club). And any book subsequently written by Laurie. Also, you two should be friends. I weirdly (not in a stalker way) consider you friends because of how much joy I’ve experienced reading and sharing your books. You might enjoy watching That Mitchell and Webb Look on Netflix and search Mrs. Brown’s Bikini Wax on YouTube. It makes me pee. Then, there is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY
I would of course normally recommend yours – but Round Ireland with a Fridge is ridiculous and amazing. I was laughing so loud on an airplane people were staring…
Any of the Blandings Castle books by Wodehouse. Leave it to Psmith is my favorite. The BBC tv series based on the stories is HILARIOUS as well.
well, yours, of course (Let’s Pretend …) but also “U.S.!” by Chris Bachelder. just nuts. Upton Sinclair, raised from the dead. Keeps getting assassinated.
Also, less funny but definitely absurd, Confederacy of Dunces.
David Sedaris – Me Talk Pretty One Day
Haven Kimmel – A Girl Named Zippy
Forever one of my favorites. Erma Bombeck, Life is always greener over the septic tank or anything by Erma.
Absolutely Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum series. All of them.
Tony Kornheiser’s collections of columns from his days at the Washington Post – Bald as I Wanna Be, I’m Back For More Cash (Because You Can’t Take 200 Newspapers to the Bathroom), and Pumping Irony – Working Out the Angst of a Lifetime.
Your first book is the clear winner, but if you want something you didn’t personally slave over, Dave Barry and Patrick McManus have always made me laugh.
Home Game by Paul Quarrington.
You need to google – the fairmont empress pepperoni and this will take you to an article that will definitely make you laugh. Although not a book, it’s freaking hilarious. You can’t make this shit up 🤪. Hope you enjoy 😉
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it, but I always seem to end up laughing until tears stream down my face (bonus emotional release!)
:The book with no words”. Or “Did you steal the B from my ook?” Kids books are awesome!
Shelly Laurenston. Basically everything she has written, but The Mane Attraction is my go to giggle book. Ridiculous shifters in Tennessee.
David Sedaris – Almost anything, but I think the funniest is The Santaland Diaries or Holidays on Ice.
Besides yours, of course………White Girl Problems by Babe Walker…….You’ll love it!
Anything by Erma Bombeck. She reminds me a lot of you, actually, writing humorously about real life and the sometimes not funny things that happen. My favorite of her books is “All I Know About Animal Behavior I learned in Loehmann’s Dressing Room” which I reread every now and then and sometimes it still makes me laugh until I tear up.
Anything by Bill Bryson. PG Wodehouse stories.
Your books, anything by David Sedaris, and “Why We Suck” by Dennis Leary.
All the Bruno and Boots books by Gordon Korman are hilarious. They’re young adult novels set in a Canadian boarding school for boys called Macdonald Hall. I read them when I was in elementary and middle school in the nineties and laughed so much. I recently reread the few that I was actually able to buy instead of just borrowing from the library, and I still laughed some good belly laughs. These books are extra special to me because it was rare to find books set in Canada when I was a kid.
Try “How to be champion” by English comedian Sarah Millican. I recommended your books to her too.
I Feel Bad About My Neck
Does It Fart? The Definitive Guide to Animal Flatulence by Dani Rabaiotti and Nick Caruso. Haven’t read it yet because Amazon is slow, but heard the authors on NPR last week and it was hilarious. The Kindle version is available now, so that may be your best bet in an emergency.
A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches is the funniest cookbook I ever read and still had some good recipes.
My automatic reply to this question is Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. I assume that won’t help you. So other funny (but not as funny) books for me are Worst Person Ever – Douglas Copeland or The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared. It is possible my humour is a bit dark
This is a serious chuckler
Anything by Christopher Moore really. So funny.
Wishing you the best energy to keep yourself above water. I wish I had a magic lifeboat. You mean so much to my day as I lie in bed due to my chronic illness. You’re a supernova if bright spots in my day
FURIOUSLY HAPPY. Plus, it saved my life. 😂
A close second is James Thurber story, The Night the Bed Fell. It’s been making me laugh for 60 years! 😆
Honestly, your books stand out for making me laugh until I couldn’t breathe and maybe even peeing myself a little. So, wowza, you’re amazing.💙
Hmmm… Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series is incredibly punny in a giddy and delightful fashion. Like if Piers Anthony & Douglas Adams had a mad baby and it was raised by Gaiman & Pratchett.
Charles De Lint’s short stories range from funny to achingly sweet to soft and forgivable heartbreak in a way that I find soothing and redeeming.
I send you many brain hugs and lots of book love; i hope you take a nice, well deserved upswing soon. 😊
Anything by Christopher Moore (other then Fool).
I love these. Sweet, fun, fluffy, and funny>
I wish I could be more helpful, but “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” is literally the funniest book I ever read. When I first started it, I was laughing so much that Ken wanted to know what it was about, and I started reading out loud to him. Such great memories of the two of us, sitting on the porch that one summer with tears rolling down both our cheeks. I also really like Douglas Adams, and the shooting script for Monty Python and the Holy Grail is hilarious too.
“Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” – Erma Bombeck
For silly puns and sillier plots, go for Piers Anthony’s acanthus series. Of course there is also the inimitable, enevitable Good Omens (Gaiman and Pratchett? Done and done).
“The Ascent of Rum Doodle” by W.E.Bowman.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is one of my all time favorites! For something that you didn’t write, Dad is Fat – Jim Gaffigan, Bossy Pants – Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me – Mindy Kaling
Any of Jen Lancaster’s books of essays. Her novels, no, but her essays are laugh out loud material
This is weird, but I nearly peed myself reading it: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. I think it was an “of the moment” kind of funny. But I loved it.
David Sedaris is great.
“An Innocent. A Broad.” (Ann Leary) Not entirely funny, but when it was…it was great.
I should read more. Most of these I read years and years ago.
Xanth. Not acanthus. Oof.
Laurie Notaro’s There’s a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell. Literal crying laughing ensued.
So many, many possibilities.
I have to second Christopher Moore’s “Lamb.” Absolutely hilarious from the word “go.” Of course you know how the story will end, but when it comes, it’s a gutpunch of a tragedy.
John Kennedy Toole’s “A Conspiracy of Dunces” is a masterpiece of grotesque humor.
Paul Neilan’s “Apathy and Other Small Victories” is laugh-out-loud funny.
One of my favorite reads of the last 15 years is Jincy Willett’s “Winner of the National Book Award.” Protagonist Dorcas issues the most witheringly witty putdowns ever committed.
Many people give me a funny look when I say this, but “Moby Dick” is full of tremendously dry wit. Give it a go, or another go, if you’ve been disappointed before. Consider Ishmael a sort of proto-Holden-Caulfield-style commentator on the goings on and it gets much better.
Really anything by Terry Pratchett
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
And this entire episode of early, early This American Life will keep you giggling and snorting while doing things with your hands (making dinner, yardwork, whatever). It explores the line between mishap and chaos and… FIASCO. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/61/fiasco
Jasper Fforde books if you like silly British humor and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’d start with the Thursday Next series, then read Shades of Grey, then read his YA series, the Last Dragon Slayer.
Any of The Vinyl Cafe books, by Stuart McLean
John Connolly. Gates of hell books. They’re young adult but funny as fluff
Also, if you’ve never read them, look up the old National Lampoon parodies “Bored of the Rings” (The Lord of the Rings) and “Doon” (Dune). They’re not long, but they are crude, rude, sophomoric, etc., … and will very likely have you giggling continuously in spite of all that.
Bitter is the New Black…Jen Lancaster .
I was laughing like a loon.
Just published: Catherynne Valente’s “Space Opera” – Eurovision meets Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
Oh, and Tim O’Brien’s “Tomcat in Love.” So much laffs.
I know this sounds ridiculous but the book I laughed out loud the most while reading was a book called The Blue Knight by Joseph Wambaugh. Also, David Foster Wallace’s essay–A Supposedly Fun Thing I Will Never Do Again is laugh out loud funny!
Besides yours and Hyperbole and a half? Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise.
Either “Good Omens” or the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde.
The Haters, by Jesse Anderson (who also wrote Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which is hilarious but also sad). YA, kinda raunchy in places but hysterically funny and creatively written. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson. It takes a couple of chapters to pick up momentum but then it’s ridiculously entertaining.
Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams go without saying, always worth a reread.
Until I read your books, the funniest I’d ever read were Erma Bombeck’s “If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?” and “Life is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank.” It’s been years since I read them, but I’ve been compiling a Bombeck library with the intention of reading all her books.
So, it’s been many years since I’ve read it, and I thereforeI don’t remember it clearly, but “S**t My Dad Says” was a funny read.
Sarah Vowell when I want something funny with history, Celia Rivenbark for Southern humor. When I am looking for dark/macabre humor, Friedrich Durrenmatt’s books like The Visit and The Physicists are my go-to.
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, and Andy Weir’s The Martian (the perfectly timed use of profanity making everything 10x funnier).
I suppose it’s redundant to say one of my favorites for laughter AND consolation is “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” …
Books are like candy – I can never have just one. So, a handful of things that made me laugh out loud, in no particular order. Some have been mentioned already, which means I’m not the only one. Wee Free Men by Sir Terry Pratchett. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie WIllis. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
If you’re reading it with your middleschooler, try Holly Smale’s “Geek Girl” series — Start with #2 Model Misfit because of the theater connection. She’s got good-natured slapstick and intelligent theater humor all mixed in together with teenage interaction.
And then there are the humorous romance novels I’ve gotten into lately — Truth or Beard by Patty Reid (Which I can thank THIS list for, because her earlier book “Neanderthal Seeks Human” was recommended by one of your commenters.) The Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgans. Oh, and if you’ve got a sf/fantasy jones on, try The Queen’s Wings by Jamie K. Schmidt. Puns fly…as do dragons. 😉
Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens is fabulous. Also all the White Trash Zombie books by Diana Rowland.
Anything by Jen Lancaster or laurie Notaro- my family looks at me funny when I read them because normally I’m a VERY QUIET READER
Lewis Black books.
