I would add two items to the list:
31. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer - hilarious beyond belief
32. Many romance novels by Georgette Heyer, especially The Talisman Ring. Try it - guaranteed to laugh non-stop.
I'd also like to add - and perhaps this will be inflammatory - that I think James Thurber is highly overrated. Women don't get away with being "gods of funny," quite as often as men do.
There are some living male funnymen about whom I think the same. But I am going to keep my mouth shut until they are in a "position" to come back and haunt me.
I hope I don't have nightmares featuring Thurber tonight.
How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely. The New York Times calls it a "gag-packed assault on fictitious fiction." It is roll-on-the-floor-funny satire for pretty much anyone who has ever entertained the dream. The movie is supposed to be out in 2012.
I would like to add, Making Dollar$ And Cent$ Out Of Online Dating by Vivienne Diane Neal. It takes a humorous and honest approach to explain the difficulties of starting and running an online dating Website on half a shoestring budget. It is a personal journey into the trials and tribulations, she has encountered. Whether you plan to start an online dating site or any online enterprise or perhaps you would like to use a dating service to find a soul mate, this book will provide you with valuable information.
The only time I ever saw my deeply manic depressed grandfather laugh was at the dinnertable, reading aloud a passage from a P.G. Wodehouse book we'd brought him from England. He didn't stop laughing; the book inadvertently sent him into a manic phase!
All Wodehouse books are funny but I particularly recommend the Blandings series, as well as Jeeves and Wooster, which never fail to have me weeping with laughter even when reading them for the nth time.
Also, Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis has the same desired effect.
I came across Jean Kerr's "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" and "Penny Candy" a few years back and laughed till I nearly needed new underwear.
I also love Calvin Trillin and Davis Sedaris and Lewis Grizzard and Brit wit. But I'm too lazy to get up find the book titles in my reading journal. Oh, wait! I read "And Here's the Kicker" by Mike Sacks about writing humor. Good stuff there, by lots of humor writers.
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