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]
Doug Stanhope inks deal to write his memoir
Look. You know that I know that we all know lots of comedians have written memoirs in the past few years, but I think we all can agree that none of them will reveal as many surprises and cold hard truths (and certainly some wild tales and recollections that may deviate from your truth) as the forthc... [Read More]
Aasif Mandvi Explains How 'The Daily Show' Made Him a "Terrorist of Comedy"
by Megh Wright "The longer I spent time on The Daily Show, standing in front of a green screen pretending to report from war zones and hot spots around the world—most often from somewhere in the Middle East—the more I began to realize that The Daily Show was radicalizing me. I was being ... [Read More]
Kelly Carlin digs deep for a new memoir and a posthumous live CD or CDs from her father
For the better part of the past six years, Kelly Carlin has been processing and sharing the lessons from her life as the only child of a comedy legend, first as a stage show -- "A Carlin Home Companion" -- and now in a published memoir of the same title. She handed in a 336-page manuscript to her ed... [Read More]