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Cheerful Audiobooks

Looking for an uplifting escape? From laugh-out-loud comedies to heartwarming tales, these are a few audiobooks that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography
by Eric Idle

A comedic memoir by Monty Python member Eric Idle, chronicling his life from childhood to stardom, and featuring anecdotes about his famous friends and colleagues.
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
by Steve Martin

A memoir of Steve Martin's early life and career, from his humble beginnings as a magician to his rise to stardom as a comedian and actor.
Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir
by Bob Odenkirk

A hilarious and heartwarming memoir, reflecting on Bob Odenkirk's journey from Chicago comedy clubs to Hollywood success.
Beastie Boys Book
by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

The Beastie Boys memoir featuring behind-the-scenes stories with contributions from guests like Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, Spike Jonze, and many more.
Yes Please
by Amy Poehler

A hilarious and inspiring collection of essays and stories about Amy Poehler's life and career, from her early days in Chicago improv to her success on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation.
by Tina Fey

A funny and insightful memoir of Tina Fey's life and career, from her early days as a comedian on Saturday Night Live to her success as a creator and star of 30 Rock.
Modern Romance: An Investigation
by Aziz Ansari

A book that explores the changing landscape of dating and relationships in the 21st century.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

A memoir of Trevor Noah's childhood growing up in South Africa during apartheid, and his journey to becoming a successful comedian.
Is This Anything?
by Jerry Seinfeld

A collection of Jerry Seinfeld's favorite stand-up comedy material from across five decades, organized decade by decade.
A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir
by Colin Jost

A funny and self-deprecating memoir about Colin Jost's life and career, from his childhood in Staten Island to his time as a writer and head writer on Saturday Night Live.
Based on a True Story: A Memoir
by Norm Macdonald

A darkly funny and self-effacing memoir of Norm Macdonald's life and career, from his early days as a comedian to his time on Saturday Night Live to his various other projects.
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling

A book that challenges our common misconceptions about the world and shows us that things are actually much better than we think.
The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music
by Dave Grohl

A memoir of Dave Grohl's life and career as the drummer for Nirvana and Foo Fighters, as well as his various other musical projects.
by Seth Rogen

A hilarious collection of essays and stories about Seth Rogen's childhood and teenage years, growing up in Vancouver, Canada. The audiobook is read by over 80 people, including Rogen himself, his parents, and his friends and colleagues, such as Nick Kroll, Jay Pharoah, Jason Segel, Dan Aykroyd, Ike Barinholtz, Simon Helberg, Tommy Chong, and more.
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
by Martin Short

A hilarious and self-deprecating memoir of Martin Short's life and career, from his early days as a comedian on Saturday Night Live to his success in film and television.
So Many Steves: Afternoons with Steve Martin
by Steve Martin, Adam Gopnik

A collection of conversations between Martin and his friend, Adam Gopnik, in which Martin reflects on his life and career in music, comedy, acting, and writing.
All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business
by Mel Brooks

A hilarious and self-deprecating memoir of his life and career in show business, from his early days as a writer for Sid Caesar to his success as a director and producer.