Monday, April 18, 2011

Humorous Storytellers--I Love 'Em

Normally, I don't do funny writing.  I've tried to do some funny writing (or, at least, mildly laughable writing) but with mixed results.

But I really, really, really super-enjoy reading it. And, because I've tried funny writing, I know how good the people who  write it successfully really are.

I mean, I love a good tear-jerker, or a make-you-thinker. Still. There's just so much McCarthy, McEwan, and McCullough you can read at a go, ya know? (And I do love them too...no shortage of love here. But!) Every third book or so has to be a funny book for me, or I start to hate reading. I appreciate wonderful language, deep characters, and all of that, but sometimes I've just got to laugh.

Wodehouse has become a go-to because he has so much material that I have a lot to read before I run out.

Three other authors that I run to when I need a break from the dramatic, emotionally wrenching stories of the Literati:

Christopher Moore--He does amazing retellings. My favorites are where he riffs on stories that already have a strong central structure that he can build off of and play with. (ie. Lamb and Fool) Or some kind of mythos that he fiddles with like A Dirty Job.

Anthony Bourdain--He's not just for foodies, people. For those who have seen the quips and stings he lashes out during Top Chef and No Reservations...well, they work just as well in book form for me. Even his non-fiction is hilarious, like Kitchen Confidential.

Gideon deFoe--You may or may not have heard of this British author of The Pirates! series. But he is freakin' Amazing. The books are short but will have you rolling. The Pirate Captain is one of the best-drawn cliched-but-not characters ever. There's The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists (Darwin), The Pirates in an Adventure with Communists (Marx), and The Pirates in an Adventure with Ahab (Ahab). 

How's about you guys? Who makes you laugh?

2 comments:

  1. I would absolutely agree with Moore and Wodehouse. I also like David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell, although they are more essayists. I also love Thurber. I have a book by Stephen Fry that I may read next. I'll let you know how it is. Fabulous, I'm betting, since everything Stephen Fry does is fabulous.

    There are writers who make me laugh, but they aren't humor writers. Like Gaiman, Faulkner and Joyce (NOT The Dead, okay?).

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  2. Oh! I love Sarah Vowell too and she's got a new book out on Hawaii.

    But Faulkner? Joyce? They make you laugh? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and some of my Zoloft the next time we meet up. =)

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