A Literal Idiot’s Guide to Classic Literature
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May 11, 2016

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman — The story of Walt Whitman’s grass collection.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens — Two cities “switch places” after they get struck by lightning at the same time, i.e. Paris’s mind and soul are now in Helsinki and vice versa. I’m not sure if the two cities are Paris and Helsinki, but two cities switch places, nonetheless.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky — A book based on the hit TV show Law & Order (the original one, not one of those B-list spinoffs).

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck — An office comedy about an extermination company.

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner — Two twins with the last name of Absalom get into funny situations, like that show Sister, Sister. The funny actress Jackée is in this book, too!

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens — A biography of that magician guy who married that model.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway — A guy says goodbye to his arm collection. A lot of great literature is about collections (see above description of Leaves of Grass).

The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata — A fable about a mountain that only plays that “Ya’ll Ready for This” song.

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie — John Midnight has kids. They get into funny adventures.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë — I got no fucking idea.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — Jack Pride and Tito Prejudice are forced to be partners in the LAPD undercover narcotics squad. Pride is straight-laced and serious while Prejudice is a cut-up who plays by his own rules. This mismatch is funny.

 

 
 

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