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I have two that I like: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Homes and Other Black Holes by Dave Barry

Homes and Other Black Holes is about home ownership. Theres a part where he says that when you leave on vacation to play rap on the radio so if a robber comes he will be stuck there cause all his brain cells were annihilated. (I like rap lol)

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May 11Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

HHGTTG is a perennial favorite. I always find some new turn of phrase that twists my brain

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May 11Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

Example: “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t”

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Haha yeah I agree. I like, "In the beginning the Universe was created.

This had made many people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

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Does Calvin & Hobbes count?

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Of course!

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More than ever.

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If you like it dark: Nathanael West's "A Cool Million", a savage satire of early 20th century American life.

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May 14Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey! His “Deep Thoughts” was one of the best things SNL put out in the 90s

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oh interesting! I'll have to take a look!

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) is one I've read at least twice because I enjoyed the humor.

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May 12Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

So there’s a book that I was going to do a small article about.

It’s called confessions by Simon Mayo who is a radio DJ here in the uk. Trust me, you’ll laugh.

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Sounds good!

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Don Quixote is pretty funny to me, but also moving and meaningful. About to read Confederacy of Dunces today after a couple failed attempts—supposedly a hilarious romp.

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Don Quixote is awesome.

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May 11Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

For me its The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer. A slice of genius with a twist of brilliance.

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What's it about?

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May 11Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

New Teeth by Simon Rich. A series of short stories that made me hurt from laughing.

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May 11Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

Lamb : the gospel according to Bif by Christopher Moore

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May 11Liked by Thalia the Comedy Muse

One More Thing by BJ Novak - some srsly hilarious short stories (also some reflection pieces) all around good stuff

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Oh interesting! He wasnt too shabby writing The Office

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Catch - 22

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Without Feathers. Woody Allen, 1975.

The apotheosis of American short form humor writing. As ingenious today and exquisitely inspired in its oddball literary hilarity as it was when it was first published.

Every piece is a gem. Just scroll the table of contents and see if you aren’t dying to find out what plaintive correspondence the impressionists might have kept had they been dentists experimenting in new forms of orthodontic expression, and a host of other virtuoso pieces of satire that are fairly unmatched in my literary roamings.

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1843009-without-feathers

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Yes. I second this.

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Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

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Parliament of Whores by P.J. O’Rourke - a treatise on why Washington should be nuked from orbit

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A Confederation of Dunces, Ibid (genius work!), Lamb (Christopher Moore), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court...

Comedy novels are life!

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole is one of the funniest books I've ever read.

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This is going to sound dull, but it is about a man named Gary who works in a boring job, finds a girlfriend through unusual methods, and gets caught up in criminal activity by mistake. It is just so well executed.

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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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Anything by David Thorne I'm going to read. Currently enjoying "The Internet is a Playground."

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