By The Satire and Humor Festival

These are a selection of satirical and humorous books that we love - some written by icons, some by fest speakers, and some by friends of the fest! 

How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for Women

Sarah Cooper

$16.99 $15.63

This hilarious satirical book (with glitter on the cover) is a cathartic read for anyone who's ever worked in a workplace.


Tina Fey

$16.99 $15.63

You’ve probably read it. If you haven’t — get on it! We especially recommend "A Mother's Prayer For Her Daughter."


Andrew Sean Greer

$15.99 $14.71

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, this humorous take on "the American abroad" is a fast and furious read.


Christopher Buckley and Joseph Heller

$18.00 $16.56

We put one classic on here. JUST ONE. Read it with your book club and wonder what took you so long.

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

John Hodgman

$17.00 $15.64

The performer and humorist’s Thurber Prize-finalist memoir/humor book.

Wow, No Thank You.: Essays

Samantha Irby

$15.95 $14.67

Samatha Irby is back - with this #1 NY Times-bestselling book of hilarious essays!

New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay

Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, et al.

$14.00 $12.88

A viral piece led to a book deal led to a satirical book in under ten months. Whew!

Spoiled Brats: Stories

Simon Rich


Humorist, former SNL writer, and TV writer Rich shows his skill in this tight story collection.

And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers--The New Unexpurgated Version!

Mike Sacks


This and the sequel, “Poking a Dead Frog,” are essential interviews by all-time-great Mike Sacks.

Toxic Femininity in the Workplace: Office Gender Politics Are a Battlefield

Ginny Hogan

$16.98 $15.62

A laughter (and anger) provoking look into the workplace from comedian Ginny Hogan.

Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

Mike Sacks

$18.00 $16.56

Not-to-be-missed wisdom.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

David Sedaris


Any Sedaris book is going to be outstanding, but this is a good one to start with to get to know the family.

Dear Committee Members

Julie Schumacher

$14.95 $13.75

The FIRST WOMAN to ever win the Thurber Prize for American Humor, this epistolary novel is a delight.

Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words

Kimberly Harrington

$15.99 $14.71

Fest panelist Kimberly Harrington is funny and ferocious in her debut book. Her next, "But You Seemed So Happy" is out in 2021!

Cinderella and the Glass Ceiling: And Other Feminist Fairy Tales

Laura Lane and Ellen Haun

$24.00 $21.60

Fest friends Ellen Haun and Laura Lane turned a UCB show into a beautifully illustrated humor book.

That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug

Emily Flake

$16.00 $14.72

Fest and workshop teacher Emily Flake wrote AND illustrated this precious gem of a funny book.

Weird But Normal: Essays

Mia Mercado

$17.99 $16.55

Fest performer Mia Mercado has her first book of essays coming out in May 2020 - grab it now!

Why Did I Get a B?: And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge

Shannon Reed

$26.00 $23.40

Friend of the fest Shannon Reed has a humorous and heart-warming book on teaching out in June 2020 - preorder now!

Build Your Own Christmas Movie Romance: Pick Your Plot, Meet Your Man, and Create the Holiday Love Story of a Lifetime

Riane Konc

$19.95 $18.35

Fest performer Riane Konc wrote this seasonal delight - grab some copies now to be ready for the holidays.

A Confederacy of Dunces (Anniversary)

John Kennedy Toole and Walker Percy

$16.00 $14.72

Treat yourself to this laugh-until-you-choke-on-your-own-spit book - you deserve it.

Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Patricia Lockwood

$17.00 $15.64

A comic memoir by poet of our times Patricia Lockwood? You know we love it.

Cool, Calm & Contentious: Essays

Merrill Markoe


Enjoy these comedic essays by multiple Emmy Award-winner (very casual!) Merrill Markoe.

The Fran Lebowitz Reader

Fran Lebowitz

$16.95 $15.59

Marvel at the economy of funny writing in these collected pieces by legend Fran Leibowitz.

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

$16.00 $14.72

Before it was a hit movie, it was a sharp satirical novel kicking off the trilogy from Kevin Kwan.

The Sellout

Paul Beatty

$17.00 $15.64

As astonishing read, dive into Paul Beatty's Man Booker Prize-winner satire now.

How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows

Jacqueline Novak


A combo memoir and advice book, comedian and author Jacqueline Novak isn't afraid to get real and dark.

Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me

Sopan Deb and Hasan Minhaj

$27.99 $25.19

Fest panelist and NYT reporter Sopan Deb has written a bittersweet and humorous memoir of family - with a foreword by Hasan Minhaj!

The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure

Jack Handey


If you're at all a Deep Thoughts acolyte (...and you should be), this slim, bonkers book will split your sides.

Self Care

Leigh Stein

$16.00 $14.72

As Publishers Weekly says, “Stein’s sharp writing separates her from the pack in this exquisite, Machiavellian morality tale about the ethics of looking out for oneself.” Out in June 2020!

Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays

Alexandra Petri

$25.95 $23.36

Out in June 2020, this collection of pieces by topical satirist Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post) is a way to laugh at the routine horrors of this modern era.