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  • 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

    Megan Amram, Nick Offerman, Steve Agee and Rich Fulcher get physical for science

    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 has a book deal, discusses it on “Conan”

    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

    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.