The Gallery of Regrettable Foods, by James Lileks. Pictures and descriptions of foods from old magazines and little specialty cookbooks (like “The Joys of Jello”). His descriptions are so hilarious I had to be practically carried out of the bookstore I was laughing so hard. Just paging through it even now, years after I bought it, can send me into fits of giggles.
How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran
Gerald Durrell “My Family and Other Animals”. It’s about his childhood as a British ex-pat living on Corfu. He was a natural history nut and kept bringing animals home (like you with the sloth but not as a joke). His family had varying reactions to this. I have laughed until I cried reading it in public.
All of My Friends Are Dead — Avery Monsen and Jory John
Malibu Mystery Series by Rebecca Cantrell.
‘At Wit’s End’ by Erma Bombeck made me laugh. And then Bill Engvall’s ‘Here’s Your Sign’. He kills me every time.
hmmm. that episode of Fiasco I linked above doesn’t have all the parts I remember. The first act is one of my favorites. The next on what was once a cassette tape we owned also includes Squirrel Cop, which I see here https://www.thisamericanlife.org/510/fiasco
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, maybe not traditionally funny, but I laugh out loud when I read some of it,..
Besides your books, Paula poundstone’s The Totally Unscientific Search For Happiness is hilarious.
A Confederacy of Dunces
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Do Me, Do My Roots by Eileen Rendahl. Also anything by Mary Kay Andrews. She’s a hoot.
Personally, I watch Pitch Perfect when I’m feeling blue. My dad passed in Feb. and I’ve watched it probably 30 times since then. It just makes me feel better.
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
Not a book, but have you listed to the podcast “My dad wrote a porno”? It’s so funny I’ve almost had to pull over while driving because I was laughing so hard. Definitely not safe for work or kids though.
P.S. Your Cat is Dad by James Kirkwood. Truly hilarious.
“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is a recent fave and I have to add another vote for anything by Christopher Moore. I started “Lamb” on a cross country flight and I was braying like a wasp-stung donkey. I probably still owe an apology for being that passenger. And “Fluke” is the reason that I know that all squirrels are named Fred.
Not really the funniest, but Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss is a quick read that is hilariously funny for grammar-dorks such as myself. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OIZSVY
Honestly, I wish I had something that you haven’t read already, but I doubt it. My go-tos are Christopher Moore, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel is a favorite, and anything by this weird woman named Jenny Lawson is highly recommended. 😊 Feel better.
Sweet Potato Queen books
James Thurber’s “The Thurber Carnival.” It never fails me. It’s actually a collection of short stories (essays?), fables, poems and cartoons, so it’s easy to read a little at a time. I’ve tried to pick a favorite, but there are too many. A Ride With Olympy stands out, as well as The Night The Bed Fell.
Anything and everything by Lewis Grizzard. But you’ll cry, too. His collections of stories touch on every human emotion possible, with laughter being the clear leader. Janet Evanovich’s ‘Stephanie Plum’ series is also laugh-out loud funny.
When the title of your post came through my email, I got really excited and thought you wrote another book! <3 feel better soon!
A Dirty Job and Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore are the two funniest books I have ever read….aside from yours.
“Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story” by Leonie Swann
The sheep are trying to solve the murder of their owner. A very light, funny and sweet book.
Anything David Sedaris.
The Princess Bride
TIna fey bossy pants funniest ever and the janet evonovich number series
Off to Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer
Just The Funny Parts by Nell Scovell
Stacey Ballis’s novels can be pretty hilarious…there’s a scene in Off the Menu that gets me every time.
Jennifer Cruisie! Her books are so fun! And she is a Jennifer… so bonus!
Besides your- “ I hope they serve beer in hell” by tucker max . Anything by Amy or David Sedaris.
Gini Koch’s ALIEN series is pretty darn funny/always makes me laugh,
Justin Robinson’s CITY OF DEVILS books are great if you love detective noir and plenty of puns, Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston was really freaking funny (Has romance and honey badger shifters along with other kinds of shifters.)
One of my favorites is Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. It’s hilarious and despite being published in 1889 it reads like a contemporary book thanks to its universal humor. It’s free wherever fine books are downloaded.
Yours! I read it every time I’m starting to feel depressed again.
This probably doesn’t help in your situation, but I just wanted you to know how much your book has helped me.
I hope that the roller coaster brings you back to the top soon, but I’m afraid I can’t help. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was the funniest book I’ve ever read, and I’m pretty sure you’ve read that one. 🙂
Anything by Bill Bryson, esp. In A Sunburned Country. Just Google the paragraph that begins, “I am not, I regret to say, a discreet and fetching sleeper…” Makes me howl every time.
A Walk In the Woods – Bill Bryson
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
Small Town Ho – Duke Dierks
Laughed out loud reading all of them – rare find 🙂
David Sedaris always makes me giggle. “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” or “Me Talk Pretty One Day” both have some super funny stuff in them.
An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington is one of my favourite books
Fluke by Christopher Moore. The scene with the wife and the whale makes me laugh so much I get the hiccups.
Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer
Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell
Tom Holt, “Expecting Someone Taller.” Also, “Flying Dutch.”
