Peter Mehlman became a writer for the Washington Post after college. He then found his way into television in 1982 working on SportsBeat with Howard Cosell. From 1985-90 he wrote for The New York Times Magazine, GQ and Esquire. Then it was time for the left coast. While out there, he ran into Larry David, whom he’d met back in New York. David invited Mehlman to submit a sample script for his show Seinfeld. Mehlman elected to send in a humor piece he’d written for the Times Magazine instead and landed the gig as a freelance writer for the show. It would be the first Seinfeld freelance episode, The Apartment. Over the eight-year run of the show, Mehlman rose to executive producer and coined such Seinfeld-isms as Yada Yada spongeworthy, shrinkage,. and double-dipping. In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created It’s like, you know…, a scathing look at Los Angeles. Recently, Mehlman received praise for his first novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great, which was released in 2014. The Washington Post named it “One of the top five comedic books of 2014″ and the only novel to make that list. In It Won’t Always Be This Great, Mehlman shows how one man’s story is never really his story alone including his hopes, failures, dreams, and realities. And how one man’s moment of rage snowballs into an entirely new life for him and those around him. Read More
Doug Stanhope announced that he will be writing/releasing a new memoir covering his relationship with his mother. The Stanhope diehards will remember Stanhope’s recent special, Beer Hall Putsch revealed some really dark stories about his mother, including her assisted suicide in 2008 as she was dying of emphysema… yeah, sh*t gets dark. We’ll have to wait a year until April 2016 when the book will be released but its never too early to start wondering what kind of wild stories Stanhope will jam into this book. Read More
Now that Parks and Recreation is a thing of the past, comedian Aziz Ansari is shifting his focus onto his new and upcoming projects. His second Netflix stand-up comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden premieres this Friday. And his upcoming book, Modern Romance due out June 16th, is an academic study of modern romance peppered with his brand of humor.
While most every other comedian including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is writing a memoir, Ansari decided he’d team up with a sociologist to conduct studies on love in the age of technology for his first title. Ansari did a lot of research for Modern Romance last summer, going as far as inviting certain ages/demos out to shows specifically to see how they responded to certain jokes about relationships. Anzari recently revealed his book cover which you can pre-order now. Read More
To promote his new book A Load of Hooey, Bob Odenkirk has been embarking on a book tour starting last week. Last night, he made a stop at the Conan set to read an exert for the audience in the style of a politician’s press conference. Odenkirk still has six more dates left on his book tour, including a stop tonight at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. You can check out the rest of the tour schedule below. Read More
In case you haven’t hears, writer, Parks and Recreations scribe, Twitter genius Megan Amram wrote a book. The satirical Science… For Her!, blends science and Cosmo magazine together for a textbook the ladies can finally get behind. Subjects include: this Spring’s ten most glamorous ways to die; tips for hosting your own big bang; what religion is right for your body type; and the most pressing issue facing women today: kale!
After releasing a music video to promote the book last week, Amram announced on her Tumblr she was going on a book tour. Amram will visit six cities between November 5th and 15th, including Portland, Brooklyn, and even Toronoto (you lucky Canucks). Joining Amram at select stops will be John Hodgeman, Megan Mullaly, and Amram’s mom Dr. Carol Lee (amongst others). Science… For Her! hits digital and real shelves on Tuesday, November 4th. You can pre-order your copy now on Amazon. Read More
Ladies, you know science just isn’t our thing. It’s not our fault though, and don’t worry, we have Megan Amram to help us. Parks and Rec writer and Twitter genius, Megan Amram’s new book, Science for Her, hits stores on November 4th. It’s like if science journals we’re written by the makers of Cosmopolitan magazine. To help get the word out, Amram enlisted Nick Offerman, Steve Agee, and Rich Fulcher to star in her new music video “Let’s Get Physics, Y’all.” Check it out.
Hannibal Buress got a book deal. Congrats! the comedian went on Conan last night to talk about the deal, mainly about how unexcited he is about the deal because it involves what he describes as, “a lot of homework” and his editors aren’t really that terrifying to him. So needless to say he hasn’t done much work on it yet. Read More
Comedian Patton Oswalt has released a new book, a memoir of sorts as well as an ode to classic cinema. In “Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film,” Oswalt recounts the time he spent watching film after film at the New Beverly Cinema.
Between 1995 and 1999, Oswalt had a heavy addiction to movies, often going to the cinema up to three nights a week, playing a major influence on his life.
“Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.”
Oswalt’s “Silver Screen Fiend” is set to be released on January 6, 2015. The book is available for pre-order now, here.
Billy on the Street’s fiery host, Billy Eichner, is reportedly writing a book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eichner has inked a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write a book about Hollywood and pop culture.
“I’m very excited to start writing, and I can assure my fans they will love the book more than Shailene Woodley loves Tom’s of Maine. This book is for anyone obsessed with show business, pop culture, social media and lots of other fun topics that fill our days as we hurtle helplessly toward accidents, illness, infidelity and death,” Eichner said.
Eichner is one of comedy’s fastest rising stars. His show Billy on the Street has garnered Emmy noms, he played the recurring role of Craig on the last season of Parks and Recreation, and currently teamed up with Amy Poehler and his BOTS head writer Julie Klausner to create and co-star in the pilot Difficult People for the USA network. Now add “author” to that list to complete one hell of a resume.
Two years ago, Lena Dunham sold a book proposal for over $3 million. Her book, Not That Kind of Girl, is finally set to be released on October 7th. To promote her new book, Dunham is setting off on an 11 city book tour, and is bringing some of her funny friends. Comedians Amy Schumer, Morgan Murphy, Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein will be joining Dunham for a show.
In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham talks about all her missteps in life, and what she learned along the way. The book features stories about, “wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises [Dunham] had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of 50 year old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep [Dunham] up at night.”