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From SNL to Veep to Broad City, funny women are dominating everywhere you look. In fact, “Wise Gals” is now a category under the humor section on Barnes & Noble’s website. There are literally countless books written by hilarious women that will make you laugh, cry, and listen to “Run the World” on repeat.
The beauty of audiobooks read by the author is that you get to hear the words as they’re meant to be interpreted. Listening to your favorite funny ladies talk about their lives will brighten up any commute. Warning: you may end up laughing out loud in public and looking like a weirdo.
If you sign up for Audible now, you’ll get a 30-day trial with two free audiobooks. Here are some of our favorites to help you get started.
Yes Please – Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s memoir of her childhood, early career, thoughts on Hollywood and SNL stories is just as charming as she is. Even if you’ve already read it, it’s still worth listening to the audiobook for her amazing delivery as well as the cameos from some of Amy’s equally funny friends such as Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur and even her own parents.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me – Mindy Kaling
While The Mindy Project may be almost over, you can revisit Mindy Kaling’s signature brand of humor (and distinctive speaking voice) in her audiobooks, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)and Why Not Me? She’s probably going to be a little busy, but keep your fingers crossed she has a new book on motherhood coming out soon.
I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
The hugely popular blogger gained her following because of her smart, funny voice and hot takes on pop culture. In her debut book, subtitled “The Do-Better Manual,” Luvvie Ajayi calls out the ways we behave badly in the digital age. In the audiobook you can practically hear the side-eye she’s serving, and it’s amazing.
The Bedwetter – Sarah Silverman
Since The Bedwetter was released in 2010, before memoirs by comedians were so ubiquitous, some reviews seem confused that this book balances both humor and heart. If you like Sarah Silverman for her raunchy standup, you may be surprised by the poignancy of her memoir. It’s still very funny, though, in addition to being sweet and smart and yes, talking a lot about pee.
I’m Just A Person – Tig Notaro
If you haven’t heard to Tig Notaro’s groundbreaking album Live, which she recorded a few days after being diagnosed with cancer, please drop everything and listen to it now. Four years later, with the passage of time, a clean bill of health and a happy family for perspective, Tig wrote a memoir about that time in her life. If this doesn’t sound very funny, you’ve obviously never heard Tig’s standup which is deadpan, silly, and darkly funny all at the same time.
You’ll Grow Out of It – Jessi Klein
You may not have heard of Jessi Klein, but you definitely know her work. As the head writer of Inside Amy Schumer, she’s been responsible for some of the funniest feminist sketches of the past five years, including the viral hit, Last Fuckable Day. A hilarious comedian in her own right, Jessi Klein’s book is a collection of stories from her awkward childhood and thoughts on 21st century womanhood that are relatable as hell.
Bossypants – Tina Fey
One of the official Audible Essentials, Bossypants is the mother of all comedy memoirs. Tina Fey is obviously super successful now, so hearing about the time she spent as a front desk receptionist at the YMCA is a little comforting. Even if you have already read the book, you should listen to the audiobook because it includes Sarah Palin SNL clips and Fey’s on-point comedy chops.
You Can’t Touch My Hair – Phoebe Robinson
As half of the podcast duo 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson talks a lot about the intersections of race, feminism and pop culture. In her collection of essays, You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, Phoebe recounts the joys and frustrations of being a black woman in 2017. As a podcaster and stand-up comedian, she makes the audiobook sound fresh, funny and real.
Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
Everyone’s favorite TV mom also happens to be a fantastic writer — her debut novel published in 2013 is fun and charming. But really, we just want to know about Gilmore Girls, and this memoir delivers on that front. Thankfully she isn’t talking all that fast in the recording, but the familiar voice of Lorelai Gilmore makes the audiobook a comforting and easy listen.
Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
Thanks to her twitter account and strange interviews with her French Bulldog, Gary, you already know that Carrie Fisher was hilarious, candid, and real. She was a force to be reckoned with — greater than any other Force in the galaxy. When you listen to her read this memoir, based off her one-woman show, you’ll laugh, cry, and gain insight into what it was like portraying one of the most iconic movie characters of all time.
Girl Walks into a Bar – Rachel Dratch
If you’re looking for SNL stories from Debbie Downer herself, you’ll get a few, but Rachel Dratch’s book is actually much more personal than all that. Girl Walks into a Bar is hilarious, yes, but it’s about a much more relatable topic: an unexpected pregnancy. Rachel Dratch smashes the concept of “having it all” wide open in her heartwarming memoir. Her familiar voice reading it feels like getting drinks with an old friend.
Bonus:What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
In What Happened, Hillary’s got jokes! She also has dire warnings about what she sees as the biggest threats facing our democracy today. Listening to her read this book is like a communal therapy session for those still mourning 2016.
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