“Laughter is the best medicine.”
Whether someone is having a bad day or dealing with chronic illness or other high-stress situations, a dose of comedy can eliminate some of the emotional pressure. The funniest audiobooks are like medicine for the soul.
For readers who are looking for the funniest audiobooks from 2019 and beyond, read on to discover some amazing, hilarious titles.
Ready to LOL? Check Out the Top 12 Funniest Audiobooks (+ Honorable Mentions)
When it comes to funny fiction audiobooks, there’s an abundance. It seems like there’s even more, non-fiction comedy books, those that recount funny experiences or are written by professional comedians.
What do fellow readers find funny? Some of the funniest audiobooks (fiction and nonfiction) on Reddit include:
What do the critics have to say? A lot, as usual. Here are some of the funniest audiobooks of all time.
1. Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt’s memoir Silver Screen Fiend is about coming of age in Hollywood in the 90s and his film addiction.
2. Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me by Ben Karlin
No one likes being dumped, but like most painful experiences in life, it can make for some funny storytelling. As one reviewer said of Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me, “It’s funny because it’s true.”
3. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan, who was recently nominated for a Grammy, published Dad Is Fat in 2013. In it, he recounts what it’s like being a dad to five children. It’s one of the funniest audiobooks, which he’s dubbed a cry for help from parents who are outnumbered by the children in their home.
4. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Martin is one of the funniest, most accomplished humans on the planet. He can act, do stand up, write, and play the banjo. In Born Standing Up, Martin explains why he got into stand-up comedy and why he left it. He also talks about his time writing for the Smothers Brothers in the 60s and SNL in the 70s.
5. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish is unabashedly funny and edgy. In The Last Black Unicorn, she writes about surviving South Central Los Angeles as a young girl by making people laugh. She can’t help being funny, and people who read this book will find themselves listening to one of the funniest audiobooks of the decade.
6. Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed by Laurie Kilmartin
Coping with grief is something everyone has to deal with, and it’s one of the hardest periods of life to work through. At times, laughing is needed to get through the hardest days. Dead People Suck is a book about loss and grief, and how to go through the process without feeling like people are losing their minds.
7. Based on a True Story by Norm MacDonald
Norm MacDonald’s Based on a True Story is part memoir, part fiction. He writes it as if he’s a ghostwriter writing about the life, struggles, and successes of a comedian. Not only is the life story interesting and hilarious, MacDonald ups the ante by writing from the perspective of a ghostwriter who is teetering on the edge of insanity.
8. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
When it comes to the funniest audiobooks on Reddit, David Sedaris comes up frequently. Me Talk Pretty One Day is a fan favorite. It’s a collection of essays written about his attempt to learn French while living in Paris.
9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
For readings looking for funny audiobooks for road trips, this novel is sure to please. It’s the story of Bernadette, the matriarch of a family who is notorious, fearless, and revolutionary. One day, she goes missing. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a hilarious, heart-touching dramedy about family dysfunction, particularly mother-daughter relationships.
10. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey is one of the most successful women in comedy. Her memoir is insightful and hilarious. It covers just about everything in her life – from singleness to marriage to motherhood and all her work in between. She tells her story with humility, heart, and hilarity. No wonder it stayed on top of The New York Times Bestseller List for five weeks.
11. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime is also a critical favorite. As is typical of Noah, his story is one that will leave readers laughing, thinking, and maybe even crying. Trevor Noah is the full package.
12. I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
One of the best comedy audiobooks of 2019 was I Can’t Make This Up. And yet, Hart manages to tell a poignant story of overcoming adversity and rising to the top. It’s one of the best funny audiobooks for men, especially young men who are facing obstacles. Hart’s story will inspire them.
It’s easy to go on all day about the funniest audiobooks – if only there was enough time! Here are some honorable mentions for readers who just can’t get their fill of funny tales.
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- I Am America and So Can You! by Stephen Colbert
- Gumption by Nick Offerman
- Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
- The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman
- Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch
Life Feeling a Bit Dull? Add Some Sunshine with Comedy Audiobooks
Everyone needs a good belly laugh. In fact, research has shown that laughing can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depressive thoughts, boost immune health, reduce stress and pain, and burn calories.
It’s clear to see that people need to laugh more often – it can’t hurt, right? Especially when calorie burning is involved!
For those interested in improving their health, listening to the funniest audiobooks is a must. Readers should take this as a prescription from their wellness practitioner – go read the best comedy audiobooks of 2019 and beyond.
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