If you’re setting out on a long road trip, you’ll need something to keep you company during those long hours on the road.
Conversations with fellow travelers can be a fun distraction but if you’re traveling on your own or prefer a little peace and quiet, then you’ll need something you can listen to during your trip.
Whether you’re a driver or passenger, audiobooks are a great way to pass the time during long road trips.
There are so many different types of audiobooks out there for you to listen to but if you like to laugh and enjoy humorous stories, then there’s no better choice than a funny audiobook.
There are many different funny audiobooks to choose from so picking the right one can be difficult (if you’re in the mood for something more romantic, check out our favorite romance audiobooks here). That’s why we’ve created this list of the 15 best funny audiobooks for long road trips. Pick one of these audiobooks and you’re sure to laugh away the miles!
Let’s get started!
1. Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood By Trevor Noah
There are several autobiographies and books by comedians on this list, but none of them are quite like this book by Trevor Noah.
The comedian and TV host grew up in South Africa as a mixed-race child during the years of Apartheid, so his experiences are something the vast majority of Americans can’t directly relate to.
That doesn’t mean that the stories told in this audiobook can’t be riveting or hilarious, however. Noah is candid about his life in a way that can be shocking but is always funny.
2. Born Standing Up By Steve Martin
Steve Martin is one of the most successful stand-up comedians of all time and he effortlessly made the switch to mainstream movie success.
Martin has also been a writer and musician during his years and in this autobiography, he details his life and why he walked away from stand-up.
Not every story told is meant to be humorous but those that are will make you laugh out loud. Learn how Martin became a comedic genius by honing his craft over years of shows and how that led to Saturday Night Live.
3. Bossypants By Tina Fey
In the last couple of decades, Tina Fey has become a household name thanks to her stint on Saturday Night Live and the numerous TV and movie roles she has taken.
This book is her story of how a young girl with a dream of becoming a TV comedian eventually made that dream come true.
This book is a must for anyone that is a fan of Fey or is just interested in the path female comedians have to take in order to reach the top. As well as her story, Fey also tells numerous anecdotes on a variety of topics.
4. A Confederacy Of Dunces By John Kennedy Toole
So far our choices have been autobiographies and memoirs by comedians so this entry marks our first comedic non-fiction book.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy is one every fan of funny literature should read and the audiobook makes it worth a second read for those who’ve experienced it once.
The protagonist of the story is a Don Quixote-esque character that lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The book takes you on a journey of his comedic adventures and attempts at getting employed.
5. Double Whammy By Carl Hiaasen
Murder mystery is not a genre that is commonly associated with comedy, but Double Whammy proves that there is plenty of room for humor to be found. This non-fiction book is fast-paced and witty and will make you look at fishing in an entirely new light.
A big-stakes bass fishing tournament is the backdrop for the murder and the book introduces a wild cast of characters alongside the protagonist, Robert Cinch.
6. Good Omens By Neil Gaiman And Terry Pratchett
If you’ve not read Good Omens yet, you may still be familiar with it because of a recent adaptation by Amazon Prime.
Even if you have read the book before, we still recommend this version of the audiobook as it has a full voice cast and several of the actors from the series reprise their roles.
The story centers around an upcoming apocalypse and the major players that are trying to both prevent it from happening and prevent it from being stopped. Those on the side of preventing it from happening include the unlikely duo of a friendly angel and demon.
7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a classic of comedy science fiction and has been adapted several times as movies, TV shows, and radio plays.
If you haven’t read the book before then what better time to travel through the galaxy with Arthur Dent than during your own road trip?
Dent leads an average life until he discovers his friend is an alien and the Earth is scheduled to be destroyed for a space highway. Enjoy a wild cast of characters and don’t forget your towel!
8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir By Jenny Lawson
Known as The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson shares several embarrassing but always hilarious stories from her life in this autobiography. Hear her stories about life in a small, rural town in Texas and her journey into adulthood and motherhood.
We recommend the audiobook version of this book because not only is the narration great, but great care has been taken with the editing to add sound effects to enhance the stories being told.
9. Me Talk Pretty One Day By David Sedaris
This is a collection of essays written by comedic author David Sedaris. The topics covered vary wildly but they all cover humorous anecdotes and memories from his life.
Some of the stories absolutely need to be heard to be believed and Sedaris’ narration really brings them all to life. Always funny and occasionally heartfelt as well, you won’t regret spending miles of your journey with this audiobook.
10. My Sister, The Serial Killer By Oyinkan Braithwaite
We’re back to non-fiction with this dark comedy that blends family drama, murder, and a surprisingly cutting social commentary.
The protagonist of the book finds herself in a tricky situation when her sister’s third boyfriend in a row is found dead. Although she’s used to covering for her sister, what will she do when the man she has a crush on shows interest in her murderous sibling?
11. Napalm And Silly Putty By George Carlin
George Carlin was well-known for being one of the funniest comedians and this book proves once again that his reputation is justified.
Expect razor-sharp observations and social commentary in an audiobook read by the great man himself. This book is sure to make you laugh and make you think.
12. Sh*t My Dad Says By Justin Halpern
Funny and heartwarming in equal measures, this audiobook illustrates the generational gap between father and son in a way few others have managed.
Sh*t My Dad Says started as random quotes from the author’s father but the book sees them woven into several memories of the author’s life. Expect hilarious stories and family bonding from this audiobook.
13. A Walk In The Woods: Rediscovering America On The Appalachian Trail By Bill Bryson
Why not enjoy listening to another journey while you make your road trip? This book takes you on a trip down the Appalachian Trail and is both funny and educational.
You will learn about the history and ecology of the trail but the information is never dry thanks to Bill Bryson’s entertaining commentary. You’ll meet the other hikers on the trail and even a couple of bears!
14. Where’d You Go, Bernadette By Maria Semple
This hilarious non-fiction book takes a non-traditional approach to storytelling as much of the plot is advanced through emails, letters, bills, and other forms of communication. It may sound strange, but it tells a compelling story.
The story begins when Bernadette goes missing and her daughter, Bee, tries to track her movements. It’s a funny but touching story about a mother and daughter.
15. Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling
For our final audiobook, we’ve chosen this collection of personal essays by comedy writer Mindy Kaling.
Each essay tells a different story about an event in Kaling’s life and they are all delivered with humor and emotion that everyone can relate to, even if the exact circumstances may not be something we’ve personally experienced.
They focus on the changes in careers, life, and friendships that many of us go through.
In this article, we listed the 15 best funny audiobooks for long road trips. We picked a variety of different audiobooks to cover all senses of humor so no matter what tickles your funny bone, there is sure to be an audiobook here for you.
Whether you want fiction or nonfiction, we have something for you.