The funniest book you ever read

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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  1. Tanya Huff’s Summon the Keeper (the whole trilogy, really, but the first one’s the best).

  2. 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.)

  3. Wee Free Men, by Pratchett. It’s not just funny, but it made me laugh out loud which few books do.

  4. Hyperbole and a half by Allie Brosh. That’s the first that came to mind, at least.

  5. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman tickled me pretty hard back in the day.

  6. Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella makes me giggle hysterically and I listen to it every few years. Feel better! 💕

  7. 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 🙂

  8. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency had me in stitches. Particularly the bit about the horse in the bathroom.

  9. ok, not a book but, I have watched this clip easily 20 bajillion times and I giggle snort Every Single TIme.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Really anything by Terry Pratchett! The Tiffany Aching series is particularly fantastic.

  14. If you haven’t already encountered them, Gail Carriger has written numerous hysterically funny steampunk novels. Everything of hers is always funny.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Janet Evanovich “One for the Money” and “Two for the Dough”. There are more but these made me laugh the hardest.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. This Is Where I Leave You
    Jon Tropper
    Who Ran My Underwear Up the Flagpole (Schooldaze #2)
    Jerry Spinelli
    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…

  23. Pick a Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. Fantasy, but hilarious satire. Flat out jokes on every page.

  24. ‘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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Sean & David’s Long Drive by Sean Condon. The cigarette on the boat story makes me laugh just thinking about it!

  28. I love Carl Hiassan for laugh-out-loud satire. Laurie Notaro for essays (“Housebroken” is her latest and best, IMO).

  29. 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.

  30. Dave Barry is reliably funny – never fails to give a belly laugh. Ditto Bill Bryson.

  31. 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.

  32. Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish
    I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell – Tucker Max
    Food a Love Story – Jim Gaffigan

  33. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson had me crying with laughter at least once. Highly recommend it.

  34. 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).

  35. 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.

  36. Straight comedy bits: Jim Gaffigan books
    Amusing fiction: Where’d You Go Bernadette?
    Inspiring nonfiction: Yes, Please (Amy Poehler), Seriously, I’m Kidding (Ellen)

  37. Well, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened is the funniest book I’ve ever read, but you’ve probably read that one already…

  38. 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.

  39. Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams are the first authors who come to mind for me. Kinky Friedman’s novels can be fun, too.

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. How to get run over by a truck, by Katie McKenna. True memoir, poignant and laugh out loud funny

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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)

  47. 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.

  48. Marian Keyes’ “Cracks In My Foundation”. I laughed so much, and so hard, I thoroughly annoyed my husband.

  49. Agnes and the Hitman
    A Spell for Chameleon
    The Royal Treatment (all the Alaskan Royals books, actually)

  50. “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.

  51. 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.

  52. “It was on fire when I lay down on it” by Robert Fulghum, or Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner

  53. “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!

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. Dave Turner ‘s How To Be Dead series is hilarious… Followed up by the Four Horsemen.

  57. 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!

  58. 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.

  59. It’s nothing new: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve never laughed so hard at a book in my life.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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…

  63. 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.

  64. I have to second the Good Omens suggestion. anything by Terry Pratchett is a slamdunk for humor, but Good Omens is my favorite!

  65. 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!

  66. A Confederacy of Dunces. Funniest book I’ve ever read. Also love the Douglas Adams books.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. “Our Hearts Were Young and Gay” by Cornelia Otis Skinner and “It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It” by Robert Fulghum

  70. “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!

  71. “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.

  72. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christoper Moore. Best. Book Ever.

  73. 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!

  74. • 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)

  75. 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.

  76. 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:

  77. 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…

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. David Sedaris – Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Haven Kimmel – A Girl Named Zippy

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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 😉

  84. 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!)

  85. :The book with no words”. Or “Did you steal the B from my ook?” Kids books are awesome!

