A number of you have asked what books/articles/plays I'm having my USC comedy class read. So here's the list. I recommend these to you too.
John Kennedy Toole – Confederacy of Dunces
Neil Simon – Odd Couple (play)
Recommended Reading --
John Vorhaus – The Comic Toolbox
Dan O’Shannon – What Are You Laughing At?
Ken Levine – Blog: KenLevine.blogspot.com (archives)
Woody Allen – Without Feathers
Woody Allen – Getting Even
Tad Friend - “What’s So Funny?”
John Morreall – “Historical Theories of Laughter”
Henri Bergson – Laughter, An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic
Steve Martin – Born Standing Up
Douglas McKwan -- My Lush Life
Tina Fey – Bossypants
Marc Maron – Attempting Normal
Andy Goldberg – Improv Comedy
What I expect to happen is this: You'll recommend a bunch of other ones. That's great. Some of your suggestions you may feel are be better than what's listed above, but I have reasons for each selection. In any event, you can't go wrong. And I'm not making anyone read Beowulf.