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  • David Spade’s book, “Almost Interesting” is so much more

    David Spade

    “These are the stories I tell to my friends or at dinner when I’m drunk and everyone darts their eyes around and squirms in their chair hoping I’ll finish soon.” Spade explains this book best with that line. Like most autobiographies, Spade’s starts off with his crazy childhood. His dad moves the family to Arizona and then bails, his mom struggled to raise three boys, a caring step-dad enters for a brief time, and all the while he longs to fit in everywhere he goes. Then there are the stories about comedy- how he got his start while in high school, trying to make it in Hollywood’s comedy scene, sleeping on couches, getting a car stolen, touring and performing in shitty towns and even shittier venues. Eventually, a breakout performance on an HBO young comedians special is what led him to Saturday Night Live. Read More

    Judah Friedlander explores the absurdities of life in his new book, “If The Raindrops United”

    Judah and Book

    Judah Friedlander may be best known for his role as Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock as well as his roles in acclaimed films like Wet Hot American Summer, American Splendor, and The Wrestler. But long before he became a stand-up comic and actor, Friedlander drew stuff. His new book, If The Raindrops United, from Hachette Books, is a collection of hilarious and surprisingly profound drawings and comics that shows a new side of Friedlander’s comedy and marks a milestone in the career of one of America’s most inventive comedians. The book will see the light of day October 20 and Judah will be on tour in support. Read More

    The “One Year At Whiplash” comedy book from artist Joe Karg will showcase 52 posters and 131 comedians

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    1 Artist. 52 Posters. 131 Comedians. The One Year at Whiplash book combines all of these into one expression of love for comedy. One Year at Whiplash is a collection of 52 weekly posters illustrated by Joe Karg over the past 12 months for the best weekly comedy show in New York City. And the best part is you’ll be able to pull out all the posters for individual display. For those not familiar with the show, “Whiplash is like a magical kingdom where laughs run free and jelly beans are the main form of currency,” says comedian Aparna Nancherla, of Upright Citizen Brigade’s late night stand-up show. Five years in the books for the show of shows in city that never sleeps. There are your go-to clubs for both locals and tourists alike in New York, and there are your go-to shows for the same. Whiplash is your go-to if you want to see the best comedy anyway has to offer. It’s just so consistent, never failing to deliver not only a lineup that’s unbeatable, but one that’s guaranteed to deliver several “had-to-be-there” moments every single Monday. From Louis C.K. to Chris Rock, huge stars in the comedy game frequent the show and or drop in. 52 removable posters featuring every performer from the past 12 months will be included here, but it won’t exist without your help. Read More

    Amy Schumer inks book deal reported at $8 to $10 million

    Amy SchumerIt was bound to happen which will result in it literally be bound. The bidding war appears to be over and the going price landed in the range of $8 to $10 million. EW reports that editors had to offer a bid on the book to even get a meeting with Schumer. Talk about power position. Well, Schumer has worked hard and exicuted building a resume that includes a hit show, a break-out movie, a plethora of awards, and even the gift of a banana from Madonna on stage. Just when we thought it was safe to say she was at the top of the comedy mountain, she’s now in a helicopter flying above it. The price for Schumer’s book reportedly tops those of her comedy counterparts including Tina Fey, Lena Dunham, Aziz Ansari, and Mindy Kaling. Aside from her stand-up, one thing we can bank on when it comes to Amy Schumer is her writing. And her stand-up, show, and film sure can attest to that. Looking forward to the paper cuts she’ll be providing as we tear through this now much anticipated book.

    Aziz Ansari announces Modern Romance book tour

    Modern RomanceAziz Ansari’s new book Modern Romance is set to hit bookstore shelves next week. To celebrate, the comedian just announced major tour that kicks off next week but really ramps up come July.

    The stand-up tour, which shares the same title as the book, will hit major cities on the Eastern seaboard and then head west to Austin then wrap things hitting big markets on the West Coast. Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase on Aziz’s website. Read More

    It Won’t Always Be This Great and Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman: The Laugh Button Interview


    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 to release memoir in April 2016

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    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

    Aziz Ansari reveals cover of his new book “Modern Romance” due out June 16th

    Aziz Ansari - Modern RomanceNow 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

    Bob Odenkirk reads from his new book ‘A Load of Hooey’ on ‘Conan’

    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

    Megan Amram announces “Science… For Her” book tour

    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