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message 1: by Juanita (new)

Juanita (juanitav) | 723 comments A book written by a comedian can be a laugh riot if you pick a good one.

I love to get the audio book when it is read by the author comedian. It can make a boring drive fun.


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Sara | 1508 comments Probably Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Another book that I meant to read this year. I borrowed the audio from the library, but I didn't get around to listening to it. I will probably try again soon. I've heard the audio is the best way to read this one :)


message 3: by Tara (new)

Tara Bates | 1008 comments I got food: a love story by Jim Gaffigan last Christmas and couldn't fit it into this years prompts so I'll be reading that one :)


message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (ohmandy70) If you haven't read Martin Short's autobiography, I highly recommend it. (Much better if you listen to it though so you get the added benefit of his voices.)
I Must Say: My Life as a Comedy Legend


message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (ohmandy70) If you haven't read Martin Short's autobiography, I highly recommend it. (Much better if you listen to it though so you get the added benefit of his voices.)
I Must Say: My Life as a Comedy Legend


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EllenZReads Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

I've also heard Martin Short's autobiography is really good.


message 7: by Fabiana (last edited Jan 02, 2016 02:21PM) (new)


message 8: by Tara (new)

Tara Bates | 1008 comments It depends on if you'd classify him as a "comedian" but it would 100% count as a book written by a celebrity


message 9: by Fabiana (new)

Fabiana Acosta (fabi_ad) | 14 comments Tara wrote: "It depends on if you'd classify him as a "comedian"
but it would 100% count as a book written by a celebrity"


Thanks


message 10: by Juanita (new)

Juanita (juanitav) | 723 comments I am planning to read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. I bought it this weekend. It's been getting great reviews. It's a nonfiction and it's a look at online match services.


message 11: by Sara (new)

Sara | 1508 comments Does anyone know of a book written by a British comedian? I'll admit comedy is not my favorite. I find a lot of American comedy to be a little...over the top, crass, etc for my taste. The subtlety of British comedy is better for me :)


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Eleanor | 39 comments Sara wrote: "Does anyone know of a book written by a British comedian? I'll admit comedy is not my favorite. I find a lot of American comedy to be a little...over the top, crass, etc for my taste. The subtlety ..."

I haven't read it, but So, Anyway...by John Cleese? or something by Stephen Fry?


message 13: by Leigh Ann Jones (new)

Leigh Ann Jones | 23 comments I'm going for Yes Please for this one! I love Amy Poehler and have wanted to read it for a while and this is a great reason to pick it up.


message 14: by Mike (new)

Mike | 443 comments So, Anyway... by John Cleese is great. It's autobiographical and ends about the point where Monty Python begins.


message 15: by Melody (last edited Jan 09, 2016 10:14AM) (new)

Melody | 202 comments Sara wrote: "Does anyone know of a book written by a British comedian? I'll admit comedy is not my favorite. I find a lot of American comedy to be a little...over the top, crass, etc for my taste. The subtlety ..."

I read Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg's memoir, several years ago and loved it. It alternates between funny and honest reflections on his life and an absurd self-insert fanfic about his nerdy indulgences

Also, all of the Pythons have written memoirs as well as a host of other books! I know Terry Jones writes a bunch of history books about Vikings and the Middle Ages and such. Michael Palin writes a bunch of travel novels, both nonfiction and novel. Eric Idle has written some scifi books I believe.

I thought Stephen Fry in America was a pretty interesting read, especially as an American. Hugh Laurie wrote a mystery novel, The Gun Seller, that's supposed to be pretty good.

Richard Ayoade has also written a couple things as well, and though I've never read his books I've read some of his shorter pieces published in magazines or online and always found them a good read.


message 16: by Sara (new)

Sara | 1508 comments Thanks everyone! I will take a look at all of these suggestions. I am actually leaning towards a book by Judi Dench. She isn't necessarily classified as a comedian, but she's certainly capable of pulling off comedy.


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Summer Clark | 5 comments I read "Seriously, I'm Kidding..." by Ellen :)


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CarleyB | 35 comments I own quite a few that I haven't had a chance to get to yet. This will be a great chance to do so!

Brain Droppings by George Carlin Brain Droppings
So, Anyway... by John Cleese So, Anyway...
Born Standing Up A Comic's Life by Steve Martin Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life


message 19: by Tara (new)

Tara Bates | 1008 comments Russell Brand has a couple books but if you don't like the crass over the top American comics I doubt you like him much lol


message 20: by Kristy (new)

Kristy (kristy67) | 53 comments What about Mindy Kaling? Tina Fey?

Steve Martin has written a couple books, too.


message 21: by KLB (new)

KLB (klynnb) | 27 comments Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari


message 22: by Roxanne (new)

Roxanne  (rkmorita) | 41 comments I forgot about George Carlin, we have that @ home. Awesome.


message 23: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) KLB wrote: "Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari"

I'm reading and loving that!


message 24: by Juanita (last edited Feb 18, 2016 06:32AM) (new)

Juanita (juanitav) | 723 comments I just finished Modern Romance for this prompt.


message 25: by Tracy (new)

Tracy | 18 comments I decided not to go with a autobiography on this on. I am going to read My French Whore: A Love Story by Gene Wilder.


message 26: by Kitty (new)

Kitty | 13 comments From my TBR I already allocated the book I own by Fran Drescher to 'Book written by a celebrity', so I was still wondering about this one, until I found out I have two unread books by Stephen Fry, and he definately is a comedian. So I am going for a book by him.


