What’s Cracking Us Up Right Now

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What’s been making you laugh lately? Is it those jokesters at your mobile provider putting that hilariously high number at the bottom of your monthly bill? Oh wait, sorry, that’s the actual amount you owe. Maybe it’s one of those gag seats that wacky airline is pretending you’re supposed to fit your entire body into. Oops, no, they actually meant that seriously. Okay, then it’s bound to be those people your favorite restaurant has been paying to stand outside and pretend they’re part of a line that goes halfway down the block, what an awesome practical joke! Oh, those are real customers? Oops, never mind. Well, it sounds like you could really use some bona fide belly laughs! Towards that end, here are a few recent page-turners that have been giving us an emergency-room-worthy case of the giggles lately.

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David SedarisLet’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris

Reading a new book of David Sedaris essays is a little like picking prize-worthy roses with bare hands — you know you’re bound to be pierced by the prickles, but the reward is too tempting to delay. And the master of mordant wit is in rare form here, turning his satiric skills to stories about everything from his misspent youth to his exploits abroad. By the time he starts writing in character as a religious zealot, you can’t keep from wondering what strange series of circumstances brought about a brain like his.

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

If you didn’t avail yourself of this unprecedented piece of Onion history in its initial pressing, it’s just been released in paperback, so you really have no excuse now. The Onion cabal creates its own encyclopedia — good God, what more do you really need to know?

Berkeleyworks: The Art of Berkeley Breathed: From Bloom County and Beyond

Well here’s an item that was long overdue — can it really be that there was no comprehensive Berkeley Breathed retrospective out there until now? This covers everything from Bloom County to Outland and beyond, bringing back the likes of Bill The Cat and of course, the most popular penguin on the planet, Opus, in a solid celebration of Breathed’s sardonic-but-sweet style.

What's So Funny? My Hilarious Life by Tim ConwayWhat’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life by Tim Conway

The man who made millions guffaw as one of the big comedic guns of the legendary Carol Burnett Show is considered by many to be one of the funniest men in America, and if you’re wondering what his life story is like, here’s a hint: it isn’t exactly a tear-jerker. From his tales of hobnobbing with TV legends like Betty White and Bob Newhart to the origins of some of his quirkiest characters, this is a 272-page reminder of why it’s almost impossible to even utter Tim Conway’s name without at least busting out into a broad grin.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Blazing new trails in geek culture by erecting a new nerdy paradigm, Ian Doescher builds a bridge between Star Wars obsessives and Shakespeare freaks with this unexpected offering. You’ve always wondered what George Lucas’s epic space opera would look like as rendered in Shakespearean-style verse, haven’t you? Oh, you haven’t? Well, that’s alright, nobody probably wondered what peanut butter and jelly tasted like together before some bright individual first folded them into a sandwich.

  • Franconia

    I’d also throw in “Meaty” by Samantha Irby and “Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.” by … Rob Delaney.

  • Steve Cianfichi

    Bloom County was a great comic strip.

    Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind by Tim Rickard and A Good Severed Head is Hard to Find by Mark Buford highlight two of the funniest comic strips going right now. Brewster Rockit and Scary Gary.

    Pooch Café is also one of the best comic strips out there and Paul Gilligan has written quite a few books actually. Pooch Café No Collar No Service, and Pooch Café All Dogs Naturally Know How To Swim being two really good ones. If you like comic strips I would suggest checking out these three artists/authors.
    They can all be found at Comics.com.

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  • Cheddar

    Anything by Jincy Willett is hysterical, and man, can she write!

  • KLindo

    I like ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS! It’s just what it sounds like

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