Best of
Comedy

1995

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts


Douglas Adams - 1995
    and expert at seeing the cosmos on 30 Altairian dollars a day. Ford lives by the Guide's seminal bit of advice: Don't Panic. Which comes in handy when their first ride--on the very same vessel that demolished Earth to make way for a hyperspacial freeway--ends disastrously (they are booted out of an airlock). with 30 seconds of air in their lungs and the odd of being picked up by another ship 2^276,709 to 1 against, the pair are scooped up by the only ship in the universe powered by the Infinite Improbability Drive.But this (and the idea that Bogart movies and McDonald's hamburgers now exist only in his mind) is just the beginning of the weird things Arthur will have to get used to. For, on his travels, he'll encounter Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-President of the Galaxy; Trillian, a sexy spacecadet he once tried to pick up at a cocktail party, now Zaphod's girlfriend; Marvin, a chronically depressed robot; and Slartibartfast, the award-winning engineer who built the Earth and travels in a spaceship disguised as a bistro.Arthur's crazed wanderings will take him from the restaurant at the end of the Universe (where the main dish of the day introduces itself and the floor show is doomsday), to the planet Krikkit (locked in Slo-Time to punish its inhabitants for trying to end the Universe), to Earth (huh? wait! wasn't it destroyed?!) to the very offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide itself as he and his friends quest for the answer to the Question of Life, the Universe and Everything ... and search for a really good cup of tea.Ready or not, Arthur Dent is in for one hell of a ride!

The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments / The Snapper / The Van


Roddy Doyle - 1995
    Roddy Doyle's winning trio of comic novels depicting the daily life and times of the Rabbitte family in working-class Dublin.The CommitmentsStill one of the freshest and funniest rock 'n' roll novels ever written, Doyle's first book portrays a group of aspiring musicians on a mission: to bring soul to Dublin.The SnapperDoyle's sparkling second novel observes the progression of twenty-year-old Sharon's pregnancy and its impact on the Rabbitte family - especially on her father, Jimmy Sr - with with, candor, and surprising authenticity.The VanSet during the heady days of Ireland's brief, euphoric triumphs in the 1990 World Cup, this Booker Prize nominee is a tender and hilarious tale of male friendship, midlife crisis, and family life.--back cover

The Collected Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway


Steve Purcell - 1995
    Color illustrations throughout.

Interesting Times: The Play


Stephen Briggs - 1995
    Opposing him, though, is the evil and manipulative Lord Hong and his army of 750,000 men.Oh?Rincewind is also aided by Twoflower - Discworld's first tourist and the author of a subversive book, about his visit to Ankh-Morpork, which has inspired the rebels in their struggle for freedom.The book is called "What I Did On My Holidays".

A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears


Jules Feiffer - 1995
    A prince who makes everyone laugh is sent on a quest to turn him into a person worthy of being a king, but he gets everything wrong except for the meaning of life.

The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank


Erma Bombeck - 1995
    It's the expose to end all exposes--the truth about the suburbs: where they planted trees and crabgrass came up, where they planted the schools and taxes came up, where they died of old age trying to merge onto the freeway and where they finally got sex out of the schools and back into the gutters.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Set: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency/Tears of the Giraffe/Morality for Beautiful Girls/The Kalahari Typing School For Men/The Full Cupboard of Life


Alexander McCall Smith - 1995
    Botswana Mma Precious Ramotwse solves mysteries, caring for reputations of all involved. 1 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency2 Tears of the Giraffe3 Morality for Beautiful Girls4 The Kalahari Typing School For Men5 The Full Cupboard of Life

P.G. Wodehouse : Five Complete Novels (The Return of Jeeves, Bertie Wooster Sees It Through, Spring Fever, The Butler Did It, The Old Reliable)


P.G. Wodehouse - 1995
    Spine shows creasing. This is a readable copy.

One Last Little Peek, 1980–1995: The Final Strips, the Special Hits, the Inside Tips


Berkeley Breathed - 1995
    The final collection of cartoons from the Outland series features previously uncollected color strips, a selection of the artist's favorites, and some selections from Bloom County.

Archie Americana Series: Best of the Forties, Vol. 1


Vic Bloom - 1995
    In this volume, you'll journey to a bygone era and unearth the roots of an American Institution.

Старуха = The Old Woman


Daniil Kharms - 1995
    Edition in Russian and English.