My usual answer to that question is your memoir since your sense of humor awesome! I definitely second a lot of the answers on here though- Terry Pratchett and Allie Brosh are awesome!
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler!
Oh, god. Impossible to pick favorites. Anything by Terry Pratchett, naturally. And, of course, Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman goes without saying. In non-fiction, you can’t go wrong with Nora Ephron’s essays/columns.
But I feel like I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum series (funnier in audiobook) and Richard Kadrey’s “The Everything Box”
In the Glow of the Lavalamp, Stories of Bad Sex and Other Misfortunes by Lily Wilson.
I peed my pants.
A Confederacy of Dunces
Carrie Fisher’s memoirs. The Princess Diarist was fun. Especially the audiobook.
The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love. I remember laughing out loud.
The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love. I remember laughing out loud.
Bonus – lots of animal stories: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Because my attention span sucks, I just like reading headlines of The Onion and Clickhole on Twitter. If you really want to feel good, go on dog_rates. Best. Twitter. Account. Ever. (No offense!)
Hang in there— the light is there!
Anything by Christopher Moore, but especially Lamb and Fool. I laughed till I almost couldn’t breathe.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris A collection of satirical essays, some of which account his time in Paris trying to learn to speak French! Hilarious!!!
I didn’t read all the comments, so I’m sorry if this is a repeat, but I laugh out loud repeatedly while reading the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich.
The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro or pretty much anything else by her. Also, A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. Both have had me out loud belly laughing that I have only experienced while reading your books!
Tiffany Haddosh’s book “The Last Black Unicorn” is funny.
There’s a scene in Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Douglas Adams that made me laugh so hard I fell out of bed. I’m also pretty fond of Christopher Moore when I need my satire with a side of silly.
Seriously, yours. But a couple series that aren’t yours: We Are Legion (We Are Bob), and the Spells, Swords, and Stealth series by Drew Hayes.
TJ Klune: the Lightning-Struck Heart series, Tell Me It’s Real series, and How To Be Normal.
Warning – do not read in public unless you feel comfortable hiccuping with laughter in front of strangers.
P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood Jr. It’s been years since I read it, but I still remember it being hilarious!!!
Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum series are great. My favorite was “Four to score”, I actually listened to it on tape for the first time and almost wrecked my car laughing so hard I was crying. Best of luck to you.
Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch is one of the funniest I’ve read.
Also, if you need a podcast that will make you laugh hard enough to cry, I recommend My Dad Wrote a Porno.
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
You mean besides “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.” I bet you’ve already read that one.
I’m partial to Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Also, the entirety of Calvin & Hobbes.
And virtually anything by Dave Barry. I remember loving “Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up.” I think that’s the one. But I see many others already recommended Barry.
Where’d you go Bernadette! A hilarious look at the life and decisions of ‘that mom’ who refuses to bend to the ridiculous wishes of the PTA Or PTO at her daughters school. Among other crazy things that happen in her life! Loved it best book I’ve read in the last 12 months !
Well, it appears Lamb by Christopher Moore has been pretty well represented as have the first few Stephie Plumb novels. I found Handling Sin by Michael Malone to be funnier than Confederacy of Dunces but, your mileage may vary. Agnes and the Hit man was a good chuckle. Another Moore book worth a look was A Dirty Job (artful taxidermy is involved). The Sandman Slim series has its hilarious moments. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell was worth reading aloud to my husband (long car trip-don’t ask) and we both enjoyed it immensely.
There is only one book I’ve read that is almost as funny as you:
It’s roll-on-the-floor funny. :o)
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong.
Winterdance by Gary Paulsen Laughed until I cried and my dog looked at me like I was nuts.
A Walk In The Woods and Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson. Laugh out loud funny.
Oh and if you can find it, there’s a book from post-WWII England that I adore – a journalist buys an old mansion & its gardens to restore…and its old gardens come with an old gardener. “Merry Hall” by Beverly Nicholson.
I hoot and giggle through Jen Lancaster’s books (we are of an age)….and crave new collections of Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca’s columns – https://francescaserritella.com/column/
Lots of people mention “Lamb” and I agree but then how about anything by David Sedaris or Tim Dorsey? His protagonist Serge will well suit your twisted sense of humor.
Chelsea Handlers books are hilarious!
Bossy pants by Tina Fey
Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin
Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich. They’ve never been heavy books, but this one I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes
I agree with the Stephanie Plum series-the earlier numbers are the best. I also love Jen Lancaster’s memoirs; Bitter is the New Black is the first, I believe. Jen Hatmaker’s latest is great; it’s in the Christian genre, though. (Are all Jennifers funny?)
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot!
Not a book, but many of the stories on Victoria Elizabeth Barnes’ blog are hilarious (not the cat stories, so much, though). She searches for antiques and is obsessing over remodeling an old house. Start with her story about the “Kingdom Mirror she bought in Philadelphia, which had me laughing out loud. I believe she writes for Southern Living as her “main” job.
I like the travel books by Tim Cahill. They’re both fascinating and funny. Most are kind of dated now, as they were written in the late 80’s to the early 2000’s, which I think adds to their charm.
You probably already read this one, but Good Omens from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite books. It’s funny and clever.
