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Old 01-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #16
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If you liked that one, try Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith, a satire on Victorian middle class social climbing (keeping up with the Joneses).
Got it, thank you! Looks funny.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:53 PM   #17
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The World According to Clarkson is pretty funny. It's a collection of his newspaper articles from various years.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #18
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The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich has some real funny parts, especially the first five books.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:50 PM   #19
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #20
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Try Robert Aspirin for a chuckle. He tends to go towards the punny side of things but he's good.

Don Harron's Charlie Farquharson is hysterical, but only if you're Canadian. Especially if you know Charlie's voice.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:26 PM   #21
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And then there is always James Thurber, who makes me cry with laughter. However there is a poignancy in much of his work - it isn't slapstick humour.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:15 PM   #22
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The Princess & the Penis by RJ Siver
Short story. Witty, snarky, hilarious.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:17 AM   #23
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The Princess Bride is hilarious.
Absolutely this. I rarely laugh out loud at a book, but this made me properly tguffaw.

I find the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde pretty funny too, as well as anything by Terry Pratchett (apart from The Last Continent).
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:40 AM   #24
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Any of Bill Bryson's travel books. Extremely witty.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #25
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How I Won the War (1963)
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There are many funny books, some of them are mentioned above. But How I Won the War is the kind of books that would make you laugh loudly. In places I couldn't see the text through my tears.

A movie was made a year after the book was published, but due to nature of media the movie is quite different, even if it features the same jokes.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #26
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The problem is, I haven't *read* this book. I was mostly listening to a friend reading it aloud.
I took part in a special summer camp doing voluntary ecological work in a forest. In the evenings, when we grew tired of singing folk songs with a guitar around the camp-fire, we have read the book together. Many people there already knew the book so they were laughing even before we got to the funniest part of each story. In such setting it is very easy to find the book uproariously hilarious.
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:39 PM   #27
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Hands down, the funniest book I've read is Three Men in a Boat. Not sure it fits your criteria, though. It's more of a dry, sarcastic, wordy humor than a "zinger" type humor.
I had to give up on Three Men in a Boat. I didn't find it funny. It was too dry. Kind of like opening a bottle of a dry wine and pouring out sand.
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I had to give up on Three Men in a Boat. I didn't find it funny. It was too dry. Kind of like opening a bottle of a dry wine and pouring out sand.
I really enjoyed Three Men in a Boat.

I guess it is a very British kind of humour. I can see why it wouldn't appeal to everybody.
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P.G. Wodehouse probably isn't right for the OP, but has to be mentioned in any 'funniest ever' thread, surely?

Damon Runyan never fails to raise a smile with me too.
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I really enjoyed Three Men in a Boat.

I guess it is a very British kind of humour. I can see why it wouldn't appeal to everybody.
I do like British humor. But that book was just well.. cute at best. No real laughs.
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