The Discworld Mapp: Being the Onlie True and Mostlie Accurate Mappe of the Fantastyk and Magical Dyscworlde


Terry Pratchett - 1995
    Well, it has been done, proving them wrong once again. After years of research, cunningly contrived in as many minutes, the Discworld has its map. It takes full account of the historic and much documented expeditions of the Discworld's fêted (or at least fated) explorers: General Sir Roderick Purdeigh, Lars Larsnephew, Llamedos Jones, Lady Alice Venturi, Ponce da Quirm and, of course, Venter Borass.Now travellers on this circular world can see it all: from Klatch to the Ramtops, from Cori Celesti to the Circle Sea, from Genua to Bhangbhangduc. The great cities of Hunghung, Pseudopolis, Al Khali and, of course, Ankh-Morpork are placed with loving care upon this world which is carried through space by Great A'Tuin.

The Fourth Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack


Jim Davis - 1995
    CELEBRATE GARFIELD WITH THREE TIMES THE FUN!America's #1 favorite feline devours triple helpings of lasagna in one fell swoop, so it's no wonder that three delicious collections in one chubby volume would be just as appetizing! So whether he's surfing the bird bath, kicking Odie to new heights, or crooning by the light of the moon, GARFIELD shows us that three books in one is the way to go!

I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression


Erma Bombeck - 1995
    Whether it's cleaning up after the kids and him, or expendable mothers-in-law, Erma Bombeck gets to the heart of the matter and makes us laugh through our tears.

The Florence King Reader


Florence King - 1995
    Reprint.

Pryor Convictions: and Other Life Sentences


Richard Pryor - 1995
    Reprint. 35,000 first printing."

Mad About the Sixties: The Best of the Decade (Mad)


MAD Magazine - 1995
    to Batman, this is what the Sixties was all about, man!

The Best of Dave Barry


Dave Barry - 1995
    There's no such thing as too many laughs! Dave Barry's quirky take on American life will shed new light on popular culture.

Kasper in the Glitter


Philip Ridley - 1995
    After his mother's brooch is stolen, Kasper leaves his home in the land of Nowhere and journeys to the land of Glitter and Gloom to get it back, confronting great dangers in a city ruled by a fierce orphan boy.

All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned In Loehmann's Dressing Room


Erma Bombeck - 1995
    In her inimitably warm and witty style, Bombeck has discovered that the odd habits of the animal kingdom are strikingly similar to our own, and she reports her downright hilarious findings in "All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann's Dressing Room." Bombeck shows how close animals in the wild and humans really are, and how much we can learn from one another. The hippopotamus is a vegetarian and looks like a wall. Lions who eat only red meat are sleek and slim. Are nutritionists on the wrong track? From the garter snake transvestite, to the barn swallow who can't make a commitment, to the lion who mates eighty-six times a day, Bombeck reveals that we're not all that far removed from the animal world. An African monkey who picked the lock on every cage he'd ever been in got twenty minutes on a "National Geographic" special. Bombeck had a cousin with the same skill; he got two years.Bombeck proves that a behaviorist need not wear a safari jacket and live in a tent in order to be an expert on every facet of a species' behavior. From the aerobics classroom -- where humans defend their territory to the death by spraying their mates with their own personal perfume -- to our migratory patterns -- where, likea certain species of butterfly, we fly to Miami in hordes the minute the temperature dips below sixty, Bombeck demonstrates in her quintessential style that while animals may have more fun, longer tails, and better sex lives, the gap that separates us from the animal kingdom is closing... "fast."

Twisted


Jessica Zafra - 1995
    Generation X icon Zafra continues her quest for world domination as she rants, complains, reminisces, and comments on anything and everything under the sun with her usual acerbic humor.

William At War


Richmal Crompton - 1995
    But why is it that his enthusiastic contribution is so seldom appreciated?Ten very funny stories about William - at war

Stories from the Vinyl Cafe


Stuart McLean - 1995
    The collection features Canada's much-loved fictional family: Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. Stories from the Vinyl Cafe also introduces a host of other wonderfully imagined characters, such as Margaret Dwyer, a suburban housewife who startles herself by shoplifting a pepperoni sausage, and Flora Perriton, who is consumed with thoughts of lost opportunities when an old friend passes away. Then there's Ed, who-overcome by the death of his favourite rock star-embarks on a pilgrimage to New York City to meet the singer's widow.As always, the stories in this rewarding and irreverent collection prove that Stuart McLean is indeed a national treasure.

