Healing Through Humor

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Memoirs about the healing power of humor

"I’ve learned that laughing at my pain helps me heal," comedian Ms. Pat says in her memoir Rabbit—which, if you haven't listened to it yet, you'll want to get on that. You can finish this list later. (It's not going anywhere.)

As a card carrying member of the dysfunctional family club, I've always had a taste for the tragicomic. These hilarious, insightful, and occasionally grueling memoirs are how-to manuals for using comedy to cope with painful circumstances like breakups, addiction, mental illness, and even death. Because if you're alive, you've felt pain, and goodness knows we could all use a little healing. —Rachel, Audible Editor
    • Rabbit

    • The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
    • By: Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
    • Narrated by: Patricia Williams
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,034

    Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor that offers a rare glimpse into the harrowing reality of life on America's margins....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating story, narration was a bit rough...

    • By Lindsay on 12-05-17

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Calypso

    • By: David Sedaris
    • Narrated by: David Sedaris
    • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,115
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11,886
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,801

    With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and humor - toward middle age and mortality....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, as always

    • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Furiously Happy

    • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
    • By: Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,318
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,296

    Bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety?....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Small doses.

    • By Shawna on 10-18-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Strong Ending

    • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
    • By: Audible Originals
    • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,456

    This heartfelt Audible Original, narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, follows three military veterans as they reclaim their most painful memories and turn them into comedy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Favorite Member Selection so far

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

    Regular price: $5.00

    • The Last Black Unicorn

    • By: Tiffany Haddish
    • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29,083
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26,123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26,010

    The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sad it ended

    • By HerHighness on 12-08-17

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Tragedy Plus Time

    • By: Adam Cayton-Holland
    • Narrated by: Adam Cayton-Holland
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    Adam Cayton-Holland went from a painfully sensitive kid growing up in Denver, Colorado, to a writer and performer with a burgeoning career in comedy.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Powerful.... Just WOW!

    • By Kindle Customer on 08-22-18

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful

    • A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss
    • By: Stephanie Wittels Wachs
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Wittels Wachs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350

    One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs's life forever.... Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow. This is the truest story I’ve read of the baffling heartbreak that is addiction robbing a close family of a genius...

    • By A. S. on 03-31-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • I Can't Make This Up

    • Life Lessons
    • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
    • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38,026
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34,745
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34,578

    Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I never give anything 5 stars but in this case...

    • By Marlana Crews on 07-12-17

    Regular price: $29.95

    • It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)

    • By: Nora McInerny Purmort
    • Narrated by: Nora McInerny Purmort
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 833
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 765
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 761

    Twentysomething Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend and job to job. Then she met Aaron, a charismatic art director and her kindred spirit....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fresh, brutally raw and honest

    • By ashton on 05-31-16

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Rob Delaney

    • Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.
    • By: Rob Delaney
    • Narrated by: Rob Delaney
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 373

    Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo?...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved this book!!

    • By Heather Williams on 11-13-13
    • Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.
    • By: Rob Delaney
    • Narrated by: Rob Delaney
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 11-05-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 398 ratings

    Regular price: $24.50