Everything's Trash, But It's Okay
From standup to Sooo Many White Guys to 2 Dope Queens (the podcast and the show), Phoebe Robinson can’t stop, won’t stop. Now the super funny polymath is getting laughs with her second bestseller, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay. In this wildly funny, deeply personal, and crucially timely collection of essays, Robinson explores gender, race, dating, the time she met Bono, and the OTHER time she met Bono.
Ali Wong’s Netflix comedy specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, are almost as raunchy as they are raucous; I literally laughed ’til I was sick. Now, the star of Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe and mother of two is putting her unfiltered and unbelievable talent on the page in Dear Girls, a collection of letters to her daughters. From advice for working moms in male-dominated professions, to tales of sexual (mis)adventures, to the time she drank snake’s blood, Dear Girls is both LOL and TMI.
Girl Walks into a Bar . . .
Many early-2000s SNL fans will remember the always hilarious (and always underrated) Rachel Dratch as Debbie Downer and Denise “Zazu” McDenna, a loudmouthed Boston teen alongside Jimmy Fallon as Sully. But what happened to her? After leaving SNL (and narrowly missing the role of Jenna on 30 Rock), Dratch was only getting offered roles as “Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians.” In Girl Walks Into a Bar…, Dratch offers hysterical anecdotes from her SNL days and adventures of her post-TV life, including dog-sitting, dating, and becoming a mom when she least expected it—at age 44.
Why Not Me?
Fans of The Office owe a huge deal of their laughter to Mindy Kaling. Fans of The Mindy Project owe her pretty much all of it. For them, and for lovers of Late Night and Four Weddings and a Funeral, now is the perfect time to revisit Why Not Me?—or discover it for the first time. The follow-up to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, this hilarious, insightful, and deeply personal essay collection examines Kaling’s journey to find new friendships in lonely places, navigate Hollywood as a woman of color, and become the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever.
When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win
Standup comic and comedy writer Carol Leifer (Seinfeld, SNL, The Larry Sanders Show) faced a critical dilemma and had only two options: either continue sharing her greatest childhood memory (seeing the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1966) or lie about her age. In this uproarious book, Leifer’s decision is clear. Praised by comedy legends including Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Margaret Cho, When You Lie About Your Age is Leifer’s no-holds-barred manifesto on her age, her outlook, and her life philosophy.
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell
If you dig the incredible comedy of W. Kamau Bell, you can’t miss his memoir. And if you’ve missed his CNN show (United Shades of America), his FX show (Totally Biased), his Netflix special (Private School Negro), or his two podcasts (Politically Re-Active and Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period), this book is the perfect introduction to the man the New York Times describes as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Whether covering race relations, feminism, politics, or fatherhood, the self-proclaimed Black nerd’s thoughts are always hilarious, timely and, yes, awkward.
I'm Fine...And Other Lies
Described by B.J. Novak as “the funniest cry for help you’ll read this year,” Whitney Cummings’s debut features her trademark wit, humor, honesty, and tales of self-humiliation. From the time she broke her shoulder trying to impress a guy, to flirting with a life-sentence in a Guatemalan prison, to having her own lacerated ear sewn back on, I’m Fine…And Other Lies offers tons of laughter (and delicious schadenfreude) from top to bottom.
Diary of a Mad Diva
Long before Fashion Police and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, Joan Rivers had established herself as a bestselling author and comedy legend. In 2014, her book Diary of a Mad Diva also made the New York Times bestseller list and earned Rivers a Grammy for its audiobook. Get to know the late, great comedienne in this brutally honest, delightfully vicious, always hilarious look at the everyday life of the ultimate diva.
With credits including The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project, Mark and Jay Duplass are celebrated as writers, directors, producers, actors—and brothers. With the release of Like Brothers, they’re also authors, offering a book that’s part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms. “Wright. Ringling. Jonas. I’m sure you could name a bunch of famous brother teams. They’re all garbage compared to Mark and Jay,” writes Mindy Kaling in the foreword. “I can’t wait for you to read this book.” Same here.
Life Will Be the Death of Me
The queen of late-night and author of five consecutive bestselling books has scored again, with what might be her best yet. In a torpor of despair following the 2016 election, Handler decides it’s time for some changes, so she steps outside her privileged bubble and sets off on a year-long journey of self-discovery and self-sufficiency. Funny, poignant, and honest, Life Will Be the Death of Me chronicles what Handler learns through relationships, political action, therapy, and picking up dog shit.
Dad Is Fat
Calling all empty-nest parents, long-time parents, soon-to-be parents, children of parents, and never-ever-want-to-be parents: Dad Is Fat is hilarious. The world-famous standup recounts his joys, horrors, and—above all—survival strategies as the father of five kids. You’ll belly-laugh through Gaffigan’s takes on growing up in a big family (“I always assumed my father had six children so he could have a sufficient lawn crew”), to changing diapers in the middle of the night (“like The Hurt Locker but much more dangerous”), to bedtime (aka “Negotiating with Terrorists”).
Sick in the Head
At age 16, Judd Apatow hosted a show for his local high school radio station where he interviewed his comedy heroes. Now, in a new book from the man behind Knocked Up, Freaks and Geeks, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Apatow, with the same curiosity and wonder as his teenage self, interviews many of the legends who have become his peers. Sick in the Head features intimate and hilarious conversations with some of the most influential comedians of the past 30 years, from Mel Brooks and Jerry Seinfeld to Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock.
What feels terrible to read? Internet news. And what’s the opposite of internet news? Literary comedy! So do yourself a favor: close your tabs, turn down your rage, and dial up your laughter with one of these comedian memoirs from the funniest people on the planet. You deserve it.
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