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Laugh-Inducers You Can Read or Listen To

Sometimes we need a book that can entertain us. Sometimes, we need to be able to listen to a book rather than read it. Here is a list of giggle-inducing books that are available in both audio and print format. When it comes to audiobooks, my favorites have always been the kind that can make me laugh. Even better, each of these audiobooks is read by the funny, talented authors themselves. Humorous audiobooks can be particularly helpful in keeping yourself entertained (and awake!) while travelling long distances… or, if print is your format of choice, for startling those around you by suddenly snort-laughing while reading in public spaces.  Enjoy.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari is an essential book for anyone in the dating pool. If you know Aziz from his work on Parks and Recreation, then you might be expecting a funny book and not much else. However, quite a bit of research was put into this book. Aziz wrote the book with a sociologist, Eric Klinenberg. They interviewed the young and old, as well as people from different cultures to gain a variety of perspectives. You get a great deal of information in this book, along with a ton of laughs. Now that is a combo that can’t be beat.

There is plenty to gripe about when it comes to modern-day dating, but there’s also much to be thankful for. Today’s generation gets the luxury of a prolonged adolescence, a time to develop their careers and explore who they are. For previous generations, the most feasible way out of your parent’s home was often to marry, and their pool of potential mates was much, much smaller. Nowadays, it’s possible to connect to people around the entire world with the click of a few buttons. This is an extraordinary change, and it’s happened in only a few decades. Aziz explores what such a change means. He presents the upsides and downsides, and provides information that could actually be quite useful to anyone currently trying to deal with the madness of modern romance.

Bossypants, Tina Fey's upbeat and snappy memoir, allows the comedian to tell her story: juggling work, marriage, and motherhood in not-so-graceful and often hilarious ways. She recounts her nerdy adolescence, one-sided romances, her experiences on Saturday Night Live, embodying Sarah Palin, and her half-hearted attempts at physical beauty. Tina Fey is a woman who tells it like it is. Her motto seems to be, “I am who I am and I do not care if you like it.” She reveals all, proving that you know you’ve made it when someone calls you bossy. 

In I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a WomanNora Ephron deals frankly with issues involving aging and gracefully manages to find humor without gliding over the seriousness of it. With her signature dry sense of humor, she shares with us her ups and downs, and provides a candid look at women who are getting older and dealing with menopause, maintenance, and empty nests. Her frankness is often hilarious, but the tale she tells is true and moving. 

In Yes Please, Amy Poehler, the star of Parks and Recreation and comedian on Saturday Night Live, shares personal stories and offers up hilarious thoughts on friendship, love, and parenthood. Driven by her amusing and charming voice, Amy provides both wit and wisdom in Yes Please. Her personal and professional life has been propelled by collaboration, gratitude and good manners, and her success through ambition and uncompromising spirit. This memoir is happy and angst-free, and will provide both laughs and words to live by.

In Furiously Happy: a Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson recounts her battle with depression and her determination to live life “furiously happy.” She does not believe in merely surviving life, and instead pursues all the things that make her furiously happy: taxidermy, dressing as a kangaroo, surprising her family by renting a sloth and a wallaby. These are the tools Lawson uses to combat darkness, debilitating depression, and crippling anxieties that can sometimes leave her housebound. Her memoir is delightfully absurd, and it manages to provide helpful insights on serious issues such as self-injury and the misunderstandings surrounding mental illness.