It’s been a while since I mentioned my humor collection. I think it was eight bookcases the first time I alluded to it and now it’s around fifteen plus closet storage. Essentially I have every important book by or about every major comic figure of the 20th century and some newer.
So autobiographies are my meat. The ones here I remember as better than average. But even limiting the list to 20, I tried to show the range of the field.
Fred Allen, Treadmill to Oblivion
Milton Berle, An Autobiography
Mel Blanc, That’s Not All Folks!
Russell Brand, My Booky Wook
Carol Burnett, One More Time
George Burns, Gracie: A Love Story
Sid Caesar, Where Have I Been?
Dick Cavett, Cavett
Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography
Tommy Chong, Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography
Rodney Dangerfield, It’s Not Easy Being Me
Tina Fey, Bossypants
Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose
Stan Freberg, It Only Hurts When I Laugh
Groucho Marx, Groucho and Me
Harpo Marx, Harpo Speaks
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
Joan Rivers, Enter Laughing
Chris Rock, Rock This
Sarah Silverman, The Bedwetter
And @ MortSahlFan, you should read Gerald Machman’s Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s, in which he gives pride of place to Sahl over Bruce.
If you want to know if some specific person ever wrote an autobio, ask and I’ll check my shelves. As you note, lots of comedians never got around to one, though.