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Funniest book you've ever read...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by n8wilk, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. n8wilk

    n8wilk Guest

    A friend of mine is down in the dumps and I was hoping to find a book that might serve as some sort of therapy.

    Anyone have any good recommendations?

    I've read some of David Sedaris, but I'm looking for some serious gut-busting, laugh-out-loud humor.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Tim Dorsey's Florida crime novels are hilarious and most of Dan Jenkins' books are very, very funny, too. If you can find Semi-Tough, start with that.
  3. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Carlin's books are hilarious.
  4. Anything by David Sedaris.
  5. Jeff Pearlman's "Boys Will Be Boys" definitely had its moments.
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    To go in a completely different direction Ickey, try P.G. Wodehouse. Try his golf stories, if you can find 'em (not hard). You have to laugh reading his stuff.
  7. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

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  8. editorhoo

    editorhoo Member

    Sein Language by Jerry Seinfeld
  9. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Another different direction. A mostly forgotten writer because he did all of his good stuff in the 70s (kept writing after, but his later stuff sucks) is Tom Sharpe. He is a British guy who got kicked out of South Africa for parodying the apartheid government in some really hysterical books. His funniest book has nothing to do with that. It's called "Wilt." I first read "Wilt" during a really down period it had me laughing out loud. I'd recommend it to anyone. It's just funny as hell. I'd also add some of Carl Hiassen's books to any list. Tourist Season, Skin Tight, Strip Tease, etc...
  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Selecting from some novels likely to achieve something resembling enduring importance:

    Catch-22 (still, the last Great American Novel)
    Portnoy's Complaint
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    . . . and for all its flaws, and despite the subject matter . . . Ball Four is a very funny book.
  12. lono

    lono Active Member

    "Native Tongue" — Carl Hiaasen
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