  86. Shelly Laurenston. Basically everything she has written, but The Mane Attraction is my go to giggle book. Ridiculous shifters in Tennessee.

  87. David Sedaris – Almost anything, but I think the funniest is The Santaland Diaries or Holidays on Ice.

  88. Besides yours, of course………White Girl Problems by Babe Walker…….You’ll love it!

  89. 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.

  90. Your books, anything by David Sedaris, and “Why We Suck” by Dennis Leary.

  91. 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.

  92. Try “How to be champion” by English comedian Sarah Millican. I recommended your books to her too.

  93. 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.

  94. A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches is the funniest cookbook I ever read and still had some good recipes.

  95. 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

  96. 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

  97. 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! 😆

  98. 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. 😊

  99. 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.

  100. 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).

  101. 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

  102. Any of Jen Lancaster’s books of essays. Her novels, no, but her essays are laugh out loud material

  103. 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.

  104. Laurie Notaro’s There’s a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell. Literal crying laughing ensued.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. John Connolly. Gates of hell books. They’re young adult but funny as fluff

  108. 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.

  109. 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!

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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.

  114. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, and Andy Weir’s The Martian (the perfectly timed use of profanity making everything 10x funnier).

  115. 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. 😉

  116. Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens is fabulous. Also all the White Trash Zombie books by Diana Rowland.

  117. 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

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. ‘At Wit’s End’ by Erma Bombeck made me laugh. And then Bill Engvall’s ‘Here’s Your Sign’. He kills me every time.

  121. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, maybe not traditionally funny, but I laugh out loud when I read some of it,..

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

  124. “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.

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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.

  128. When the title of your post came through my email, I got really excited and thought you wrote another book! <3 feel better soon!

  129. A Dirty Job and Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore are the two funniest books I have ever read….aside from yours.

  130. “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.

  131. Stacey Ballis’s novels can be pretty hilarious…there’s a scene in Off the Menu that gets me every time.

  132. Jennifer Cruisie! Her books are so fun! And she is a Jennifer… so bonus!

  133. Besides your- “ I hope they serve beer in hell” by tucker max . Anything by Amy or David Sedaris.

  134. 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.)

  135. 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.

  136. 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.

  137. 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. 🙂

  138. 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.

  139. 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 🙂

  140. 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.

  141. Fluke by Christopher Moore. The scene with the wife and the whale makes me laugh so much I get the hiccups.

  142. Tom Holt, “Expecting Someone Taller.” Also, “Flying Dutch.”

  143. 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!

  144. 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.

  145. Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum series (funnier in audiobook) and Richard Kadrey’s “The Everything Box”

  146. In the Glow of the Lavalamp, Stories of Bad Sex and Other Misfortunes by Lily Wilson.
    I peed my pants.

  147. Carrie Fisher’s memoirs. The Princess Diarist was fun. Especially the audiobook.

  148. 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!

  149. Anything by Christopher Moore, but especially Lamb and Fool. I laughed till I almost couldn’t breathe.

  150. 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!!!

  151. 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.

  152. 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!

  153. 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.

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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!!!

  157. 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.

  158. 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.

  159. 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.

  160. 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 !

  161. 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.

  162. Winterdance by Gary Paulsen Laughed until I cried and my dog looked at me like I was nuts.

  163. 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.

  164. 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.

  165. Chelsea Handlers books are hilarious!
    Bossy pants by Tina Fey
    Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin

  166. 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

  167. 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?)

  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. 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.

  171. Yes to the other people who suggested Laurie Notaro. I still have my personalized membership certificate for the “Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club”.

  172. 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.

  173. Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Can’t miss. Or anything PG Wodehouse.

  174. 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).

  175. 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

  176. 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”…

  177. Anything by Lindsay Buroker (self published on Amazon). She has snarky, smart female protagonists.

  178. 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!!

  179. 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!!

