Stand Up Comedy Bestsellers (January 2011)

I thought after Christmas and the initial sales rush it would be interesting to see which stand up books are selling the best. Unfortunately (as far as I know) there is no general source for best sellers by subject so I have just Amazon’s sales as proxy. Not all the books on the lists are strictly stand up related but I don’t get to assign the categories.  Yet. I have picked out the top five books that I think are directly related below.


  1. The Serious Guide to Joke Writing: How To Say Something Funny About Anything
  2. Comedy Writing Secrets: How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny and Get Paid for it
  3. Why Is That So Funny?: A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy
  4. The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian
  5. The Everything® Guide to Comedy Writing (Everything (Language & Writing))

If you want to see the whole list it’s here.


  1. Last Words – George Carlin’s Autobiography
  2. Kings of Comedy: The Slapstick, the Funny Trick, the Master of Mime, the Double ACT, the Matter of Fact, and the Classic One-Line (The 21st Century Guides Series)
  3. The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America
  4. I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy’s Golden Era
  5. Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s

I’m not sure these hardbacks have very high sales figures (they don’t tell us unfortunately). For what it’s worth the page is here.

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