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Funniest books / funniest authors

Posted: 1/22/2012 10:36 AM

Funniest books / funniest authors 


I tried this through Google, but holy c rap, I don't know what these people were thinking.  I picked up some of the recommendations, but they were either boring, or weird, or simply not funny.

Then it hit me.  Where else to go with this question than to my brothers and sisters who think like me (well.... sometimes anyway).

So, as the post implies, please give me your thoughts and recommendations on funny books.  I'll accept any "nominations".

Just to let you know my brand of humor:  the last really funny book I read was  "$h!t My Father Says"  (I don't remember the author off-hand).

I am new to this forum and am enjoying the posts.
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Posted: 1/22/2012 10:41 AM

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Addendum:

The book mentioned is  "Sh*t My Dad Says"   by Justin Halpen.  

Quick read and I obviously thought it was pretty funny.
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Posted: 1/22/2012 3:46 PM

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It's hard to go wrong with anything by Douglas Adams, Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen.



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Posted: 1/30/2012 1:21 PM

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Ruminations of a college life by Aaron Karo

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Posted: 2/4/2012 6:05 PM

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Beaucoup Arlo & Janis - by Jimmy Johnson (a book of his cartoons).

Lois McMasters Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga has some of the funniest stuff I've ever read - but it is not primarily comedy.

More subtly amusing, in the sci-fi genre, would be Connie Willis.


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Posted: 2/6/2012 1:12 PM

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Almost forgot - 

I subscribe to Funny Times.  It is a Cleveland publication, comes once a month, and it is funny.  Plus, you can fold it up, stick it in your pocket and read it in the shitter at work:

http://www.funnytimes.com/

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Posted: 2/9/2012 9:25 AM

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Try Christopher Moore.  Read and loved Lamb(Gospel from Jesus best friend Biff), You Suck(Stupid and disfunctional vampires) and The Stupiest Angel(Angel tries to grant a kids Xmas wish and creates mayhem).  Plus he's from Ohio, if that matters.  Maybe thats why his humor is a little demented.
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Posted: 2/14/2012 12:28 PM

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Calvin Trillin. 

His latest, "Quite Enough of..." is a best of compilation of short columns, so it makes for good bathroom reading.  More wit than laugh out loud funny, but he's funny enough to be a DAILY SHOW regular.
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Posted: 3/9/2012 10:28 AM

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Finally getting to these:

Which one of Bujold's was your favorite ?
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Posted: 3/9/2012 1:59 PM

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"A Civil Campaign" is the funniest, but it is funny (in part) knowing the characters so well from the entire Vorkosigan saga,  But, you could probably get by with just reading "Komarr" first.

If you like it, you'll read the rest.  If not, both Komarr and A Civil Campaign are quick reads.

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Posted: 3/12/2012 8:36 PM

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MMA Fighter Forrest Griffin has 2 books out. Both are very funny.

Got Fight?

and

Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse
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Posted: 3/15/2012 6:30 PM

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Aardvark.

Thanks for the Calvin Trillin recommendation.  I just finished "Quite Enough..."    I thoroughly enjoyed it.  (and can see some of his influence in your writing style).   Well played, sir.

(I also read a Bill Simmons book on your say-so.  2 for 2)

Anything else?
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Posted: 3/23/2012 6:51 PM

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80s:

"It's hard to go wrong with anything by Douglas Adams, Dave Barry or Carl Hiaasen."

Found a book by Dave Barry hidden on a shelf at home.  Funny stuff.  Appreciate the recommendation.  I hope to get to the other authors as well, but I've been trying to get through some of the books that folks have pointed out.

I'll let you know.
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Posted: 3/25/2012 7:21 PM

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Believe it or not, the funniest book I've recently read is Michael Lewis' Boomerang.  It's about the financial crisis but it read like a comedy routine to me.  His basic premise is that nations have characters which are reflected in what they chose to do with all of the money that could be borrowed before the financial crash.  Sometimes he'd make you laugh early on and then re-apply the punchline throughout the chapter like he did with his man vs woman thing in Iceland.  Other times he would build and build  a story and then floor you with the punch line like he did with German's and crap.  I was literally lol throughout the book.  Funny and informative at the same time.  I must warn you though, some people were apparently offended by his characterizations of some nations.

I'm currently reading You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News by Cracked.com.   It's just a collection of different facts told in a funny way.  It's kinda like Asimov's Opus series but trying to be funny.  That's a very loose comparison.   Did you know that the color pink is has been used in some college locker rooms for the visiting teams?  People claimed that it made the visiting team passive and statistics backed them up.  Blue has been used to some effect on bridges to discourage people from jumping off of them.  Anyways, it's an easy book to pick up and put down whenever you have a few minutes to invest and want a chuckle or two.   You can get a feel for it by visiting Cracked.com.   
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Posted: 3/26/2012 2:35 PM

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LDDD:

Anything else?

AA:

Uhhh, can't go to the well again.  That's a jinx. 

I don't know if he has anything out of late, but I counted the days until Bill James annual Baseball Almanac came out.  The Sabermetrics stuff was over my head, but I loved his snarky writing (his stuff on the fielding prowess of Willie Mays Aikens is a howl).  He's probably become enough of an establishment figure within baseball that he's left his attitude behind.

Reread Bill Simmons book.  Best book on the NBA ever (though enjoyed Pluto's book on the ABA).  As much of a smart ass as Simmons can be, he knows when to be snarky, and when to write some very meaty and well reasoned pieces.  For someone who's much younger than me, his grasp of NBA history is outstanding. 

Anyone can quibble with where certain players may wind up in his top 100, but it's as smart a list as anyone could compile.  And while Bill Russell was my all-time idol in any sport, I guess I can't quibble with his ranking behind Jordan.  If anyone else made that claim, I'd have more of an issue with it.  But I respect Simmons  opinion so much, I'll let it go.
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Posted: 3/26/2012 5:20 PM

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Funny books that I recommend are:

Schindlers List - Thomas Keneally.  Hilarious book.

Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller.  Doesn't get much more funnier than this.

The Holy Bible - author unknown.  By far the funniest book out there.  Amazing how religious zealots everywhere regard that crap as Dogma.  Oh well.  

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Posted: 3/26/2012 9:55 PM

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Damn, burn down a condemned building and all sorts of bad things scurry off to the nearest hiding place.



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Posted: 3/27/2012 8:40 AM

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80sBoy wrote: Damn, burn down a condemned building and all sorts of bad things scurry off to the nearest hiding place.

isn't that ↑ the truth!  rolleyes

well, you know what they say: any whore in a storm!

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Posted: 4/11/2012 10:48 AM

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The Brown Wall by Hu Phlun Pu 

Deep Rivers by I.P Daley
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Posted: 6/19/2012 2:08 PM

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This is a bit old skool but Jean Shepherd - "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters" is very funny stuff IMO.  The book is a compilation of short stories from Shepherd's youth.  The style is similar fashion to "A Christmas Story" - which you may already be familiar with.  The man has a way with the English language like none other.

He also wrote "In God We Trust - All Others Pay Cash".
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