Yes to the other people who suggested Laurie Notaro. I still have my personalized membership certificate for the “Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club”.
Catch-22, Our Man in Havana, Confederacy of Dunces
I second the Jennifer Cruise romantic comedies, and the Christopher Moore new book (plus the old ones!) also I love P.G. Wodehouse, and you can decide to watch the great film version(s) of the Jeeves and Wooster ones with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, instead, if you need a video distraction, too. (“Code of the Woosters” is a terrific book to start with, if you haven’t read them before). Or you could go with classics in another vein, and read ‘Please Don’t Eat the Daisies!” by Jean Kerr! (and that was made into a totally ridiculous film of fifties hilarity with Doris Day!) Hope you find something excellent – and tell us all about it when you’re up to it! Very fondly – D.
Oh! And not a book, but you could watch Miranda. Is a wonderful BBC sitcom.
I loved Tina Fey’s Bossypants!
Bunny Bunny by Alan Zweibel
Sein-language by Jerry Seinfeld
Sweet Potato Queens books by Jill Connor Brown
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray!
OMGness so many great suggestions! The comments for this post is my new Amazon Library!!!
Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Can’t miss. Or anything PG Wodehouse.
Sammy’s Hill by Kristen Gore is good for some laughs (Especially the scene where she washes her hair with one hand, just in case she gets mauled by a bear and loses an arm).
Douglas Adams – the robot always make me smile, if you are in a romance mood Rachel Gibson, and because i am Canadian Mike Myers book was fantastic
Catch 22, or at least parts of it. Yossarian the Bombardier is trying to prove that he’s insane so that he doesn’t have to go on any more bombing missions. Unfortunately, the Army shrinks figure that anyone who DOES want to go on the bombing missions is actually insane and therefore, Yossarian is quite sane and therefore must fly again. While he’s in the hospital during this analysis, however, my favorite scene in the book occurs. A team of doctors has come to Y’s bedside to check him out. They ask about his problems and he begins with “I see everything twice”! One of the Drs decides to test him and holds up a finger, asking “How many fingers am I holding up? Y says “Two”. Dr. then holds up two fingers and asks the same. Y says “Two”. Dr. then holds up three fingers, to which Yossarian again says “Two”. Dr. turns to his colleagues and says “He’s right, he does see everything twice”…
Anything by Lindsay Buroker (self published on Amazon). She has snarky, smart female protagonists.
CHRISTOPHER MOORE!!!! He is the best comedic writer. I love to read or listen to his books on audible. I HIGHLY recommend “A Dirty Job”, “Fool”, and “Bite Me”. All his books are great but “Dirty Job” is my favorite and I will re-read anytime I need a real laugh. SOOOOOOO GOOD!!
Mother, Can You Not? By Kate Siegel.
Lucky Jim by Kingsly Amis (dated in terms of female characters but the hangover descriptions are worth it)
Kinflicks by Lisa Alther (written in the 70s– Nobel laureate Doris Lessing wrote of Kinflicks that Alther was “a strong, salty, original talent.”) dirty and hilarious and sad
The Annie Year by Stephanie Ash
The Mommie Mysteries by Ayelet Waldman
Adrian Mole Diaries (can’t remember the author) English boy journals about life
Hope you get some good belly laughs soon!!
Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed, by Laurie Kilmartin
Where’d You Bernadette by Maria Semple.
The audiobook has a great narrator that really sells the story.
Welcome to Nightvale. Not haha funny, but deliciously weird funny. Like hearing stories about your favorite weird relatives. The likeable, quirky ones. I recommended this to my likeable weird relatives and they had already read it. And saw the live action reading/play. Thiis is why we get along so well.
“Breakup” by Dana Stabenow. Set in Alaska, and includes plane flips, bear vs truck face offs, bear vs woman in a creek fade off, bear and moose vs drunks races, and other absolutely Alaskan laugh till hurts scenes, with a mystery as the cherry on top.
Christopher Moore, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Screening Party by Dennis Hensley. If you like being catty at movies, it’s for you. https://www.amazon.com/Screening-Party-Dennis-Hensley/dp/1555837336/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523469981&sr=8-1&keywords=screening+party
Since so many have listed my funny go-to author; Terry Pratchett (try Mort, where Death gets an apprentice), I offer up Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. It’s a little science mixed in with some crazy stories from her life as a scientist. I think you’d appreciate it!
Christopher Moore, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Anything by Christopher Moore.
Naked – David Sedaris
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove – Christopher Moore
Fortunately the Milk – Neil Gaiman
Good Omens – Pratchett/Gaiman
Where’s My Cow – Terry Pratchett
Gods Behaving Badly – Marie Phillips
The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
Kraken Bake – Karen Dudley
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
“Three Cheers for Me!” by Donald Jack. It’s Canadian, and less well known in the US. You wouldn’t think a book about a WWI pilot would be falling-out-of-your-chair funny, but it is. Years ago one of my parents picked this up off the paperback shelf at the library, read it, and collapsed in fits of helpless laughter. I didn’t understand, until they finally handed it over to me and I collapsed in similar fits. The only other book that I had that reaction to was “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Oh, and “The Princess Bride” of course.
