I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny at All - Judd Apatow

I FOUND THIS FUNNY (McSweeney’s, $25) is an anthology of stories, skits, essays, poetry, and cartoons that manages to be laugh-out-loud hilarious, depressing, and enlightening all at the same time. Writer/director Judd Apatow, of Freaks and Geeks and Knocked Up fame, does a fantastic job as the editor of a collection that includes Raymond Carver, Conan O’Brien, David Sedaris, Flannery O’Connor, Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, and many more. Apatow doesn’t feel the need to stick to stories that are obviously funny. He also chooses writing that is strange or heartbreaking, non-fiction and fiction. The variety of this collection makes it a constantly surprising reading experience. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Apatow’s work, but also to anyone who likes well-told strories, sharp insight, and a good laugh. 

I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny at All By Judd Apatow (Editor) Cover Image
By Judd Apatow (Editor)
ISBN: 9781936365241
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Published: McSweeney's - November 29th, 2011

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great - Rick Meyerowitz

Irreverent?  Definitely.  Offensive?  Eh, maybe.  The satirical pages of the National Lampoon captured the lunacy and hypocrisy in American culture and politics in the 1970s and ’80s. DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great (Abrams, $40) is a coffee-table-book-sized celebration of many of the best and most memorable stories, comics, photo-essays, fake ads, and other miscellany that left us howling and nodding our heads when they were first published.  It’s all still funny... really funny.  Artist and writer Rick Meyerowitz has organized the contents by the Lampoon’s most legendary editors and regular contributors.  Co-founders Doug Kenney and Henry Beard are remembered here, along with writers like P.J. O’Rourke, Michael O’Donoghue, and Jeff Greenfield.  Classic cartoonists like Charles Rodrigues, Gahan Wilson, and Sam Gross (among others) are represented in their subversive and hilarious glory.

Simple Times - Amy Sedaris

Tired of the same old holiday crafts? Handprint turkeys, popsicle-stick God’s eyes, quaint silhouettes—that stuff is for preschoolers. Step up your DIY game with funny gal Amy Sedaris’s kooky craftiness. Sedaris’s colorful, tonguein- cheek nod to the current economic atmosphere is on full display in her many “crafts” created from found and salvaged materials such as tinfoil, hair, and rotting fruit. From the Crafty Candle Salad to the Crab-Claw Roach Clip to an entire chapter on “fornicrafting,” SIMPLE TIMES (Grand Central, $27.99) will cure your craft blues with hilarious and bizarre projects easily made from everyday household items.

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People By Amy Sedaris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446557047
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 1st, 2011