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Whether it comes at the end of a hard day’s work, during a moment of down time, or as a way to make a repetitive task seem easier, a good comedy recording can do a lot to lighten your mood or brighten your day.

If you often listen to audio books, don’t overlook the vast array of comedy selections that can keep you entertained and smiling for hours.


If you enjoy listening to a good standup comedian but do not have the time or opportunity to see such performances on stage, you will appreciate the many compilations that are available as downloadable audio books. Here are just a few examples:

• Redneck Comedy Roundup featuring Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and others.
• Laughing Out Loud: America’s Funniest Comedians with Ray Romano, Steve Harvey and more.
• Before They Were Kings with Dave Chappelle, Keenan Wayans and other up-and-coming funny men.
• Jewish Kings of Comedy starring Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld and more.

Classic Comedy

Audio Book ComedyIf classic comedy routines from years gone by are your cup of tea, consider listening to Abbott and Costello: Masters of Comedy. It consists of 17 episodes of this famous duo’s radio show from the 1940s that have been digitally re-mastered to give laugh after laugh.

You can find comedy routines and sketches that are available at no cost or for just pennies. As an example, you can hear a 28-minute recording of Dick Cheney and Lewis Black at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner as a free download. You can also get a number of classic comedy and variety shows by Bob Hope and his guests for less than $1.


Maybe biographies of comedians who spend their lives making other people happy fascinate you. In that case, you may be interested in a choice like King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis by Shawn Levy.

If you are not a fan of standup comedy, but still enjoy humorous writings, a book such as I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!: and Other Things that Strike Me as Funny, written and narrated by Bob Newhart may be the title for you. In it, Newhart reveals some comical, behind-the-scenes secrets of his life as a TV laugh-maker.

So, next time you decide to add to your audio books library, consider listening to a humorous title. After all, there’s nothing better than a grin, a smile or a good old-fashioned belly laugh.

Browse Audible’s Comedy section and download a few laughs. Discuss this article in our audiobooks forum

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