A variety of writers, comics and academics recommend their best funny humour books and their favourite comic writing. Allen MacDuffie, Larry Doyle and Andy Borowitz all recommend their top five comic novels or comic books. Lee Camp and P J O’Rourke choose their best books of political satire.
Tom McLaughlin recommends the best humour books for kids. Ruth Wisse selects the best books on Jewish humour, and Woody Allen chooses the top five books that inspired him. The novelist Sophie Kinsella chooses her favourite chick lit books, which are funny (even if only of the tragicomic variety) as well as romantic.
The humourist, Craig Brown, recommends the best diaries and autobiographies.
Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature Emerita at Harvard and author of No Joke: Making Jewish Humour, identifies Tevye the Dairyman as the first standup comic and Sigmund Freud as Jewish humour’s greatest analyst.