- BJ Novak wrote a book, here’s the trailer. [Youtube]
- The next season of Veep premieres this April. [Twitter]
- You can email submissions to Last Comic Standing 8. [The Comic's Comic]
- Some behind-the-scenes pictures from Donald Glover’s last episode of Community. [The A.V. Club]
- Paul F. Tompkins would rather just stay home and watch Pitch Perfect. [Uproxx]
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 chelseahandler.com. In the meantime, you should learn some of her new rules for touring, as seen in the above video.
Following in the footsteps of S**t my Dad Says, and 40 Days of Dating, FX will be making a sitcom based on an internet property. This time, it’s rapper Mac Lethal‘s popular Tumblr, Texts From Bennett. The sitcom, which will have the same name as the site, will be in the hands of Wilfred executive producer and director Randall Einhorn. The blog purports to be iPhone conversations Lethal has with his 17 year old cousin Bennett, a “white kid who claims to be 13% black crip, enjoys a more than recreational level of drug use, and can’t keep a job,” according to Deadline. The sitcom will be based on the novel that Mac Lethal (whose name is actually David Sheldon) wrote. In the book, Bennett and his pill-popping mom lose their house, and Mac offers to let them stay with him and his girlfriend Harper as his suburban Kansas City home. It’s not known whether Mac will star in the series, but he’s also got a degree of internet fame via his YouTube channel, where he made pancakes while rapping.
Mac Lethal has claimed that there is an actual Bennett, but The Smoking Gun has debunked that theory. But hey, if Lethal got a book deal and a TV show about it, then he’s gotta be doing something right.
You may remember a previous story we did about legendary newsman Ron Burgundy’s new book, Let Me Off at the Top! Now, fast-forward to the present day and you may find yourself thinking “Hmm, is this book worth buying?” Well Ron is here to tell you in his own words, which are smoother than melted butter on a fresh-waxed basketball court, why you should buy his book. This clip was shot for a UK audience, and there will probably be another one shot for people in the states, if you’re really looking to get your Burgundy fix before Anchorman 2 comes out, you can catch him selling Dodges. Look for the book to be on shelves November 19th and until then, stay classy Laugh Button readers.
Artie Lange‘s second book, Crash and Burn, is out today. Well known for his work on MADtv and his 8 year stint on The Howard Stern Show, Lange’s new book is stunningly raw. In 2008, the comedian’s first book, Too Fat to Fish, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Since then, his life has certainly taken enough of a turn to warrant a second book. He divulges the details of his life-long struggle with heroin and prescription drugs, as well as his attempted suicide in 2010.
Despite Lange’s brutal honesty about the darkest parts of his past, Crash and Burn also chronicles more recent and positive parts of his life, including his return to comedy and recent engagement to his longtime girlfriend Adrienne. The book was co-written by Anthony Bozza, who also co-wrote Fish.
Rob Delaney, the man voted “The Funniest Person on Twitter” who somehow became Mitt Romney’s nemesis, has added published author to his list of accomplishments. His forthcoming book, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. is just the kind of title you’d expect from a man whose Twitter profile picture is a poorly manscaped, green Speedo-clad Delaney.
Although this is Rob Delaney’s first book, he is certainly no stranger to the written word. Beyond his famed binge Tweeting, Delaney has contributed to both Vice and The Guardian. While the book won’t sidestep heavy topics like Delaney’s struggle with addiction and depression, it’ll probably bring a laugh or two as well.
At the young age of 23, Bo Burnham has done everything. Ok, maybe not everything, but he’s certainly done a lot and he can now add writing a poetry book to that list. His new book, Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone. looks to be hitting shelves October 1st of this year. His new poetry book, accompanied by Chance Bone’s drawings is said to include everything from farts to death and if it’s anything like his comedy, it’ll be hilarious. While I don’t know much about the book, we were all lucky enough to get a sneak peak from a recent a Vine video that Bo sent out.
Artie Lange will once again be an author.
On October 29th the comedian and radio show host will release his second book, Crash and Burn. It will be the follow-up to Lange’s 2008 NY Times Best Seller, Too Fat To Fish which chronicled his life growing up, family, entrance into showbiz, and drug addition. At the time Lange was also featured on The Howard Stern Show until his highly publicized and drug-laden departure from the show in 2010 with an attempted suicide.
Crash And Burn is the telling of that part of Lange’s story, the behind-the-scenes look at his public implosions, his infamous appearance on the short-lived Joe Buck Live in 2009, and what really happened from his attempted suicide and institutionalization post Stern Show.
I am so thrilled to be publishing this book through Touchstone,” said Artie Lange. “It just feels right. Staying clean and sober for a long period of time will save my life. I feel that having a lot of money will help that, so please buy this book and save a life.”
“Like John Belushi and Chris Farley before him, Artie Lange was widely known for both his outrageous comedic acts and appetite for self-destruction,” said Stacy Creamer, Vice President and Publisher of Touchstone. “Fortunately, Artie Lange survived to tell his tale. Crash and Burn is the book his fans have long been waiting for, a memoir that is equal parts outrageous, heartbreaking, hilarious, and always uncensored Artie Lange.”
Lange, who has had a hard-fought path to sobriety is now back on top hosting The Artie Lange Show on DirectTV and touring comedy clubs across the nation. Read More