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Old 05-21-2016, 08:10 PM
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The speaker is Hunter Thompson. He's referring to his attorney who is boarding an airplane: "There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die."

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Old 05-22-2016, 12:59 PM
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hi CDason.

There have been so many stories which caused me to laugh and some of them weren't written for laughs. Or, I should say, were written because they choose to laugh instead of cry.

When I feel down in the dumps I always go to You Tube and the many George Carlin Standups there.

When I read your post I immediately thought of "I Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me" by Richard Farina.

Most of Thompson's stuff works for me. Terry Southern's take on making a high budget dirty movie always leaves me feeling better. I'm not sure, but I think it's titled "Blue Movie."

Ah, hell. There are so many that I can't take the time to recall them.

These days I go out of my way to listen to Donald Duck and I laugh my ass off. Not because he's funny. I laugh at the current state of consciousensness of his followers. At first I wanted to cry, but then i got in touch with my perverse humor and now I have fun listening to him. It boggles my mind that so many cannot recognize a huckster selling snake oil.

If you want to suggest writer's laughing instead of crying I'd love to hear your suggestions.


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Alot of hunter's work generally has me laughing. Fear and loathing, obviously, but alot of his campaign trail stuff was pretty hilarious. Catch-22 is always a book that comes to mind when I think of the funniest pieces of literature I've ever read.
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It would be interesting to extend your question, if you got enough answers, by categorizing the responses according to nationality. For example, American and British humor/humour are often quite different. Then there are the authors who can straddle both: Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett were two examples. Then there are books that are extraordinarily funny which however fewer people will name because they are associated with the classics, and the classics are supposed to be dull. Don Quixote is one example.
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I think it will come as a surprise to you. But one of the funniest stories I read were some of Sherlock Holmes. The author we all know is Sir AC Doyle. Sherlock Holmes was written way back in 1890s. The writing style and the personality of the character itself make the stories dark and serious. But if you have a keen eye for wit you can spot when Mr Holmes is joking and making fun of the other characters. I laughed so much.
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Anything by Tim Dorsey. The guy is a mad man.

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But any of them are full of enough humor to make you laugh out loud more than once.
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All quiet on The Western Front.

Quite graphic imagery depicted in this novel, I must say.

The cafeteria scene near the beginning of the novel; one of the characters was wanting to get a second helping, something related to food. Made me laugh.
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