The Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year.
80 of the funniest stories ever written, selected and introduced by Paul Merton.
From Anton Chekhov to Ali Smith, from P.G. Wodehouse to Nora Ephron, the greatest writers are those who know how to laugh. Here, award-winning comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton brings together his favourite funny stories of all time.
Whether it's the silly, surreal, slap-stick or satirical that makes you smile, there's a story here to tickle every funny bone. From prize-winners and literary giants, to stand-up comedians and the rising stars of funny literature, this brilliant anthology is guaranteed to cheer your day.
Head of Zeus * Sport & Leisure
03 Sep 2020 * 656pp * £15 * 9781838939021
'Anybody who dips into Funny Ha, Ha [...] will emerge many hours later filled not only with pleasure and delight, but also with a sense of gratitude to Merton for choosing so well'
'Comprehensively joyful ... Some stories are, as promised, funny ha ha. Others are funny peculiar. Many are just plain witty. How are they all arranged? Alphabetically, by author, which is an entirely illogical logic and, as it turns out, perfect for this eclectic treasure chest'
'As you might expect from as singular a comic talent as Paul Merton, this compilation of his favourite funny stories offers material both hilarious and unusual'
'A mixture of old favourites [...] and new discoveries ... You're bound to find stories that put a smile on your face'
'Poignant as well as funny ... There are plenty of belly laughs ... Whatever your taste in humour, the book is so vast you are bound to find stories to put a smile on your face'
'Extremely funny ... [An] eclectic, wide-ranging anthology'
'Easy to dip in and out of'
'Such gems that they are well worth another outing ... The book does indeed have its charms'
'Whether it's the silly, surreal, slapstick or satirical that tickles your funny bone, there's a tale here to suit in this chunky collection of 80 funny short stories'
Paul Merton is one of Britain's best-loved comics. A regular on both television and radio, his surreal wit and gift of the gab is evidenced weekly on BBC1's Have I Got News for You and Radio 4's Just a Minute. He has been ranked by critics, fellow comedians and viewers to be one of our greatest comedians.