A Review for: Best Australian Comedy Writing 2

Comedy is one of the few things that can bring a smile to so many faces, instantly. It makes light of situations to help us get through some tougher times and even allows us to realise that there’s always a reason to enjoy ourselves.

Comedy is something I have personally found to be a godsend. I’ve learnt to take a lot of things with a grain of salt and I find that if you can laugh about it, then it makes it just that little bit less stressful, right?

It’s nice to be able to have a light-hearted book that you can get stuck into for some mindless distraction, especially in a time such as now, while we are all experiencing this crazy coronavirus pandemic. 

Best Australian Comedy Writing 2 is edited by Luke Ryan and features 26 short stories and excerpts that are great for a quick pick me up; whether it be reading the whole book in one go or a select few pieces that you have time for.


`…Comedy writing is a tough art. It requires concision, precision and an intuitive sense of how the reader is going to formulate your sentences in their mind. It needs a poet’s grasp of language, an encyclopaedic knowledge of culture, high and low, and a vast array of euphemisms for embarrassing bodily functions.
– Luke Ryan

From memoir and satire, to spoofs and silliness, this collection combines the best writing of 2016 with new pieces from the funniest people working today.

This book was edited superbly well, collating a decent mix of comedic short stories, and structured in a way that keeps the reader turning pages for more humorously written entertainment.

The collection of pieces written are done so by such a diverse group of authors which makes it all the more interesting. There’s a noticeable differentiation in the type of comedy, but you can still tell it is stereotypical Australian humour. There’s crude moments and downright silly occasions all throughout the book. I find that it also evokes a lot of feelings from experiences that any individual may have had, so it’s relatable for the reader too. 

Admittingly I think that I prefer the first Best Australian Comedy Writing book that Ryan edited, as there were a few stories in this one that I just didn’t find funny. To me they seemed more like just a memoir or similar, but being realistic, not all types of comedy are going to tickle everyone’s fancy, so I am totally okay with that. 

If you can manage to find a copy of this book, it’s worth the purchase for sure, as it is such a great addition to anyone’s home library. 

Have you read this book or any other great Aussie comedies? Do you prefer to read or watch comedy? Let me know in the comments below!

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