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Funny Audiobooks

Let's talk funny. Funny audiobooks to be precise. Obviously any top ten list is subjective, but none more so than that of the best comedy audiobooks. After all, one human's funny is another's crass. Or weird. Or just... well… unfunny.


Be they gently amusing romantic comedies, uproarious contemporary fiction, slightly slapstick or delightfully dark, there is no halfway when it comes to comedy. Being funny is a serious business and one of extremes.


This is in no way a definitive top comedy audiobooks chart. It’s mine. It is a snippet of my favourites. What I would rank as the best comedy audiobooks.

Funniest Audiobooks 2021

Oh 2021, you delivered comedy gold. I highly recommend The Echo Chamber, my favourite release of the year. 

With all that in mind, here's my list of top comedy audiobooks. Think of it as a tour of the best comedy authors, including that bone dry creature known as satire audiobooks. Enjoy. Or, you know, completely disagree.

Funny Audiobooks: Top 10

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Gill Sims
Why Mummy Drinks (Why Mummy #1)

Gill Sims' uproarious tribute to unmumsy mums is the hilariously inappropriate, scathingly accurate and hopelessly endearing diary of a mum trying to measure up to the ridiculous standards of social media and society. Lighthearted yet relatable, this is the ultimate in mum-lit and, one of the funniest audiobooks around.

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Gabrielle Glaister

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Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” This is just one pearl in the ocean of sharp observations that make up this scathingly witty commentary on high society. There are several audiobook version of this classic play, the latest f which comes from Audible studios and stars Stephen Fry.

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Jonathan Coy, Janie Dee, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stephen Fry, Tom Glynn Carney, Paterson Joseph, Gwilym Lee, Lyndsey Marshall

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Nick Hornby
A Long Way Down

A group of misfits contemplating suicide is an unlikely source of humour, but Nick Hornby proves exactly how it's done in one of his best novels. Through this strange set of characters, Hornby explores themes ranging from futility to media intrusion and yet keeps the level of humour sky high.

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Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading

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Paul Torday
The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

Best known as the author of the magnificent Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, my favourite Paul Torday novel is this lesser known gem. Both novels share an absurd premise, a bottomless well of knowledge of an esoteric subject and humour as dark as a bottle of Vignobles Brumont 2015 Château Montus.

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David Rintoul

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Jam

Jam has taken over the world. Actual jam. Or something that looks like it anyway because this stuff has a mind of its own. This deliciously absurd apocalypse is written and brilliantly read by Yahtzee Croshaw.

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Yahtzee Croshaw

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Joseph Heller
Catch-22

Futility has never been funnier than in Joseph Heller's classic satire about the pointlessness of war. Narrator Trevor White delivers a clean, All-American performance (he is in fact British/Canadian) that's just right.

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Trevor White

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Adrian Tchaikovsky
Cage of Souls

I was tempted to include The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, but given its permanent top spot as best comedy books on audible I went for this instead. It’s sci-fi, it’s satire and it’s weird in the best possible way.

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David Thorpe

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Matt Rudd
William Walker's First Year Of Marriage: A Horror Story (William Walker #1)

Not to put too fine a point on it, but William Walker's first year of marriage is not going well. Actually, it's a bit of a disaster. And the results are hilarious. This lighthearted comedy is read in the ever so dry and disgruntled voice of Simon Shepherd and never fails to make me smile.

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Simon Shepherd

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Christopher Brookmyre
Quite Ugly One Morning

It's Chris Brookmyre read by David Tennant. You're welcome.

Oh. Oh, you need more?

Well, this is one of those rare half detective mystery half funny fiction audiobooks… That’s now a thing and I’m here for it.

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David Tennant

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Marie Phillips
Gods Behaving Badly

What happens when the gods of Ancient Greece are stuck on Earth? Havoc and hilarity. Oh and completely inappropriate behaviour. Thoroughly entertaining.

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Glen McCready

Humour Books: Best of the Rest

Phew. That was difficult. There are so many great comedy and satire audiobooks, choosing just 10 was a wrench. I need to have a sit down. The point is, there are loads more. Check out yet more brilliant funny audiobooks below, listed A-Z. 
Humour

A Man Called Ove

Heartwarming, but slow at times.

Fredrik Backman

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Humour

Differently Morphous

Joyous, Funny, Smart

Yahtzee Croshaw

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Humour

Everything Is Fine

An Easy Listen

Gillian Harvey

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Humour

How to Kill Your Family

A Compelling Seduction to The Dark Side

Bella Mackie

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Humour

Sushi for Beginners

Quirky and Hilarious

Marian Keyes

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Humour

The Echo Chamber

#loved #5stars #UstymKarmaliuk

John Boyne

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Humour

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Quirky and Endearing. Plot takes Second Place.

Joanna Cannon

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Humour

Vernon God Little

Where Love and Hate Collide

D.B.C. Pierre

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Humour

Wife Support System

A fun, playful, witty listen with plenty of personality.

Kathleen Whyman

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Humour

You Again?

Pure Fun

Nick Spalding

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Humour

Brackish Waters

Bitterness Is Such Sweet Sarcasm

Matt Boren

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Humour

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Charming

Gail Honeyman

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Humour

Fat Chance

Big Fat Fun

Nick Spalding

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Humour

New Teeth

Braces yourself for a wild ride

Simon Rich

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Humour

The Babymoon

Snort out loud funny

Melanie La'Brooy

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Humour

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, Book #1)

Sweet, Uplifting Perfection

Graeme Simsion

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Humour

The Wives of Bath

Awesomely snarky, sharp and good fun.

Wendy Holden

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Humour

Why Mummy Swears (Why Mummy #2)

More Marvellous Mummy Madness

Gill Sims

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Humour

Will Save the Galaxy for Food

Sci-fi and satire collide with hilarious consequences.

Yahtzee Croshaw

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Humour

Bricking It

Loving it

Nick Spalding

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Humour

Elizabeth Is Missing

Charming, compelling, utterly unique

Emma Healey

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Humour

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Grisly violence, sarcasm and maniacal supervillains have never been so hilariously lovable.

David Wong

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Humour

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Simply Ex-squid-site, Gill-Splitting Brilliance.

Paul Torday

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Humour

The Diary of a Bookseller

Charming and funny, sardonic and quirky.

Shaun Bythell

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Humour

The Trial

Kafka's Satirical Gem

Franz Kafka

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Humour

Touching Strangers

A Satisfying Rummage Through Tangled Minds and Stories

Stacey Madden

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Humour

Why Mummy’s Sloshed (Why Mummy, #4)

A Fond Farewell

Gill Sims

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Humour

William's Progress: Another (sleepless) Horror Story (William Walker #2)

A Chip Off The Old Book

Matt Rudd

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