What Makes Us Laugh

His short story ‘Frying the Flag’ makes me weep with snorting, messy giggles. Related

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Shay Simmons January 30, 2017

“Oh, and there’s also the account of the forty-eightsome reel in George Macdonald Fraser’s The General Danced at Dawn …..”
There are so many parts of the McAuslan books that make me laugh until I have to lie down…I can’t choose a favorite. Gerald Durrell’s writing usually has that effect on me, even now. Wodehouse, “The first time I read one of Wodehouse’s books, I kept laughing so hard I would have to put the book down. G. Oh, and there’s also the account of the forty-eightsome reel in George Macdonald Fraser’s The General Danced at Dawn …..”
Lisa turns to sci-fi, “The funniest book I’ve ever read is Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor (Rob Grant and Doug Naylor). Unless you have some other suggestions that we’d love to hear about? magicquill17 February 5, 2017

Any Percy Jackson fans over here? noelleg44 January 30, 2017

I don’t think I read any funny books when I was young – unless you count some of the Golden books! The Foxes have a wide selection of reading material which sets them off and here’s a sampling. My ‘go to’ books for a quick pick-me-up if I’m feeling a bit down – and which still elicit guffaws and snorts even though I know what’s coming next – are almost anything by P. G. I can also remember when I was very young reading Three Men In A Boat, which I’d won as a Sunday School Prize, while I was suffering from tonsillitis, and laughing until it hurt over the scene where they bribe an engine driver at Victoria Station to be the 10.20 to Kingston, (a situation which right now, with the state of Southern Railways, is way beyond satire).”
Moira admitted, “It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, but one book – or more precisely one scene in one book – which does it unfailingly is the cricket match in A. “you can always tell employees of the government by the total vacancy which occupies the space where most other people have faces.” “I mingle with my peers or with no one, and since I have no peers, I mingle with no one.”
There are a couple of adult elements in the book but they’re handled well and serve the purpose. His brother Laurence is also a fiendishly funny writer, when he stops being arty. Kate has a great memory, “When I ‘borrowed’ my brother’s Christmas copy of My Family and Other Animals (at age 12 or thereabouts), I was forcibly told to leave the room because reading it made me cry so loudly with laughter I was causing a family disturbance. There are so many inspired jokes and set pieces, but the scene that cracks me up every time, just by thinking of it, is Judith Starkadder’s charged confrontation with her libertine son Seth over a sympathetic snood of boiling porridge. I love the biting humour of Saki short stories to liven up a dark February. sewhitebooks February 3, 2017

Not one from Sir Terry Pratchett? I snort laugh my way through most of his works. I laughed half the time off when I was reading PJO and HOO

themusingidealist February 9, 2017

I second the recommendation of Terry Pratchett. Macdonell’s England, Their England … a Scotsman’s view of one of the most arcane games ever invented (with the possible exception of ‘Mornington Crescent’), and a perfect description of what it looks like to a completely clueless outsider. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams’ A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the latter of which contains one of my favourite ever exchanges:
Ford Prefect: ‘It’s unpleasantly like being drunk.’
Arthur Dent: ‘What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?’
Ford Prefect: ‘You ask a glass of water.’
There. I will never get bored of this book.”
Hilary said “Cold Comfort Farm made me cackle with laughter the first time I read it, and it still makes me laugh to this day. What Makes Us Laugh
In these cloudy days of winter and gloomy current events, sometimes we need not just lighter fare, but something that sends us over the top into glee. More recently, the very first book in Maddy Hunter’s tourist mystery series, Alpine For You, was unexpectedly comical with entertaining conversations between eccentric characters.”
So if you’re having a blue winter’s day, you might want to try one of our favorites. djemmand February 5, 2017

I too found myself laughing my head off when I had the fortune of stumbling onto A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A book with a great sense of humor is a keeper. Jackie February 9, 2017

Saki is one of my favorite short story writers, so I agree with you. cathysrealcountrygardencom February 9, 2017

This is a perfect selection. I hadn’t read anything before that which was scene after scene of hilarious dialogue and descriptions. I laughed again.”
Jackie agrees with Moira on P.G. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… What about Confederacy of Dunces? I’m surprised he’s not on here. Beth Goehring February 3, 2017

Lucky Jim is considered by many to be the funniest novel ever written (I’d argue Evelyn Waugh gives Amis a run for his money with The Loved One and William Boyd’s A Good Man in Africa is certainly a contender, too); I LOVE IT, and it always does the trick when I’m feeling rotten. It focuses on Dave Lister, the last remaining human being, and mixes sci-fi with wry social commentary and blisteringly funny gags.