. Laced with revelatory insights. Los angeles times “Superb. A reason that it is a superior example of an overcrowded genre—the comedian memoir—is Mr. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back. National bestsellerpeople make a mess. Raw and unflinchingly honest. Entertainment Weekly“Devastatingly funny.
Attempting Normal #ad - Los angeles times “For a comedy nerd, this show is nirvana. Judd Apatow. Maron’s hardheaded approach to his history, the wisdom of experience. The new york times “marc maron is a legend because he is both a great comic and a brilliant mind.
Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF PodcastFlatiron Books #ad - Molly shannon uproariously remembers the time she and her best friend hopped a plane from Ohio to New York City when they were twelve on a dare. Barack obama candidly discusses the challenges of the presidency, and the bittersweet moments of seeing your children grow up. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, sexuality, childhood, success, relationships, failures and others, Punch becomes a sort of everyman’s guide to life.
Amy poehler dishes on why just because you become a parent doesn’t mean you have to like anybody else’s kids but your own. He uses his honestly like a scalpel, and in doing so, cutting himself open in front of anyone he’s talking to, invites you to do the same. John oliverfrom the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a book of intimate, hilarious and life changing conversations with some of the funniest, and most important people in the world like you’ve never heard them before.
Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast #ad - Bruce springsteen expounds on the dual nature of desperation to both motivate and devastate. Amy schumer recounts the pain of her parents’ divorce. Waiting for the punch features the stories and thoughts of such luminaries as amy schumer, Bruce Springsteen, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michels, Sir Ian McKellen, Lena Dunham, RuPaul, Judd Apatow, Mel Brooks, Louis CK, David Sedaris, and President Obama.
This book is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead something more wondrous: a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the problems, joys, doubts, triumphs, and failures we all experience. Full of stories that are at once laugh-out loud funny, heartbreakingly honest, Waiting for the Punch is a book to be read from cover to cover, joyous, tragic and powerful, but it is also one to return to again and again.
The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant MessiahCrown Archetype #ad - He spends some time exploring the dark side of things, conspiracy theories, as his obsessions with cocaine known to Maron as “magic powder”, and famous self-destructive comedians convince him that the gates of hell open beneath Los Angeles. In his brainiac-memoir-meets-hilarious-travelogue, he demonstrates the ability to tell a story with an extraordinary provocative intelligence that is regrettably shared by few.
Janeane Garofolo, comedian. Whether he’s a genuine prophet or a neurotic mess, he’ll make you laugh as you question the meaning of life. Maron riffs on beat phenomena with its sacred texts, established rituals, and prescribed pilgrimages. Marc maron seems to have a distinctly american version of the Jerusalem Syndrome, which has led him on a lifelong quest for religious significance and revelation in the most unlikely of places.
The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah #ad - Marc maron is blazingly smart, rapid-fire, and very funny. A brilliant and relentless screed. David rakoff, author of fraud “Marc Maron is the first crazy person I’ve ever envied. As his quest matures, pontificating on the timeless beauty of the Coca-Cola logo and even taking a trip to the Philip Morris cigarette factory, he reveals the religious aspects of Corporate America, where the workers puff their own products with a zealot-like fervor.
By the author of attempting normal and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, The Jerusalem Syndrome is The Gospel according to Maron: a spiritual memoir of your average hyperintelligent, ultraneurotic, superhip Jewish standup comedian and seeker.
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to FilmScribner #ad - Clever and readable. Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliché-riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters is relentlessly present, whirring in the background like a projector” The Boston Globe. Set in the nascent days of la’s alternative comedy scene, silver Screen Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way.
. Oswalt has a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match” The New York Times. Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. The instant new york times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” USA TODAY memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively watching classic films at a legendary theater in Los Angeles.
Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film #ad - It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex: it was film. After moving to los angeles, cult hits, absorbing classics, Oswalt became a huge film buff or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema. More than a memoir, this is “a love song to the silver screen” Paste Magazine.
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and ComedyRandom House #ad - Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At sixteen, he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset, Long Island—a show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld.
They talked about their careers, and their dreams of future glory turns out, the science of a good joke, Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything. Thirty years later, apatow is still that same comedy nerd—and he’s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do.
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy #ad - Sick in the head gathers apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. I don’t want this book to end. Jimmy fallon “An essential for any comedy geek. Entertainment Weekly “Fascinating.
