My two favorite kinds of comedy books are memoirs by comedians and comedic short story collections. Below are my personal picks from both groupings!
Funny Books by Famous Funnies
These comedians turned authors chose a career at making people laugh and lived to tell about it. I love reading their perspective on finding the funny in real life, the ups and downs of putting yourself out there to the world and how they managed to give up "normal life" for fame but still turned out as decent humans.
Bossypants, Tina Fey
Cannot recommend this book more to any woman who will eventually become a working mom or a manager to others in her industry. It's a book for funny women but it's also a funny book for all women, if that makes sense. Tina helps me own my inner neurotic geek and helps me imagine a world where it will even come to benefit me one day. I love the last part of the book where she has two big professional events at the exact time of a big personal life event and she has to make it all work. Story of my life at most times! I also love how she discusses the benefit of her improv training in multiple areas of her personal life. I took a lot of improv growing up and professional actress I am not, but I feel as though of all the activities I did growing up, improv has served me the best as a quasi-adult.
Born Standing Up, Steve Martin
The words "Steve Martin" make my heart glow. America's jolly Renaissance Man. I've read all of his fiction works, which I think are phenomenal, and was very excited for his personal memoir, which does not disappoint. One of the few during the height of Second City to make it really big through his stand up, and his hardwork is so endearing in this book. I love a man who loves making people laugh, playing the banjo and his mom. If you are in Dallas and adore Steve Martin as much as I do, I hope you will join Markus and I at the Bishop's Gala for Catholic Charities next January, where Steve will be performing. Mark your calendars!
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Converns), Mindy Kailing
I love Mindy Kailing SO much for proving that young women can be modest, smart and career driven while also being allowed to be highly concerned with pop culture and maintaining best friend relationships and healthy weights. (Mindy suggests never being twice the weight of your best friend, for starter's. I concur.) I am never the person to tell people that they "have to" read a book, but I did pull the bestie card and made my best friend read this gem. Is it the Bible of the quirky twenty-something.
The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue, Robert Klein
A great read about the Brooklyn that spawned all of the great Jewish comics such as Larry David, Robert Klein, Richard Lewis and the Stiller family. Also some great insight into the early days of the Second City. One of my favorite nights of my young adult life was seeing Robert Klein at the Improv and having him sign my book, after he realized that he could not stop his leg, natch.
|Markus and I with Robert Klein in 2009.|
Quick Wit: My Favorite Comedic Short Story Writers
I love to keep a paperback of short stories in my pool bag that is strictly my poolside read during the summer. Short Stories are the perfect choice since you can put it down for a while and not feel guilty. These authors are my personal favorites!
I Was Told There'd Be Cake, Sloane Crosley
She hits on all the highs and lows of a modern 20-something (let's face it - mostly lows). Essays on insane jobs and bosses, obligatory bridesmaid careers, moving day horror stories. A travelling book between my girlfriends!
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
Duhhh. These are the best. Two things: if you are reading this in public prepare to have people stare at you while you laugh at your book. Also, if you are new to reading Mr. Sedaris, go for the earlier titles like above that talk more of his childhood and save more recent titles such as When You are Engulfed in Flames for once you've gotten to know him more, as they will be even more humorous and endearing. If you are in the Dallas area, Davis Sedaris visits the Dallas Musuem of Art about once a year for the Arts and Letters Live program!
Phew. So here's a lesson in not putting a nickel in my jukebox re: funny reads. If you are looking for more comedic book recommendations, I am linking up with the fellow bibliophile Sweet Green Tangerine where she has even more summer reading suggestions! Also, find me on GoodReads where we can share book recommendations!
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