Mamrie Hart “You Deserve A Drink”. If you don’t know her, she’s on YouTube and hilarious.
Besides your books –
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
the HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE books had me laughing out loud in the car as my family drove 10+ hours to my grandmother’s funeral, as did THE LONG DARK TEA-TIME OF THE SOUL (also Douglas Adams). GOOD OMENS is excellent but i didn’t read it at that time.
All of my suggestions have already been made so how about a song. NSFW !
I want to second the comment about Louise Rennison’s books. In the USA, the first one is called “Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging” and the entire series will make you laugh out loud. And yes, Hailey will love them, too! She won the Prinz award for the first one, I believe.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield, Jodi Taylor’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, Blair Braverman’s Welcome to the Goddam Ice Cube had its moments, Jenny Feldon’s Karma Gone Bad.
So many good books recommended here! Any of them would bring a smile to my face. I have to agree about Terry Pratchett, my favorite is Wyrd Sisters. And Connie Willis – I just love her “…Dog” or All Seated on the Ground. Whatever you choose feel better….
“I Want To Go Home” by Gordon Korman. I first read it when I was in grade four, but I’m all adulty now, and in my 40’s, and I still re-read it when I need a chuckle. Most of Korman’s books are funny, I’ve enjoyed them all. Also, “A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Can”. Same author. Good for a laugh.
Any thing David SedaliS has ever written
A surprise one here – Gridlock by Ben Elton. Made me laugh out loud quite a lot
“The Power of Positive Nonsense” by Leo Rosten is funny, if a bit old. It has a chapter on Spoonerisms that almost incapacitated me in the bookstore when I found it there, in 1977, I believe. The one that nearly did me in was “our lord is a shoving leopard”…
Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long was a delightful fluffy cotton candy read that had me laughing out loud, and ignoring my ennui. If you like romance. Anything David Sedaris if you need your comedy a little darker. Good luck staying out of the hole.
The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonsales. Just bananas.
Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, in AUDIO BOOK version. He reads it himself, and does many languages/accents and it’s really, really funny.
Look up: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne
Very funny and you might just find yourself dressing up in a pink wig, tiara, and feather boa afterwards.
Phyllis Diller’s “Like a Lampshade In a Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy”
2nding votes for Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh and any Jennifer Crusie (my favorites are Faking It and Agnes & the Hit Man) and Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett. Definitely recommend I’ll Take It by Paul Rudnick. Ursula Vernon’s Hamster Princess series. Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl or the Tick series (graphic novels).
Anything by Jen Lancaster or Carl Hiaasen!
I made a boo-boo! It’s not The Blue Knight, it’s The Choirboys by Joseph Wambough!
Besides yours, one book I always recommend is “Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single” by Heather McElhatton. I had to stop reading it on a flight because I kept snort-laughing and choking on my own spit. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6440874-jennifer-johnson-is-sick-of-being-single
Tattoo Blues [Michael McClelland] … “a rollicking and playful comic-mystery, featuring runaway rich kid Desiree Dean who discovers her prized tattoo is a fraud – the Chinese character etched on her left breast says…..”
You didn’t think I would give that away, did you? But that’s just where the trouble STARTS!
I’d like to add a different Christopher Moore-Island of the Sequinned Love Nun. To say it’s an absurdly hilarious mad cap adventure is an understatement. I also LOVE Gail Carriger’s Souless series, especially on audio. The reader does an exceptional performance. Honestly, those books got me through a rough patch.
The Walls Around Us by David Owen
Bleachy Haired Honky Bitch by Hollis Gillespie
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
MASH by Richard Hooker
Mama Makes up her mind by Bailey White
Uncle Shelby’s ABZ book by Shel Silverstein
Asterix the Gaul series by Goscinny and Uderzo
Calvin and Hobbes by Watterson
Bloom County by Breathed
Coyote Blue (Christopher Moore) and Cold Comfort Farm, can’t remember author’s name.
Anything by David Sedaris, but I especially like his earlier works including Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Allie Brosh’s book, always! I also use Furiously Happy and Good Omens, which is true but not original.
Have you seen the Penis Theater book (like for finger puppets but not)? You can put a (patient) cat’s tail through the hole for amusement!
Besides your books, anything by David Sedaris is great. I think Holidays on Ice is my favorite; I re-read that one the most. And I love comedian biographies, especially The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman. Also, this column by Dave Barry (and probably other stuff he’s written but this is my favorite): http://www.davebarry.com/columns/how-to-make-board.php.
•David Sedaris. “Dress your family in Corduroy and Denim” Or anything written by him
•Augusten Burroughs, “Running with Scissors” Or anything written by him.
•Sarah Silverman, “The bedwetter
• Amy Schumer “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo”
•Shalom Auslander ”Foreskin’s Lament: A Memoir”
“Hope a tragedy” (fiction very silly parody)
•Samantha Bee “I Know I Am, But What Are You?”
“Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life”
The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure club by Laurie Notaro. Really, any of her books will do the trick. Her stories (some true, some not) are hilarious and relatable. In one of her books, she describes being in a dressing room in a fancy boutique and getting her arms stuck inside a blouse she was trying on. I laughed so dang hard because I had been there and no exactly what it’s like to try to get out of that situation without ripping the blouse or dislocating joints.
