Best Current Comic/Satire Writers?
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All of my favorite comic writers seem to be in the grave or on their way. Give me some fresh names to start reading.
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Not to mention Simon Haynes. If you don't mind that goofy Australian spelling ;-)
Also, if you haven't picked up a copy already, you probably need John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise. The book is full of great dry humor and it goes really well with the Audiobook, which you can get for a limited time for free from iTunes (http://www.librarything.com/blog/2006/12/areas-of-my-expertisefree.php). If you need the reminder, John Hodgman is an NPR contributor who has spent some time at the Daily Show desk and is most well known for the corny Mac and PC ads for Apple in which he is the PC.
Also,Richard Lederer's books on misuse of the language are hilarious.
Oh, and some of Al Franken's books are great. Why Not Me? in particular is hilarious.
Mirth of a Nation, More Mirth of a Nation, and May Contain Nuts. I picked up the McSweeney's collection mentioned above because I thought it might be similar to these.
Neal Pollack and John Hodgman are both very funny. George Saunders is my hero.
Among the poets, Billy Collins is funny, sometime startlingly so.