Insane Wedding

Read The Humor Columnist’s review of Dave Barry’s Insane City. (It’s good.)

insane-cityDave Barry is responsible for the only truly interesting rehearsal dinner in wedding history. And for that alone “Insane City” deserves praise.

“Insane City” is a book about a wedding in Miami gone horribly wrong. This madcap tale properly and hilariously documents everything that is out of control about modern weddings, a topic that is near and dear to my heart. And on top of this already thick baseline of wedding insanity Barry adds the city of Miami (also insane), the groom’s posse (drunk and insane), a bridezilla (insane times 20), her rich family (all nuts), one of the richest men in the world, two henchmen, a mysterious cabal of ultra-rich men called The Group of 11, an international humanitarian crisis, a snake, an orangutan and a tequila-drinking fake pirate ship captain.

Much like his previous book “Lunatics,” which he co-authored with Alan Zweibel, the events in “Insane City” ascend into madness. At the center of it all is our hero, Seth, a nice guy who writes tweets about douche for a living who is trying to marry the girl of his dreams. Trying is the operative word because, in case I have not made this clear, things go a little nuts.

Tucked within this delightful series of mad events is the rehearsal dinner to end all rehearsal dinners, which, fingers crossed, Hollywood won’t screw up when “Insane City” gets the movie treatment it deserves.

Amazon: Insane City


Humor Writing Tip No. 3: Dave Barry Defines ‘Sense of Humor’

Dave Barry’s definition of the term “sense of humor.”

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I find this definition both perfect and terrifying.

Via Slate:

“A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.” – Dave Barry, Humor Columnist



Dave Barry’s 2012 Year in Review

Read Dave Barry’s depressingly accurate 2012 Year in Review in the Miami Herald.


It wouldn’t be the end of the year without Dave Barry’s Year in Review in the Miami Herald. This year, which happens to still be 2012–suck it, Mayans–Barry looks back on the presidential election, Predator drones, the Facebook IPO and whether or not Jeremy Lin actually exists. The column opens, “It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate,” and that’s pretty much the cheeriest bit.

More Dave Barry:

Dave Barry’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Dave Barry at the Olympics

Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2011

Dave Barry Books

Image stolen from the Miami Herald


Dave Barry’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Just in time for the holidays, it’s Dave Barry’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.


Just in time for the holidays, it’s Dave Barry’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. As he does every year, Barry took reader suggestions and compiled them into a weird and funny annual gift guide. This year’s guide features an emergency underpants dispenser, a trailer-hitch-mounted stripper pole and Mega Plumber Action Hero, of which Barry writes, “Do you have a child on your holiday gift list? If so, we’re certain that child will be very surprised to receive this item. ” This makes me wish I had a child.

Count me among the readers who wishes Barry still wrote regularly for the Miami Herald. Nowadays he pops up for the Olympics, political conventions and holidays, but the world would be a better place if he had a regular gig, one in which he opined weekly on things such as creeping fascism and animal mask weddings and so forth.

More Dave Barry:

Dave Barry at the Olympics

Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2011

Dave Barry Books



Dave Barry will try to make the London Summer Olympics less boring

Dave Barry writes about the London Summer Olympics. Links to his coverage.

Dave Barry is at the Olympics. No, not to compete in some sport he just made up, like skeet toilet shooting. Although that would be awesome.

He’s come out of semi-retirement to suffer the hardships of a free trip to Europe to cover the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the Miami Herald.

This, of course, is welcome news, because in a perfect world Barry would still be writing a weekly humor column where he explains things like the link between taxes and manure.

Barry already has filed his first Olympic column.

It begins:

“The Olympic Games.” Without question, these are the three most exciting words in all of sports, except for “nude Jell-O wrestling.” And that is why, for the next two weeks, millions of Americans will tune in to NBC to watch the greatest athletes from every part of the globe, except those parts of the globe that are located outside of the United States because NBC’s longstanding Olympic policy is to avoid, at all costs, exposing its viewers to foreign athletes.

Read the rest here.

He also has started Tweeting.

On the off chance that he reads this, more tweets, please, Dave. If I have to rely on Bob Costas for all of my Olympic commentary, I will hurl my television set off my balcony.

I will continue to update this post with the latest coverage.

Dave Barry 2012 London Summer Olympics coverage:

Let the Olympic festivities begin

Navigating London’s street witness protection program

I’m surrounded by characters

Opening ceremonies a great tribute to Hawaii

Tight shorts, aerodynamic legs at my first Olympic event

Beach volleyball is the sport of lonely kings and fine Russian women

Beer and team handball not a bad combination

First Olympic scandal rears its ugly head

Some tips when visiting London

It’s easy to get distracted from Olympic archery

Legendarily named trampolinist makes mark at London Olympics

Exploring human life through the eyes of a cockroach

I came to see the classiest Olympic competition

Games not just about sportsmanship

Representing a country is great

It is time for the purest Olympic sport

The good and bad and awesome of the Olympics

More Dave Barry from The Humor Columnist:

Deranged pen pals Zweibel and Barry team up for ‘Lunatics’

Year in Review 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 2011


Joe Donatelli is a journalist in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.