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  • Patton Oswalt releases a book about his love of classic films

    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 Eichner from “Billy on the Street” is writing a book

    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.

    Lena Dunham is going on an 11 city book tour for “Not That Kind of Girl”

    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.”

    The tour starts September 30th and goes through October 21st. Tickets are on sale now. Full schedule below: Read More

    Go behind-the-scenes at Megan Amram’s cover shoot for her book “Science… For Her!”

    Megan Amram is much more than a Twitter comedic genius. She’s a writer on Parks and Recreation, and now an author. Go behind-the-scenes at Amram’s cover shoot for her new science book, Science… For Her! Oh ladies, Amram is our new hero. Have you ever stared at a science journal wishing it spoke to you in terms your lady brain can understand? How often do you wish upon a star, asking the universe, “Please let Cosmo Magazine write a science book!” Forget, Cosmo. Amram’s got your back. Judging by the cover alone, this should be an amazing, and hilarious read.

    You can pre-order Science… For Her! on Science…For Her!, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound now. Book to be released on November 4th.

    Todd Glass talks about his book “The Todd Glass Situation”

    Comedian Todd Glass has been doing stand-up for 30 years, but he’s been an out man for less than two. In his new memoir The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy, the comedian writes about “his decision at age forty-eight to finally live openly as a gay man—and the reactions and support from his comedy pals, from Louis C.K. to Sarah Silverman.” I talked to Todd about his cathartic experience writing the book, and doing the right thing by speaking up for others. Read More

    Judd Apatow to release a book of comedy interviews

    Judd ApatowLooks like producer, writer, director Judd Apatow is adding a new title to his resume; author. Apatow has been signed by publishing giant Random House to produce Sick In The Head, a collection of interviews he’s conducted over the past thirty years with many of his comedy heroes. Interviewees include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Roseanne Barr, Steve Allen, Jay Leno and Spike Jonze. The earliest dates back to 1983 when Apatow ran a radio show at his high school.

    Known for blockbuster films and television series like 40 Year Old Virgin, Freaks and Geeks, and Girls, it’s obvious Apatow knows comedy. We’re looking forward to reading what questions he has for those he respects in the biz.

    All proceeds from the book will benefit 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Sick in the Head is due in stores sometime in 2015.

    Take a first look at Amy Poehler’s new book cover, “Yes Please” in stores October 28th

    Amy PoehlerLast year Amy Poehler inked a deal to pen a book that would be released sometime in 2014. The book was to be a pseudo memoir/advice book that “will tackle a variety of topics, from friendship and parenting to advice on love and life, all done with her inimitable wit.”

    While the details were originally vague about the status of the book, this morning Today took a look at the photo shoot for the book’s cover. Poehler was her usual great self. It was also revealed that the book will hit shelves on October 28th through Dey Books.

    October will be here in no time and there’s already a pre-order up and running for the book so you can already start crossing off some things fro your holiday shopping list. Read More

    Jimmy Failla released a new book, win a copy now

    Follow That CarIf you have seen Jimmy Failla’s stand up then you know two things, first, he is hilarious, and second, he was once a taxi driver. Yeah, a taxi driver and he’s got all the stories to prove it. Thankfully, Jimmy has just released a comical new book called Follow That Car!: A Cabbie’s Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom that shares all those wild stories, life lessons, and wild situations he experienced while on the job. The book also goes into Failla’s attempts at getting shows, being a dad, and trying to keep a marriage together with zero sleep.

    Furthermore you can head over to Gotham Comedy Club tonight for his official book launch party. The party runs from 6:30 to 9pm and as Jimmy puts it, “Come for the mediocre reading, stay for the cake and the booze.”

    Buy a copy on Amazon now.

    Lastly, we’ge giving away one copy to a lucky reader. Read More

    Chelsea Handler is dropping a new book and hitting the road

    One of the queens of comedy, the hilarious Chelsea Handler, is making big news with the announcement of her new book and huge tour. Chelsea’s fifth book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, is set to hit shelves March 11th and is chock full of her stories from traveling around the globe. It sounds pretty crazy too! From escaping a German hospital on crutches, to wearing a bathrobe in the brush because she’d had a few too many margaritas, Handler also goes over some frequently asked traveler questions and gives some tips to traveling, although she admits they probably shouldn’t be followed.

    As far as the tour goes, it would be faster for me to list where it doesn’t go. Chelsea’s tour hits 31 different stops across the country. From Seattle to New York City and almost every place in between, tour tickets will be available Friday the 17th.

    For more info checkout her website In the meantime, you should learn some of her new rules for touring, as seen in the above video.