Books have a lot going for them. They make you look smart when you read them, people leave you alone if you’re reading one in public, they’re cheaper and they’re just a whole bunch of tweets strung together. Books are very important to comedy and they’ve been the one medium that takes comedy as importantly as they should be taken, in terms of its history, execution, theory, and practice. Here is the list of best comic books that will give you a moment of laughter and levity.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (2000)
Eggers is a fairly important individual in humor and letters with founding McSweeney’s and becoming a successful novelist. His first book was this hilarious sort-of memoir or rather an autobiographical novel. After detailing life as a young gadabout forced to grow up fast when a tragedy leads to him raising his brother, it gets back into the funny, massaged adventures of the go-for-broke Eggers, such as how he runs the much-missed magazine Might and unsuccessfully auditions for The Real World.
Is It Just Me by Mirand Hart
A self-proclaimed klutz, Hart takes her readers on a tour of all the ways she’s heaped humiliation upon herself over the years. But instead of coming across as someone to be pitied, her readers feel seen and heard and maybe slightly less awkward.
How Not To Be A Boy: Rules for being a man by Robert Webb
A hilarious treatise on what society expects from men and what those men grapple with as they become fathers and husbands themselves. Webb gives a hilarious and painful recount of what he’s learned along the way.
The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur
The tale of the unassuming Gopal Kumar, who goes to the United States for his college education, is relatable to any Indian who’s been abroad that many of the tropes from the novel have gone on to become mainstays in our portrayals of college life abroad. From race to religion and modernity to sex, we see the baffling world around Gopal through his eyes.
My life As A goddess by Guy Branum
Branum is a wonderful combination of brain and humor. He educates his readers on world events while employing his excellent comedic timing. Also, he sincerely spoke about his difficult relationship with his father and his complicated love of his mother.
Stay hungry by Sebastian Maniscalco
In this collection of essays, stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco shares with us his days breaking into the business and his rise to fame. The reader learns how his ambition saw him through his journey in a cynical business.
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
A father of five, Gaffigan fully understands the absurdity in his home life. And then he’s good enough to share those tales with us. His patented self-deprecating humor comes through loud and clear in this book.