Famous American humorists, such as Mark Twain, S. J. Perelman and James Thurber, wrote many of the most well-known funny short stories. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain is one example of a short story that combines sarcasm and wit to entertain the reader.
Mark Twain, famous for writing "Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," also penned more than 100 short stories and parodies, available in anthology form from various publishers. His style was frequently satirical and full of biting humor.
S.J. Perelman is best known for his two comedic short story anthologies, "Crazy Like a Fox" and "Acres and Pains." Perelman's writing is surreal and absurd. "Acres and Pains" is a collection of observations and short stories that details the miseries of owning and operating the small Pennsylvania farm that Perelman purchased after moving away from New York City. The author frequently uses metaphors, wordplay and obscure references to generate laughs.
James Thurber is the famous author of "My Life and Hard Times," an anthology of humorous short stories. His short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was published in The New Yorker in 1939 and adapted into a movie starring Ben Stiller in 2013.