Norm Macdonald Is Writing a Memoir Called ‘Based on a True Story’
Comedian and SNL alum Norm Macdonald is writing a memoir. Deadline reports that Macdonald has signed a deal with Random House to publish a memoir called Based on a True Story, in which Macdonald will detail “his origins in a rural Canadian town to an epically disastrous appearance on Star Sear... [Read More]
Senator and ‘SNL’ Alum Al Franken Is Writing a Memoir
Former SNL writer/cast member and current Senator Al Franken has a new book in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Franken has signed a book deal with Hachette’s imprint Twelve to pen an untitled memoir that will cover his career from SNL to his current job in the US Senate. The me... [Read More]
On my radar: Gemma Cairney’s cultural highlights
The multi-talented presenter on her favourite cry-laughing comedian, her love of men’s tailoring and her admiration for rapper Little SimzBirmingham-born Brit School graduate Gemma Cairney began her career as a fashion stylist, turning to radio following a course at Point Blank music college. ... [Read More]
Writing what they know: The art of the comedy book, and the booming collection of comedian memoirs
Why are there so many more books by comedians about their lives as comedians than seemingly ever before? Perhaps it's another sign of boom times. The usual gimmicky joke books for bathroom reading, Dave Barry columns and newspaper comic-strip collections have had to make space over the pas... [Read More]
Carrie Brownstein Announces Book Tour Featuring Amy Poehler, Questlove, Aidy Bryant, and More
Musician and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein has a new memoir titled Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl hitting bookstores this fall, and to celebrate she’ll be heading on a multi-city tour featuring some friends from the comedy, music, and literary worlds. Announced today, Brownstein’s Hun... [Read More]
Carol Leifer Is Developing a Comedy Series Based on Her 2014 Memoir
Longtime television comedy writer Carol Leifer has a new television show in the works. According to Variety, Leifer has teamed up with Gaumont International Television to adapt her 2014 memoir How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying. Here’s a description of the book: For many years, t... [Read More]
Netflix Is Releasing the Next Kevin James Movie
by Adam Frucci Having already gotten into the Adam Sandler business, for better or worse, Netflix is doubling down on idiot manchild comedies by buying the rights to Kevin James' new movie, The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin. Here's the plot:James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop seque... [Read More]
Kevin James to Star in 'The True Memoirs of an International Assassin'
by Megh Wright It's been less than a month since Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 premiered in theaters, but Rotten Tomatoes' favorite 0% (well, now 6%) star has another big movie role lined up. Deadline reports that James has signed on to star in The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, which will cent... [Read More]
Tips for Storytellers and Stand-ups Who Want to Sell a Book
For the last decade I have been a publishing drone by day (Editorial Assistant to start, then steps up the ladder over the years to my current job as a Managing Editor) and Stand-up Comedian and Storyteller by night (I can sleep when I’m dead!).  Two years ago, I added Author to my resume... [Read More]
Doug Stanhope to release memoir in April 2016
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 wa... [Read More]