Gifts for the comic dad
If your dad is a super-fan of the super-funny, then get him a gift that will foster his comedic sensibilities. Here are a few funny gift ideas that he's sure to enjoy.
Gifts for the funny intellectual
The 50 Funniest American Writers by Andy Borowitz offers an eclectic anthology of humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and is the perfect book to pick up whenever you — or in this case, your dad — need a laugh.
Another hilarious read that can be picked up for a quick laugh, giggle, chuckle or chortle anytime dad is in need of a pick-me-up is Jon Stewart's A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race. Full of pictures, charts, graphs and hilarious words, it's another great gift choice for a funny father.
Gifts for the ultimate knucklehead
If your dad fancies himself a knucklehead, then a collection of DVDs from The Three Stooges might be a funny Father's Day winner. The Three Stooges have eight volumes of episodes available that ran from 1934 through 1959, along with plenty of Stooge-specific collections, so there are plenty of options to choose from. For the super-fan, throw in a Curly T-shirt and let the laughs begin.
For the dad who prefers old movies and classic humor, then consider picking up a movie by the Marx Brothers. If he can name his favorite Marx brother without hesitation, then this is definitely a winning gift. The Marx Brothers made 14 movies together from 1921 to 1949, and they are rarely shown on TV. A few of their well-known favorites include: Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, Monkey Business and A Night in Casablanca.
Gifts for the closet stand-up comedian
There are so many new comics and stand-up albums being released all of the time, and it can be difficult to keep up with them all! Become a hilarious hero to your dad by introducing him to a new comic and an album he can enjoy over and over again. A few albums that have been released in the last year or so and come highly recommended by comedy fans everywhere are:
- Marc Maron, "This Has To Be Funny" — A perfect album for the analytical and slightly neurotic.
- Tig Notaro, "Good One" — A smart and surprising comic album that is easily one of the best released in 2011.
- Don Friesman, "Ask Your Mom" — This album was released just in time for Father's Day and is perfect for dads of young kids.
Gifts for the total goofball
If your dad fits into the goofball category and loves pranks and pull-my-finger jokes more than anyone you know, then you really have no choice but to put together a prank basket. Stock up his arsenal of goofy gear by supplying him with the classic items that he needs to play the jokes that he finds so funny. Start small with items like whoopee cushions, trick coins and, dare we say, fart machines, but avoid items that release strong smells or terrible tastes — no good can come of them. If you're clueless on where to pick up products for the practical jokester, then try visiting prank.org. They have a pretty comprehensive selection of gag gifts that are sure to make your dad giggle with delight.
Watch: The Three Stooges — Pie Fight
The Three Stooges, a society party and lots of pies. Does it get any better? From the 1941 short, "In The Sweet Pie And Pie".