Top Ten Books Written by Comedians

Jailene Adorno ‘16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

Comedians have a wonderful knack for making people laugh out loud whether they’re on a sitcom or performing their own stand-up comedy show. Books written by comedians such as Tina Fey and Jim Gaffigan include hilarious anecdotes that will make fans burst into a fit of giggles. Here’s a list of super funny books:

10. Point Your Face at This – Demetri Martin


Comedian Demetri Martin is well known for his Comedy Central Show Important Things with Demetri Martin. Martin is commonly known for his drawings that accompany his jokes. Point Your Face at This is full of his hilarious drawings and it also introduces fans to his humor writing.

9. Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres


Fans know Ellen DeGeneres from her hilarious antics on her daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In this book, the beloved DeGeneres talks a bit about her life and her accomplishments. Fans will really enjoy the advice she gives as well as the anecdotes she chooses to share. Readers are guaranteed to laugh out loud at the absurdity of the book.

8. Uganda Be Kidding Me – Chelsea Handler


Chelsea Handler is best known for her late-night show on E! called Chelsea Lately. However, while she was on her show, she was also writing several books. In Uganda Be Kidding Me, she shares her travel adventures and misadventures through hilarious anecdotes. This collection of stories regarding her many travels will make anyone laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of it all.

7. I Am America (And So Can You!) – Stephen Colbert


Many people know Stephen Colbert for his satirical form of comedy and his show The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The book is very similar to his show in that it pokes fun at politics and the news, while also telling the story of his life with the help of some fictional aspects. With the help from other writers from The Colbert Report, Colbert has created an awesome book for all fans to enjoy.

6. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee – Sarah Silverman


Sarah Silverman is best known for her Comedy Central show The Sarah Silverman Program. She’s also been a voice actor in Wreck-It Ralph and several episodes of Bob’s Burgers. In Silverman’s book, she talks about her childhood, her family, and how she got started in the world of comedy. She also talks about how her persona onstage and when she’s performing is a somewhat fictional version of herself.

5. Dad is Fat – Jim Gaffigan

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Jim Gaffigan is more popularly known for his stand-up comedy, especially on his comedy shows Mr. Universe and Beyond the Pale. In this book, Gaffigan reminisces about growing up and how he was raised, but also talks about being a father and raising his five kids. Whether he’s talking about how his kids interact with each other or how they eat, readers are bound to be in hysterics.

4. Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living – Nick Offerman


Readers will recognize Nick Offerman from Parks and Recreation where he plays the meat-loving, woodworking Ron Swanson. In this book, Nick shares words of wisdom through rants and anecdotes about what life was like for him growing up. Fans will love to find that, similar to his Parks and Recreation character, Offerman also really enjoys woodworking and has his own wood shop.

3. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories – B.J. Novak


B.J. Novak is a comedian and writer best known for his role as Ryan Howard, the temp on The Office. Novak takes a different approach with his book, in that he doesn’t write about himself. After being a writer for The Office, he’s become familiar with writing things that are made up. One More Thing, is a collection of short stories that are hilarious and thought-provoking. The stories really pull readers in, making them want more.

2. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling


Some may recognize Mindy Kaling from her role as Kelly Kapoor in The Office, but others might recognize her as Mindy Lahiri in The Mindy Project. In this book, Kaling talks about her romantic misfortunes in a way that some people may be able to relate to and, while others will want to just laugh at. She also shares stories from the writers’ room when she wrote for The Office.

1. Bossypants – Tina Fey


Many know Tina Fey from her work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. In Fey’s book, she talks about being the head writer for Saturday Night Live. She also talks about her relationship with people like Lorne Michaels and Amy Poehler. What readers will find most interesting are her thoughts and feelings on women being funny.  Bossypants gives you insight into the wonderful mind of Tina Fey while literally making you laugh out loud.

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