In no order. Mostly novels, but a few nonfiction ones thrown in there. My only rule is that it cannot be a "humor" book. It has to be funny just because it is, not necessarily as a goal. No DUNCES.
  1. LUCKY JIM by Kingsley Amis.
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    Canonized for a reason.
  2. NORWOOD by Charles Portis.
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    Could have just as easily gone with his MASTERS OF ATLANTIS. I came to him through TRUE GRIT, which is incredible, but nothing like his others. NORWOOD is his first, and shortest, and possibly funniest, though MASTERS is wackier. He's brilliant.
  3. THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN by Terry Southern.
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    A nasty, mean-spirited little book that I reread a lot because it's so funny to me.
  4. A FAN'S NOTES by Fredrick Exley.
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    A sad book about rampant alcoholism and football fandom with some of the best dark writing I know of. I don't care at all about football and I loved this book. Tons of hilarious lines and beautifully self-aware writing.
  5. FLASHMAN by George MacDonald Fraser.
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    A book I wouldn't think I would like, but it's amazingly well written and super funny.
  6. THE GINGER MAN BY JP Donleavy.
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  7. SMALL WORLD by David Lodge.
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    The whole Campus Trilogy is so great.
  8. CODE OF THE WOOSTERS by Wodehouse.
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    Could have just as easily been JEEVES. Anyone interested in comic fiction has to read at least a little Wodehouse. It's in the official rules!
  9. MORDECAI TRILOGY by Kyril Bonfiglioli.
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    Don't let that Depp movie besmirch these novels. They are amazingly good.
  10. SOMETHING HAPPENED by Joseph Heller.
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    A dark, hilarious and troublingly (for me) relatable book in the voice of a guy slogging through his life and trying to be happy. The best workplace novel I have ever read with the best workplace observation first line: "I get the willies when I see closed doors."
  11. MY UNCLE OSWALD by Roald Dahl.
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    Haven't read it in years but it's soo good from what I remember.
  12. THE TIME MACHINE DID IT by John Swartzwelder.
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    Hit and miss, but when it hits, whoa boy.
  13. THE SOT-WEED FACTOR by John Barth.
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    Not the easiest read, but once you get going it's so good and vulgar. The Pocohantas/John Smith story told in this book is hilarious. Smith's journals are hilarious. The story of the eggplant is hilarious.
  14. THE EARL OF LOUISIANA by AJ Liebling.
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    Not a novel but some of the funniest and best writing I've ever read by one of the greatest New Yorker writers to ever walk the earthen absolute must-read.
  15. MY LIFE AND LOVES by Frank Harris.
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    Little-known, AMAZING, and filthy as hell.
  16. VILE BODIES by Evelyn Waugh.
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    To me, this is the best and funniest Waugh. Though HANDFUL OF DUST is right up there.
  17. BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS by Vonnegut.
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    To me, his funniest, though not his best overall.