1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s writing makes you feel like she’s directly gossiping with you about her hilarious life experiences, from being a shy, chubby child afraid of her own bike, to her career as a successful comedy writer and actress. By the end of this book you’ll feel like you and Mindy are best friends, with more inside jokes than you could ever imagine.
—Submitted by katiem4493674a4
2. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Me Talk Pretty One Day narrates David Sedaris’ move to Paris from New York with hysterical stories about his struggle to learn French, along with ridiculous passages about his crazy family members like his brother, who speaks in constant hip-hop slang to his clueless father. Make sure you don’t read this while eating or drinking, as you will spew and choke from gut-busting guffawing.
— Submitted by Nita G.
3. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
The protagonist of this absurdist tale is Charlie Asher, a somewhat normal guy who is chosen to be a “death merchant” to retrieve souls of the dying and protect them from forces of the underworld. His new job turns his life upside down and takes the reader on a fantastical journey filled with such lunacy it’s impossible not to laugh out loud.
—Submitted by kiwimags
4. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This is a brilliantly witty sci-fi series following the adventures of Arthur Dent, a hapless Englishman, who is saved seconds before the Earth is demolished from a galactic freeway.
—Submitted by karenvandel
5. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
This hilarious coming-of-age memoir tells disturbingly honest stories about trying to fit in, falling in love, and realizing that many of life’s most absurd and embarrassing moments are the very same moments that shape who we are.
—Submitted by hannahl25
6. Play Something Dancy by Dee Simon
Play Something Dancy is a collection of gut-wrenchingly hilarious essays about Dee Simon’s experience as a strip club DJ in San Francisco in the early 2000s. These brutally honest tales are not for the faint of heart, but once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.
—Submitted by Dabria D., Facebook
7. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sellout challenges the very essence of urban life, the civil rights movement, and racial turmoil in the southern outskirts of Los Angeles. This book bravely dives into the difficult subject of modern-day racism and still manages to be downright hilarious.
—Submitted by Jarry L., via Facebook
8. Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
This is the perfect funny book if you’re looking for an easy beach read with short, punchy stories that you can go through in any order you please. Steve Martin’s narrations cover a large variety of topics from dating, to owning dogs, to the struggles of straight men shopping.
—Submitted by Karen M., Facebook
9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
From her younger days as an awkward nerd, to her Saturday Night Livebreakthrough, to her more personal experiences as a mother eating things off the floor, this book shamelessly reveals all things Tina Fey. There’s no resisting the urge to laugh, especially during her stories about her almost-fatal honeymoon.
—Submitted by itsemilyo
10. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
If you’re a lover of war stories, dark humor, satire, and zany antics, this one’s for you. The story centers around bombardier Yossarian, an inventive hero endlessly scheming new ways to survive the horrible throes of war. While still beautifully poignant, and sometimes serious, this book masters the art of comic relief.
—submitted by Zola Z., Facebook
11. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half fuses together passages from a web comic and a blog written by Allie Brosh. This book draws inspiration from “rage comics” with simple, crude art and straightforward, no-fluff language.
—Submitted by swee3309
12. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
This is a hilarious confessional, documenting Caitlin Moran’s views on feminism and being a woman. If you’re a Tina Fey Bossypants fan, this is an absolute must-read.
—Submitted by Natasha G., Facebook
13. Egghead by Bo Burnham
Bo Burnham brings his unique brand of nerdy, emotional comedy to the page with absurdist poems, odd thoughts, and off-kilter illustrations. This is the perfect read if you’re looking for an escape from reality and a fresh, new sense of humor unlike anything else out there.
—Submitted by John P., Facebook
14. I’m Down by Mishna Wolff
Mishna Wolff’s I’m Down talks about her experience growing up in a poor, predominantly black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who genuinely believed he was black. Wolff’s insecurities as an “uncool white girl” will have you in stitches.
—Submitted by Neda C., Facebook
15. Why We Suck by Dr. Denis Leary
Leary’s infamous sardonic wit comes to life in Why We Suck with the same oomph and biting humor as his many critically acclaimed one-man shows. In this book he unravels the madness of being a celebrity, the pressures of his Irish-Catholic upbringing, and the folly of family life.
—Submitted by Samantha S., Facebook
16. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The protagonist of this fiercely funny novel, Greg Gaines, is a high school wannabe movie maker with a friend named Earl who rekindles his childhood friendship with Rachel when she is diagnosed with leukemia. The title may sound misleadingly tragic, but this story is guaranteed to crack you up.
—Submitted by jcoates
17. This Is A Book by Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin has a gift for describing awkward moments and pairs childlike silliness with philosophical satire, filling each page with humorous prose.
