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Funny Audiobooks

A round-up of the best 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

1

Why Mummy Drinks

By

Gill Sims

Read By

Gabrielle Glaister

Hilarious tribute to unmumsy mums.

2

The Importance of Being Earnest

By

Oscar Wilde

Read By

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

Peak Wilde, which is to say brilliant.

3

A Long Way Down

By

Nick Hornby

Read By

Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading

Endearing, witty, an entertaining commentary on human nature.

4

The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

By

Paul Torday

Read By

David Rintoul

A full-bodied, fruity satire that hits all the right notes.

5

Jam

By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Read By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Genius Absurdist Hilarity

6

Catch-22

By

Joseph Heller

Read By

Trevor White

Futility Has Never Been Funnier

7

Cage of Souls

By

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Read By

David Thorpe

Imagine Mark and Jez of Peep Show living their best/worst lives in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic hellscape with monsters and mutants. That just about covers it...

8

William Walker's First Year Of Marriage: A Horror Story

By

Matt Rudd

Read By

Simon Shepherd

If you like your comedy as British as the queue to Wimbledon, this is for you.

9

Quite Ugly One Morning

By

Christopher Brookmyre

Read By

David Tennant

Witty, gritty, dark and entertaining. If a cosy mystery got thrown in a blender with the works of David Wong. In Scotland.

10

Gods Behaving Badly

By

Marie Phillips

Read By

Glen McCready

Funny, witty, cheeky and unabashedly x-rated.

Rest of the Best Humour Books

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. 

1984

By

Read By

George Orwell

Andrew Wincott

Timeless. A Masterpiece.

average rating is 5 out of 5
A Calling for Charlie Barnes

By

Read By

Joshua Ferris

Nick Offerman

Combine a bit of Shameless, some Modern Family and a touch of The Royal Tenenbaums with a soupçon of sadness.

average rating is 3 out of 5
A Man Called Ove

By

Read By

Fredrik Backman

Joan Walker

Heartwarming, but slow at times.

average rating is 3 out of 5
A Tidy Ending

By

Read By

Joanna Cannon

Lissa Berry

This Year’s Eleanor Oliphant

average rating is 5 out of 5
Becoming Ted

By

Read By

Matt Cain

Samuel Barnett

A Big Scoop of Joy

average rating is 4 out of 5
Brackish Waters

By

Read By

Matt Boren

Christina Applegate

Bitterness Is Such Sweet Sarcasm

average rating is 4 out of 5
Brave New World

By

Read By

Aldous Huxley

Michael York

A timeless piece about human nature versus nurture.

average rating is 4 out of 5
Bricking It

By

Read By

Nick Spalding

Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds

Think Homes Under The Hammer interpreted as an awfully British comedy. Maybe performed by the cast of Outnumbered or Teachers.

average rating is 5 out of 5
Chocky

By

Read By

John Wyndham

Daniel Weyman

An Understated Gem With A Dr Who Vibe

average rating is 5 out of 5
Differently Morphous

By

Read By

Yahtzee Croshaw

Yahtzee Croshaw

Joyous, Funny, Smart. A Douglas Adams vibe.

average rating is 5 out of 5
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

By

Read By

Gail Honeyman

Cathleen McCarron

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Charming

average rating is 5 out of 5
Elizabeth Is Missing

By

Read By

Emma Healey

Anna Bentinck

Charming, compelling, utterly unique

average rating is 5 out of 5
Everything Is Fine

By

Read By

Gillian Harvey

Olivia Mace

An Easy Listen

average rating is 3 out of 5
Fahrenheit 451

By

Read By

Ray Bradbury

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins does justice to this dystopian classic.

average rating is 4 out of 5
Fat Chance

By

Read By

Nick Spalding

Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan

Big Fat Fun - Great For Fans of Nick Hornby and Mike Gayle.

average rating is 4 out of 5
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

By

Read By

David Wong

Christy Romano

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

average rating is 4 out of 5
Good Girl

By

Read By

Anna Fitzpatrick

Mich Anger

I Love Lucy

average rating is 4 out of 5
Grown Ups

By

Read By

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes

Utterly charming. A touch (or shove) too long.

average rating is 3 out of 5
How to Kill Your Family

By

Read By

Bella Mackie

Charly Clive, Paul Panting

A Compelling Seduction to The Dark Side

average rating is 4 out of 5
London

By

Read By

Frank Tayell

Tim Bruce

Apocalypse and Crumpets

average rating is 4 out of 5
Mammy Banter

By

Read By

Serena Terry

Serena Terry

Fun, Lighthearted MumCom

average rating is 3 out of 5
Milkman

By

Read By

Anna Burns

Brid Brennan

Dark and light in equal measure.

