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Initial post: 16 Aug 2012 19:52:35 BDT
Why do you lot think there is so few comedy books and support for them. I don't mean mainstream TV to book like Alan Partridge, I mean genuinely funny books. Search 'funny book' and you get 'Catch-22' that is old and crap. Or 'A confederancy of Dunces' that is old and crap. I also hate when you read 'Laugh out loud funny' and it isn't at all!!

Recently I stumbled upon a gem, so funny and I loved it so much, I read it again. Since, via the author I discovered "Apathy and other small victories" and that was funny, all be it a bit weak in parts!

So - funnies - list em please.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 20:21:54 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2012 20:35:16 BDT
Anita says:
To be honest, I do avoid comedy books in general, but if you are not against oldies, there's always this one
Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog (Penguin Classics)

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 20:46:33 BDT
STEVEN says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2012 20:58:24 BDT
Anita says:
My condolences, S. China. A drive-by attack - as should have been expected

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 21:45:39 BDT
So few comedy books, or so few funny ones? Try: The Hargreaves Code
The Hex Factor and That Night This Night
Then thou shall know the real funny....perhaps.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 22:06:10 BDT
STEVEN says:
Ben Elton can be quite good sometimes. I read 'Past Mortem' a murder mystery' based around 'Friends Reunited. Quite a decent read. There definitely needs to be more original comedy books. I love a good humorous read but all books in the top 100 tend to be variations of 'there's been a murder, etc' or the latest fad of having a more shocking version of the 'Fifty Shades' books. Where is all the originality? It was the same when Dan Brown made it big, how many variations where there on the 'Davinci Code?'

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 22:34:34 BDT
I'd agree with Steven on 'A long way down' by Nick Hornby. Love that book.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 22:36:01 BDT
Ben Elton has done some good work, Stark I like the rest have been ok. Adrian Mole was a but YA, mild for me. Steve Martin does some good work. Having just read something as funny as Family Guy, that proper roar laughing, I have a gaping hole. I can't find anything. Oh, having saying that, Chris more is good.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2012 23:00:53 BDT
STEVEN says:
Mole gets better and more cringe worthy as he gets older so I would stick with him, he's very intelligent but totally naive to life. I have tried a bit of Steve Martin. Loved him in his 80s to 90s films but I really feel he hasn't been funny for a while, sad really. May try one of his books again though. A friend at work recommended Bob Servant and I really enjoyed the first book. Basically an old guy responding to all the spam emails asking for money. Bob goes off on a real tangent with some completely bonkers comments. He seems quite obsessed with 'chasing skirt, jazz mags' and 'the cheeseburger wars' - brilliant!

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 23:03:08 BDT
sooperdoop says:
Confederacy of Dunces is genius but Ben Elton's stuff is generally very disappointing. Nicholson Baker does some very funny stuff - I'd recommend The Fermata. What a Carve Up by Jonathan Coe I found quite funny, unlike his The Rotters Club and its sequel.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 23:13:46 BDT
STEVEN says:
Will try some samples of those thanks. Yes, Ben Elton can be a bit hit and miss. Wasn't over keen on 'Blind Faith', just another variation of '1984'. I tried a sample of the Nick Spalding book in the charts. I'm far from a prude but what I read of it just seemed to be a bit like a bad porn film with gross out humour. I really didn't get the humour there. Am I missing something and being unfair? The guy is obviously popular but maybe not my humour.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 23:18:20 BDT
Personally I think there are so few because they're incredibly hard to pitch. Everyone has such different senses of humour that something I might find hilarious doesn't tickle you in the slightest. In the broadest sense, I find that British and Americans have totally different senses of humour so, on a purely financial front, a comedy book may not be the soundest investment for a traditional publisher. My final thought about comedy is that so much of it is to do with timing. It takes a really great author to get that right in writing.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 23:21:56 BDT
I find it really difficult to find funny books too, especially novels. Most of my favourites are really old, which you don't seem to like. Have you tried The Best A Man Can Get, by John O'Farrell, which is really good for at least two-thirds of the way through? Or there's The Understudy by David Nicholls - that was the last book that properly made me laugh.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 23:25:19 BDT
Forgot Bob Servant, very funny. loved it. Confederacy of Dunces I just don't find funny. Wish it was about Jones ratheter than that Ignatius chap. Face palm form me - the book I read, Malice in Blunderland by Gibbings. Brilliant. Nick Spalding? Any links? see I like the gross and poor taste stuff. I thought Trainspotting was funny in it's way.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 23:28:14 BDT
Just Ordered Max Barry - Company. Looks good.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2012 23:45:48 BDT
STEVEN says:
Spalding has a few out. Last time I checked he was in the Kindle top 100. I read 'The Best a Man can get'. Nice little idea about the family man also leading the single life across town but I think I grinned more at it than laughed out loud. On TV I really like 'Peep Show' or 'Curb your enthusiasm'. Any suggestions for that sort of sense of humour?

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 02:34:28 BDT
I don't think anyone would actually categorize them as "comedy", but whenever I read a Neal Stephenson book (excepting "The Baroque Cycle") I usually find myself giggling out loud every three or four pages. I still get a grin thinking of skateboard-riding Y.T. slapping a "That Was Stale" sticker on Hiro Protagonist's car when he nearly runs her over in "Snow Crash", or the Galvanick Lucipher scene in "Cryptonomicon", or a terrorist asking his hostage, after she gives him a shopping list for supplies, "Will there be anything else, or can I get back to planning atrocities?", in a book of his that I won't name for spoiler reasons. :-)

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 12:12:14 BDT
DLH says:
I'd recommend Evelyn Waugh, though his books are obviously a bit old - set in the 1930s. Scoop is quite good.

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 12:16:09 BDT
DLH says:
One I have been recommended to read is Tinytown by Darby Gallagher, a sort of action comedy. Not tried it yet though...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 12:30:56 BDT
I've just read Jammy Dodger by Kevin Smith - the funniest book I've read for ages. There are a few lines in it that had me laughing out loud on the bus. Also a good story, a bit Nick Hornby-ish. Would also recommend Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up - still a classic.

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Posted on 17 Aug 2012 15:01:10 BDT
No discussion of humour can ever be complete without mention of Robert Rankin..

The Toyminator

Is a great entry point.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 15:10:41 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 15:21:27 BDT
The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code (Gollancz S.F.)

Is one of my fave books. Ut less accessible as a first read than The Toyminator.

Interestingly (or not, really,) Ammy's search engine insisted on offering me the da Vinci Code instead at first. Which is a laughable book, for not for the same reasons...
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