Edited and with a new introduction by Regina Barreca

There's plenty to poke fun at in these United States-and as this volume proves, comedy may be the truest democracy of all. Smart, subversive, and surprising, this anthology shows us what makes Americans laugh.

Includes the works of:

Ambrose Bierce
• Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner
• Ralph Ellison
• Fannie Flagg William Goldman
• O. Henry
• Langston Hughes
• Molly Ivins
• Erica Jong Jean Kerr
• Alan King
• Fran Leibowitz
• Merrill Markoe
• H. L. Mencken
• Bill Nye Edgar Allen Poe
• Mae West
• Edith Wharton Herman Wouk
• and many others