I'm A Stranger Here Myself


Deric Longden - 1995
    Huddersfield, in Yorkshire, with its distinctive manners and customs and its wealth of remarkable characters, would surely provide him with all the material he needed for his planned book, one of the great classics of travel literature. But two years later, when he sat down to write, the major events of everyday life kept intruding: the demands of a houseful of cats, the problem of getting the cooker repaired, the memories evoked by sorting through old clothes in the wardrobe . . .Still, I'm a Stranger Here Myself is a travel book of a kind, where the most hilarious adventures can happen between the kitchen and the bathroom, and where a morning's shopping can provide enough anecdotes to last a lifetime. Once again Deric Longden demonstrates his genius for taking the most ordinary materials of life and transforming them with his own special brand of gentle, inspired humour.

Womenagerie and Other Tales from the Front


Jessica Zafra - 1995
    A collection of Zafra's early columns in Woman Today magazine.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Complete Original Six Episodes


Jennifer Saunders - 1995
    via Comedy Central. The politically incorrect Britcom features the exploits of Edna and Patsy, the decade's dysfunctional Lucy and Ethel, as they successfully skewer the style-crazed '90s. Illustrated with loads of tawdry, fab color photos.

Blackadder Goes Forth: Complete Series


Richard Curtis - 1995
    Captain Blackadder, hero of Mbot Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, twenty yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him. Worse still, he takes his orders from two homicidal maniacs, one who called the Charge of the Light Brigade 'a victory for common sense' and the other called Darling. Ever ready with a cunning plan, Blackadder actively avoids duty by taking up art, shooting the General's favourite bird, probing the hospital nurse and learning to fly. But will his attempts to push off be enough when the Big Push comes? Rowan Atkinson stars as Captain Blackadder in Richard Curtis’ and Ben Elton’s award-winning comedy. This collection includes the following episodes: 'Captain Cook', 'Corporal Punishment', 'Major Star', 'Private Plane', 'General Hospital' and 'Goodbyeee'.3 CDs. 2 hrs 52 mins.

Moon Over Buffalo


Ken Ludwig - 1995
    This backstage farce by the author of Lend Me a Tenor brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway co-starring with Philip Bosco as her megalomanic, drunken husband and leading man. Fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel epic and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Will Charlotte appear or run off with their agent? Will George be sober enough to emote? Will Capra see Cyrano, Private Lives or a disturbing mixture of the two? Hilarious misunderstandings pile on madcap misadventures, in this valentine to Theatre Hams everywhere.

Rumpole and the younger generation


John Mortimer - 1995
    In reminiscent mood, Horace Rumpole, barrister, looks back to his successful defence of 16-year-old Jim Timson, member of a large and industrious family of south London.

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature


Joseph S.M. Lau - 1995
    In this new edition Joseph S. M. Lau and Howard Goldblatt have selected fresh works from familiar authors and have augmented the collection with poetry, stories from the colonial period in Taiwan, literature by Tibetan authors, samplings from the People's Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution, stories by post-Mao authors Wang Anyi and Gao Xingjian, literature with a homosexual theme, and examples from the modern "cruel youth" movement. Lau and Goldblatt have also updated their notes and their biographies of featured writers and poets. Now fully up to date, this critical resource more than ever provides readers with a thorough introduction to Chinese society and culture.

Naked and Other Screenplays


Mike Leigh - 1995
    Naked presents a bleak picture of urban society, Life is Sweet is a gentle comedy in which the pain of everyday life is borne with a wry smile, and High Hopes is a comedy of class-ridden life in contemporary Britain.

A Mythic Life: Learning to Live our Greater Story


Jean Houston - 1995
    Mrs. Clinton, Woodward reported, connected most enthusiastically with Dr. Houston and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson when they met with the Clintons at a Camp David retreat that also included presentations by Marianne Williamson, Anthony Robbins, and Stephen Covey. Dr. Houston subsequently consultedregularly at the White House, especially helping Mrs. Clinton with herbestselling book It Takes a Village.The tabloid press had a field day, but the sensationalistic coverage onlyrevealed how out of touch the popular media are with the profound role that advanced psychology and spirituality play in people's lives today. Jean Houston is at the cutting edge of the work on realizing the fullness of our human potential, which is as mainstream and pervasive in our culture ascomputer technology.A Mythic Life presents Jean Houston's real story and her true teaching. Here draws on her personal history and vast cultural knowledge to show how we can experience in our own lives the greater human story that is revealed myths and discover our real potential.

