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List of famous comedy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular comedy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best comedy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books here include everything from Slaughterhouse-Five to Catch-22.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best comedy books?" and "What are the most famous comedy books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable comedy titles on Amazon with just one click.

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A Casa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Miguel M. Abrahão A Casa is a theatrical comedy in two acts, written by Miguel M. Abrahão in 1978 and published first in 1983 in Brazil.

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
John Kennedy Toole A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which appeared in 1980, eleven years after Toole's suicide. Published through the efforts of writer Walker ...more

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A Cool Million is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Nathanael West A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin is Nathanael West's third novel, published in 1934. It is a brutal satire of Horatio Alger's novels and their eternal optimism.

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A Melon for Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
John Wells A Melon for Ecstasy is a 1971 novel written by John Fortune and John Wells. The title is derived from a fictional Turkish proverb, "A woman for duty / A boy for pleasure / But a melon for

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, ...more

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A Short History of a Small Pla... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
T. R. Pearson A Short History of a Small Place is a 1985 novel by T. R. Pearson. Set in the fictional town of Neely, North Carolina - a thinly disguised Reidsville - it tells, in a rambling and digressive ...more

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A Short History of Tractors in... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Marina Lewycka A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a novel by Marina Lewycka, first published in 2005 by Viking. The novel won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at the Hay literary festival, the ...more

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Adventures of Wim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
George Cockcroft Adventures of Wim or is a book by George Cockcroft, written under the pen name Luke Rhinehart. It was published in 1986, and was sold as "The sequel, well almost, to The Dice Man". ...more

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Amelia Peabody series is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
The Amelia Peabody series is a series of nineteen historical mystery novels and one non-fiction companion volume written by Egyptologist Barbara Mertz under the pen name Elizabeth Peters. The ...more

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An Old Fashioned Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Louisa May Alcott An Old-Fashioned Girl is a novel by Louisa May Alcott. It was first serialised in the Merry's Museum magazine between July and August in 1869 and consisted of only six chapters. For the finished ...more

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And the Devil Will Drag You Un... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Jack L. Chalker And the Devil Will Drag You Under, is a comic fantasy by Jack Chalker involving an alcoholic demon and two humans he summons to collect the pieces of a mystic artifact that the demon requires to ...more

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As Comadres is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Miguel M. Abrahão As Comadres is a theatrical comedy in two acts, written by Miguel M. Abrahão in 1978 and published first in 1981 in Brazil.

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As Seen on TV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Chris Kerr As Seen on TV is Irish author Chris Kerr's second novel. It was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group, based in London in 2005.

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Ass Goblins of Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Cameron Pierce

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Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millvill... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
L. Frank Baum Aunt Jane's Nieces at Millville is a 1908 young-adult novel written by L. Frank Baum, famous as the creator of the Land of Oz. It is the third volume in "the successful Aunt Jane ...more

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Aunts Aren't Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
P. G. Wodehouse Aunts Aren't Gentlemen is a comic novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom in October 1974 by Barrie & Jenkins, London, and in the United States under the title The ...more

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Backwards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Rob Grant Backwards is the fourth Red Dwarf novel. It is set on the fictional backwards universe version of Earth. The novel was written by Rob Grant on his own. It follows on directly from the second ...more

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Been Down So Long It Looks Lik... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Richard Fariña Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me is a novel by Richard Fariña. First published in the United States in 1966 the novel, based largely on Fariña's college experiences and ...more

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Before You Go is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Lawrence Holofcener Before You Go is a 1968 comedy play about the relationship between an actress and a sculptor. The critic from Time magazine praised the play, saying that : The two character man-woman play is ...more

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Biciklom do Hilandara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels

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Big Nate: Strikes Again is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Lincoln Peirce Big Nate Strikes Again is a realistic fiction novel by American cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. It is based on the comic strip and the second book in the Big Nate novel series. The book was released ...more

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Big Trouble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Dave Barry Big Trouble is a novel written by Dave Barry. It was made into a film version in 2001. However, the film was not released until 2002 because of the September 11 attacks. Barry, who used to write ...more

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Bikini Planet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
David S. Garnett Bikini Planet is a science fiction comedy written by David S. Garnett and released exclusively in the United Kingdom as a paperback. It is written as a sub-sequel to an earlier story written by ...more

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Black Mischief is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Evelyn Waugh Black Mischief was Evelyn Waugh's third novel, published in 1932. The novel chronicles the efforts of the English-educated Emperor Seth, assisted by a fellow Oxford graduate, Basil Seal, to ...more

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Blart: The Boy Who Didn't Want... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Dominic Barker Blart: The Boy Who Didn't Want To Save The World is a fictional comedy novel by Dominic Barker. It was published in 2006, by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc in Great Britain. It tells the tale of ...more

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Bloodsucking Fiends is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Christopher Moore Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story is the third novel by Christopher Moore, published in 1995. It combines elements of the supernatural and of the romance novel.

