The 50 Funniest American Writers: According to Andy Borowitz

The 50 Funniest American Writers: According to Andy Borowitz

by Andy Borowitz (Editor)


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Ever wondered who makes a very funny person laugh? Wonder no more. Brought together in this Library of America collection are America’s fifty funniest writers—according to acclaimed writer and comedian Andy Borowitz. Reaching back to Mark Twain and forward to contemporary masters such as David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, Roy Blount Jr., Ian Frazier, Bernie Mac, Wanda Sykes, and George Saunders, The 50 Funniest American Writers* is an exclusive Who’s Who of the very best American comic writing. Here are Thurber and Perelman, Lenny Bruce and Bruce Jay Friedman, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, and Veronica Geng, plus hilarious lesser-known pieces from The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, National Lampoon, and The Onion. Who does “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS Sunday Morning) read when he needs a laugh?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598531077
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 10/13/2011
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 542,475
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andy Borowitz is a writer and a comedian whose work appears in The New Yorker and at his satirical website,, which has millions of readers around the world. The author of six books, he is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club's humor award and a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (The Wall Street Journal), and "America's satire king" (The Daily Beast).

Contributions by:

Mark Twain, George Ade, O. Henry Sinclair Lewis, Anita Loos, Ring Lardner, H. L. Mencken, James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, Langston Hughes, Frank Sullivan, E. B. White, Peter De Vries, Terry Southern, Lenny Bruce, Tom Wolfe, Jean Shepherd, Hunter S. Thompson, Woody Allen, Bruce Jay Friedman, Philip Roth, Nora Ephron, Henry Beard, Michael O’Donoghue, George W. S. Trow, Fran Lebowitz, Charles Portis, Donald Barthelme, Veronica Geng, John Hughes, Mark O’Donnell, Garrison Keillor, Bruce McCall, Molly Ivins, Calvin Trillin, Dave Barry, The Onion, Susan Orlean, Roy Blount Jr., George Carlin, Ian Frazier, David Rakoff, Bernie Mac, David Sedaris, Wanda Sykes, Jack Handey, David Owen, George Saunders, Jenny Allen, Sloane Crosley, Larry Wilmore

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The 50 Funniest American Writers: According to Andy Borowitz 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Humorlit More than 1 year ago
From the Humor Lit Books Blog The Library of America - best known for its collections of American authors from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Philip Roth - set for itself a seemingly impossible task: anthologizing the fifty funniest masters of American humor writing. To that end, they joined forces with the acclaimed comedian and writer Andy Borowitz, who rocketed to fame through his wildly popular satirical website, The Borowitz Report. Instead of it customary somber black cover, the Library of America packaged its humor anthology in bright orange, perhaps sending a signal that it was trying something new. Against all odds, the finished product is a surprisingly satisfying and consistently funny collection that might be the best American humor anthology on the market. Editor Borowitz's eclectic (and some would say eccentric) taste includes the usual suspects - James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, S.J. Perelman - but it also encompasses standup comedians (Lenny Bruce, Bernie Mac, George Carlin), forgotten masters (Terry Southern, Peter DeVries, Frank Sullivan) and people not usually thought of as funny but who turn out to be (Langston Hughes, Sinclair Lewis). There are little-known humor pieces by Philip Roth and Charles Portis and a rarely seen National Lampoon story by a young John Hughes, "Vacation '57," that became the basis for the successful movie franchise that kick-started Hughes' career. Rounding out the collection are stellar pieces by such contemporary wits as George Saunders, David Rakoff, Ian Frazier and The Onion. In addition to the fifty pieces, the biographical endnotes are uniformly excellent, and Borowitz's introduction is a hilarious gem in its own right. Sticklers may quibble about the absence of some writers; an anthology that only includes fifty writers is bound to have some omissions. But this compact, unpretentious volume makes no claims to be all encompassing. What it does do, and does so brilliantly, is entertain. All in all, this is an exceptional effort, and an indispensable book for anyone who likes to laugh. Grade: A.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Andy Borowitz's writing on "The Borowitz Report" and elsewhere, so I figured I'd "get" what he found funny. But I just didn't get most of the pieces in this anthology. Maybe it's because most of them are satire rather than what I'd consider "straight up" humor.
preetalina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The only reason I picked up this book was because Andy Borowitz compiled the stories. Overall, I was mixed on the stories - some were funny, the others were not my cup of tea. I ended up skipping a couple stories or I would never have finished. it was a wide variety of humor as well. I wouldn't recommend this for most people, unless you are really into comedy.I give it 2.5 stars.
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Samples of literature from the funniest American authors of all time, including Mark Twain, O. Henry, E.B. White, Bernie Mac, etc. I would have to agree, many of the entries are very funny, somewhat irreverent, satirical tales. The tale "What I'd Say to the Martians" by Jack Handey is a total laugh out loud story. Very enjoyable!
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Historical overview of american humor from some of our wittiest writers
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