—Submitted by paiges4203d00a9
18. The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst
Tender, brutally honest, and always funny, Dimitri Verhulst’s semi-autobiographical story discusses what it’s like growing up in a family of alcoholics in Belgium. The Misfortunates uses a unique combination of pathos and humor that is sure to keep you entertained throughout.
—Submitted by Zola Z., Facebook
19. Go The F**k To Sleep by Adam Mansbach
This is a no-bullshit, profane, and radically honest book, capturing the often unspoken frustrations of getting your child to fall asleep for the night. This is a bedtime story for adults and it truly is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
—Submitted by corinneborbridgea
20. Sex, Drugs, And Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
This hilarious “low culture manifesto” covers everything ranging from the importance of breakfast to the captivating power of the Dixie Chicks.
—Submitted by tabithaashleyb
21. The Fried Twinkie Manifesto by Ryan Moehring
The Fried Twinkie Manifesto reveals Ryan Moehring’s irreverent wit, covering stories like getting busted for pickpocketing in Mexico, to solving biblical foreskin mysteries. Many have compared Moehring’s wild imagination to Sedaris and his wisdom to Vonnegut.
—Submitted by crabbyabby
22. White Girl Problems by Babe Walker
Babe Walker lives an obnoxiously privileged lifestyle as a semi-Twitter-famous shopaholic, who lands herself in rehab after spending $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. This memoir reveals the ludicrous “white girl problems” she’s had to overcome such as hating her horse, not dating a royal prince, and never having enough pairs of Louboutins.
—Submitted by Laura Katherine S., Facebook
23. You Deserve A Drink by Mamrie Hart
Mamrie Hart is known as “a drinking star with a Youtube problem.” You will not be able to contain your laughter when she talks about staying at an all-men’s gay nudist resort when she and her girlfriends wanted to avoid tan lines.
—Submitted by Abby S., Facebook
24. Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeners
If you love Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show and stand-up comedy, you will also love this book. Ellen is her hilarious self as always, telling funny stories and interacting with you throughout. This book is relatively short, so it makes for a wonderfully entertaining quick read.
—Submitted by maddiem440e09250
25. One More Thing by B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak establishes himself as a legitimately funny, new voice in American fiction with One More Thing. This is the story of a boy who wins a $100,000 prize in a cereal box and how his newfound fortune begins to unravel his family.
—Submitted by kyleek
26. Yes Please by Amy Peohler
Amy Poehler’s first book, Yes Please, certainly lives up to the hype, offering juicy, personal stories about sex, love, friendship, and parenthood. This is one of the most relatable memoirs out there and you’ll find yourself learning many life lessons from her funny experiences.
—Submitted by juliaf16
27. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Twain’s hilarious, often shrewd, observations while touring Europe are surprisingly satirical, especially when mocking tourists who know little about traveling. This book is timeless and astonishingly funny.
—Submitted by Marcus C., Facebook
28. Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham
For fans of Tina Fey, Nora Ephron, and David Sedaris, this hilariously wise and candidly fierce collection of personal essays by Lena Dunham is perfect for you. You’ll find yourself laughing as well as learning from her keenly observed anecdotes.
—Submitted by Catherine J., Facebook
29. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
You will cackle maniacally over the misadventures of this story’s leading man, Ignatius J. Reilly, in the working world. Many view John Kennedy Toole’s writing as a modern-day Quixote mixed with the same complexity of a Dickens novel.
—Submitted by jennifers46a7a5dff
30. The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers
This biography celebrates the infamous mother-daughter relationship between Joan and Melissa Rivers. If you think you’ve heard outrageous Joan Rivers quotes, you won’t believe what she said in private.
—Submitted by Anjali P., Facebook
31. The Life And Times Of The ThunderBolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson is an all-American boy who grew up with an imaginary life as a superhero, “The Thunderbolt Kid.” This story will take you on an emotional journey with plenty of Bryson’s characteristic laugh-out-loud moments.
—Submitted by Aja B., Facebook
32. I Can Make You Hate by Charlie Brooker
I Can Make You Hate is a must-read if you have a dark, twisted sense of humor and a deep appreciation for sarcasm. Brooker will force you to lighten up and laugh, even if sometimes you’re just laughing at your own stupidity.
—Shania T., via Facebook
33. Without Feathers by Woody Allen
Without Feathers gives you that classic, quirky Woody Allen humor. This book delivers exactly what you would expect from one of the greatest comic minds of our time.
—Graham J., Facebook
34. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
David Lubar perfectly captures the relatable, embarrassing moments of your high school past in this survival manual. His recordings are so accurate and blatantly honest they will bring back some painful, yet hilarious memories.
—Submitted by acjoyner
35. Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney
Rob Delaney delivers an endless stream of inane, ridiculous jokes from topics like pubic hair and farting. You can thank us later for the many fits of laughter.
—Submitted by Amiys L., via Facebook