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Splitsider includes UCBT authors on list of "Books Every Comedy Fan Should Read"


Splitsider February 21, 2013
The Ultimate Comedy Library: 57 Books Every Comedy Fan Should Read
by Jenny Nelson

Books are smart and reading is good for you!

This can be hard to remember because of podcasts and television and movies and all the other things begging for attention from your eyeballs and ear holes. A lot of funny stuff is in the media, we get it! But books can be funny, too. Just look at all the comedians making books! Comedians are always writing books about themselves, or about comedy history, or about writing, or just fun stuff called "fiction." And a lot of it is worth reading.

Because we are here to help, we made for you a list of some of the best comedy books -- broken down into memoirs, humor, history, and fiction -- that would be right at home on any comedy lover's shelf (or on your "E-reader").


Bossypants by Tina Fey

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
Oswalt mixes stories of his formative years as a D&D-playing nerd with other vignettes including poems, movie reviews, greeting cards.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Girl Walks Into a Bar… by Rachel Dratch

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling

Sleepwalk With Me by Mike Birbiglia

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman

Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence by Paul Feig

God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked by Darrel Hammond

A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure by Chris Gethard
Comic, actor, writer, and Chris Gethard Show creator Chris Gethard tells of all his life's moments that have been beyond awkward, like more awkward than yours when you say things are awkward.

Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 by Moshe Kasher
LA stand-up comedian Moshe Kasher relates his story, a complicated one that you can probably get an idea of from this memoir's lengthy subtitle.

Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father by Chris Elliott

A Liar's Autobiography by Graham Chapman

You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom by Phil Rosenthal

I Didn't Ask to Be Born (But I'm Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby

You're Not Doing it Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations by Michael Ian Black

Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch

Tasteful Nudes …and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation by Dave Hill
In 17 short autobiographical essays, likably observant humorist Dave Hill makes funny about depression, death, and adolescence.

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

I Love You More Than You Know by Jonathan Ames

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson


I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert

America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris

The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and That is All by John Hodgman

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia of Existing Information by The Onion

Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty by Harris Wittels
Harris Wittels collects the best of the worst of Twitter, each tweet showcasing a twitterer's simultaneous self-pride and desire to hide that self-pride.

How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees

The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life by Eugene Mirman


And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft by Mike Sacks

Show Me the Funny!: At the Writers' Table with Hollywood's Top Comedy Writers by Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis

Great Comedians Talk About Comedy by Larry Wilde

I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era by William Knoedelseder

Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America by Richard Zoglin

Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman by Bill Zehme

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" by David Bianculli

Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers, And Guests by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

Gasping For Airtime: Two Years In the Trenches of Saturday Night Live by Jay Mohr

The Second City Almanac of Improvisation by Anne Libera and Second City Inc

SCTV: Behind the Scenes by Dave Thomas

The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night and The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy by Bill Carter

Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O'Donoghue by Dennis Perrin

On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy by Mel Watkin

Going Too Far–The Rise and Demise of Sick, Gross, Black, Sophomoric, Weirdo, Pinko, Anarchist, Underground, Anti-establishment Humor by Tony Hendra


Without Feathers by Woody Allen

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

The Comedy Writer by Peter Farrelly

2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America by Albert Brooks

The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To
by D.C. Pierson
Comedian/rapper/actor/writer D.C. Pierson's first novel, published in 2010, tells of two high schoolers, both social outcasts, one of which never sleeps.

How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple