The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to the Onion

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-13
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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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, 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 and Dave Barry and Veronica Geng, plus hilarious lesser known pieces from The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, National Lampoon, Salon, and The Onion. Who does "one of the funniest people in America" ( CBS Sunday Morning) read when he needs a laugh? Here's Andy Borowitz to tell you.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
A Presidential Candidatep. 3
The Lecture Tickets That Were Bought but Never Usedp. 6
The Ransom of Red Chiefp. 11
from Babbittp. 27
from Gentlemen Prefer Blondesp. 49
On Conversationp. 52
Imperial Purplep. 56
More Alarms at Nightp. 63
The Waltzp. 71c
Farewell, My Lovely Appetizerp. 78
Simple Prays a Prayerp. 88
The Night the Old Nostalgia Burned Downp. 94
Across the Street and into the Grillp. 102
The House of Mirthp. 107
from The Magic Christianp. 114
from How to Talk Dirty and Influence Peoplep. 119
The Secret Vicep. 131
The Counterfeit Secret Circle Member Gets the Message, or The Asp Strikes Againp. 140
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depravedp. 150
A Look at Organized Crimep. 177
The Tax Manp. 183
Letters to Einsteinp. 194
A Few Words about Breastsp. 201
Our White Heritagep. 214
Better Read Than Dead: A Revised Opinionp. 240
Your Action Linep. 246
In the Morning Postp. 253
Curb Carter Policy Discord Effort Threatp. 256
Vacation 's8p. 259
The Laws of Cartoon Motionp. 286
The Tip-Top Clubp. 289
Rolled in Rare Bohemian Onyx, Then Vulcanized by Handp. 308
Tough as Bob War and Other Stuffp. 313
Correctionsp. 319
Tips for Women: How to Have a Relationship with a Guyp. 323
Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosniap. 335
Shiftless Little Loafersp. 339
Gothic Baseballp. 343
If I Were in Charge of the Networksp. 351
Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Fatherp. 358
The Writer's Lifep. 364
from / A in't Scared of Youp. 369
Buddy, Can You Spare a Tie?p. 372
It's So Hardp. 386
What I'd Say to the Martiansp. 390
Your Three Wishes: FAQp. 394
Ask the Optimist!p. 397
Awakep. 414
The Pony Problemp. 420
If Not an Apology, at Least a "My Bad"p. 429
Contributorsp. 439
Sources and Acknowledgmentsp. 455
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