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Blott on the Landscape is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Tom Sharpe Blott on the Landscape is a novel by Tom Sharpe which was first published in 1975. The book was adapted into a 6-part television series for the BBC in 1985.

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Bomben auf Monte Carlo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Fritz Reck-Malleczewen Bomben auf Monte Carlo is a 1930 German comedy novel by Fritz Reck-Malleczewen. The penniless captain of a vessel puts into Monte Carlo, hoping to raise money at the gaming tables to pay his ...more

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Borgel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Daniel Pinkwater Borgel is a children's novel written by Daniel Pinkwater. This book was published in 1990. It was reprinted in 1993 in the UK, under the title The Time Tourists.

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Breathers: A Zombie's Lament is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
S. G. Browne Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament is a romantic zombie comedy novel by first-time author S. G. Browne, published in 2009. The story is told from the point of view of Andy Warner, a newly revived ...more

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Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
George Barr McCutcheon

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Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
George Barr McCutcheon Brewster's Millions is a novel written by George Barr McCutcheon in 1902, originally under the pseudonym of Richard Greaves. It was adapted into a play in 1906, which opened at the New Amsterdam ...more

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Business is business is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Octave Mirbeau Business is business is a French comedy in three acts, by the novelist and playwright Octave Mirbeau, performed in April 1903 on the stage of Comédie-Française, in Paris, and ...more

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Chart Throb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Ben Elton Chart Throb is a 2006 novel by Ben Elton. It was released in hardback on 6 November 2006 in the UK, and 9 January 2007 in the US. It is a satire of The X Factor/Pop Idol-style reality TV

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Church & State I is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Dave Sim

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Closing Time is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Joseph Heller Closing Time is a 1994 novel by Joseph Heller, written as a sequel to the popular Catch-22. It takes place in New York City in the 1990s, and revisits some characters of the original, including ...more

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Cocktail Time is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
P. G. Wodehouse Cocktail Time is a comic novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on June 20, 1958 by Herbert Jenkins, London and in the United States on July 24, 1958 by Simon & ...more

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Cold Comfort Farm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm is a comic novel by English author Stella Gibbons, published in 1932. It parodies the romanticised, sometimes doom-laden accounts of rural life popular at the time, by writers ...more

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Colony is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Rob Grant Colony was the first novel written by Rob Grant outside the Red Dwarf series. First published in 2000 by Viking Press in the United Kingdom it stays within the comedy, science fiction genre. The ...more

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Company for Henry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
P. G. Wodehouse Company For Henry is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United States on May 12, 1967 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, under the title The Purloined Paperweight, and in ...more

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Crown of Horns is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Jeff Smith Crown of Horns is the ninth and final book in the Bone series. It collects issues 52-59 of Jeff Smith's self-published Bone comic book series. The book was published by Cartoon Books in 2004. ...more

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David Letterman's Book of Top ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels

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Decline and Fall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Evelyn Waugh Decline and Fall is a novel by the English author Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1928. It was Waugh's first published novel; an earlier attempt, titled The Temple at Thatch, was destroyed by ...more

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Den siste revejakta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Ingvar Ambjørnsen Den Siste revejakta is a novel written by Ingvar Ambjørnsen.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. All nine books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a ...more

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a novel written by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, the fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was released on October 12, 2009 in the ...more

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is a satirical realistic fiction novel by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, based on the FunBrain.com version. It is the sequel to Diary of a Wimpy ...more

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Díky za každé nové ráno is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Halina Pawlowská

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detecti... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Douglas Adams Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a humorous detective novel by Douglas Adams, first published in 1987. It is described by the author on its cover as a "thumping good ...more

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Don't Go Near the Water is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Comedy Books and Novels
Carolyn Sloan, William Brinkley Don't Go Near the Water is a 1956 novel by William Brinkley. The book parodies aspects of the wartime United States Navy, particularly Navy public relations, in which Brinkley served, ...more