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Since this morning I have read not only The Pirates! An Adventure with Whaling, but The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists, which Patsington kindly bought in town on my request and bore home in triumph. And I want to read something equally funny. And, with the exception of The Compleet Molesworth (which as any fule kno is simply the funniest book ever written), I can think of nothing of equal funniness. Which means that, with the exception of the aforementioned and sadly recently read (by me) Molesworth, they are the funniest books in my house. It is all down hill from here.

So please, recommend me something funny. Here are some things (writers, books, TV programmes, films) I find not just funny but laugh-out-loud hilarious, just to help you pick. Bear in mind that I am absolutely appalling at coming up with things I like off the top of my head, so there are lots of other things that I find hilarious too. But these are enough for starters.....
Tim Moore; Black Books; Paul Feig; P. G. Wodehouse; Father Ted; Louise Rennison; The Day Today; Paul Merton on Just a Minute; The end of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, with the bears and the dog; Arthur Marshall; Monty Python and the Holy Grail (I'm not a huge Python fan, but I love this film, and the bit where Terry Jones, as King Bedivere, announces that they will use his finest scales to weigh the witch and the duck and then jumps off the platform makes me laugh for about five minutes. I don't even know why).; The Daily Show; Scrubs; Richmal Crompton; The Mighty Boosh; Hairspray; Peter Bagge, although he's pretty nasty (but the bit where Buddy's nephew is singing the theme from Beauty and the Beast while wearing a slip and a witch's hat makes me laugh just thinking about it).

Some stuff I don't find funny:
Terry Pratchett (with the exception of Good Omens, which I love); Jasper Fforde; Most people who are strongly influenced by Blackadder or Monty Python, even though I love both programmes.; Green Wing

Help me, hilarious LJ!

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lsugaralmond
Jul. 20th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
I can't recommend Steven Fry's novels highly enough. Particularly 'The Liar', which actually made me snort loudly on a tube once.

Also, continuing the boys stories / school stories theme (from Molesworth and Richmal Crompton) have you read any of Anthony Buckeridge's 'Jennings and Darbishire' series? They're fantastic and very, very funny. The earlier ones, from the fifties, are the best ones though. The ones he wrote in the sixties and seventies go off the boil slightly.

Also, Bill Bryson, although he has to be enjoyed in small doses or you get fed up of him. But 'Notes from a Small Island' makes me crack up every time I read it, and it must have been six or seven times by now.

And I presume you have already read Janet Evanovich? If not get 'One For The Money' immediately.

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