  180. Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed, by Laurie Kilmartin

  181. Where’d You Bernadette by Maria Semple.

    The audiobook has a great narrator that really sells the story.

  182. 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.

  183. “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.

  184. 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!

  185. 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

  186. “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.

  187. Mamrie Hart “You Deserve A Drink”. If you don’t know her, she’s on YouTube and hilarious.

  188. 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

  189. 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.

  190. 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.

  191. 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.

  192. 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….

  193. “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.

  194. A surprise one here – Gridlock by Ben Elton. Made me laugh out loud quite a lot

  195. “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”…

  196. 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.

  197. 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.

  198. 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.

  199. Phyllis Diller’s “Like a Lampshade In a Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy”

  200. 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).

  201. I made a boo-boo! It’s not The Blue Knight, it’s The Choirboys by Joseph Wambough!

  202. 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!

  203. 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.

  204. 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

  205. Coyote Blue (Christopher Moore) and Cold Comfort Farm, can’t remember author’s name.

  206. Anything by David Sedaris, but I especially like his earlier works including Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day.

  207. 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!

  208. 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):

  209. •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?”

    Steve Martin
    “Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life”

  210. 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.

  211. 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,, by Pascal Lepas is also excellent.

  212. 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!”

  213. 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.

  214. Honestly? Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Not sucking up, it really is!

  215. 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.

  216. 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 ….

  217. 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.

  218. Mary Lasswell! Start with Suds in Your Eye. Delightful snapshot of american life during difficult times. Old ladies, hijinks, and beer… lots of beer.

  219. “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.

  220. 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.

  221. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
    It’s a series about a family of private detectives. I found it laugh out loud funny.

  222. Any book by him is funny

    “Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night”
    Lewis Grizzard

  223. Read: Laurie Notaro
    Listen to: David Sedaris (especially Me Talk Pretty One Day).

  224. Pretty much everything by Gail Carriger. Steampunk, Victorian England, werewolves, vampires, a mechanical dog (named Bumbersnoot) and rediculous hats

  225. 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.

  226. It’s not a book but I can’t watch The Gods Must be Crazy without dissolving.

  227. Anything by David Sedaris. Seriously. Can’t remember the names of the books, but I think your sense of humor is similar to his

  228. 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)

  229. Will Cuppy’s, “The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody,” was a hoot the first and last time I read it.

  230. 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!

  231. 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.

  232. Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes
    Lewis Grizzard

  233. Yours, of course… but Clinton Kelly’s “I Hate Everyone Except You” is pretty darn funny.

  234. 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!!!

  235. 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.

  236. 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.

  237. 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.

  238. 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.

  239. 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… 🙂

  240. 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.

  241. 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.

  242. 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:

    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.

  243. 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.)

  244. 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:-)

  245. 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.

  246. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich and the subsequent novels at least up to the 10th book in the series.

  247. 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.

  248. The late, great Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Curse of Lono”. Cause sometimes we all fell cursed by the gods.

  249. 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.

  250. 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.

  251. 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!

  252. Douglas Adams The Salmon of Doubt. But skip all the honorifics by others, they’re depressing, just read his contributions – hilarious.

  253. 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.

  254. 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. 😊

  255. 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!

  256. 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. 🙂

  257. Oh, and Walter the Farting Dog. It’s a kids book, but it always makes me laugh.

  258. 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..”

  259. 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.

  260. 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!

  261. Always David Sedaris, but especially When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day.

  262. The entire Serge Storms series by Tim Dorsey and the classicThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome.

  263. Tick tock by Dean Koontz.

    A voodoo doll comes to life and terrorizes a young man, who enlists the help of a crazy waitress and a magic dog. Really.

