What’s the Funniest Book You’ve Read?

I run the performing arts section of my store. It includes celebrity, filmmaker, and music biographies. Games. Books about movies and TV. And also humor. Before I started running the section a couple weeks after getting hired I wouldn’t have been able to name a single book that would fall under humor. Now I know plenty.

The thing is that the books that fall under this category aren’t always very popular. Sure Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Handler have both written multiple books that would certainly qualify as humor, but there are plenty that would barely cause a stir in the market. Just like any other genre.

I still haven’t read any book that would fall under humor, but maybe you have. Or maybe another author has managed to get you laughing during the course of reading a book in another genre. What’s the funniest book you’ve read? Maybe it was penned by a celebrity, but probably not.

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31 thoughts on “What’s the Funniest Book You’ve Read?

  1. Like you I’ve never been that interested in humour before, but the funniest book I have ever read is Michael McIntyre’s Life and Laughing. He’s my favourite comedian so it’s not surprising that it is funny, but the book is also intended as an autobiography.

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  2. Hands down: The entire H2G2 “trilogy” by Douglas Adams. Changed my life, freshman year of college.

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  3. “The Disaster Artist” was pretty humorous. It’s sort of a biography of Tommy Wiseau, the weirdest man who ever lived.

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  4. David Sedaris “Me Talk Pretty One Day ” in brilliant. All of his books are really funny. And Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes” will have you crying from laughter and sadness.

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  5. Anything by P.G. Wodehouse. And on the NF front, a collection of Benjamin Franklin’s writings entitled “Fart Proudly.”

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  6. H2G2 is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the very books I was going to nominate too. Douglas Adams was just a very funny man. And many of the Terry Pratchett books make me smile because they’re surprisingly satirical – if not laugh out loud funny.

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  7. The Princess diaries series! And Twenties girl by Sophie Kinsella.

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  8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman is very good. If you’ve seen the film you get the idea of the “princess bride” part, which is actually a story within a story. The novel is actually written as fiction memoir of Goldman trying to find the book his grandfather used to read to him, “True Love and High Adventure” by S Morganstern. He then reads the book again as an adult and discovers everything grandpa left out.

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  9. I don’t read a ton of books that are pure humor. But one that stood out for me when I was younger is George Carlin’s “Braindroppings.” And “Napalm and Silly Putty.”
    Other than that, I just appreciate the humor in all the books I read.

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