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Humour collections & anthologies

See below for a selection of the latest books from Humour collections & anthologies category. Presented with a red border are the Humour collections & anthologies books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Humour collections & anthologies books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

What It Means to Be a Teacher A Celebration of the Humor, Heart, and Hero in Every Classroom

What It Means to Be a Teacher A Celebration of the Humor, Heart, and Hero in Every Classroom

Author: Jenn Larson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Blending inspiration, motivation, and humor, longtime teacher Jennifer Larson draws on her years of experience and takes a loving and a lighthearted look at the challenges of working in a school-a perfect teacher appreciation gift for any educator. Teachers everywhere know the struggle is real-the overcrowded classrooms, bus duty in the rain, and staff meetings that definitely should have been an email. From the endless battle with the copier to constantly disappearing pencils, no one can deny that being a teacher is tough. But What It Means to Be a Teacher reminds you exactly why you do what you do. With a heaping helping of humor and heart, longtime teacher Jennifer Larson reflects on the challenges teachers face every day and adds a laugh-out-loud perspective that resonates with educators everywhere. Both amusing and affectionate, What It Means to Be a Teacher is a perfect thank you gift for those special people who dedicate their lives to inspiring and supporting others and captures why being a teacher is the best job in the world.

Broadly Speaking 100 Years of Wisecracks, Insights, Retorts & Wisdom from Women in Comedy

Broadly Speaking 100 Years of Wisecracks, Insights, Retorts & Wisdom from Women in Comedy

Author: Barbara Darko Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2020

Broadly Speaking offers diverse perspectives on comedy with quotes from the world's greatest female comics and entertainers. As varied as the comedians themselves, witty one-liners, intimate anecdotes, and honest accounts tell the story of dismantling the boys' club and redefining what a woman in comedy can look, act, and sound like. Covering one hundred years of women in comedy, Broadly Speaking showcases original legends Dorothy Parker and Moms Mabley, who share the page with current influential figures Tina Fey and Ilana Glazer, alongside the emerging generation of funny women, including Awkwafina and Patti Harrison. Chuckle, laugh, and muse over these insights into the internal and external challenges of becoming a comedian and the way the industry and game have changed.

The Art of the Political Putdown

The Art of the Political Putdown

Author: Chris Lamb, Will Moredock Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2020

The Art of the Political Putdown is a book of over 300 witty verbal jabs and ripostes from politicians around the world, all of whom share a common sharp tongue. Liberal or conservative, humor can be a powerful weapon in any politician's arsenal, and political journalists Chris Lamb and Will Moredock have seen their fair share of quips, witty remarks, and sarcastic pleasantries. In mining the past few thousand years of political history, they've unearthed a treasure trove of humorous exchanges, from ancient Rome to modern day, to compile this collection of hilarious comebacks and putdowns. * Features 11 brief essays analyzing the use of humor and wit in various political contexts * Even-handed, intelligent, and lighthearted political humor that gives readers from the Left and the Right something to laugh about * Contains 20 political cartoon-style illustrations The Art of the Political Putdown is filled with famous and lesser-known politicians at their sassiest, along with short essays and illustrations. This is a comprehensive, nonpartisan collection of witticisms, scathing burns, and mic-drop-worthy insults throughout history. * A rare political humor book with something for everyone, and a welcome reminder that politics can also be a source of laughter * Perfect as a gift for politics and history buffs and for anyone who appreciates smart humor and top-notch wit * Great for those who loved Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane by the Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete Souza, and The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill by James C. Humes

Department of Mind-Blowing Theories Science Cartoons

Department of Mind-Blowing Theories Science Cartoons

Author: Tom Gauld Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

'Tom Gauld is always funny, but he's funny in a way that makes you feel smarter. Which is especially useful when he's being funny about science' Neil Gaiman A dog philosopher questions what it really means to be a 'good boy'. A virtual assistant and a robot-cleaner elope. The undiscovered species and the theoretical particle face existential despair. Just as he did with writers, poets and literary classics in Baking with Kafka, Gauld now does with hapless scientists, nanobots, and puzzling theorems - with comic strips funny enough to engage science boffins and novices alike.

Burps A Field Guide

Burps A Field Guide

Author: Burl O'Roark Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2020

Following the bestselling Farts: A Spotter's Guide series (over one million copies sold!), this hilarious field guide covers 10 different types of belches through text, illustrations, and sound. Filled with shameless body-related humor, Burps: A Connoisseur's' Guide identifies the characteristics, habitat, voice, and tasting notes of each gassy oral emission. The sound of each burp is reproduced with alarming accuracy through an attached battery-powered belch machine. * Burps include the outsized Baby Boom, the bone shaking Surround Sound, and the sudden arrival of The Shocker. * Grossly funny illustrations capture each burp at its moment of arrival-and the devastation in its wake. * Printed on durable cardstock to make it through even the most powerful burps This is a bathroom book of pure, unbridled entertainment for the giggling child (and proud belcher) in all of us. * A hilarious gag gift for dads, brothers, kids, and anyone who just loves burping * Enjoyed by kids and adults alike * Add it to the collection of books such as The Big Book of Farts by James Carlisle

Stuff You Never Want to Find in Your Parents' House

Stuff You Never Want to Find in Your Parents' House

Author: Smith Street Books Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2020

Take this book as a cautionary (and hilarious) tale of woe - capturing some of the most frightening, traumatic and straight-up disgusting items that you could ever possibly come across in your parent's house. It's a ridiculous and dark comedy that might hit too close to home, for some. Because, if we've all got our secrets, then surely that we must then include our parents. What nefarious items have your parents stashed away in the nooks and crannies of your family home? This book offers some of the worst-case scenarios, all captured with earnest photography and ridiculous design. Some of the items photographed in this book include sex toys (obviously), paraphernalia for the purposes of conducting satanic rituals, equipment that is clearly being used to cook crystal methamphetamine, Saint Andrews Cross (and other large-scale BDSM equipment), the cremated ashes of your Golden Retriever Sebastian (who you were led to believe had simply retired to a farm out of state), and a live human prisoner chained to a radiator.

The Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes

The Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes

Author: Thomas Nowak Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2020

The Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes features 301 wonderfully cringe-worthy dad jokes-including the classics, twists on the classics, and fresh new material. For the first time ever, the best of the worst dad jokes are compiled in one pun-filled place. With original illustrations throughout, this extensive collection is sure to provide hours of silliness for the whole family. After all, no matter how groan-inducing dad jokes are, they will always have a special place in the joke arsenal. * Contains dozens of sidebars with interesting tidbits, joke-telling pointers, and profiles of legendary dad jokers * Features jokes from I'm on a seafood diet , , , I see food and I eat it to I used to hate facial hair . . . but now it's growing on me * Great for fathers, patient mothers, tolerant children, and anyone else who loves a pun They make us cringe, chuckle, and roll our eyes, but we all love a wonderfully corny dad joke. The Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes is so bad it's good, ensuring loads of laughter for the whole family. * A hilarious gift for dads and dads at heart, as well as pun and dumb joke lovers * Perfect Father's Day gift or new dad gift * Add it to the collection of books like 101 So Bad, They're Good Dad Jokes by Elias Hill, Jokes Every Man Should Know (Stuff You Should Know) by Don Steinberg, and Dad Jokes: Terribly Good Dad Jokes by Share The Love Gifts

Name Drop The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour

Name Drop The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour

Author: Ross Mathews Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

From Ross Mathews, the nationally bestselling author of Man Up!, judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, and alum of Chelsea Lately, a collection of hilarious and irreverent essays about his experience with Hollywood's most talked-about celebrities. Pretend it's happy hour and you and I are sitting at the bar. I look amazing and, I agree with you, much thinner in person. You look good, too. Maybe it's the candlelight, maybe it's the booze. Either way, let's just go with it. Keep this all between you and me, and do me a favor? Don't judge me if I name drop just a little. Television personality Ross Mathews likes telling stories. He was always outrageous and hilariously honest, even when the biggest celebrity he knew was his favorite lunch lady in the school cafeteria. Now that he has Hollywood experience-from interning behind the scenes at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to judging RuPaul's Drag Race-he has a lot to talk about. In Name Drop, Ross dishes about being an unlikely insider in the alternate reality that is showbiz, like that time he was invited by Barbara Walters to host The View-only to learn his hero did not suffer fools; his Christmas with the Kardashians, which should be its own holiday special; and his news-making talk with Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother, which, as it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg. Holding nothing back, Ross shares the most treasured and surprising moments in his celebrity-filled career, and proves that while exposure may have made him a little bit famous, he is still as much a fanboy as ever. Filled with tales ranging from the horrifying to the hilarious-and with just the right Rossipes and cocktails to go along with them-Name Drop is every pop culture lover's dream come true.

I Can't Remember the Title but the Cover is Blue Sketches from the other side of the bookshop counter

I Can't Remember the Title but the Cover is Blue Sketches from the other side of the bookshop counter

Author: Elias Greig Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

As any retail or service worker will tell you, customers can be irrational, demanding, abusive, and brain-scramblingly, mind-bendingly strange. They can also be kind, thoughtful, funny, and full of pathos. Something about the often-fraught interaction between customer and worker, with the dividing line of the counter between them, loosens inhibitions, and has a kind of hot-house effect on eccentricity. In I Can't Remember the Title But the Cover is Blue, veteran bookseller Elias Greig collects the best, worst and downright weirdest customer encounters from his years working as a Sydney bookseller. From ill-behaved children to nostalgic seniors and everything in between, this hilarious and unpredictable book is the perfect gift for anyone who's ever been on the wrong side of a counter.

Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons

Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons

Author: Simon Brett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

'Brilliant! Will make a perfect Xmas stocking filler' Bronya Ralley 'Delightful. This dip-in-anywhere book put a smile on my face from the first page . . . for everyone who likes a good chuckle' Ruth Milligan As we all know, the oxymoron is one of the great beauties of the English language. It has been defined as 'a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory'. Famous examples would include 'bitter-sweet', 'open secret' and 'compassionate Conservatism'. Seriously Funny, and Other Oxymorons brings together a great many examples of the oxymoron genre, amusingly illustrated by Paul Thomas. The book is arranged according to various categories ranging from Popular Culture to Political Principles and Business Ethics, all covered in Simon Brett's inimitably witty style. Anyone with an 'unbiased opinion' will quickly grasp that Seriously Funny makes a 'devilishly nice' book.

The Mammoth Book of Filthy Limericks

The Mammoth Book of Filthy Limericks

Author: Glyn Rees Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

The ultimate collection of X-rated and decidedly politically incorrect limericks! This bumper new volume contains over 2,000 dirty verses, from the moderately blue to the absolutely filthy - all illustrated throughout by Gray Jolliffe, creator of the bestselling Wicked Willie cartoon character. Here are verses so rude that even a blonde would blush, on subjects ranging from the bedroom to the bathroom and beyond. You'll find plenty of up-to-date limericks relevant to contemporary life as well as lewd old favourites on every imaginable topic, all of them guaranteed to make you laugh. Includes many newly devised limericks. On the breast of a barmaid named Gail Was written the price of the ale And on her behind, For the sake of the blind Was the same information in Braille.