  264. Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite absurdists – I like his Thursday Next and Nursery Crimes series’, and I’m about to read his Shades Of Grey. 🙂 Also for just light fun LOLs, I would recommend Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. <3 <3
    If you haven’t read either of those authors, I’ll be happy to send you a starter. 😀 XOXOX

  265. Well, I had to stop reading “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” at night because I kept waking my husband up laughing…. barring that, you can’t beat the brits! Guards, Guards, by Terry Pratchett or Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams are pretty much my go-tos. But never forget:

    This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out.
    “A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
    “Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on
    “Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.'”

    We’re all your friend. Many of us have been here before. Some of us know the way out. We’ll get there together.

  266. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett is one of my favorites. Any of the Mistress/Granny Weatherwax or Tiffany Aching books are my favorites. If you need a funny movie instead, I recommend Death at a Funeral, either the American or British version though I prefer the British version because I saw it first. Also While not funny exactly, Cookie Monster’s Guide to Life: The Joy of Cookies is delightful. Only thing between you and happiness is lid to cookie jar.

  267. I forgot a couple!

    Mortified and Mortified: Love Is A Battlefield, both edited by David Nadelberg. I was crying from laughing so hard.

  268. Just about anything by Dave Barry, columnist for the Miami Herald. A compilation of his columns is guaranteed to make you laugh. Hard.

  269. A few weeks ago I had an MRI and they allowed me to bring a device to stream music into the machine. I have a bad time with MRIs so I chose the most hilarious audiobook I could find so I could be distracted enough to deal with the procedure: Martin Short’s “I Must Say!”. It’s a great read but because he also voices the audiobook, try the latter. I was able to get mine from the local library 🙂 For amusement and big word distraction I love TC Boyle’s “The Road to Wellville”. And if you just need something quick and mighty, pick up any Far Side collection. Cheers to staying up, up, up! xo

  270. You have probably already heard of or read PG Wodehouse, but if not I highly recommend any of the Jeeves and Wooster books.

  271. Anything by Patrick McManus, who wrote for Field and Stream magazine for years. His essays about his boyhood dog, Strange are particularly hilarious. He describes the dog as “looking like your ordinary brown and white floppy-eared mongrel, except he had depravity written all over him. He looked like he sold dirty postcards to support an opium habit.” The books are available as ebooks, and describe growing up in a rural area among other things. Took one to class one day when I was in high school (in the 1980’s, I’m old). Was reading after I finished a test, and laughed so hard I fell out of my desk. The teacher was not amused.

    I work in a bookstore and I recommend your books all the time. Feel better, you are loved!!

  272. Heads of the Colored People, a new book, with a wide range of stories. “Belles Lettres,” which has two mothers exchanging notes through their daughters backpacks is extremely funny.

  273. PG Wodehouse, the Wooster and Jeeves stories, or anything with the Earl of Blandings.
    Jasper Fforde – I especially like the Last Dragonslayer, Song of the Quarkbeast (YA series) bu the Bookworld Series is also witty and fun.
    I second the Connie Willis suggestion for To Say Nothing of the Dog and Bellwether, and quite a few of her short stories.

  274. Bill Bryson, “The Lost Continent” (if his acerbic wit doesn’t resonate with you I’ll eat my hat, also “Neither here nor there”.
    “straight Man” by Richard Russo. Also great as literature, but very funny. “Tourist Season@ and “Skin Tight” by Carl Hiassen. “Soon I will be invincible” by Austin Grossman, a superhero tale told partly by the villain. Of course “Red Shirts” by your friend John Scalzi. I have read all of these at least twice and loaned out to several people who also loved them. Read them all, Bryson first.

  275. “The Last Black Unicorn” by Tiffany Haddish- hilarious (but with a few serious moments about her mother’s mental illness, so be aware if that is triggering for you). Also “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. Get the audiobook so you can listen to his beautiful accent while he tells you about growing up in South Africa. 🙂

  276. “Lamb” by Christopher Moore. Or anything in the “The Pirates!” series by Gideon Defoe. The Pirates are so wholesome and delightful!