Club • includes new interviews!from the writer and director of knocked up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, Seth Rogen, Harold Ramis, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.
Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16Grand Central Publishing #ad - Only not officially. Rising young comedian Moshe Kasher is lucky to be alive. In fact, kasher later spends time in a Brooklyn Hasidic community. By the time he was 15, he had been in and out of several mental institutions, drifting from therapy to rehab to arrest to. You get the picture. She stole them away from their father and they moved to Oakland, California.
Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 #ad - But kasher in the rye is not an "eye opener" to the horrors of addiction. He started using drugs when he was just 12. Well it was more like an abduction. That's where the real fun begins, in the war zone of Oakland Public Schools. It's a hilarious memoir about the absurdity of it all. When he was a young boy, Kasher's mother took him on a vacation to the West Coast.
Then came addicition. Brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Kasher's first literary endeavor finds humor in even the most horrifying situations. At that point, he had already been in psychoanlysis for 8 years.
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton OswaltScribner #ad - Widely known for his roles in the films big fan and Ratatouille, as well as the television hit The King of Queens, Patton Oswalt—a staple of Comedy Central—has been amusing audiences for decades. Prepare yourself for a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, insightful, one of the most creative, and hysterical voices on the entertainment scene today.
Zombie spaceship wasteland is an inventive account of the evolution of Patton Oswalt’s wildly insightful worldview, sure to indulge his legion of fans and lure many new admirers to his very entertaining “wasteland. ”. Oswalt chose wastelands, pop culture and fatty foods, and ever since he has been mining our society’s wasteland for perversion and excess, indie rock and single-malt scotch.
Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, including a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch. He remembers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained.
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This Is Not Fame: A "From What I Re-Memoir"Da Capo Press #ad - For stanhope, the party goes on. It's an outright celebration of it. They're weird, gross, disturbing, uncomfortable, and fucking funny. This is not fame is by no means a story of overcoming a life of excess, immorality, and reckless buffoonery. Not to say he hasn't rubbed elbows with fame. He's crashed its party, and jumped into its pool naked, snorted its coke, literally and often repeatedly--all while artfully dodging fame himself.
This Is Not Fame: A "From What I Re-Memoir" #ad - Doug spares no legally permissible detail, and his stories couldn't be told any other way. You know, just for levity. While other comedians were seeking fame, Stanhope was seeking immediate gratification, dark spectacle, or sometimes just his pants. An unfiltered, menacing third-world police, sex offenders, evil dwarfs, unapologetic, hilarious, prostitutes, roads laden with dank bars, farm animals, cheap drugs, and sometimes obscene assemblage of tales from the down-and-dirty traveling comedy circuitDoug Stanhope has been drunkenly stumbling down the back roads and dark alleys of stand-up comedy for over a quarter of a century, psychotic breaks, public nudity, and some understandable suicides.
A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward AdventureDa Capo Press #ad - The good news is now, thanks to this book, you can enjoy the painfully funny consequences of his unfortunate decisions at a safe distance. Chris gethard has often found himself in awkward situations most people, including you, probably would have safely avoided. A bad idea i'm about to do invites readers to join chris as he navigates an adolescence and adulthood mired in hilariously ill-fated nerdom, and to take comfort in the fact that - as his experiences often prove - things could always be much, much worse.
Greg Giraldo: A Comedian's StoryStarkbill Publishing #ad - Greg Giraldo: A Comedian's Story #ad - This book tells his story, from his boyhood in Queens to his Ivy League education, to his decision to drop a law career to pursue standup comedy. Greg giraldo was one of the most admired standup comedians of the 21st Century. The authors have researched his life and interviewed more than 60 people who knew Greg well – family, friends, standups, managers, and more – to produce a full picture of the brilliant yet complex figure who left the stage way too soon.
Food: A Love StoryCrown Archetype #ad - McDonalds. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book. Bacon. Cinnabon. What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, the cow, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind behind the wheel and the computer, and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, or the bacon cheeseburger?” .
Hot Pockets. Stand-up comedian and author jim gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet “choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover” and decrying the worst offenders “kale is the early morning of foods”. Fans flocked to his new york times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinaryish.
Food: A Love Story #ad - Kale. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat.