Thanks for the recommendation.
I'm reading Ulysses
for the third time at the moment (no, no—let me finish!) and it is actually incredibly funny.
The comic value of the book is often overlooked because of its more salient difficulty.
I think one of the funniest books I've read is Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov. He is usually characterised as a cool-headed aesthete (which he undoubtably was) but he was also a very fine humorist. As was Joyce.
In my opinion high-brow literary humour is the finest humour of all.
You smirk and sneer and sneer and smirk but more than this it simply engages a greater part of your mental faculties so that the humour, when it surfaces, has a greater effect.
But I think the only story that has made me laugh out loud and to the point that my reading was interrupted is The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells.
Poor Constable Winch!