Books for People Who Love to LOL

The holidays are right around the corner, which means lots of gifts to buy for lots of people who all have different personalities, pastimes, and preferences. But one thing everyone on your list has in common? They love to laugh. And even if you’ve got a Grinch or two in your family, one of these comedic gems will surely cure them of the grumps.

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
From the moment she took the stage on Saturday Night Live as the hyperactive and bedazzled Kaitlin, the world knew Amy Poehler was a special addition to the world of comedy. She’s found great success as a humor writer, producer, comedian, actress, and voice artist, so fans will be thrilled that she’s adding another job title to her resume: author. Her debut book, Yes Pleaseis a smorgasbord of anecdotes, life advice, wisdom, and wit delivered like only Poehler can deliver it: with lots of laughs and no apologies.

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, by Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert has a knack—okay, a brilliant gift—for deconstructing American life, culture, and politics and reassembling them in the funniest and most matter-of-fact way possible. He holds up a mirror (a giant, funhouse one) to the United States and shows us what’s really going on. In America Again, Colbert opines on political campaign finance, environmental issues, Wall Street, China, and the Four Seasons spa, proving once again that America will never stop providing fodder for comedy, and Colbert will never cease to be merciless in his analysis.

Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone, by Bo Burnham
Bo Burnham made his way into the world of funny as a teenager, posting videos on YouTube—videos that ended up being viewed and loved by millions. Soon after, at the age of 18, he filmed two Comedy Central specials. Now he’s got a book—a bizarre anthology of funny poetry, writing, drawings, and all-around absurdity. Written in an intelligent, sensitive, and off-kilter style that reads like a warped, racy Shel Silverstein, Egghead is a truly fresh, one-of-a-kind book.

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, by The Oatmeal
You probably know your cat is onto you, but can you discern whether or not he wants you dead? Maybe you need to pick up a copy of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. Told with all the dry, gut-busting satire that is The Oatmeal’s trademark, this instructional volume offers up 136 pages of comics, guides, and even a pull-out poster. Included are plenty of classics like “Cat vs. Internet,” and new jewels such as “6 Ways to Tell If Your Cat Thinks Its a Mountain Lion” and “Proximity to a Tuna Sandwich.” Always outrageous, The Oatmeal doesn’t disappoint with this book. And remember: if your cat brings you a dead animal, it isn’t a gift. It’s a warning.

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone: A Cautionary Tale, by Ann Droyd
The New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight iPad has written another hysterical children’s book parody with If You Give a Mouse an iPhone, a witty take on the popular, one-thing-leads-to-another If You Give a Mouse A Cookie. Sure to please both parents and kids, this funny read illustrates the addictive nature of modern technology, and shows what happens when even the tiniest creature falls prey to a smartphone. A great gift for all ages of humans…and rodents.

Diary of a Mad Diva,by Joan Rivers
The world of comedy may have lost its greatest diva this year in Joan Rivers, but thank goodness she left us with this scorching swan song—a diary chronicling her highs and lows, ups and downs, and Mexican vacations. This must-read is like Joan herself: brutal, scathing, politically incorrect, and undeniably charming. As expected, no one escapes Joan’s mighty pen—celebrities, politicians, debutantes, and herself all end up under the bus—but readers will find themselves over the moon. The last act of a class act.

Food: A Love Story, by Jim Gaffigan
For years, Jim Gaffigan’s self-deprecating style and refreshingly honest take on life and parenting have wooed millions of fans. Now, he’s taking on his favorite subject: food. From bacon cheeseburgers and Cinnabon to coconut water and kale, Jim weighs in (pun intended) on nearly every type of culinary wonder in his lovable voice, which falls somewhere between schoolboy and philosopher. As Jim says: “Many fine dining establishments have a wine expert—a sommelier—to assist in wine selection, but if a restaurant really cares about food, they should have a ‘Fattelier.'” That is, a person hired just to ensure you order extra cheese with your chili cheese fries. This book makes a wonderful gift for all people who eat food.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling
A self-described “obedient child of immigrant professionals, timid chubster, and Ben Affleck impersonator,” Mindy Kaling may be best known for her work on The Office and The Mindy Project, but she is an also an exceptional writer. This book, which reads as part-memoir, part-anthology of neurotic essays, is one of the funniest comedic biographies out there—probably because it’s a little “out there.” It’s an especially hilarious audiobook, told only the way Mindy can tell (and not stop telling) a story.

I Knead My Mommy and Other Poems by Kittens, by Francesco Marciuliano
Francesco Marciuliano, writer of the comic strip Sally Forth and author of the hilarious I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats and I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs, has done it again with I Knead My Mommy and Other Poems by Kittens. This collection of itty bitty kitty verse is equal parts adorable and preposterous, including poems like: “People Food,” “Ode to a Lizard I Didn’t Know Is Also a Pet in This House,” and “Big Box.” Complete with precious photos, this selection is perfect for both cat lovers and people who didn’t know they were cat lovers.

The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observation from Grumpy Cat, by Grumpy Cat
You didn’t think we were done with cat books, did you? Because that would make us grumpier than, oh, Grumpy Cat, who’s back in the world of publishing with a “demotivational guide” that encourages us all to tap into our cantankerous side. Filled with droll photographs and illustrations that promise to uninspire, The Grumpy Guide to Life is a fresh alternative to feel-good publications and daily affirmations. No one broadcasts resentment and apathy quite like our favorite feline curmudgeon, so be sure to pick up a copy of this for the grouch in your life. It’ll make them happy to be unhappy.

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  1. mindy kaling or amy poehler? can’t decide which one to read.

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