Fair warning. This book, all about bedtime reading, might actually be too funny to read at bedtime.
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So she interrupts and interrupts and interrupts — all in an attempt to rewrite her favorite stories. Want to give a group of kids the giggles? Tell them to be quiet and then just wait. Your kids will ask you to read this one again and again. Even the title of this one is enough to get you chuckling always a good sign. But Rex and Campbell seal the deal with a seriously side-splitting setup that involves poor Ox who keeps writing heartfelt love letters to the increasingly exasperated and conceited Gazelle.
The dueling letters format of the book makes this a perfect book for out-loud performance reading. As Al trots out every cheesy sales trick there is, you can feel yourself falling into your best used car salesman impression, making for an extremely fun bedtime reading performance.
Just remember — you broke it, you bought it. For example, she writes of having to buy far-too-expensive and probably not-effective anti-aging treatments, while also dealing with the assisted-suicide death of her best friend. In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd Radio host and humorist Jean Shepherd tended to exaggerate the tales of his childhood as do most people , and the best ones are about Christmas in the heavily nostalgized midth century.
This collection was adapted into the perennial Christmas classic A Christmas Story, which Shepherd narrated. But what if the material is just a bit too embarrassing? This collection of essays is split into two parts: the first chronicles his childhood in North Carolina, and the second his experiences living in Normandy with his boyfriend later husband, Hugh and attempting to learn French. Naked by David Sedaris This is the book that really made David Sedaris famous, and kicked off the memoir craze that never really stopped.
In this collection of not-so-loosely connected essays, Koul details what it was like to grow up in Calgary, Alberta, as well as the daughter of parents who emigrated from India. Dude wrote what he knows, and the story of his journey to sleep health, which includes falling through a window at a La Quinta, is fascinating.
Birbiglia has done the story of Sleepwalk at storytelling events, as a one-man show, as a movie, and in this very funny book. The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald A now largely forgotten pop culture phenomenon began with this amusing memoir with a simple premise. In , MacDonald, best known for the Mrs. It was adapted into a huge hit movie starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray, but the breakout characters were local yokels Ma and Pa Kettle, who went on to star in eight spinoff movies.
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Notaro is more or less a likable, funnier, more populist Charles Bukowski. In addition to essays about why dogs are wonderful and silly, she wrote this great comic novel about the curative powers of doggos and puppers. Then she can hear all dogs talk. Yes, please. Resnick speaks on behalf of seething, antisocial comedians everywhere, explaining and dismissing his quirks with lots of memories childhood, such as a horrible, no-good, very bad Easter egg hunt.
But Fisher was born to be a writer, working as a punch-up artist and script doctor on an untold number of classic films, and also as a memoirist, forever and wittily trying to get to the bottom of why she was such a much. As it turns out, and this should be a highly relatable twist, Black is like most writers and comedians and is crippled with self-doubt and an inability, or at least a fear of an inability, to do most things. These essays track Black riding the thin line between getting by and failure, often as it pertains to his experiences with marriage and being a dad.
He also includes some short comic books, a story about a lackluster vampire, fake greeting cards, and a cultural manifesto on par with his Star Wars rant on Parks and Recreation — about how all young genre fiction writers will eventually write about zombies, spaceships, or wastelands. Albert Brooks, having excelled at short films, directing films, acting in films, and comedy albums, successfully gives the very dark comic novel a shot with Set in the not-very-distant future, cancer has been cured, meaning people are living well past , but still retiring around 65 or so, and their demands for the social safety net destroys the economy, leaving a frightfully resentful younger generation with the burden.
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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole The story of how this New Orleans-adoring picaresque novel even came to be is almost as good as the story of the novel itself. His mother carried on the dream, and finally got Dunces published…and it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book itself is marvelous — centered around Ignatius J.
Reilly, an arrogant, put-upon, misanthropic academic who still lives at home who ventures into the Crescent City as he attempts to find work, get out of his own way, and meets a string of colorful characters. Big Trouble by Dave Barry After years of writing his goofy, laid-back column beloved by dads, uncles, and literate class clowns, the great defender of Florida and pointer-outer of middle-class absurdities turned to fiction, and he succeeded immediately.
This involves some high school kids, single parents, a maid, a dog, and hallucinogenic toads. Carry On, Jeeves by P.ensecenreisicht.ml
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You could argue that Wodehouse invented the sitcom with Jeeves and Wooster, in that the themes and characters are extremely consistent, but always amusing. Idiotic rich boy Bertie Wooster gets himself into some kind of sticky situation with another rich idiot, and his quietly sarcastic, above-it-all, genius butler Jeeves inevitably gets him out of it. Central to the book is the titular premise, which subsequently entered the vernacular. Felix Hoenikker, a Nobel Prize winner for inventing the atomic bomb.
The journey also takes John to a doomed remote island and everyone on Earth accidentally dies, which is par for the course with Vonnegut. The most famous and representative image of the book: Don Quixote thinks windmills are giant beasts, and that he must fight them. Ross Perot. Robbins extends his premise, improbably, to nearly pages. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg The tropes and unique sensibilities and perspectives of Southern literature converge with midth century, smirky, winsome comedy writing.
Like an earlier, funny, non-mawkish version of Tuesdays with Morrie, the book revolves around the friendship between middle-aged Evelyn and Ninny, the older lady she visits in a nursing home.
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How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely In this reality-blurring bit of ironic fiction, Hely, a writer for 30 Rock, The Office, and Letterman, gets to the heart of why anybody who does comedy does comedy: to get famous, to get rich, and to get laid. Tired of being not famous, poor, and lonely, the protagonist sets out on a calculated journey to become, well, a famous novelist. His cynical quest, of course, succeeds at every turn. Plus, everyone is an asshole. You know, college.
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After the First Lady catches her husband, the president, having an affair with a movie star, she accidentally kills him. A media circus ensues. Regular guy Arthur Dent, while trying to prevent his house from getting demolished in favor of a new motorway, gets launched into space when aliens similarly blow up the planet in favor of progress. He travels through the galaxy on a stolen spaceship with the woman he has a crush on, his best friend an intergalactic hitchhiker , and a reckless galaxy president.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman The movie is universally beloved, but the funny and often brutal fairy tale is just a part of the original novel, a complex work of metafiction. Morgenstern, which Goldman discovered when trying to buy a gift for his horrible, horrible son. Goldman interrupts the story often to tell the reader all of the lame and boring bits he wisely excised.
I tried to throw it, but it stuck to my hand. Then I noticed the brand name: Sticky Dynamite. In this installment, a homeless man comes to Burly to help him track down the two criminals with a time machine who went back in time and stole all his money. This has to be the first novel based on a podcast, right? Several familiar characters make appearances and things get funnier and also more unsettling as Fink and Cranor use the lack of limitations to heighten and yes-and the supernatural and absurd circumstances.
Lovecraft novel if Lovecraft suddenly became extremely self-aware. Take Oh, God, for example, or Bruce Almighty, or at least one entry in every college one-act play festival.