We all have at least one jokester in our lives who deserves to receive a book as funny as they are. Here are some fantastic titles that will tickle funny bones and make you feel like a hilarious hero for giving the gift of laughter.
Books for Humor Fans
A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon
By Steve Martin; illustrated by Harry Bliss
Legendary entertainer Steve Martin paired up with renowned New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss to create this gem of a book. Perfect for fans of wit and hilarity, A Wealth of Pigeons is a mixture of funny cartoons and comic strips, peppered with commentary about the authors’ collaboration.
You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples
By Patricia Marx; illustrated by Roz Chast
This book has it all. Relationship advice? Check. Cute cartoons? Check. A bucket full of laughs? Major check. From the minds of New Yorker writer Patricia Marx and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time will appeal to every person with a sense of humor about their relationship, or even just relationships in general.
Is This Anything?
By Jerry Seinfeld
If you were alive in the 1990s and owned a television, you know that Jerry Seinfeld pretty much defined comedy back then. Well, guess what? He’s still got it. In this new book — his first in 25 years! — Seinfeld has jam-packed his comedy into a mere 450 pages. It is a collection of his best material, organized by decade and starting with the 1970s, that will remind you why Seinfeldian humor is so brilliant.
Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes)
By Mindy Kaling
This collection of essays, from comedic writer, producer, and actor Mindy Kaling, will please even the most die-hard humor fans on your list. It is a collection of six original short stories, detailing her more recent life as a Hollywood dynamo and single mom, and touching on things like dealing with social anxiety, the perks of not having a husband, and paying for other celebrity’s meals and not receiving a “thank you” (in Big Shot). Keep in mind that this collection is a Kindle exclusive, making this is a decidedly electronic gift.
The Best of Me
By David Sedaris
David Sedaris and his cutting wit are staples in the humor genre, with bestsellers like Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, amongst many others. In this collection, Sedaris gathers his most unforgettable and hilarious stories, including ones about taxidermy and smoking, and more sentimental fare like the loss of a sibling.
Solutions and Other Problems
By Allie Brosh
After her first bestseller Hyperbole and a Half hit bookstores, fans of Allie Brosh have been anxiously awaiting her follow-up publication. It has been a long seven years, but it is finally here! Solutions and Other Problems is a collection of illustrated essays in Brosh’s highly comical, deeply personal style. All told, there are 1,600 new pieces of art, touching on subjects as varied as an annoying neighbor kid, feelings of powerlessness, and one rather hilarious “poop mystery.”
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life
By Ali Wong
In this New York Times bestseller, boundary-pushing and sidesplittingly funny comedian Ali Wong pens a series of letters to her two young daughters. Written in her trademark unfiltered (and hysterical) comedic style, this book offers advice, inspiration, and many, many laughs. In fact, even the chapter titles of Dear Girls will make you smile — case in point, chapter one is called, “How I Trapped Your Father.” And it only gets better from there.