Humour Essays Books

Taking Off

A few years after graduating college, Ty was fed up with "working" and "acting responsibly like every other adult is expected to," and chose instead to quit his job and backpack across Europe and Asia. Taking Off is the mostly true memoir of his trip.

Yes, this may come as a shock, but a twenty-something wrote about his experiences travelling. Kind of like when Ashley from HR sent you the link to her vacation blog. The differences being that this book is longer, has less pictures of Ashley in a bikini, and gives you no real obligation to read it since you'll never bump into Ty in the break room where he'll ask you how you liked it. But regardless of obligation, you can still appreciate this book, as it consists of several humorous, interesting, and worthwhile anecdotes that are way more interesting than anything that self-absorbed narcissist Ashley could ever write.

This book is completely, 100% free. So if you're interested, give it a read. If you like it, tell a friend about how good it was. If you don't like it, lie to an enemy about how good it was. Either way, make sure to flaunt the book's completion to someone. You're literate for God's sake, and the contemptible people with whom you surround yourself need to be made aware of your superiority.

Life Lessons, By Year

The saying "You're only young once" isn't really applicable to our generation. The time capsule that is Thought Catalog lets readers live it and relive it again. Many of our writers have gotten into a habit of composing year-in-review lists on the eve of their birthdays. Here, we've combined essays from writers 18-31 years of age. While desires and reactions might change from year to year, you'll notice that at every age, we all want the same thing: to waste less time worrying and more time doing.

Strange Thoughts, Random Mutterings

Why is work better than sex?

Do Bond villains lack ambition?

Are you an alien terrorist?

Is the world getting better or worse?

What is the best undead creature to actually be?

How can you reliably predict the future?

How do wasps get into the house?

How can you live to be 100?

Do we possess free will?

What are brains for?

If you enjoy asking unusual questions and getting unexpected answers, this book is for you.

In a collection of his 100 best blog articles, the writer Jackson Radcliffe spans a diverse range of topics, from comedy to spirituality, and from tax forms to philosophy & science.

Short and witty, Radcliffe captures an entertaining and stimulating vision of the world in friendly, bite-sized chunks.

The blog articles are divided into 19 sections:

Life (life, death and all the funny bits in between, what is comedy? why do we laugh? happiness, aliens, bin laden, success and failure, why I love Americans)

The internet (computers, photos of cats, videos of people falling over, privacy, twitter, facebook and social media, stupidity and the internet, Google)

Blogging (what is a blog? the modern diary, stats addiction, more twitter, how to get more blog followers, humour and comedy)

An uncertain world (uncertainty, problems, solutions, life is a mystery, why we should fear aliens)

Technology (from smart phones to the technological singularity, life in a virtual world, the myth of finite resources, inventing the future, why technology means freedom)

Books and movies (book reviews, vampires, James Bond villains, Darth Vader and Star Wars, movies for fathers and sons to watch together)

Health and fitness (old age, secrets of longevity, how to live to a hundred, food for longevity, Ikaria, Okinawa, Andorra)

Christmas (Santa Claus, New Years resolutions)

Self-pity (chronic fatigue syndrome, CFS)

Politics (Democracy, liberals, conservatives, fascism, communism, does free speech matter, ideas and ideals)

Science (maths jokes, the fallacy of reductionism, does free will exist? scientific theories, opinions, facts, evolution)

Creativity (creativity in science and technology, wealth creation, knowledge, smash the glass ceiling)

Philosophy and stuff (the problem of evil, seeking the truth, a sense of wonder, questions and answers, changing your mind, opposing beliefs, the trap of ideas, do ideas deserve respect?)

Atheism (religion, belief systems, agnostics, the book of dawkins, evolution is only a theory, nihilism, the purpose of the universe, the meaning of life)

Money (economics, why is Andorra rich? tax, wealth creation)

Spirituality (searching for spirituality, religion and spirituality, conspiracy theories, the sacred and profane, communion with god, esoteric, yoga, pattern recognition, the quest for meaning, organized religions)

Words and language (swearing, originality, language malfunction, the importance of questions, sincere greetings, the purpose of brains and intelligence, words that should exist but don't)

Talking to myself (narcissism, blogging)

Writing (i am an author, self-publishing, free books, how to self-publish, how to blog, how to write)

From the Bottom Drawer of: Alan Zweibel: The Prize, The Ride Home, Sexting with Alan Dershowitz

Alan Zweibel dusts off some hilarious material written years ago that stand the test of time. An original Saturday Night Live writer, award winning author and playwright, Zweibel releases three never before published short stories: "The Prize", "The Ride Home", and "Sexting with Alan Dershowitz" pulled from Alan's Bottom Drawer delivered directly to your eReader. You'll be laughing within seconds...Okay, minutes...Okay, the next day. But that's still good, right?

"One of the best comedy writers around, Alan Zweibel is my bounce guy. We've been friends for so long we have our own comedic shorthand. We totally get each other's sense of humor."

- Larry David

"He's wonderfully funny and very smart and he's a big guy, but very sensitive."

- Billy Crystal

"Alan Zweibel is the funniest writer in the world."

- Dave Barry

"Read Alan Zweibel and you'll be reminded of the likes of Robert Benchley and S.J. Perelman. You can't help but be moved by his warmth and insight even as you laugh your ass off."

- David Steinberg


An original Saturday Night Live writer who the New York Times said has "earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture," Alan Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild, and TV Critics awards for his work in television which also includes "It's Garry Shandling's Show", "Monk", PBS's "Great Performances", and "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

A frequent guest on talk shows such as "The Late Show with David Letterman", Alan's many theatrical contributions include the Tony Award winning play "700 Sundays" which he collaborated on with Billy Crystal, Martin Short's Broadway hit "Fame Becomes Me", and the off-Broadway play "Bunny Bunny - Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy" which he adapted from his best-selling book.

Alan has written the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel "The Other Shulman", the popular children's book "Our Tree Named Steve", and a collection of short stories and essays titled "Clothing Optional". His humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post, and MAD Magazine.

The co-writer of the screenplays for the films "Dragnet", "North", and "The Story of Us", Alan recently received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and in 2010 the Writers Guild, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan is currently working with Billy Crystal on the feature film version of "700 Sundays" to be directed by Barry Levinson, executive producing a documentary mini-series for Showtime with Steve Carell and David Steinberg and writing a novel titled "Lunatics" with Dave Barry which Putnam is publishing in January. And on the TV screen he will be appearing as a new character in the upcoming season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and in a short film for "Funny or Die".

But the production that Alan is most proud of is the family he's co-produced with his wife Robin, their children Lindsay, Sari, and Adam, Adam's wife Cori, and grandchildren Zachary and Alexis.

The Future and Why We Should Avoid It: Killer Robots, the Apocalypse and Other Topics of Mild Concern

The future holds many unknowns: advances in medical technology, increased airport security and critical new inventions like sentient, polygraph-enabled, wireless toasters. Luckily, Maclean's columnist Scott Feschuk has written a survival guide -- part how-to manual, part product guide, part apocalypse analysis and part sardonic observation -- to help us navigate these troubled times. Or at least make us laugh while we try. The Future and Why We Should Avoid It envisions the daunting, depressing era we have to look forward to with the best of Feschuk's musings on aging, death, technology, inventions, health and leisure. Combining quizzes, voiceovers and speeches, and employing snark, innuendo, toilet humor and shameless mockery -- because how else do you cope with the fact that one day you will die? -- Feschuk contemplates the fate of humanity and the planet in the upcoming years, poking fun, provoking thought and dredging up silver linings in even the darkest forecasts.