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Old 10-06-2013, 11:11 PM   #46
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And Robert E. Howard, had some outrageously funny western parodies. See the Breckenridge Elkins stories here on MR as well.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #47
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The "Bindle" series by Hebert Jenkins.

You have to like British humour.

Reminds me of some of the wives on "Last of the Summer Wine"
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:35 PM   #48
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I've really enjoyed "The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine. It's a humorous account of a canoe-camping, trout-fishing trip through Nova Scotia in 1908.

It's very interesting, and laugh out loud funny. The little illustrations are excellent as well. It's free on Amazon.

I reread it occasionally, because it's also a wonderful tribute to a whole generation of men who have since passed on.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:15 PM   #49
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Spike Milligan's war memoirs, starting with "Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall".

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I found Spike Milligan's memoirs funny, and educational (it's so easy to start making his stupid jokes in your everyday life). But it gets a little too sad for me at Mussolini.

Anything else in the style of Spike Milligan? ... and I read 30 pages of the Complete Pratt - not funny at all so far(my brain can't cope with intelligent humor).

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Old 10-22-2013, 09:19 AM   #50
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:03 PM   #51
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I've really enjoyed "The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine. It's a humorous account of a canoe-camping, trout-fishing trip through Nova Scotia in 1908.

It's very interesting, and laugh out loud funny. The little illustrations are excellent as well. It's free on Amazon.

I reread it occasionally, because it's also a wonderful tribute to a whole generation of men who have since passed on.
I felt the same way about Eric Newby's A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:39 PM   #53
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I'm just going to answer the first question. The funniest thing I've ever read is still "Yes, But Can the Steam Engine Do This?" by Woody Allen. It's a short piece, originally published in The New Yorker, about the Earl of Sandwich's invention of the sandwich. When I read it in Reader's Digest as a teenager, I ran to the computer to type it up so I would have it forever. It was collected in Allen's book Getting Even.
I still laugh till I hurt just thinking about it.
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The "Bindle" series by Hebert Jenkins.

You have to like British humour.

Reminds me of some of the wives on "Last of the Summer Wine"
I always thought if they made a Hobbit TV series it would be "Last of the Summer Wine" all over.
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It looks great - thanks for the lead!
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The funniest book I've read in years is The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. A total spoof on history and prominent political figures from pre-WWII to present. It was a 'laugh-out-loud' book for me - probably because I've lived through most of it!
It's available as ebook - I got it from the library.
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The funniest book I've read in years is The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. A total spoof on history and prominent political figures from pre-WWII to present. It was a 'laugh-out-loud' book for me - probably because I've lived through most of it!
It's available as ebook - I got it from the library.
I loved this one, also. Sarah Caudwell's books are hilarious. Begin with Thus Was Adonis Murdered. Tom Sharpe is very funny. I also loved Three Men in a Boat and, of course, anything by P.G. Wodehouse. All of these, except Jonasson, are British, but clearly one is not required to be British to enjoy the wit. I therefore take issue with the many BBC podcasts taking a condescending view of the supposed inability of Americans to grasp irony.
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