Dave Attell is a stand-up comedian who has probably read books on comedy to improve his skills. (Photo by Hellraiser Media)

When you think o f a college textbook, what comes to mind? You probably think of a lengthy and heavy hardback book that is anywhere from a few hundred pages to over a thousand pages. It will likely be packed full of information on certain academic subjects that you are studying in your college classes. However, most people probably don’t find textbooks to be extremely funny or entertaining. Believe it or not, there are some funny textbooks out there – or at least books about humor – that college students enrolled in programs like performance art or drama must use in their classes. Here are three of the “funnier” books:

1) The Comic Toolbox: How To Be Funny Even If You’re Not by John Vorhaus (1994)

It certainly takes some skill to be funny. Some people have a natural sense of humor and are just naturally witty in certain situations without much effort. But if you are looking to improve your comedic skills for some reason, this book is for you. The book primarily focuses on comedy writing such as writing jokes and being sarcastic or offbeat with your writing so that readers will be chuckling as they read and easily interpret your humor. Some of the topics discussed in the book include “Clash of Context,” “Tension and Release,” “The Law of Comic Opposites,” and “The Wildly Inappropriate Response.” Not only is this book about humor, but also the book itself is also humorous.

2) Comic Insights: The Art of Stand-Up Comedy by Franklyn Ajaye  (2002)

Want to be the next Jay Leno or David Letterman? Very few stand-up comedians ever make it to the levels of some of TV’s long-tenured funnymen, but this book will give you some great insight into what it takes to be a stand-up comedian and a comedy writer. With interviews from some of the most popular comedians to tips on performing in front of a live audience, you will get a glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy when you read this book. It also discusses humor in general and what things make people laugh. Even if you just like to laugh, this book is for you.

3) The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom–The Comedy Writer’s Ultimate “How To” Guide by Judy Carter (2001)

You rarely ever see the words “comedy” and “bible” together, but this book is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the ultimate “comedy bible” of information and history about comedy. From stand-up comedy, to writing funny books, to doing scripts for TV sitcoms, this book provides a wealth of knowledge and information on how to succeed in this field. If you are a college student studying performance art, and you have a passion for humor and being funny, this book would be a great resource for you. The variety of information in this book is amazing and fits comedians of all styles.