The 50 Funniest American Writers* by Andy Borowitz
An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion

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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, Nora Ephron, 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, Dave Barry, and Veronica Geng, plus hilarious lesser-known pieces from The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, National Lampoon, and The Onion. Who does “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS Sunday Morning) read when he needs a laugh?

About Andy Borowitz

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Andy Borowitz is a comedian and satirist whose work appears in The New Yorker and at his award-winning website, He was the first-ever winner of the National Press Club’s award for humor.
Published October 13, 2011 by Library of America. 470 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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If you’re listing books of lists, it is the best book of lists on my list of books about lists.

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Seattle PI

First of all Borowitz thinks they're funny, and second of all these are a collection of pieces by the "funniest" writers, not a collection of funny pieces (despite what the unwary reader might expect).

Nov 06 2011 | Read Full Review of The 50 Funniest American Writ...

The New Yorker

The protest’s organizer acknowledged that people were still planning to petition the Electoral College, but added, “This idea has a much better shot at success.”

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