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Attend Your Own Private Stand-Up Show with These Hilarious Comedy Audiobooks

Gabrielle Audet
November 20 2020

Did you know that laughter can not only lift your spirits but also relieve stress and even improve your immune system? Turns out, laughter really can be the best medicine!

My favorite way to stretch my laughing muscles is to listen to comedy audiobooks. When you listen to your favorite comedians narrating their own audiobooks, it feels like you’re at a private stand-up show. This list contains some of the all-time best audiobooks to laugh out loud to, so pop in your headphones, get comfy, and enjoy!

Comedy in Color, Volume 1
by Laugh Out Loud

If you miss attending comedy shows, this audiobook will bring the show to you! Join the largest international comedy festival on earth with live recordings of the most hilarious stand-up comedy routines at the world-famous Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Lil Rel Howery (who you may recognize from Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning film, Get Out, or the Fox series Rel) serves as host, providing original material and personal stories from his experiences at JFL, as well as introducing a lineup of forty of the funniest comedians from COMEDY IN COLOR, including Chris Distefano, Aida Rodriguez, Vir Das, Godfrey, Ronny Chieng, and Nate Bargatze.

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Comedy in Color, Volume 1
Laugh Out Loud

A brand-new audio series collecting live recordings of the most hilarious stand-up comedy routines from Laugh Out Loud’s hit Comedy in Color franchise, which debuted on Pluto TV.

Comedy In Color, Volume 1 welcomes listeners to the largest international comedy festival on earth with curated stand-up sets from ten jam-packed shows at the world-famous Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Lil Rel Howery (best known for his breakout role in Jordan Peele’s Oscar–winning film, Get Out, and the Fox series, Rel) will serve as host, providing original material and personal stories from his experiences at JFL, as well as introducing our line-up of forty of the funniest comedians from Comedy In Color, including Chris Distefano, Aida Rodriguez, Vir Das, Godfrey, Ronny Chieng, and Nate Bargatze. Lil Rel’s set is also featured in Volume 1. Laugh Out Loud debuted the Comedy In Color stand-up franchise on Pluto TV earlier this year, and has already seen immense success, bolstering Laugh Out Loud as one of the top comedy channels on Pluto TV.

In addition to Howery, additional comedians featured in Volume 1 include: Aisha Alfa, J.B. Ball, Tone Bell, Nate Bargatze, Joel Kim Booster, Aisha Brown, Sophie Buddle, Ronny Chieng, Vir Das, Tim Dillon, Chris Distefano, Dominique, Naomi Ekperigin, Rachel Feinstein, David Gborie, Godfrey, Matt Ingebretson, Gary “G Thang” Johnson, Josh Johnson, Russell Kane, Michael Kosta, Nish Kumar, Mike Lawrence, Ismael Loutfi, Ms. Pat, Mark Normand, Jessimae Peluso, Charlie Pickering, Tony Roberts, Jordan Rock, Aida Rodriguez, Ron G, Ahir Shah, Beth Stelling, Sarah Tiana, Jesus Trejo, Ahamed Weinberg, Gina Yashere and Jenny Zigrino.

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Is This Anything?
by Jerry Seinfeld

Whether you know him from his career as a comic, the classic sitcom Seinfeld, or the hit Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, there’s no doubt that Jerry Seinfeld is a comedy icon. In this audiobook, you can witness the evolution of one of the greatest comedians of our time by listening to Seinfeld perform a career’s worth of his legendary stand-up routines. From one brilliantly crafted observation after another, listeners will gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of stand-up comedy.

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Is This Anything?
Jerry Seinfeld

The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy.

Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld writes. “So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.”

For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

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Idiot
by Laura Clery

If you’ve ever wondered about the brilliant (and maybe slightly twisted) mind behind the hilarious “Help Helen Smash” videos, then this audiobook is for you! In this collection of comedic essays read by the author, YouTube star and Facebook video sensation Laura Clery explains how she went from being a dangerously impulsive, broke, unemployable, suicidal, cocaine-addicted narcissist, crippled by fear and hopping from one toxic romance to the next . . . to a more-happy-than-not, somewhat rational, meditating, vegan yogi with good credit, a great marriage, a fantastic career, and four unfortunate-looking rescue animals. Still, above all, Laura remains an amazingly talented, adorable, and vulnerable self-described . . . idiot—which is something many of us can relate to

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Idiot
Laura Clery

A 2020 Audie Award Finalist

From YouTube star and Facebook Video sensation Laura Clery comes a collection of comedic essays in the vein of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby and You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein.

Laura Clery makes a living by sharing inappropriate comedy sketches with millions of strangers on the Internet. She writes songs about her anatomy, talks trash about her one-eyed rescue pug, and sexually harasses her husband, Stephen. And it pays the bills!

Now, in her first-ever book, Laura recounts how she went from being a dangerously impulsive, broke, unemployable, suicidal, cocaine-addicted narcissist, crippled by fear and hopping from one toxic romance to the next…to a more-happy-than-not, somewhat rational, meditating, vegan yogi with good credit, a great marriage, a fantastic career, and four unfortunate-looking rescue animals. Still, above all, Laura remains an amazingly talented, adorable, and vulnerable, self-described…Idiot.

With her signature brand of offbeat, no-holds-barred humor, Idiot introduces you to a wildly original—and undeniably relatable—new voice.

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The Last Black Unicorn
by Tiffany Haddish

It’s impossible not to smile as you hear Tiffany Haddish’s unforgettable voice in this audiobook. In this Grammy-nominated performance, the Girls Trip star recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others. Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. She can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is. By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, THE LAST BLACK UNICORN shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

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The Last Black Unicorn
Tiffany Haddish

Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album!

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
by Issa Rae

You may have recently seen this wildly talented actress, writer, and producer host Saturday Night Live! In this audiobook, named for her immensely popular web series, Issa Rae waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and Black as cool. Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. This is a must-listen that no one will want to miss.

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Issa Rae

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure.

In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?

Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.

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Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling

This Emmy award–winning actress, comedian, writer, and producer is the epitome of “goals.” I mean, does anyone else dream about being her best friend? You can spend a few hours feeling like you’re gabbing with Mindy as she shares her ongoing journey navigating life, love, and Hollywood in this laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who's ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. Oh, and if all that isn’t enticing enough, did I mention it features cameos from B. J. Novak and Greg Daniels?

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Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling

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Calypso
by David Sedaris

Looking for a little bit of a darker twist on humor? Add David Sedaris’s CALYPSO to your to-listen list. A born performer, David reads this collection of essays himself, and it even includes snippets of live recordings from his stand-up shows. Consisting of raw stories about his life, family, and mortality, this audiobook will make you laugh, cry, and feel every emotion in between.

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Calypso
David Sedaris

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