The best books of funny bits to make you laugh out loud

Jass Richards Author Of Too Stupid to Visit
By Jass Richards

Who am I?

Years ago, when I went to Montreal to get my Master's degree in Philosophy, I decided to become a stand-up comic at the same time. I soon realized that I had a lot more fun coming up with the funny bits than I did being ignored or heckled while on stage delivering them. So I became a sit-down comic. (Well, a sprawled-on-the-couch comic.) I've since written and published several novels, which contain a lot of funny bits, but I decided, in addition, to publish the leftover or funny-on-their-own bits in a separate book. Hence, Too Stupid to Visit.

I wrote...

Too Stupid to Visit

By Jass Richards,

Book cover of Too Stupid to Visit

What is my book about?

Too Stupid to Visit is a themed collection of bits from my non-existent stand-up career. It includes Too Stupid to Visit, We Should Put a Crocodile in There, Born that Way, Let the Cows Loose, Jass Richards does Europe, and Other Funny Bits.

The books I picked & why

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Brain Droppings

By George Carlin,

Book cover of Brain Droppings

Why this book?

Any collection by Carlin is bound to be brilliant. It was a tie between Brain Droppings, Napalm and Silly Putty, and When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops, so I put them in alphabetical order and went with the first one. I still recall being delighted with his bit about how 'Fuck' is an all-purpose word. (I was a Literature major at the time.) (Decades later, I incorporated that idea into Jane Smith's Translation Dictionary.) But he's got so much good stuff… Yes, he sometimes crosses the line from being amused at stupidity to being angry at it—but who wouldn't?  

Streeters: Rants & Raves from This Hour Has 22 Minutes

By Rick Mercer,

Book cover of Streeters: Rants & Raves from This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Why this book?

Although it was Mercer's Talking to Americans that had me rolling on the floor, I list Streeters only because Talking to Americans isn't available in book format. That said, I do feel an affinity with Streeters for its rantiness (indeed, the subtitle is Rants and Raves from This Hour has 22 Minutes). Sometimes his stuff is too Political-capital-P for me (I don't follow the news anymore), but often it's just political-small-p—which is just right.

Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists

By McSweeney's,

Book cover of Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists

Why this book?

I discovered McSweeney's late in life, but immediately bookmarked the 'Lists' section of their website for regular reading. Who knew they'd actually published a book of lists? The cool thing about it is that every list is written by someone different. It's delightful to discover so many funny people! Being funny about so many weird things! Something for everyone, surely...

Our Front Pages: 21 Years of Greatness, Virtue, and Moral Rectitude from America's Finest News Source

By The Onion,

Book cover of Our Front Pages: 21 Years of Greatness, Virtue, and Moral Rectitude from America's Finest News Source

Why this book?

I discovered The Onion late in life as well, and also through their website. Which, yes, I have bookmarked as well—I love most just their headlines. And discovered, again, they'd actually published a book of headlines! 'Nuff said.

Stupid Men Jokes : And Other Laughing Matters

By Jasmine Birtles, Liz Hughes,

Book cover of Stupid Men Jokes : And Other Laughing Matters

Why this book?

Over twenty years old and still funny. This collection includes many 'traditional jokes'—the kind that start with a question, then provide an unexpected/funny answer (such as "How many men does it take to change a lightbulb? Ten—one to put it in and nine to congratulate him down at the bar."). But it also includes other bits ("Three wise men? You've got to be joking."). It also includes a section titled "Top Twenty Stupid Chat-up Lines and How to Retort."

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