  277. This is no help to you whatsoever, but your books are hilarious. Also, I can recommend The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; Catch-22; Make Love! (The Bruce Campbell Way); Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal; pretty much anything by Kurt Vonnegut; and, if you’re really desperate, Vampires in Pimptown by Yours Truly.

  278. If you like puns, science fiction, and a healthy dose of empathy, I highly recommend the Callahan series by Spider Robinson. Start with Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon and work your way through. You eventually get to meet Lady Sally, who runs a brothel in New York with the best clientele a time traveler could ask for.

  279. If At Birth You Don’t Succeed has several laugh out loud moments and leaves you feeling better about humanity. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is a hoot (start at the beginning with One For The Money), Night of the Avenging Blowfish and most of the early Donald Westlake books. But you win for the funniest book(s) ever. Easily.

  280. “The Partly Cloudy Patriot” by Sarah Vowell. Droll, dry, deeply intelligent.

  281. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I have so many unread books on my shelf but I’ve read this multiple times and laugh out loud every single time. Her others are great, too, but this one’s the crown jewel. Also, David and Amy Sedaris are magic, but I’m sure you already know that.

  282. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series are laugh-out-loud funny. The Colour of Magic is the first; or if you wish to save a vowel for later, The Color of Magic.

  283. Another vote for anything by Terry Pratchett (my favorite is Small Gods), also for something a little different The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (that man can literally do anything well), it’s a thriller but it made me laugh out loud numerous times (enough that people gave me weird looks while I was reading it between classes in grad school).

  284. Well to be fair the funniest book I ever read was Furiously happy XD But aside from that read anything from Terry Pratchett’s discworld series, Eric is one of the thinner books so it’s a quicker read, Soul music is a standard size but it has a special place in my heart since it was my first (plus it has music with rock in it), The last hero has absolutely stunning art and Nanny Ogg’s cookbook is a good idea if you want to go blow up the kitchen ^^

  285. “As you wish” by Cary Elwes was so sweet and gave me this great uplifted feeling – lots of funny moments; but overall just left me feeling “better”.

    Also – “Fool” by Christopher Moore – damn funny.

  286. Many many people ask me this question and I always say the same two books but unfortunately for you you’ve read them because you wrote them. Your first and second book are the best and funniest books I’ve ever read. But if you just want a fun read that’s a mystery with cats in it Sofie Kelly or Sofie Ryan are fun. Ps it’s the same author.

  287. Howls moving castle by diana wynne jones. or the other two in the series – castle in the air and house of many ways. House of many ways is a particular favorite.

    The enchanted forest chronicles by patricia c wrede – calling on dragons, in particular, and the inability of Killer the Rabbit to stop eating things…. enchanted things… that turn him into something completely unlike a rabbig. Plus in that one you get to hear what the Witch’s cats are really saying and its awesome.

    I actually find “Pride and Prejudice” to be pretty funny, but it doesn’t tickle everyone the same way.

    If you need to be doing the things and need something amazing to listen to Decoder Ring Theatre’s Red Panda Adventures are an amazing podcast. Its the superheros of Toronto, starting in the great depression and ending in the 1950s. Kit Baxter is the character who refuses to be a sidekick, and really, the one who the whole show is actually about. And there is snappy dialoge, pulp fiction style action, romance, magic, adventure and kicking nazis into inter-dimensional vortexes. Whats not to love? Kit got me through some really rough times.

  288. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. It had me laughing until I cried. Probably because most of it sounded like stuff my Dad either had said or would have said.

  289. I can’t wait to read all of these recommendations! Just skimming, I see many have mentioned David Sedaris. I love his audio books best, since his inflections add to the hilarity. There are a couple Sophie Kinsella books I love: I’ve Got Your Number and Can You Keep a Secret? They’re both very lighthearted (I call them literary palate cleansers), funny chicklit.

