Less than a year after admitting to sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. returned to stand-up during a surprise set at New York’s famed Comedy Cellar. His performance and the angry backlash that has followed begs the question: Does Louis C.K. really deserve a chance at a comeback? After all, there are plenty of funny women out there who can make audiences laugh onstage, in film, and in their writing, no rape jokes needed.
It’s no secret than men dominate the world of comedy, and have for decades. But like any other industry, the world of comedy is brimming with women whose talent matches, and often exceeds, that of the more famous men. There are comedians like Ali Wong and Hannah Gadsby whose stand-up specials are both hilarious and thought-provoking. There are actresses like Kate McKinnon and Tiffany Haddishwhose films are both comical and original. And there are, of course, authors like Maeve Higgins and Samantha Irby whose books are both incredibly well crafted and laugh-out-loud funny.
If you’re in need of a smile and you’ve run out of stand-up specials on Netflix, then pick up one of these nonfiction books by funny women and be prepared to laugh until your abs hurt.
1.’You’re On An Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir‘ by Parker PoseyBuy it from Amazon
If you have every dreamed of having a conversation with actress Parker Posey, this book is your chance. In You’re On an Airplane, the Dazed and Confused star opens up about everything from childhood and her rise to stardom to her craft and creativity. Witty, whimsical, and laugh-out-loud funny, this unique celebrity memoir will leave you in stitches.
2.’Nothing Good Can Come from This‘ by Kristi CoulterBuy it from Amazon
Equal parts honest, heartfelt, and hilarious, Nothing Good Can Come from This is the debut book of essays from Kristi Coulter, who took the internet by storm with her stories of her life after drinking. An incisive and often uproarious, this feminist collection somehow manages to make readers laugh at and think critically about the booze-soaked world we live in.
3.’Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Being Afraid of Most Things‘ by Courtenay HameisterBuy it from Amazon
Who says anxiety can’t be funny? In Okay Fine Whatever, Courtenay Hameister chronicles the year she spent seeking out the experiences that terrified her, including 28 first dates, fellatio class, and a session with a professional cuddler. A heartwarming and humorous exploration of complacency, fear, and anxiety, this uproarious memoir just might encourage you to try out some of the things that scare you, too.
4.’There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story‘ by Pamela DruckermanBuy it from Amazon
From the author of the runaway bestseller Bringing Up Bébé comes another frank and funny investigation of an experience many of us will come to know: becoming a 40-something. With heart and humor, Pamela Druckman explores that in-between decade, when your doctor starts restricting your physical activity, your wardrobe can’t include ironic outfits anymore, and you finally realize everyone else is winging it, too.