Second (or third or fourth, or whateverth) for Jim Gaffigan and David Sedaris, and Tina Fey. I didn’t see Rainbow Rowell yet, so I’ll add her, FanGirl being my favorite. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, might be too popular with the movie out now, but has some nice 1980s nostalgia goodness, plus the audiobook is read by Wil Wheaton. The online Wilde Life comic, http://wildelifecomic.com/, by Pascal Lepas is also excellent.
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If you haven’t already read any of Marian Keyes’ books, you need to start immediately! Sushi For Beginners is one of my favourites, and also the series of books about the Walsh family (to be read in order starting with Watermelon). Marian is similarly accursed with ‘The Black Dog’, so you get laugh-out-loud humour, warmth and also moments that make you say, “Yes, this! Exactly this!”
It’s not funny but it’s fascinating. And you may find it helpful. Or it may anger you (in which case, please don’t block me). Read it with an open mind. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions. Johann Hari is an investigative journalist. This is not psychobabble. I really enjoyed it and actually found it uplifting and optimistic.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Yeah I Said It by Wanda Sykes and Almost Odis by Dusty Thompson
Well, yours, but you may have already read them.
Honestly? Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Not sucking up, it really is!
Funny is subjective and I disagreed with a lot of the books suggested here…so I’d check out amazon’s list of humor books and read a lot of reviews. I like Bill Bryson and Erma Bombeck for old school, non-offensive giggles. For “feel good” stories, I have been reading “The Moth” in small doses.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. Feel better!!
“Shit My Day Says” by Justin Halpern. You will NOT be sorry!!
Also, love anything by John Scalzi. Funny, poignant, and science fiction.
I just saw this on Twitter right after I read your book plea. I haven’t read it, but “Just the Funny Parts” by Nell Scovell sounds like something ….
I am guessing that you have read all of the Christopher Moore books -they are at the top of my list -along with yours. If you like the genre – anything by Janet Evanovich. Tim Robbins -Still Life with Woodpecker. The Red Hat Club Rides Again by Haywood Smith (the only one of hers I liked-and it was the audiobook)
I am sure there are lots of others, but those are the first that come to mind.
Mary Lasswell! Start with Suds in Your Eye. Delightful snapshot of american life during difficult times. Old ladies, hijinks, and beer… lots of beer.
“Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging” (and the rest of the series) by Louise Rennison. Read it with your daughter – that’ll make it even funnier.
I was going to suggest kicking it old school with Erma Bombeck, Anne Lamott will lift your spirits and also crack you up. David Sedaris’ me Talk Pretty one Day. Art of The Deal by Donald Trump? JK Feel better. Depression lies…don’t believe your brain chemistry. This cold spring weather is kicking my butt.
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
It’s a series about a family of private detectives. I found it laugh out loud funny.
Any book by him is funny
“Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night”
Fox on Socks. Tweedle beetles are an instant pick-me-up.
Read: Laurie Notaro
Listen to: David Sedaris (especially Me Talk Pretty One Day).
Pretty much everything by Gail Carriger. Steampunk, Victorian England, werewolves, vampires, a mechanical dog (named Bumbersnoot) and rediculous hats
Oh yes!!! Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure by Michael G. Munz – I won a copy on Goodreads and it was very funny and hard to put down.
It’s not a book but I can’t watch The Gods Must be Crazy without dissolving.
Anything by David Sedaris. Seriously. Can’t remember the names of the books, but I think your sense of humor is similar to his
The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro followed up by her books We Thought You Would Be Prettier and I Love Everybody (and other atrocious lies)
Anything by Robyn Peterman. The Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. Series, by Angela Roquet.
Will Cuppy’s, “The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody,” was a hoot the first and last time I read it.
I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich about a down on her luck 30 year old divorcee in New Jersey that becomes a Bounty Hunter because it’s better than working in the tampon factory. One for the Money is the first book. Absolutely hilarious. My go to for light, easy, entertaining read that’s funny! Hope it helps!
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
I mean, I love Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. And if you’re open to audiobooks, I love hearing David Sedaris read his own books–the words themselves are funny, but something about him reading them makes me almost pee my pants.
Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes
Yours, of course… but Clinton Kelly’s “I Hate Everyone Except You” is pretty darn funny.
Ok. I’m gonna tell you what the most hilarious book I ever read was but you can’t judge me! Cuz it’s the most vile, sexist, immature piece of literature ever. But when I read it I cried laughing!! It’s called I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max. His poo stories are my favourite!! Stop judging me!!!
Just books? Coz watching Jim Gaffigan do stand up takes me away every time. By the way, this reminds me of a scene from a movie that I’ve been trying to remember. I think it’s Woody Allen. He’s suicidal but happens to catch The Three Stooges on TV. (I think it was The Stooges.) He laughs out loud. He feels better. The narration is something like, How can you even think about leaving this world when The Stooges are in it? Does anyone know what I’m talking about? I want to find that clip because it’s life affirming, in its way. And amazing how one small thing could turn your life around.
