50 Years of Humor

April is National Humor Month, which makes it a favorite among those who love to laugh like myself. I mean who wouldn’t love a month that starts out with April Fool’s Day and includes Laugh at Work Week and International Moment of Laughter Day? We’ve created a list of 50 of the funniest books from the last 50 years to help our readers make humor a high priority all month long.

  1. Don’t Point that Thing at Me, by Kyril Bonfiglioli
  2. Porterhouse Blue, by Tom Sharpe
  3. Without Feathers, by Woody Allen
  4. The Complete Compleat Enchanter, by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp
  5. The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, by Erma Bombeck
  6. Cruel Shoes, by Steve Martin
  7. Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin
  8. The World According to Garp, by John Irving
  9. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
  10. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
  11. Still Life with Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins
  12. They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They, by Patrick F. McManus
  13. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, by Sue Townsend
  14. Republican Party Reptile, by P.J. O’Rourke
  15. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, by Fannie Flagg
  16. Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
  17. Under the Frog, by Tibor Fischer
  18. Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson
  19. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, by David Foster Wallace
  20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding
  21. Do the Windows Open?, by Julie Hecht
  22. Big Trouble, by Dave Barry
  23. Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
  24. Lamb, by Christopher Moore
  25. Running With Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs
  26. Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas
  27. I Shouldn’t Even be Doing This!, by Bob Newhart
  28. I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron
  29. Delete at Your Peril, by Bob Servant
  30. What I’d Say to the Martians: and Other Veiled Threats, by Jack Handey
  31. Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher
  32. I was Told There’d be Cake, by Sloane Crosley
  33. Foreskin’s Lament, by Shalom Auslander
  34. Half Empty, by David Rakoff
  35. If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t), by Betty White
  36. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling
  37. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson
  38. Withering Tights, by Louise Rennison
  1. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
  2. Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
  3. Ayoade on Ayoade, by Richard Ayoade
  4. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  5. The Wangs Vs. The World, by Jade Chang
  6. You Can’t Touch My Hair, by Phoebe Robinson
  7. The Idiot, by Elif Batuman
  8. The Adulterants, by Joe Dunthorne
  9. I Can’t Date Jesus, by Michael Arceneaux
  10. Grown Ups, by Marian Keyes
  11. The Panic Years, by Nell Frizzell
  12. The Echo Chamber, by John Boyne

There are so many wonderful humorous books out there. I’m kind of bummed I had to limit the list to 50. Did I miss any of your favorites? The good news is that you can find all these books and more at your local HPB and HPB.com.