    Another one I loved was Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Not ROFL funny, but smart, snarky, and fun. I also adored A Man Called Ove, because he was a lovable curmudgeon who had thoughts about everything that will make you giggle. It will also warm the very cockles of your heart. No idea what cockles are, but trust me, they will be toasty. I also adore Jim Gaffigan on his specials, so I imagine his books would be great. Be well. We’re all so glad you’re you, Jenny. xoxo

  290. Dear Baba Yaga really helped me during a recent depressive episode. Some of the passages were funny and there were a few that I really needed to read at the moment. It’s a quick, delightful read!

  291. Hyperbole & A Half by Allie Bosch – she just gets it!!
    Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan – she’s hilarious and her writing style just cracks me up!

  292. Funny books?

    I recommend A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, which I was reading in the Continental 1st Class Lounge in the Honolulu airport while CNN was tuned to coverage of the Madelein McCann story – I only remember this because I was laughing out loud, embarrassing my husband, and drawing dirty looks from the other customers. (I’m also partial to his Practical Demonkeeping, You Suck: A Love Story, and The Stupidest Angel: A Christmas Tale of Terror. Fool isn’t bad, either, and I found Lamb positively uproarious, but I can’t recommend it to people whose religious convictions I don’t know well because there are bits that could very easily be offensive to someone more religious than I am.)

    I also liked Stiff, Gulp, and Bonk by Mary Roach. They’re not total belly-laugh funny, but they’ve got enough toilet humor to have a few giggles.

    And, when I feel really terrible, I pick up James Thurber short stories. Everyone probably knows “The Catbird Seat,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and “The Night the Bed Fell,” but I feel especially comforted by “The Unicorn in the Garden” and “The Moth and the Star,” especially when the world feels like too much. They’re not strictly funny, though, more … inspirational with wit.

  293. Bruce Campbell’s IF CHINS COULD KILL had me laughing so hard in parts when I was reading it on the train that people were asking me what the hell I was reading.

  294. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is still at the very tippy top of my list.
    Do/can you do comic books? The Ryan North/Erica Henderson run of Squirrel Girl is my favorite thing in the world right now. There are several graphic novels collecting multiple issues out already.

  295. I’m also going to put in a vote for “Lamb” by Christopher Moore. Laugh out loud funny, and irreverent and wickedly clever.

  296. Clyde Edgerton’s Floatplane Notebooks and Walking Across Egypt; Christopher Buckley’s Boomsday, Supreme Courtship, or No Way to Treat a First Lady. Also P.J. O’Roark’s Holidays in Hell, Age and Guile Beats Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut, as well as Eat the Rich. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore. (Also Island of the Sequined Love Nun and Lamb.) See P.J.’s “A Ramble Through Lebanon” in Holidays in Hell for one of the funniest opening sequence I’ve ever seen in my life.

  297. After anything you’ve written my go to is Lamb by Christopher Moore. Hang in there, we’re all by your side!

  298. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Bragg or Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg.

  299. Honestly your books. But if you want some sci-fi romance alien action and heroine that blogs and says hilarious things I gotta recommend Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

  300. Patty Jane’s House of Curl; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry…. you’ll LOVE it.

  301. Your book. But that probably doesn’t help so Jeff Foxworthy No Shirt No Shoes No Problem.

  302. “Shit My Dad Said” and “I Suck At Girls” by Justin Halpern are my go-to’s when I need a funny book, Jenny. Because even though I’ve read them both about 100 times, every single time I still end up laughing so hard that tears run down my face and snot comes out my nose.

  303. Already mentioned but worthy of a another: Caitlin Moran “How to be a Woman”, Jasper Fforde “Eyre Affair”, any humorist/comedian’s audiobook read by the author

    Not yet mentioned, but I loved: “Foop!” by Chris Genoa.

    And now my ‘To Be Read’ list is even longer. Long live Interlibrary Loan!!!!!!

