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Need a Good Laugh?

We all need a good laugh now and again. Our librarians share their favorite comedy-themed books, movies, television series, and stand-up specials.

Books: I don’t read a lot of books that fall in the comedy genre. I think the last comedy I read was Matt Bellassai’s’ Everything is Awful. He has gained moderate internet fame from his BuzzFeed Whine About It series where he drinks lots of wine and then goes on various rants about things. David Sedaris has a ton of really funny essays. He has a number of books, including Holidays On Ice, which is hysterical and I can usually count on getting a laugh out of the Sarah’s Scribbles comic series.

TV & Movies: On the silver screen, I tend to veer toward cringe comedy, I can’t explain it, but it’s the stuff that’ll have me in tears. The Other Two (Comedy Central), Pen15 (Hulu), Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

Podcasts: Car Talk–Sadly, Tom passed away in 2014, but this is still a great show. Their laughter is infectious. Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!–When you can laugh at the weekly headlines you know you’ve got a good show.

Ryan

Adult Services Librarian

There are so many comedies that I love. I have a harder time finding comedy books, so I am curious to read other’s recommendations. In the past I have listened to many audiobook memoirs of comics like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Trevor Noah because I love their narration. It adds so much to the humor.

If you are a fan of Netflix’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, then an excellent comedy documentary on Hoopla is Misery Loves Comedy by Kevin Pollack. This film interviews so many comedic greats and asks some really tough questions about stand-up comedy as a career and the kind of person it takes to make it in the field. It is a fascinating insight into the minds of comedians.

Sia

Adult Services Librarian

My two favorite comedy movies are both by Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Wait, so is my third favorite: The Producers.

Woody Allen is obviously known as a filmmaker (also other, more problematic, things), but he was once a hilarious standup comic and his three books of funny stories, Side Effects, Getting Even, and Without Feathers, still make me laugh out loud.

Jim

Adult Services Librarian

My peoples! Ali Wong is entertaining and a bit…raunchy. Jimmy O’Yang’s overuse of “dude,” is annoying, but his insights of Asian life in his Good Deal special (Amazon Prime) are hilarious. Ronny Chieng’s worldly observations are spot-on in his Asian Comedian Destroys America! special (Netflix), especially of Amazon-users (everyone). The multi-talented Awkwafina’s Golden Globe-winning performance in The Farewell is also a worthwhile watch.

Claire

Public Services Librarian

Surprisingly, I did not spend much time looking for laughs over the pandemic. Although, clearly laughter is definitely the best medicine for stress and almost every depressing situation. However, I do have some funnies that I could share:

The book that is an old one but definitely one to visit is Sittin’ in the Front Pew: A Novel by Parry A. Brown. It was published in 2002 and is about the funny and crazy happenings after losing a loved one. Despite the subject matter, it’s not at all depressing, but instead, a true laugh-out-loud book.

I also like the new One Day At a Time on Netflix. It’s hilarious!

The last stand-up special that had me holding my breath trying not to wake my husband was the Trevor Noah stand-up special, Son of Patricia. It was incredibly funny and clean.

Sam

Youth Services Librarian

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