On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy


Mel Watkins - 1995
    Blackface minstrelsy, Stepin Fetchit, and the Amos ’n’ Andy show presented a distorted picture of African Americans; this book contrasts this image with the authentic underground humor of African Americans found in folktales, race records, and all-black shows and films. After generations of stereotypes, the underground humor finally emerged before the American public with Richard Pryor in the 1970s. But Pryor was not the first popular comic to present authentically black humor. Watkins offers surprising reassessments of such seminal figures as Fetchit, Bert Williams, Moms Mabley, and Redd Foxx, looking at how they paved the way for contemporary comics such as Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, and Bill Cosby.

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television


Betty White - 1995
    She is one of the hardest-working actresses of any era, and her sense of humor and perennial optimism have seen her through half a century of industry changes and delighted millions of fans. Now, during Betty’s sixty-first year on screen, a year in which she has enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity, her 1995 memoir makes a comeback too. Here We Go Again is a behind-the-scenes look at Betty’s career from her start on radio to her first show, Hollywood on Television, to several iterations of The Betty White Show and much, much more. Packed with wonderful anecdotes about famous personalities and friendships, stories of Betty’s off-screen life, and the comedienne’s trademark humor, this deliciously entertaining book will give readers an entrée into Betty’s fascinating life, confirming yet again why we can’t get enough of this funny lady.

It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs


Rodney Dangerfield - 1995
    Or Aldo's, formerly Vito's, formerly Nunzio's. That was a tough joint. I looked at the menu. They had broken leg of lamb." For once, one of America's most beloved comic icons isn't kidding. Dangerfield has seen every aspect of the entertainment industry: the rough–and–tumble nightclubs, the backstage gag–writing sessions, the drugs, the hookers, the lousy day jobs – and the red–carpet star treatment. As he traces his route from a poor childhood on Long Island to his enshrinement as a comedy legend, he takes readers on a roller–coaster ride through a life that has been alternately touching, sordid, funny, raunchy, and uplifting – equal parts "Little Orphan Annie" and "Caligula." And unlike most celebrity autobiographers, he seems to have no qualms about delivering the unfiltered whole story, warts and all.Dangerfield's personal story is also a rollicking show business tale, full of marquee name–droppings (Adam Sandler, Sam Kinison, Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld) and good stories about same. Defying the old saws about the fleeting nature of fame and the dearth of second acts in American life, Dangerfield transformed himself from a debt–ridden aluminium–siding salesman named Jack Roy to a multimedia superstar – and stayed an icon for decades. His catchphrase – "I get no respect" – has entered the lexicon, and he remains a visible cultural presence and perennial talk–show guest.Dangerfield's hilarious and inspiring musings should thrill comedy fans and pop–culture watchers, and his second–act comeback will strike a chord with readers of all stripes. Maybe he'll even get some respect.

The Fairly Incomplete and Rather Badly Illustrated Monty Python Songbook


Graham Chapman - 1995
    And now for something completely different, from the Brits who brought us "The Spam Song" and "Every Sperm Is Sacred" comes this zany collection of Monty Python song lyrics (with music for playing along at home), interspersed with numerous photos and the wonderful art of Terry Gilliam.

Glad to Wear Glasses


John Hegley - 1995
    Glad to Wear Glasses is his first full-length collection, and includes several of his pieces regularly featured in the Guardian, and over 70 of his surprising, comic, serious, disconcerting, economical, and always original poems.

3 Favourite Stories: Roald Dahl Reads The Enormous Crocodile, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Magic Finger


Roald Dahl - 1995
    Read by the Author himself. The Enormous Crocodile The enormous crocodile has an even more enormous appetite and a head full of dirty tricks. But the other jungle animals plan to foil his nasty plans. Fantastic Mr FoxThe greedy farmers—Boggis, Bunce and Bean—are out to catch him, but they're no match for fantastic Mr Fox. The Magic FingerDon't get on the wrong side of the girl with the magic finger—you never know what might happen!

Hysteria


Terry Johnson - 1995
    It is "one of the most brilliantly original and entertaining new plays I have seen in years: wild, weird and funny, serious, compassionate and shocking, blasphemous and reverential, intellectual and frivolous, a factual fantasy, a demented farce, a black nightmare." (Sunday Times)

When You Lick A Slug, Your Tongue Goes Numb: Kids Share Their Wit & Wisdom With H. Jackson Brown (Gift Books)