  304. It’s not laugh out loud funny, but so sweet- The Ordinary Princess by MM Kaye. It’s like reading a warm fuzzy blanket

  305. FU Penguin. It’s less novel and more short “essays” (for lack of a better word). It’s short, it’s funny and it’s all about animals behaving badly and people narrating it.

  306. Did you already do Sweet Potato Queens?
    Erma Bombeck was my first soul goddess.
    Lewis Grizzard for southern humor.
    A Man Called Olaf and his other books
    So many. My passion is short humor essays.

  307. Other than yours? Anything written by Caimh (pronounced kweeve, poor man) McDonnell…and – bonus! – his books are included (free) if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. The first in his series is A Man With One of Those Faces. Hysterical AND suspenseful. I second the Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, and Robert Fulghum recommendations, as well as How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. I’d also recommend anything by Tom Robbins…he’s got such a way with words that I swear I speak differently after reading his work. Still Life With Woodpecker and Another Roadside Attraction are probably my favorites of his, but Jitterbug Perfume is in the running. Anne Lamott is both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply wise and inspiring. Or just read some “autocorrect” compilations online if you’re short on time and want to pee yourself laughing.

  308. Nora Ephron‘s book “I miss my neck“… Wear your depends while you were reading it !!!

  309. “The Book with No Pictures” by B. J. Novak. It’s a kid’s book, but if you get someone to read it to you, especially if they’ve never read it, you’ll have fun.

  310. Emma Bombeck’s books,, Spencer 1Quinn Chet and Bernie series, if you went to c Catholic school, read “Growing up Catholic”

  311. So many great books listed to far! I have one that hasn’t been mentioned yet, however, and I literally did pee myself a little while listening to the audiobook on a run in through woods.

    Rob Delaney’s “Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.”

    You may be familiar with him via Twitter, but he also co-created/-wrote/-starred in the series *Catastrophe” with Sharon Horgan, who is herself a comedy goddess. I highly recommend watching for some good belly laughs! (

  312. Kim Korson, I Don’t Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom (Books).
    Thanks for the post. Your tribe is awesome.

  313. Lamb by Christopher Moore (satire and smart ass all the way). I want a friend by Biff.
    Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
    Place your Bets by Katie Graykowski
    Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski
    Sorry Charlie by Katie Graykowski

  314. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
    I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, by Tucker Max

  315. Soul music by Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest things I have ever read. I also laugh a lot at Corey Taylor’s books, but Terry Pratchett is my go-to.

  316. Another Christopher Moore book — The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.(the chapters from the POV are my favorites)

  317. The Bagthorpe Saga – Helen Cresswell
    Hysterically funny British children’s book series – my go-to comfort books

  318. Not LOL funny book, but I think you’d like it: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

  319. “Don’t make me laugh”. It’s a kids book, but so funny. Quick results. Like instant coffee for your funnybone💕

  320. Hands down – the absolute funniest book I’ve ever read is “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” and “Stanley the Magical Talking Squirrel” in particular. I’m making a list a mile long of these other titles so THANK YOU for asking the question! Seconding the suggestions on anything by Christopher Moore (especially “Lamb”), any of the Sweet Potato Queens books, and anything by Carl Hiaasen.

  321. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon. Working title was “Jews with Swords.” Rollicking tale of adventure, and also hilarious

  322. Bridge of Birds: The Story of China that Never Was by Barry Hughart. Very exceptional under rated book. Good luck finding it.

  323. Um, YOURS! Let’s Pretend This Never Happened had me rolling on the floor, crying from laughing so hard!

  324. I see that “Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh has already been suggested…SOOooo hilarious…but she also has a story about Christmas that is on her blog…not in the book…at least that I remember. “The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas” …(I tried to read this out loud to my mother and could not make it through…was laughing so hard…we both were… Remains one of my all time favorite Christmas stories ever..and i am not even a religious –>Here is the link:

  325. You’ve probably already read it, but Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, or The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

  326. I’m currently reading SPACE OPERA by Catherynne Valenta, which is essentially Douglas Adams meets Eurovision in space. I’m only about halfway in, but what I’ve read so far is HILARIOUS!:

    I also enjoyed Peter David’s Sir Apropos of Nothing series:

  327. Dad is Fat – Jim Gaffigan — anything by David Sedaris — Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

  328. Like many of us, my first response was Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Bill Bryson’s books about living in England are wonderful.

