Funny lady/director Penny Marshall will release a new memoir titled, My Mother Was Nuts on September 18th. What better way to celebrate than to have Fred Armisen don his best wig and Marshall impression to hock wares?
The television arms race to round up every great up-and-coming comedian continues. IFC has snagged Chris Gethard to join their ranks in a few different ways. First they’ve brought him on board to host on-air programming, create some exclusive content for www.ifc.com in addition to develop a comedy series based on Gethard’s recent book, A Bad Idea I’m About To Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgement and Stunningly Awkward Adventure. This all falls under a new venture launched by the network called “Adopt-A-Comic” which allows them to highlight comedians with sensibilities that reflect IFC’s comedic brand.
Gethard’s book is a compilation of the comedian’s experiences that often end up not how he expected them to. “This program is IFC’s way of spotlighting comedians we admire,” said Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC. “We’re extremely grateful to Chris and his family for allowing us this special opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry
Years there a band existed called Uptown Sinclair. The band wrote some pretty boss power pop. But perhaps more memorable was their frontman Dave Hill who was very funny with his words and writing. So much that I got ended up on Hill’s mailing list and got funny emails from him for years. All documenting Hill’s journey and hijinks as he worked the improv circuit, wrote for other outlets, and formed/performed with a bunch of new bands. Read the rest of this entry
April is a big month for comedian, ruminator, and author Aaron Karo as he’ll bookend the month with two releases. First on April 10th Karo will release his latest book, Lexapros and Cons. Karo has written books in the past but this will be his first foray into a novel with a fictionalized story about Chuck Taylor, a high school outcast.
At the end of the month on April 30th, Karo will then release his third stand-up comedy album, I Need To Tell You Something which he recorded in NYC’s Grammercy Theatre.
Want to get a taste of Karo’s novel? Here’s an excerpt from it. Read the rest of this entry
Comedy Central is making moves to expand their comedy empire as today they announced their pairing with Running Press and Perseus Books Group to form a book publishing program and they’ve connected with Denis Leary for the inaugural launch of their books division. It also allows Comedy Central to put together 360-type deals with their roster of comedians.
Leary will release a holiday-themed novelty book in October 2012 tying into a TV special and giving everyone involved the time to put the infrastructure together. Leary stated, “I am truly delighted to be in business with Running Press and deliver a funny Christmas book based on a special I did for Comedy Central seven-and-a-half years ago. Sorry for the delay but I was a tad busy with Rescue Me, two teenaged kids, two Red Sox World Series victories, the 17th Boston Celtic NBA championship, the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup and online porn. Mostly the porn.”
Titles will focus on both new material from top and developing comedians in addition to existing series/franchises within the Comedy Central brand.
First, if you’re on this site, then you probably have an interest in laughing. Secondly, if you’re reading this, then you probably read, and if you read, you should probably go read Mindy Kaling’s new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) so that you can laugh. Makes sense, right? As actress/writer on NBC’s The Office, I’m assuming Kaling’s book to be funny.
Reeder of popular book review blog, ReederReads.com, recently reviewed Kaling’s book saying, “this is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.” Reeder also mentions her preference for Kaling’s new book over Tina Fey’s somewhat recent Bossy Pants. Apparently, Mindy addresses the expected Tina Fey comparison in the book’s introduction. Read the rest of this entry
A few weeks ago George Carlin’s widow Sally Wade released a memoir, The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade. It’s a collection of Wade’s and Carlin’s life together with personal letters and drawings given to her by the late comedian. Read the rest of this entry