H. Jackson Brown Jr. - 1995
    Illustrated in full colour.

Simpsons Comics Spectacular


Matt Groening - 1995
    We've got a special meaty comic book stew du jour a-bubblin' away on the stove for you this time, full of rich Barty goodness, thick Homerish chunks, and sinewy Lisa-esque fibers. And, by popular request, we've added a scoop or two of spicy Maggie-renos, along with our usual heaping dollops of authentic Snowball II furballs, and, to stretch the meal even further, a jumbo box full of Santa's Little Helper helper.A Milhouse salad, of course, comes with every meal at no extra charge. Krustyburgers and Sideshow Mel fries also are available, but the extra-bitter Sideshow Bob soup is off the menu—at least temporarily.And be sure to save room for dessert! You haven't lived 'til you've tasted a big old gooey bowl of Flanders-style flan, or munched on Ms. Krabappel's famous crabapples, or chewed on a platter full of hot itchy cakes drenched in creamy Scratchy sauce.And if you clean your plate you get a special surprise! (The surprise being the surprised look on our faces that you actually cleaned your plate!)

Wake Me When It's Funny: How to Break into Show Business and Stay


Garry Marshall - 1995
    40 b/w photos.Garry ("Allergic to Everything but Success") Marshall has written hundreds of TV scripts, produced and created 14 prime-time series, including The Odd Couple and Happy Days, and has written a number of stage plays. This entertaining portrait of Marshall's life takes readers on a tumultuous, behind-the-scenes journey, from his early days to the peak of sitcom success to his work in movies today. 32 pages of photos.

Diapers, Pacifiers, and Other Holy Things


Lorraine M. Pintus - 1995
    Instead, Diapers, Pacifiers, and Other Holy Things is for: •every mother who has cried out to God that she no longer has to time to spend with Him. •every mother who needs to be reminded that she is valuable. •every mother who wants to laugh or cry over the ups and downs of life with preschoolers. •every mother who enjoys her children and responsibilities, but just needs a break. Each of the thirty-one short chapters will tickle your funny bone or touch your heart, challenge your thinking, and inspire within you the need to walk more closely with your God. Lorraine Pintus writes from her experiences with her two young daughters. She contributes to many Christian magazines, speaks at conferences, is active in MOPS, and, along with her husband Pete, leads Hearts at Home Ministries marriage seminars. The Pintus family lives in Colorado.

The Nightmare Lands: Ravenloft Accessory:


Shane Lacy Hensley - 1995
    In the unique domain called the Nightmare Lands, darkness offers not blissful slumber, but ultimate terror. Heroes enter this realm at the bidding of the night, drawn from their dreaming bodies and captured by an enigmatic figure known only as the Nightmare Man. Trapped in this region of psychological fear, heroes face their worst nightmare in strange, surrealistic terrain. If they escape the treacherous clutches of dark slumber, they'll be safe - at least until the next time sleep overtakes them....This boxed set contains everything necessary to adventure among dark dreamscapes and twisted nightmares, including:* The Journal of Dr. Illhousen: 32 pages of notes and information on the Nightmare Lands, compiled by the chief physician of Nova Vaasa's infamous Clinic for the Mentally Distressed.* Rules of Dreams and Nightmares: 64 pages full of rules dealing with adventuring in dreams and nightmares, setting up nightmare scenarios, and translating player characters into dreamscape versions of themselves.* Book of Nightmares: 64 pages of ready-to-play nightmares that incorporates all of the information in this campaign expansion into one full-length adventure.* New Monsters: 16 pages of never-before-seen creatures unique to the Nightmare Lands and the dimensions of dreams.* Poster Maps: Two full-color, poster-sized maps of the Nightmare Landss and other locations described herein.Format: 2 64-page books, 32-page book, 16-page book, 2 fold-out maps

Halcyon Days


Steven Dietz - 1995
    This deviously dark comedy takes us behind the scenes of this incredible invasion. This behind the scenes world is not on the island, however, it is with the speech writers and spin doctors who won America's first "public relations" war.

Frontline: The Story Behind the Story... Behind the Stories


Rob Sitch - 1995
    From its hapless host, Mike Moore, to the behind-the-scenes manipulations of its executives, Frontline exposes the machinations of a medium that dominates our lives.'Frontline is very funny, assured and entertaining.'Philippa Hawker, The Age'In my view it has the potential to rank alongside "Fawlty Towers" and "Yes Prime Minister" as a work of art which unravels the essential truths of its subject matter.'Mark Day, The Daily Telegraph Mirror'incisive and deliciously satirical... it has taken on one of the most powerful forces in our society - the electronic news media - and exposed its workings with intelligence and devastating wit.'Debi Enker, The Sunday Age'disappointing.'Ros Warneke, The Age Green GuideCover: design BITE