Funniest Novels of All Time

The Funniest Novels of All Time (that I've read) - also file under best comic novels. To make it on this list the book has to be laugh out loud funny.  Don Delillo is a great "comic novelist" but I don't think anybody busted a gut reading The Body Artist. Same thing for Joyce who is also considered a comic novelist. I'm pretty sure there was nothing funny about Dubliners. I didn't make it far enough into Ulysses to find out. 


The Magic Christian - Terry Southern

Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

Et Tu Babe - Mark Leyner

Blue Movie - Terry Southern

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter Thompson

Candy - Terry Southern

The Houseguest - Thomas Berger

I'm the Bomb - Morgan Hobbs

Nowhere - Thomas Berger

Switch Bitch - Roald Dahl

Tokyo Woes - Bruce Jay Friedman

The Curse of Lono - Hunter Thompson

The Dick - Bruce Jay Friedman

The Rum Diary - Hunter Thompson

A Mother's Kisses - Bruce Jay Friedman

The Dick Gibson Show - Stanley Elkin

The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh

George Mills - Stanley Elkin

A Bad Man - Stanley Elkin

Gerald's Party - Robert Coover

Reinhart in Love - Thomas Berger

Killing Time - Thomas Berger

The Hawkline Monster - Richard Brautigan

Trout Fishing in America - Richard Brautigan

Panama - Tom McGuane

Ninety-Two in the Shade - Tom McGuane

The Fan Man - William Kotzwinkle

Snow White - Donald Barthelme

The Dead Father - Donald Barthelme

Paradise - Donald Barthelme

Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon

The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon

Nothing But Blue Skies - Tom McGuane

My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber

Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens

Pudd'n Head Wilson - Mark Twain

Middlemarch - George Eliot

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Journey to the End of the Night - Celine

Another Roadside Attraction - Tom Robbins

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues - Tom Robbins

Joseph Heller - Catch 22

Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut

Keep the Change - Tom McGuane

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

Harry the Rat with Women - Jules Feiffer

Tooth Imprints on a Corndog - Mark Leyner

The Teatherballs of Bougainville - Mark Leyner

The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Fiction - Neal Pollack

Never Mind the Pollacks - Neal Pollack

Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers

The Subject Steve - Sam Lipsyte

The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde

Good As Gold - Joseph Heller

American Psycho - Brett Easton Ellis

Bright Lights Big City - Jay McInerney

Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

Envy - Yuri Olesha

Lolita - Nabokov

Pale Fire - Nabokov

A Night of Serious Drinking - Renee Daumal

Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth

Post Office - Charles Bukowski

Women - Charles Bukowski

John's Wife - Robert Coover

Myra Breckenridge - Gore Vidal

Riotous Assembly - Tom Sharpe

Keep Mars Weird - Neal Pollack

The Self-Devoted Friend - Marvin Cohen





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