The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy– Douglas Adams:
When Earth is demolished to make room for an intergalactic superhighway, all Arthur Dent has to help him navigate the universe is a book called ‘
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’
1066 and All That– W C Sellar & R J Yeatman:
The point of this “memorable History of England” is that you don’t need to know anything, since it only lists what you can remember.
The Commitments– Roddy Doyle:
In Dublin, a young man has an idea. Ireland needs a soul band and he will be the one to put it together.
Catch-22– Joseph Heller:
Always knew that war is a bad idea? Read this book and you’ll know for a fact that nobody wins, ever.
My Family and Other Animals– Gerald Durrell:
An autobiography of the famous naturalist’s childhood years growing up on the Greek island of Corfu with the world’s most lunatic family.
The Diary of a Social Butterfly– Moni Mohsin:
This collection of the Pakistani author’s satirical newspaper columns features Butterfly facing up to the world, beauty parlour style.
The funniest writer alive. His columns have been collected in umpteen books, including
Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys
Dave Barry Slept Here – A Sort of History of the United States.
The funniest writer in the English language. No more need be said.
Humour is mixed with travel, giving you a truly hilarious account of the world as seen by Bryson.
If you don’t like seeing the world as it is, Milligan will help you see it any way you like.
Always hated that yummy mummy who does everything perfectly? So does Erma Bombeck, who tries to do everything perfectly.
Apparently the most quoted living man in The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations, according to the American television newsmagazine,
. Need another reason to read him?
Calvin and Hobbes– Bill Watterson:
A small boy, his stuffed tiger and his imaginative world. Unbeatable.
Asterix– Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo:
If you’re always on the side of the underdog and you have a taste for the world’s most hysterical puns, turn to Asterix.
Peanuts– Charles M Schulz:
One of the longest running comic strips in the world, featuring the inimitable Snoopy and his harassed master, Charlie Brown.
The Completely Mad Don Martin– Don Martin:
Don Martin was one of Mad magazine’s greatest artists, and this book will keep you happy for years.
Dilbert– Scott Adams:
Office humour at its best. Why does so much about the strip remind us of where we work?
Pearls Before Swine– Stephan Pastis:
Four animals, including an arrogant rat and his roommate, a sweet and naïve pig, indulge in politically incorrect humour.
Chacha Choudhary– Pran, Diamond Comics:
This little old man is not a super hero, but his crisis solving capabilities make him an eternal favourite.
Channi Chachi– Mohit Raghav, Diamond Comics:
The interfering neighbourhood aunty with a heart of gold and the ability to make everything better.
Billoo and Pinki– Pran, Diamond Comics:
The neighbourhood’s smart alec kids who are both annoying and beloved.
Madhu Muskan– Mayapuri Publishers:
Compilations of funny stories. Each has a moral, but none is preachy.
Motu-Patlu– Kripa Shankar Bhardwaj, Diamond Comics:
Indian versions of Laurel and Hardy, these two characters were created for a magazine called Lot Pot, but became so popular, they had to have a comic book of their own.
Shikari Shambu– Vasant Halbe (illustrator), Tinkle Comics:
Mighty hunter Shikari Shambu is really a coward who muddles his way through situations that could show him for what he actually is.
TV Serials (English)
Six young people make their way through life and New York. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
A show about all the tiny bits of life that add up to nothing – and nothing is funnier than nothing. Starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander.
Everybody Loves Raymond:
Spoilt and married younger son lives across the road from his parents. Much
tu tu main main
in English, and much else. Starring Ray Romano and Doris Roberts.
That 70s Show:
A group of teenagers show us what the ’70s were really about. Starring Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
Who really runs countries – elected governments or the bureaucracy? The battle lines are drawn in this brilliant British sitcom. Starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds.
Long before it became a series of movies beloved of kids, it was a television serial. Starring Rowan Atkinson.
TV Serials (Hindi)
Five sisters drive their family and themselves crazy, just trying to live together.
Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai:
Wealthy Gujarati family copes with a relentlessly middle class world. Starring Satish Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah.
Mr Common Man Musaddi Lal’s misadventures in the maze that is the bureaucracy. Starring Pankaj Kapur, Sanjay Mishra.
Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi:
Life is one non-stop round of madness for this married couple, harassed episode after episode by some wacko person or the other. Starring Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat and Satish Shah.
Dekh Bhai Dekh:
Life as experienced by a joint family in the suburbs of Mumbai. Starring Farida Jalal, Sushma Seth and Shekhar Suman.
Tu Tu Main Main:
Mother-in-law meets daughter-in-law. Run for your life. Starring Reema Lagoo and Supriya Pilgaonkar.
A film obsessed family speaks in dialogues and can’t live their lives without relating it to movies. Starring Satish Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah.
Munnabhai MBBS & Lage Raho Munnabhai: In Munnabhai MBBS, Munnabhai, a gangster decides to become a doctor and make his father proud. So he bludgeons his way through the course. In Lage Raho Munnabhai, Munnabhai turns Gandhism into Gandhigiri and changes the world. Starring Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani.
Hera Pheri: Directed by Priyadarshan, the film mixed action and humour to become one of the most popular comedies of the new millennium. Starring Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Tabu and Suniel Shetty.
Chupke Chupke: A newly-wed couple plays a prank on their brother-in-law – which makes for a witty and fun film. Starring Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
Chashme Baddoor: Three male friends meet one girl, leading to a romantic comedy. Starring Farooq Sheikh, Deepti Naval, Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani, directed by Sai Paranjapye.
Angoor: Identical twins are separated at birth and meet as adults. Starring Sanjeev Kumar, Deven Verma, Moushmi Chatterjee, directed by Gulzar.
Andaaz Apna Apna: In this cult comedy, two losers set out to win the same girl. Starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Raveena Tandon, directed by Rajkumar Santoshi.
Extra! Govinda: He isn’t a film, he’s an actor. But his kind of humour is in a class by itself.
The Hangover: Three groomsmen get blind drunk and lose the groom at his pre-wedding stag party. Starring Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms.
The Gods Must Be Crazy: A Bushman of the Kalahari is hit by a Coca-Cola bottle that falls from a plane, and sets out to seek justice.
Charlie Chaplin films: Think comedy and the first name that comes to mind is Charlie Chaplin. Check out all his films.
Laurel and Hardy: Like Chaplin, skinny Stan Laurel and stout Oliver Hardy became a cult pair.
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: A bunch of people rush all about America to find a stash of hidden cash. Starring Jimmy Durante, Spencer Tracy and Milton Berle.
The Marx Brothers: Groucho, Harpo and Chico Marx set a standard for comedy that is still unbeatable. Watch their 13 films.
Engrish.com: Pictures of hilarious garbled English signs in Japanese advertising and product design. You can also check out the ‘Brog’ or just go hang out on the ‘Massage Board’.
Satirewire.com: “Study: Women who drink more fun to study.” Satire at its best.
Comics.com: Don’t get enough comics in your life? Comics.com has more than 120 comic strips for free!
theoatmeal.com: With pieces like ‘5 Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth’ and ‘How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You’, you’ll fall about laughing. Outlandish, for grown ups only.
greatbong.net: Winner of the Most Humorous Indian Blog of the Year in 2009. Enough said.
krishashok.wordpress.com: From a scene by scene rant on Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara to an attempt at producing a Dan Brown-style novella, few things can beat Krish’s inimitable style.