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Thread: What writers, if any, have made you laugh?

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    Dreaming North. Remembering Maine Demeter's Avatar
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    What writers, if any, have made you laugh?

    My first choice would be Robert Benchley, the funniest writer in his, or anyone else's time. Also, S.J. Perelman and E.F. Benson, author of the Lucia stories.

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    David Sedaris.
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    Terry Pratchett, Terry Pratchett, Terry Pratchett.

    I also find P.G. Wodehouse good for a yuk or two.

    There may be others, but those are the first names I thought of - Terry Pratchett by a mile.

    I would love to be able to make readers laugh (or at least smile) when they read my work, so I plan to investigate the authors you mention, for added inspiration!
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    Douglas Adams, Jean Shepherd, Anne Lamott, Erma Bombeck, Kurt Vonnegut, David Sedaris, P.J. O'Roarke, Kingsley Amis.

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    Pratchett, definitely.

    Douglas Adams.

    Older Robert Asprin could be amusing. (The graphic novel trilogy he co-wrote with Mel. White, Duncan and Mallory, could be downright hilarious.)

    John C. Moore's fantasy parodies can be rather amusing.

    I've read one by Carl Hiaasen (the YA novel Chomp) that had some chuckle-worthy moments.

    The last book I laughed out loud at was Andrew Shaffer's How to Survive a Sharknado, a survival companion for SyFy's monster movies.
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    Cassandra Clare. Douglas Adams. Scott Snyder (comics).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brightdreamer View Post

    I've read one by Carl Hiaasen (the YA novel Chomp) that had some chuckle-worthy moments.
    I quite like the title of his novel.

    Erma Bombeck was funny, RIP.

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    Dave Barry's column used to have me rolling. His novels were cute, too.
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    Carl hiaasen for sure! Michael Gruber, bill bryson's walk in the woods
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    Yes! Thanks for reminding me of Cold Comfort Farm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris P View Post
    Dave Barry's column used to have me rolling. His novels were cute, too.
    Yes!

    And...

    Spider Robinson and Darynda Jones. ALL the time


    And most recently Christopher Moore.
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    Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud, Douglas Adams (that man was a treasure for all humanity), and Pratchett and Gaiman when they teamed up for "Good Omens".
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    I know we're mostly talking novels but, Joss Whedon. He makes me laugh, cry and scream "NO!" all at the same time. Whether it be on TV, at the movies or in comics.


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    What I consider my romantic comedy trio:

    • Jennifer Crusie (I laughed so much reading "Bet Me" people kept asking me what was so funny, and then looking at me like I was insane when I said it was the book)
    • Kristan Higgins (My favorite Higgins book, "My One and Only" actually makes me both laugh and cry every single time I read it)
    • Julia Quinn (I bought my first Quinn book, "Ten Things I Love About You" precisely because it had me laughing when I glanced through it at the store, and that was just the prologue)


    And there's Charlotte Stein, who's an erotica writer, which isn't a genre I'd normally think to look to for humor, and she also makes me laugh.

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    Too many to mention, and some have already been mentioned. But here are some recent authors who made me laugh.

    King Oblivion, PHD - "The Supervillain Field Manual: How to Conquer (Super) Friends and Incinerate People"
    Drew Hayes - "NPC's"
    Virginia Brown - "The Dixie Divas" series
    Chris Ewan - "The Good Thief's Guide" series
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    Terry Pratchett for sure.

    Jonathan Stroud has also made me laugh out loud in real life.

    I used to be a fan of PG Wodehouse too, but after reading 3 of his books back to back, I started finding them really predictable and formulaic. Still, I enjoyed them.
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    John Scalzi Redshirts. Jim Butcher Dresden files? As a kid Robert Asprin and Pierce Anthony were comedy gold.
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    Douglas Adams, Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck,Baxter Black and Patrick McManus are my favs, but they're humorists. For funny authors: Mario Acavedo, Jim Butcher, Janet Evanovich, Lori. Avocado right off hand.
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    David Rakoff! He's like Sedaris's snarkier, more misanthropic cousin and his vocabulary is enviable.

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    I laughed quite a few times reading John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces.

    There are some funny moments in some of Robert B. Parker's "Spenser" detective novels.

    Most of David Letterman's and Woody Allen's paperback compilations are worth a few laughs.

    I love to read funny things in books, but I must admit that movies and TV are a lot funnier than books. I mean, I've never read a book that made me laugh like I laughed the first time I watched "Animal House" or "Big Trouble in Little China".

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    Edward St. Aubyn, which is odd, because absolutely horrific things happen in his books.

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