On August 16, comedian and actress Amy Schumer—known for her tell-all style of stand-up and brilliantly brash TV show, Inside Amy Schumer—will be serving up more laughs (and gasps!) with her hotly anticipated new memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.
Its release date is nigh, and to gear up for the big day, we thought we’d get in the funny-girl mood with a few laugh-a-minute reads by other comedy queens—most of whom also have made us laugh out loud with their appearances on the small screen. Below, a roundup of six books that are guaranteed to have you rolling.
Diary of a Mad Diva, by Joan Rivers
Amy Schumer LOVES her some Joan. But then, who doesn’t? Get primed for the debut book from this generation’s gutsy gal by brushing up on a classic from one of the originals. Diary of a Mad Diva is exactly that—a journal (given to Joan by daughter Melissa) loaded with hysterical, no-holds-barred rants and acid-tongued tirades. Rivers spares no one in its pages: celebrities, political figures, family, even herself are all victims of her unique comedic criticism and searing wit. Outrageously politically incorrect, Rivers’ diary touches on everything from slavery and Miley Cyrus to the Holocaust and anorexia. If you’re in the mood for impolite and unapologetic, look no further than Rivers’ personal chronicle.
Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler has delighted fans on television (SNL, Upright Citizens Brigade, Parks and Recreation), onscreen (Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, They Came Together), and onstage, alongside best pal Tina Fey at the Golden Globes. But Poehler is also on top of her game as a writer. Yes, Please is an equal parts delightful and devious autobiography that slays readers, both with its excellent writing and top-notch hilarity. Presented in an interesting mashup format of essays, poetry, lists, photography, and unsolicited advice, Yes, Please will—yes—please.
How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran—British journalist, columnist, and world-renowned funny feminist—kills in this compendium of her spot-on observations of the modern woman and honest insights into her own life as a writer, wife, woman, and mother. Though women have seemingly come a long way (“…witches haven’t been burned since 1727, right?”), in How to be a Woman Moran admits there’s still much ground to cover, and she shows where and how through witty insights on everything from cellulite and celebrities to strip clubs. This is a read both insightful and insanely funny, perfect for any lover of Schumer-Brand feminism.
Bossypants, by Tina Fey
No list of funny female authors is complete without the inimitable Tina Fey. Yes, Bossypants makes it onto lots of must-read lists, but there’s a reason why. This self-deprecating memoir produces uproarious laughter, which is something to keep in mind if you’re on a crowded train or in a quiet waiting room. In Bossypants, Fey details her lukewarm college love life, her early years of improv and working at the Y, her admission into the SNL ranks, and her disastrous honeymoon. She also dishes plenty on the battle of the sexes, her unorthodox style of parenting, and best friends (see: Amy Poehler). An absolute requisite for your shelf of comedy she-roes.
Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham, creator of HBO’s Girls among other jaw-dropping works of genius, tells it like it is in her personal account, Not That Kind of Girl. A collection of precocious essays about the tribulations of growing up girl, Dunham gifts readers with the nitty-gritty on her awkward sex life, the discriminating patriarchy of Hollywood, and her obsession with death. At times poignant, at others grim, but always, somehow, very, very funny, Not That Kind of Girl is a comedic coming-of-age exposé.
Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling
Known best for The Mindy Project, her role on The Office, and her first memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling is back and better than ever with Why Not Me? An assemblage of witty writings that cover (among other things) her “weird” relationship with BJ Novak, Hollywood sex scenes, hair extensions, and meeting Bradley Cooper and Obama, Why Not Me? is perhaps most notable for its comedic yet incredibly sage advice regarding being young, having confidence, and what women deserve.