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Famous Humorists 

Walter Graves
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A list of humorists, both old and new. A humorist is a writer who specializes in humorous material. Unlike comedy writers though, who go for all out laughs, humorist writers are more subtle and cerebral. But don't take that to mean they're any less funny. One of the most famous humorists in the United States is Jean Shepherd, who narrated and co-wrote the movie A Christmas Story, which is based on his autobiographical short stories. The humorists on this list are some of the best, and well worth a read if you're looking for something that'll amuse and make you smile.

Who are some famous humorists? From American humorists to British funnymen, these comedy writers take funny to the next level, often by using their humorous anecdotes and opinions to author interesting takes on society at large. Take a look at this list of the funniest humor writer and authors and you'll for yourself.
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Dave Barry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Humorists
Science Fair, Big Trouble, Naked Came the Manatee
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P. G. Wodehouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Humorists
Thank You, Jeeves, Anything Goes
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James Thurber is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Humorists
The 13 Clocks, A Thurber Carnival, Fables for our time and famous poems illustrated
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Jack Handey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Humorists
Deep Thoughts, Deeper thoughts, WHAT I'D SAY TO THE MARTIANS
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Arthur "Bugs" ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Humorists
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Dorothy Parker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Humorists
The portable Dorothy Parker, Death and taxes, Enough rope
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Don Marquis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Humorists
Archy and Mehitabel, Cruise of the Jasper B
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David Sedaris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Humorists
Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames
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Baba Ali is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Humorists
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Garrison Keillor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Humorists
Lake Wobegon Days, WLT, a radio romance
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Fran Lebowitz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Humorists
Metropolitan Life/Social Studies, Breve Manual De Urbanidad, Metropolitan life
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Bill Watterson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Humorists
Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons, Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink'
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David Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Humorists
A Partnership Democracy for Europe, Towards a Wider, Deeper
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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Humorists
My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me
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Lewis Grizzard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Humorists
If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground, Life Is Like a Dogsled Team...
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Scott Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Humorists
Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!, The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses
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Calvin Trillin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Humorists
A Heckuva Job: More of the Bush Administration in Rhyme, Remembering Denny, Runestruck
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Jerome K. Jerome is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Humorists
Three Men in a Boat, Diary of a Pilgrimage, Three Men on the Bummel
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Sholem Aleichem is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Humorists
Dalim ṿe-ʻalizim, Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories, Wandering Stars
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Bill Richardson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Humorists
Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, To the world of the future : Mexican visitors to the USSR, 1920-1940
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Donald Jack is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Humorists
Exit muttering, Sinc, Betty
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David Rakoff is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Humorists
Fraud, Don't Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count
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W. Bruce Cameron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Humorists
A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey
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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Humorists
The Gun Seller, More Bits of Fry and Laurie, A Bit of Fry and Laurie
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Ronald Knox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Humorists
Difficulties, The Scoop and Behind the Screen, The hidden stream