Amplify Laughter: Humor Essays by Black Authors

The best friends are the ones who can deliver the perfect deadpan one liner, make you laugh until you’re doubled over, and still have a lot of heart. Meet your new favorite pals in these audiobooks of essays by Black authors that are simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny, sharp, and poignant.

From the author of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Samantha Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.

“Samantha Irby’s droll humor, unflinching realness, and impeccable timing are on full display in her narration of her latest audiobook.”-AudioFile Magazine

R. Eric Thomas didn’t know he was different until the world told him so. In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Thomas reexamines what it means to be an “other” through the lens of his own life experience. Here for It will resonate deeply and joyfully with everyone who has struggled with self-acceptance, or wished to shine more brightly in a dark world. Stay here for it—the future may surprise you.

“. . . Whether dealing with love, breakups, or other setbacks, Thomas is an affable narrator with a penchant for pop culture, funny quips, and charming humility.”—Publishers Weekly

In Akilah Hughes’s world, family and life are often complicated, but always funny. Through the intimate and hilarious essays in Obviously, Akilah takes listeners along on her journey from a small Kentucky town to New York City, where she took careful steps to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer and performer.

“Her [Akilah] honesty and do-or-die attitude toward achieving her goals will appeal to listeners of all ages.”-AudioFile Magazine

In her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Phoebe Robinson’s latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics and get personal. With the intimate voice of a new best friend, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count.

“…Robinson is a top-notch storyteller who takes readers on a funny, memorable ride.” —BookPage