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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? Here’s Andy Borowitz to tell you. 

First published in hardcover in October 2011, The 50 Funniest American Writers* became the #1 humor book in the country and a New York Times bestseller in its first week of release. In this e-book edition, an excerpt from Bored of the Rings by Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard replaces Woody Allen's "A Look at Organized Crime," which appears in the hardcover edition.

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