The Best Books To Make You Laugh

The Books I Picked & Why

Untrue Stories of Fiction

By Jack Handey

Untrue Stories of Fiction

Why this book?

This is the guy who wrote Deeper Thoughts and some of the best sketches on Saturday Night Live. He is a regular in The New Yorker and American Bystander and one of our generation’s finest humorists. This collection I feel is his best yet. I read a passage before I go to sleep to deal with this crazy world.

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The # * % < ! + & Year in Review

By Ron Hauge

The # * % < ! + & Year in Review

Why this book?

Possibly the most underrated cartoonist in the world. Everyone knows his work from Seinfeld and The Simpsons––I’m not overstating this is a comic genius. This book attempts to make sense out of this disastrous period in our history through his unique drawings and visual puns. This book is a Master Class in modern editorial cartooning.  


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Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

By Mike Sacks

Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

Why this book?

Mike Sacks is an authority on comedy and scholar who created two volumes which are a Comedy Bible for any humorist, interviewing the funniest people from the last fifty years. This is a must-read for any comedy geek. The other volume is And Here’s the Kicker. But wait, that’s all, as they say. Sacks has also become the king of kitsch producing a series of books mocking pop culture (Slouchers, Passable In Pink, Randy! and Stinker Lets Loose!)


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This Is a Book

By Demetri Martin

This Is a Book

Why this book?

I think this is the stand-up’s best material, a combination of his short stories and drawings. Unlike most humor books this is a generous amount here but never boring or repetitive. I don’t know how this book didn’t receive more recognition than it did. There is very little else out there at this level of quality. I literally, pun intended, read this book at least three times.


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Dumb Jokes for Smart Folks

By Jessica Delfino

Dumb Jokes for Smart Folks

Why this book?

The most comprehensive modern joke book by a joke encyclopedia, Jessica Delfino. This is more a reference book for joke lovers and an ideal gift for that uncle and dad who thinks there are hilarious but really need a hand in the material department. 


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