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Nov 18, 2006, 3:42pm Top

All of my favorite comic writers seem to be in the grave or on their way. Give me some fresh names to start reading.

Nov 19, 2006, 1:05am Top

For a sharp eye on the Washington scene, in fiction, I read Christopher Buckley. My favorites are Little Green Men, Thank you for smoking, and No way to treat a First Lady. His ideas are non-pareil, even if some of the executions peter out a bit. I also like Ranting Again by Dennis Miller and his other Rant material, mostly in audiobook form. Yeah, okay, I don't always agree with him, in fact I rarely agree with him, but that's just his opinion, he might be wrong.

Edited: Nov 19, 2006, 10:39am Top

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Nov 20, 2006, 1:02am Top

MrKris is quite right. The Simpsons' writers are doing by far the best political and social satire of any widely seen or read material currently.

Nov 20, 2006, 1:41am Top

Is that why Bush attacked it?

Nov 20, 2006, 12:39pm Top

Garry Trudeau has been strong for decades.

Nov 20, 2006, 12:47pm Top

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8SimonHaynes First Message
Dec 22, 2006, 10:23am Top

Which genre? In SF/Fantasy humour there's Tom Holt, Robert Rankin, Jasper Fforde, Terry Pratchett ...

Dec 22, 2006, 10:26am Top

"In SF/Fantasy humour there's Tom Holt, Robert Rankin, Jasper Fforde, Terry Pratchett ..."

Not to mention Simon Haynes. If you don't mind that goofy Australian spelling ;-)

Dec 22, 2006, 5:38pm Top

And that JC Hines character, as long as you don't mind goblins ;-)

Dec 23, 2006, 12:45am Top

The staff of The Onion.

Dec 23, 2006, 11:45pm Top

If you haven't read them, Dave Barry's fictional novels were both really good (Big Trouble, Tricky Business) and I would suggest them if you haven't read them. There's also a sharp contrast between the books because Dave Barry slowly learns the tricks to "plot" as he goes. Also, if you haven't seen it, there is a big screen version of Big Trouble with Tim Allen and others that manages to get some of the book's humor in. The reason most people have never heard of the film is that it contained Dave Barry's usual amount of airport jokes that were unfortunately too close for comfort for the release date (it was near 9/11/01). Still a good movie to watch if you can find it.

Also, if you haven't picked up a copy already, you probably need John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise. The book is full of great dry humor and it goes really well with the Audiobook, which you can get for a limited time for free from iTunes (http://www.librarything.com/blog/2006/12/areas-of-my-expertisefree.php). If you need the reminder, John Hodgman is an NPR contributor who has spent some time at the Daily Show desk and is most well known for the corny Mac and PC ads for Apple in which he is the PC.

13benjfrank First Message
Dec 24, 2006, 3:07am Top

I will second that. I'm listening to John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise audiobook now and it is absolutely hysterical. Dave Barry Slept Here was a great fabricated history of the United States, but Hodgman has managed to fabricate close to everything in his "almanac". His dead-pan delivery makes your mind want to believe it, but the stuff is patently absurd. Hilarious.

Dec 29, 2006, 10:37am Top

Hodgman plays the "PC" in those "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" ads, in case anyone is looking for a reference point.

Dec 29, 2006, 7:20pm Top

Dec 30, 2006, 9:01pm Top

Redneck Haiku by Mary Witte is so funny. I'm sure the Doublewide Edition is as good.

Jan 2, 2007, 6:13pm Top

Bill Bryson is one of my favourites. Anyone else think Terry Pratchett might be losing it?

Jan 5, 2007, 12:26pm Top

Tom Robbins, master of the manic metaphor

Jan 5, 2007, 7:15pm Top

Stephen Colbert. I know it's tv, but it's the best satire around.

If you have to read, you could always try America, The Book.

For the written word, Neal Pollack is hilarious.

Jan 7, 2007, 1:26pm Top

Speaking of Pollack... Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans is a solid collection that I just finished. It covers a bunch of the humor writing done in the pages of McSweeney's. Pollack has a solid entry in there, as does John Hodgman and a bunch of people none of us have heard of but should have. Very funny.

Jan 29, 2007, 5:24pm Top

Christopher Moore, especially Practical Demonkeeping.

Also,Richard Lederer's books on misuse of the language are hilarious.

Jan 30, 2007, 1:40pm Top

Any thoughts on Lorrie Moore?

Edited: Jan 31, 2007, 7:59am Top

#21 - reading his Bloodsucking fiends right now. Love it!

Feb 16, 2007, 12:24pm Top

Has anyone tried Max Brooks' books yet? I've been told to read them, but haven't picked them up yet. I'm very definitely a fan of his father's work in films and if he has even half the sense of humor...

Edited: Mar 2, 2007, 12:30pm Top

Some good suggestions here, but I'm surprised no one's mentioned David Sedaris yet. All of his stuff is great - the audio versions are possibly better than the print versions. (I think this is true of some of Bryson's books too.)

Oh, and some of Al Franken's books are great. Why Not Me? in particular is hilarious.

Mar 20, 2007, 6:58pm Top

David Sedaris, Dave Barry, and Dave Eggers

Apr 9, 2007, 6:31pm Top

Carl Hiaasen; Donald E. Westlake; Christopher Buckley; Richard Russo

Apr 12, 2007, 3:04pm Top

Sarah Vowell is my favorite young modern humorist. I also enjoy Garrison Keillor.

Edited: Apr 25, 2007, 4:19pm Top

For a good sampling (which may help you find several authors of interest), you might try the series (formerly?) published out of the Thurber House. It is (was?) published on a biennial basis, and includes:
Mirth of a Nation, More Mirth of a Nation, and May Contain Nuts. I picked up the McSweeney's collection mentioned above because I thought it might be similar to these.

Apr 26, 2007, 12:55pm Top

I enjoy Roy Blount, Jr. .

32erikkw First Message
Apr 26, 2007, 5:29pm Top

Woody Allen?

Jul 13, 2007, 11:48pm Top

Shalom Auslander is a backsliding orthodox jew who wrote a very, very funny collection called Beware of God (full disclosure: I wrote a review for it here on LT). Very funny, but not for the pious.

Neal Pollack and John Hodgman are both very funny. George Saunders is my hero.

Among the poets, Billy Collins is funny, sometime startlingly so.

Nov 6, 2007, 12:17am Top

I think Stephen Colbert is doing something new and fun with his recent new release, I Am America (And So Can You!). It plays off what makes his show and character successful, while also satirizing the pundit-written politics book. It's a fun book to read in short bursts, I've found.

Feb 27, 2008, 5:04am Top

I am reading Colbert's book also and I thought I was going to laugh myself unconscious. A very funny book.

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