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Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris - 2001-06-05
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David Sedaris' move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. His family is another inspiration. You Can't Kill the Rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessa...
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Mike Birbiglia
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Born a Crime
Stories from a South African Childhood
Trevor Noah - 2019-02-12 (first published in 2016)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times - USA Today - San Francisco Chronicle - NPR - Esquire - Newsday - BooklistT...
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Good Omens
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (Cover may vary)
Neil Gaiman - 2006-11-28 (first published in 1990)
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Armageddon only happens once, you know. They dont let you go around again until you get it right.People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so its only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive n...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams - 1995-09-27 (first published in 1979)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
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Hyperbole and a Half
Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Allie Brosh - 2013-01-01
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This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative--like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it--but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off conv...
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Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
Steve Martin - 2008-09-02 (first published in 2007)
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The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly.In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. ...
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The Last Black Unicorn
Tiffany Haddish - 2019-01-29
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Placed in the foster care system as a teen, and struggling to read at a basic level in ninth grade, Haddish found that humor and jokes helped her endure. When offered a choice between the Laugh Factory comedy camp or counseling to help recover from issues within the foster system, she chose the former and found her calling. In her first book, Haddi...
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Lamb
The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore - 2004-05-25 (first published in 2002)
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The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing yearsexcept Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of V...
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Hating Game
Sally Thorne - 2017-01-01 (first published in 2016)
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NEMESIS [n]1) A long-standing rival; an arch-enemy2) A person's undoing3) Joshua TemplemanLucy Hutton, baker-of-cakes, exemplary assistant and professional 'nice girl', is waging war. She's got the whole office on her side - except for tall, dark and charmless Joshua Templeman. He's been nothing but hostile since the moment they met and now it feel...
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Based on a True Story
Not a Memoir
Norm MacDonald - 2017-06-13 (first published in 2016)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Driving, wild and hilarious" (The Washington Post), here is the incredible "memoir" of the actor, gambler, raconteur, and Saturday Night Live veteran. Don't miss Norm's new Netflix special, Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Treachery!When Norm Macdonald, one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, was approached to write a ce...
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Jon Gabriel
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The Unhoneymooners
Christina Lauren - 2019-05-14
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby
Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse
I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff
Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Shit My Dad Says by Aa
I Can't Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
The Martian by Andy Weir
Sustained by Emma Chase
Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Shrill by Lindy West
Bossman by Vi Keeland
Our Dumb Century by The Onion
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon, Sean Wilsey
Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse
Dork Diaries by
The Hidden Tools of Comedy by Steve Kaplan
How To Write Funny by Scott Dikkers
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
How to Write Funnier by Scott Dikkers
And Here's the Kicker by Mike Sacks
Tangled by Emma Chase
My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan W. Stokes
I'm Dying Up Here by William Knoedelseder
The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter
Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know by Retta
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart
Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
Will Not Attend by Adam Resnick
Too Fat to Fish by Artie Lange
Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama by Bob Odenkirk
We Killed by Yael Kohen
How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely