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Ersteintrag: 07.06.2008 21:18:07 GMT+02:00
Marion meint:
I´ve read and listened to Garrison Keylor, Dave Barry etc.
It´s the funny way to improve my English.
I´m looking for new authors.
I´m looking foreward to hearing about new literature of this genre.


Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 08.06.2008 14:16:57 GMT+02:00
I can recommend "British Humour". This collection of "extracts from comedy shows on radio and television, monologues, situation comedy, sketches, poems, operetta, musicals, novels and Shakespeare's plays" offers a broad variety. "Form and style vary from nonsense rhymes to satire, light-hearted amusement to scathing wit".
It contains texts by the following authors: Miles Kington, Monty Python, Noël Coward, Gerard Hoffnung, George Mikes, John Cleese, Samuel Butler, Not! The Nine O'Clock News, Peter Sellers, Rowan Atkinson, Gilbert & Sullivan, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, The BBC's "Just a Minute" Team, Flanders & Swann, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, P. G. Wodehouse, Douglas Adams, Alan Bennett, Peter Ustinov and Julian Barnes; there are cartoons by Norman Thelwell, Tom Johnston, Pont and JAK.
It's only 7.95.
And yes, my recommendation is biased. I am one of the editors.
You can find it here on

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 09.06.2008 10:52:06 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 09.06.2008 10:58:09 GMT+02:00
Tedesca meint:
Hi Marion,

I can recommend the following books - all very amusing and great fun to read:

"The Roaches Have no King" by Daniel Evan Weiss
Comic fiction about a colony of roaches who rebel against the clean makeover that the kitchen they inhabit gets when a woman moves in.

"Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions " by Daniel Wallace
Small glimpses of the soul of another through the lattice of tall stories make up this charming first novel, which chronicles the seemingly charm-free topic of a son's wrestling with his father's dying. William Bloom's father, Edward, wasn't home much, but he made a life and a lot of money. In the long time his father takes to die, William tries desperately to find the man his father was inside the local legends that grew up around him. Most of the very brief chapters quickly launch themselves into myth and tall tale: Edward trying to leave Ashland, where he was born, and being caught in an almost-Ashland where broken dreams and broken fingers reside. Wallace notes that he wrote this novel in short spurts while caring for his small son and working in his own business, and oddly enough, the fantastical roots of everyday are visible here, as William searches for answers to such questions as, How do we reach the heart of another person?

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and all other books by Douglas Adams.

"High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby
This hilarious novel is obsessed with music; Hornby's narrator is an early thirtysomething bloke who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way--on vinyl--and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically to adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music.

"The Queen and I" by Sue Townsend
A seminal comic masterpiece of our time, now published for the first time in Penguin. The Monarchy Has Been Dismantled; When a Republican party wins the General Election, their first act in power is to strip the royal family of their assets and titles and send them to live on a housing estate in the Midlands. Exchanging Buckingham Palace for a two-bedroomed semi in Hell Close (as the locals dub it), caviar for boiled eggs, servants for a social worker named Trish, the Queen and her family learn what it means to be poor among the great unwashed. But is their breeding sufficient to allow them to rise above their changed circumstance or deep down are they really just like everyone else?

Kind regards,

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 17.06.2008 17:13:28 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 17.06.2008 18:48:25 GMT+02:00
Gerd Dürner meint:
I could recommend the "Under the Duvet" books by Marian Keyes.
Collections of articles she wrote, quite funny.
You should be able to read a couple pages from one of them on Amazon.
And due two the nature of the books it's something you can pick up and go through as leisurly as you like, one article at a time. :)

Also Kate Fox's "Watching the English"
Typical english behaviour analyzed with typical english tongue in cheek humour.

Ein anderer Weg englischen (in diesem Fall amerikanisch englishen) Humor kennen zu lernen und etwas über die Eigenheiten der englischen Sprache zu lernen ist das Buch "Smarte Sprüche USA" aus dem rororo Verlag.
Die Autoren analysieren darin bekannte und unbekannte Sprüche von T-Shirt's, Stoßstangen Aufklebern und aus dem TV-Programm.
Gleichermaßen erheiternd wie lehrreich.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 19.06.2008 14:05:46 GMT+02:00
U. Sauer meint:
Well, Marion, I'm quite fond of Bill Bryson. He's a very funny American author and most of his books
are about him travelling through various countries, so it's educating and entertaining all at once.
His biography was amazing aswell and definitely worth checking out.

Another great writer is Nick Hornby and I've just recently read a book by Stephen Clarke, which
is about Paul, who's from Britain and then moves to France. Quite funny, in my opinion.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 27.06.2008 21:12:43 GMT+02:00
TradMuse meint:
James Thurber: Anything he wrote - Fables for our Time is hilarious and very satirical. Also read his whimsical - short - autobiography "My Life and Hard Times!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 30.06.2008 10:10:12 GMT+02:00
Tedesca meint:
Hi Marion,

I'm just about to finish the 4th part of the Jasper Fforde series about Literature Agent Thursday Next, beginning with "The Eyre Affair"

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.


Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 01.07.2008 10:57:43 GMT+02:00
K.Möllemann meint:
Take a look at anything by David Sedaris: just don't read him on the train or anywhere else in public as you get some very odd looks from fellow passengers as you snort and chuckle.


Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 18.07.2008 12:38:17 GMT+02:00
Kerrie meint:
Have a look at Adrian Mole by Sue Towsend. It´s a series starting when Adrian Mole is 13 and 3/4 years old, but you don´t have to go back that far you could just read the most recent. With it being a diary, it´s great for learning all of those nasty irregular verbs but in an easy read.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 18.07.2008 13:17:34 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 18.07.2008 14:38:27 GMT+02:00
Tedesca meint:
Hi Marion,

I just finished "The Curiuos Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Marc Haddon, which is an easy, intelligent and touching read. The narrator is suffering from Asperger Syndrome, a milder form of autism, and thus he keeps his language very straight forward and simple. AND it is also a good laugh at times.

Kind regards,

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 24.07.2008 13:14:17 GMT+02:00
Julia meint:
I'd recommend everything written by either Stephen Fry (who is british) or David Sedaris (who is american). believe me, you won't regret it... Personally I slightly prefer Stephen Fry but both are DEFINITELY worth reading...

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 01.08.2008 01:43:14 GMT+02:00
Caroline W. meint:
I'm reading "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. It's an unbelievably funny book that won the Pulitzer Prize. It's about a man who is a genius, but completely dysfunctional, who lives with his mother. Hilarious!!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 01.08.2008 01:43:48 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 01.08.2008 01:50:38 GMT+02:00
Caroline W. meint:
Oh, and ANYTHING AT ALL by P.G. Wodehouse!! (an English author who wrote about upper class England in the 1920s).

Also, "To Say Nothing About the Dog" by Connie Willis. This is a futuristic time travel farce about a man and a woman from the 2040s who travel back to 1800s England to try and locate an object their boss wants to use to decorate a new building. VERY witty book!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 09.09.2008 20:40:32 GMT+02:00
Loonie meint:
my recommendation to anybody who enjoys the british humour is Terry Pratchett. He has created in his books a complete universe of fantasy characters. My personal favourites are the police watch of Ankh Morpork, the capital of the disc world. Also, I like the witches of Lancre very much. It is quite addictive, once you've started reading it. You will find a perfect satire of our contemporary world. Have a try.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 13.09.2008 19:57:58 GMT+02:00
N. Saddig meint:
I can only agree to this. Pratchett is indeed the most funny AND witty living author I know. Plus, reading his works has improved my vocabulary greatly.

Other authors I would recommend: Neil Gaiman ("Neverwhere", "American Gods") and Christopher Moore ("Lamb", A Dirty Job").