  329. Anything by Christopher Moore, Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro (as well as her other books). Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron are also good for humor.

  330. The Provincial Lady Complete Collection (5 novels) E.M. Delafield.

  331. “Let’s Pretend…” was definitely the funniest book I have ever read. I was laughing so hard that I was crying and couldn’t catch my breath, but then you do that to me. 🙂

    This story was one of the first I read on the Internet and although it’s fiction, I still find it funny. It’s a short read. I haven’t read Bob Newhart’s book, “I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This”, but I find everything he does very funny. I have some of his recordings and his dry sense of humour – very dry! – makes me laugh every time I listen.

  332. The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore, but listen to it as an audiobook, because it’s even funnier that way.

  333. Also, a zillion thanks to the poster of comment 15! Game show host wrangling kittens with English accent – host not kittens, though perhaps there is some variety to kitten accents depending on where they reside. Anyway, bless you for sharing the video.

  334. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

  335. Calvin and Hobbes always makes me laugh – not a novel but good for a laugh.

  336. Anything by Celia Rivenbark. The titles alone are worth the price of the books -We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier; Bless Your Heart, Tramp; Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank!

  337. It’s not like you don’t have enough (snicker) but David sedaris, haven kimble, jen Lancaster, Laurie notaro (early books).

  338. David Sedaris Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day. I’m betting you’ve read them, but I love revisiting books when I’m depressed and need a laugh.
    Thanks for writing your books, by the way.

  339. How to be Champion by Sarah Millican, if you can get past the dialect. She’s a British comedian from the North East of England and I find her hilarious most of the time.

  340. The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore, but listen to it as an audiobook, because it’s even funnier that way.

  341. I’m with many other commenters here in saying: yours! Your books make me laugh out loud, big belly laughs out loud.

    Ditto Allie Brosh (I mean, The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas? Divine!).

    On a less belly-laugh level, I too like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

  342. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years Old. Picked it up on a hunch and it’s hilarious.

  343. Aside from yours, which made me pee my pants laughing at Stanley the Magic Squirrel, I recently re-read “Fool” by Christopher Moore and had a few chuckles. For funny non-fiction, you might appreciate “The Hypochondriac’s Guide To Life. And Death.” by Gene Weingarten. However, I’m worried that you may have half the diagnoses in this book…..

  344. Well, as several people have noted, your books are my ultimate go-to when I need a pick-me-up. Seeing as you’ve lived those already, I’ve really taken a liking to audio versions of celebrity memoirs. I feel like I’m one of the few people in the world that’s not a Kevin Hart die-hard fan, but his narration of his memoir, “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” was excellent and I laughed through most of it. Another one that was excellent is Anna Faris’ “Unqualified”. She has a knack for making everything very funny. By the way, listening to you narrating your audiobooks actually got me interested in other authors reading their own books, so thank you for expanding my “reading” offerings.

    Also, I have to agree with the many people that have suggested Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. I’m not normally into that style of book, but someone pushed me to read her copy of the first one and it was hysterical. I read several of them in a row, but haven’t read them in awhile now…everyone mentioning them on here makes me want to check if my library has them. I hope you find something that can help pull you out of the funk. These suggestion posts always give me several ideas to help when I need it.

  345. Anything by P.G. Wodehouse, Jen Lancaster, Carrie Fischer, or Janet Evanovich. I love the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich especially. Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells series is funny and fairly light-hearted. I adore the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede. The Shopaholic books are funny, by Sophie Kinsella, I enjoyed the first one the most.