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God, If You're Not Up There, I'm Fucked by Darrell Hammond


message 28: by Steven (new)

Steven Perry | 47 comments Check out this book on Goodreads: It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...


message 29: by Juanita (last edited Feb 18, 2016 06:43AM) (new)

Juanita (juanitav) | 723 comments I read, or listen to, a lot of books written by comedians. My husband is a big fan of stand-up too. I remember reading Jerry Seinfeld's first book back with Seinfeld was still on the air.

Seems like a lot of folks have trouble with this category or are dreading it so here are a few recommendations:

* Steve Martin is probably the best writer among the comics. He can pull off fiction with Shopgirl: A Novella and nonfiction Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life better than most. Both are great reads.
* Jenny McCarthy may not come to mind as a comedian but she got her start on MTV in a comedic role. Her writing is certainly funny. For my money, her books about pregnancy and motherhood, particularly, Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth are better than her recent memoirs like Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, which I've also read.
* If you watched Jay Leno's Tonight Show in its last decade you're likely familiar with Ross the Intern. Ross Mathews has turned a stint on the Tonight Show into a great career on E! and even got his own late night show. His memoir Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence was a refreshing and funny story about that journey.

I've also heard great things about I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short and recently picked up 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal which I hope to use as "book you can read in a day."

Hope this helps a few of you. As always, happy reading!


message 31: by Sara (new)

Sara | 1508 comments Juanita wrote: "I read, or listen to, a lot of books written by comedians. My husband is a big fan of stand-up too. I remember reading Jerry Seinfeld's first book back with Seinfeld was still on the air.

Seems li..."


Juanita, even though I have already managed to fill this with Bossypants I appreciate your list. I am not inclined much to comedians, but I had forgotten about Jenny McCarthy's books. I read Belly Laughs years ago and enjoyed it. She's a little crude for my taste, but she's definitely funny. And Steve Martin's Shopgirl was on my list for the challenge :)


message 32: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Grayson | 9 comments Just read Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling. The book could definitely fill a few other categories ... Book with blue cover , book by celebrity, book you can read In a day. It's an easy, light and fast read


message 33: by Juanita (new)

Juanita (juanitav) | 723 comments Today only, Amy Poehler's "Yes, please!" is on sale. E-book only

http://links.e.harpercollins.com/serv...


message 34: by Catharina (new)

Catharina (_nekoi) | 93 comments Thank you so much for that tip Juanita!


message 35: by Leigha (new)

Leigha (leighas_life) Not really sure. Might read another Ellen book or Born Standing Up A Comic's Life by Steve Martin


message 36: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Juanita wrote: "I just finished Modern Romance for this prompt."

Me too! Here's my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 37: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Just came up in my Goodreads recommendations, The Bassoon King My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson. It would probably apply for many prompts.

I may use it for the celebrity prompt. But it's good for the comedian one too. And then there's autobiography.


message 38: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 617 comments I'm reading Seriously... I'm Kidding. I love Ellen, although I have to say her comedy works better on-stage than in books.


message 39: by Christi (new)

Christi | 45 comments I read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.
It's not a comedy book. It's a non-fiction book looking at how technology has changed the way people meet, date and fall in love in the 21st century. Lots of research went into this book. It was fascinating. I loved all the humor and levity that Ansari brought to the topic. Some of his hypotheticals are hysterical.
(I might switch this to the self help category if I don't find anything interesting for that topic.)


message 40: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Christi wrote: "I read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.
It's not a comedy book. It's a non-fiction book looking at how technology has changed the way people meet, date and fall in love in the 21st ce..."


I loved that book. So funny. It would also qualify as a book about a culture you're unfamiliar with as it deals with the 20-something generation which are more foreign than some foreigners to me.


message 41: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Bergman (marshop) | 112 comments I happen to have a copy of Gracie: A Love Story written by George Burns. Do you think this qualifies?


message 42: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Well, I think he's funny!


message 43: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Bergman (marshop) | 112 comments I decided to try YouTube to watch one of their old shows. They were very funny. Gracie's dumb persona was perfectly executed.


message 44: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Their show was great - a real classic.


message 45: by Sarah (new)

Sarah FitzGerald | 14 comments I finished Yes Please by Amy Poehler last night and loved it!


message 46: by JoAnna (new)

JoAnna | 84 comments Reading Bossypants by Tina Fey.


message 47: by Megan (new)

Megan (mghrt06) | 537 comments I listened to If You Ask Me. Betty White did the audio and it was a super cute, fast read. I recommend!


message 48: by Riley (new)

Riley (rileyfickett) Another Matthew Inman graphic novel, because he just cracks me up. I went with How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You - a birthday gift from my parents. Hilarious, per usual!

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman


message 49: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (soundlyread) | 3 comments Listening to last Thursday's Professional Book Nerd's podcast was perfect timing as the segment was called "Audiobooks to make you laugh." One suggestion was Rob Delaney's "Mother, Wife, Sister, Human, Warrior, Falcon, Yardstick, Human, Cabbage;" it was great!


message 50: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthais) I read It's Not Rocket Science by Ben Miller who's a UK comedy sketch artist (doubt he's particularly famous anywhere else...he's not even that famous here!).

This is actually a really interesting book - basically he had originally wanted to be a physicist and then he went into acting/comedy instead, but not before nearly completing a Physics PhD. This is an introduction to some really big concepts in science such as the Big Bang, DNA etc. written in quite simple, funny language. Probably not what you're looking for if you want just a straightforward funny book, but if you've ever wanted to know some basic science without being bored to tears, this is a good one to try!


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