average rating is 4 out of 5
Nether Regions

By

Read By

Randal Graham

Raoul Bhaneja

Delightful Hilarity From Aristotle to Zeus

average rating is 5 out of 5
New Teeth

By

Read By

Simon Rich

Fred Berman

Braces yourself for a wild ride

average rating is 4 out of 5
Nightbitch

By

Read By

Rachel Yoder

Cassandra Campbell

This is a literary art installation. Think Damien Hirst meets American Beauty.

average rating is 3 out of 5
Project Hail Mary

By

Read By

Andy Weir

Ray Porter

LOVED The Martian. This Might Be Better.

average rating is 5 out of 5
Ready Player One

By

Read By

Ernest Cline

Wil Wheaton

This made my geeky, 80s child, sci-fi fan, pop culture loving inner self sing.

average rating is 5 out of 5
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

By

Read By

Paul Torday

John Sessions, Samantha Bond, Fenella Woolgar

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

average rating is 5 out of 5
See Jane Snap

By

Read By

Bethany Crandell

Xe Sands

A Sweet, Sardonic, Fruit Throwing Frolic

average rating is 4 out of 5
Seeing Other People

By

Read By

Mike Gayle

David Morley Hale

Funny, Engaging, But Depressing

average rating is 4 out of 5
Sushi for Beginners

By

Read By

Marian Keyes

Juanita McMahon

Quirky and Hilarious

average rating is 4 out of 5
The Accidental Family

By

Read By

Rowan Coleman

Juanita McMahon

The second instalment of the series is just as engaging as the first.

average rating is 3 out of 5
The Apocalypse Seven

By

Read By

Gene Doucette

Erin Bennett, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Juliette Goglia, Zeno Robinson, Will Collyer, Grace Rolek, Farah Merani

Exceptional. Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Read. The TV show Lost, but with a proper ending.

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Baby Group

By

Read By

Rowan Coleman

Phoebe James

Funny, endearing and filled with colourful characters.

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Babymoon

By

Read By

Melanie La'Brooy

Federay Holmes

Snort out loud funny

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Devil Wears Prada

By

Read By

Lauren Weisberger

Laurel Lefkow

A classic. The audiobook that started it all.

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Diary of a Bookseller

By

Read By

Shaun Bythell

Robin Laing

Charming and funny, sardonic and quirky.

average rating is 3 out of 5
The Echo Chamber

By

Read By

John Boyne

Richard E. Grant

#loved #5stars #UstymKarmaliuk

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Maid

By

Read By

Nita Prose

Lauren Ambrose

The Rosie Project Meets Murder Mystery

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Nix

By

Read By

Nathan Hill

Ari Fliakos

Not Quite Dark Comedy, Not Quite Fable

average rating is 3 out of 5
The People We Hate at the Wedding

By

Read By

Grant Ginder

Dan Bittner, Khristine Hvam

Salty and Bittersweet

average rating is 4 out of 5
The Rosie Project

By

Read By

Graeme Simsion

Dan O'Grady

Sweet, Uplifting Perfection

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Trial

By

Read By

Franz Kafka

Dick Hill

Kafka's Satirical Gem

average rating is 4 out of 5
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

By

Read By

Joanna Cannon

Paula Wilcox

Quirky and Endearing. Plot takes Second Place.

average rating is 4 out of 5
The Undead Day One

By

Read By

R.R. Haywood

Dan Morgan

Walking Dead Meets Shaun of the Dead

average rating is 5 out of 5
The Undead Day Two

By

Read By

R.R. Haywood

Dan Morgan

Zombie Light

average rating is 4 out of 5
The Wives of Bath

By

Read By

Wendy Holden

Suzy Aitchison

Awesomely snarky, sharp and good fun.

average rating is 4 out of 5
Touching Strangers

By

Read By

Stacey Madden

Cherlanda Estrada and Nate Drury

A Satisfying Rummage Through Tangled Minds and Stories

average rating is 5 out of 5
Ubik

By

Read By

Philip K. Dick

Luke Daniels

Quirky Time Travelling Madness. Kept me on my toes.

average rating is 5 out of 5
Until the End of the World

By

Read By

Sarah Lyons Fleming

Julia Whelan

Apocalypse Wow

average rating is 5 out of 5
Utopia PR

By

Read By

Adam Bender

Tristan Wright

A Hint of The Thick of It Plus Killer Hounds