So far “Confederacy of Dunces” has been very funny… but that could be partly because I live where the story is set, and I cannot vouch for the ending since I haven’t got there yet.
Class Mom by Laurie Gelman!! hilarious!!!
Creating a Goodreads list of these rec’s! Eventually I will run out of votes but it’s public so anyone can add: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/122936.Bloggess_Tribe_Funny_Books
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon, The Bromiliad by Terry Pratchett, Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett…okay, I’m just gonna’ say ANYTHING by Terry Pratchett! And Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman has some funny inner dialogue.
Janet Evanovich Lizzy & Diesel series is pretty funny
I read yours when I want to laugh out loud – that might not be too much help.
Razor Girl by Carl Hiassen. It’s light, fluffy and situational comedy at it’s best, aside of course from growing up in your house. You can’t beat your father’s animal antics or should I say antics with animals. Probably the latter. More true to topic and less creepy. Then again… 🙂
Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple, Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life – Laurie Notaro, Arsenic and Old Lace – Joseph Kesselring, Matt & Ben – Mindy Kaling,
Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah’s Scribbles, #1) – Sarah Anderson,
Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick, Class Mom – Laurie Gelman, Bridget Jones Diary – Helen Fielding, and of course your books.
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper!
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging series.
Too long to read them all, so if dupes well it’s a second recommendation! 🙂
Connie Willis – Bellwether – esp. hilarious if you’re in academia.
Jerome K Jerome, 3 men in a boat. About a hundred years old and side-splittingly hilarious.
In non-book areas, I cannot get enough of cat shaming photos. With signs.
Okay, besides your books. which send me into fits of giggles (thank you!): Pastoralia by George Saunders. Funniest and most bizarre short story I’ve ever read. Found it in a New Yorker magazine decades ago at a doctor’s office and ended up stealing the magazine so I could finish reading it.
Also Dave Barry’s article on preparing for a colonoscopy–a completely other type of humor: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article1928847.html
And yes, Thurber’s The Night the Bed Fell on Father is lovely. Amazon has the CD of A Thurber Carnival, and it’s worth twelve bucks just to hear Tom Ewell read it to you, along with The Unicorn in the Garden.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen (actually, pretty much anything of his will do)
Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
So Far from Heaven by Richard Bradford
(The last two are perfect straight novels. They’re not consistently funny, but when they are, they’re hysterical.)
Any and all of Jen Lancaster’s memoirs.
rita mae brown – six of one.
the bit when the old ladies take a dump in the woods literally killed me
feel better soon please:-)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. Pretty much any book by him, though yours are the ones that had me crying from laughing.
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich and the subsequent novels at least up to the 10th book in the series.
Honestly, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” is THE funniest book I’ve ever read. Terry Pratchet is a good second though. “Cat Ass Trophy” still makes me giggle and it’s been a couple of decades since I read the Xanth series.
The late, great Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Curse of Lono”. Cause sometimes we all fell cursed by the gods.
Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson.
Aside from your books I will second the Allie Brosh, Anne Lamott, and David Sedaris recommendations, and add one more. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis.
Recently read Breaking Cat News with my kids. It’s a compilation of comics, so good for when you are too tired to even read paragraphs. How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran and any of Bill Bryson’s travelogues, and Patrick F McManus’s essays.
Besides your books:
Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh
Some of her stories had me crying laughing and the illustrations just make it that much better!
Douglas Adams The Salmon of Doubt. But skip all the honorifics by others, they’re depressing, just read his contributions – hilarious.
Ellen DeGeneres “Seriously, I’m kidding”
Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer, by Antonia Murphy. It was billed about raising an autistic child, but it’s really about how they move to New Zealand and become hobby farmers. There’s a lot of misadventures with farm animals, and I made the mistake of trying to read it while walking on a treadmill and almost fell off because I was laughing so hard.
The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Darrell – all about animals and a very eccentric English family living in Greece before WW2.
Any of the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony – a very “punny” fantasy series. 😊
I just read “My Lady’s Choosing” by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris. It is a choose your own adventure romance novel and repeatedly made me laugh out loud. It takes about every romance trope you have ever read and makes it utterly hilarious. So fun!
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, but you’ve probably already read it. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books are funny. If you’ve only read the first one, keep going. 🙂
David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls. The best. So damn funny.
Oh, and Walter the Farting Dog. It’s a kids book, but it always makes me laugh.
Revenge of the Lawn by Richard Brautigan. Short stories, specifically the actual Revenge of the Lawn. Published in 1971. If you google it, you should be able to find just that story, it begins..”My grandmother, in her own way, shines like a beacon down the stormy American past. She was a bootlegger in a little county up in the state of Washington..”
Any book written by Carrie Fisher.
Waiting for Gertrude by Bill Richardson. Set in Père LeChaise cemetery in Paris
where all kinds of famous people have been reincarnated as cats. Very well written and
wonderfully clever and funny.
I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron. My sis and I went on a cruise to Norway together and would read it aloud at night before bed. Great sister bond strengthened as we had to change undies from laughing so hard we peed!
Always David Sedaris, but especially When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day.