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 13.09.2008 23:48:05 GMT+02:00
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Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 15.09.2008 15:23:57 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 15.09.2008 15:38:10 GMT+02:00
S. Ehrnberg meint:
My favorite funny authors are all Floridians, crime authors with a twist, and sometimes political too. Here goes:
Janet Evanovich-- The Stephanie Plum novels, set in New Jersey
Carl Hiassen-- Eco-crime novels, set in Florida, they'll make you laugh, and think
Tim Dorsey-- the Serge A. Storms novels, you do bad to Florida nature, Serge will get to you, great laughs along the way
Elaine Veits-- the Dead-End-Job series, all set in Ft. Lauderdale, where everybody is -dying!- to see you
Jeff Lindsay-- Dexter!!! Coming soon to a TV in your living room! But the books about Dexter in Miami, terrifyingly delightful!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 19.10.2008 22:27:55 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 19.10.2008 22:30:57 GMT+02:00
Alan Bennett is very funny, especially 'The Uncommon Reader' in which the Queen (Elizabeth II) comes by accident across a mobile library at Buckingham Palace and gets addicted to book-reading. Someone's already mentioned Miles Kington. What about Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest'? Or 'The book of comic and curious verse'? 'Private Eye', 'Punch', and other magazines contain satirical humour, but sometimes the references (who are they writing about, and why) can be a bit difficult, like being among people who know each other better than you know them. Going a bit further back, 'Tristram Shandy' by Laurence Sterne and novels and plays by other 18th-century writers such as Tobias Smollett, Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Brinsley Sheridan merit attention, although again the language can be a bit difficult. (Entschuldigung, dass ich in Englisch schreibe; einfacher fuer mich, Uebungen fuer Deutschspraecher!)

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.10.2008 20:18:19 GMT+02:00
The Green One meint:
Oscar Wilde

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 23.10.2008 19:19:48 GMT+02:00
anything by Sandra Hill if you`re into the Romance genre (contemporary, historical or time travel). Always makes me laugh out loud and one of the best romance writers around. :-))

Veröffentlicht am 05.07.2011 20:40:36 GMT+02:00
You might like to try But Can You Drink The Water? The Publishers Weekly reviewer described it as 'droll, witty and utterly British."
A humorous portrayal of a naïve working-class family's attempts to fit in after emigrating from Liverpool to South Africa.

But Can You Drink The Water? (Droll, witty, and utterly British) (English Edition)

Also under humour you could try Something to Read on the Plane. A bit of Light Literature, short stories & other fun stuff.
Something to Read on the Plane (A Bit of Light Literature, Short Stories & Other Fun Stuff) (English Edition)

Veröffentlicht am 06.07.2011 01:38:11 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 06.07.2011 01:39:49 GMT+02:00
Most of my e-books contain a lot of comedy. Especially A Comedy Threesome of Erotic Stories, which is selling very well.A Comedy Threesome of Erotic Stories.

Veröffentlicht am 08.08.2011 10:56:11 GMT+02:00
Zuletzt vom Autor geändert am 08.08.2011 11:35:21 GMT+02:00
Philip Chen meint:
Do you enjoy cartoon humor?

The Dog Days of August are upon us; this year with a vengeance. So it is probably a good time to knock back and enjoy a cartoon or two.

If you like cartoons that take a wry look of life, similar to Gary Larson's "Far Side" or Berke Breathed's "Bloom County," I hope you will give my inaugural cartoon series a try. A very well-known cartoonist Rick Parker (MTV's Beavis and Butthead Comic Book) says the following:

"With this very clever and enjoyable book of cartoons, Renaissance Man, PHIL CHEN shows us that not only is there "Strangeness in the Universe" but if we would all just look at the world a little more the way that he does we might find the universe a much more funny place. There is no person, place or thing that is exempt from being turned into a cartoon by this very dangerous man with a pen in his hand and an idea in his head. I enjoyed this book very much. It would make a great gift for anyone who doesn't mind laughing at themselves and their place in this very strange world we all call home."

Many other reviewers compare this collection very favorably to Gary Larson's "Far Side."

So volcanoes may erupt, tsunamis will wash over the Earth, earthquakes will rumble, mountains may tumble, politicians may bicker, Greece might collapse, and UFOs may have been found - the lazy hazy days of summer will roll right on. It's time for a break. Treat yourself to:

There is Strangeness in the Universe | Print

5 four or five star reviews on Amazon US.

If you want something more serious, try my very realistic (and getting more real each day) science fiction thriller:

Falling Star | Print

44 four and five star reviews in Amazon US and UK.
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