Riotous, aisha tyler’s self-inflicted wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is about the power of calamity to shape life, and wonderfully relatable, revealing, learning, and success.
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Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love, and Loss with Richard PryorHarperCollins e-books #ad - Her mother was a jewish go-go dancer who wanted a tribe of rainbow children, and her father was Richard Pryor, perhaps the most compelling and brilliant comedian of his era. In this intimate, harrowing, rain talks about her divided heritage, and often hilarious memoir, and about the forces that shaped her wildly schizophrenic childhood.
In her mother's house, and in the home of her Jewish grandparents, Rain was a "mocha-colored Jewish princess, " learning how to cook everything from kugel to beef brisket. It seemed as if rain was blessed with the best of both worlds, but it didn't quite work out that way. Once, rainy, pryor asked his daughter, "why do you love me, in an unusually introspective mood, when I can be so mean?" Jokes My Father Never Taught Me answers that poignant question and many more.
In 1980 pryor tried to kill himself by setting himself on fire, then joked that it had been an accident: "No one ever told me you couldn't mix cookies with two types of milk!" In his later years, Pryor succumbed to multiple sclerosis, and Rain watched in tears as her father became a shell of his former self.
Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor #ad - In her father's house, mamma, she bonded with Richard's grandmother, a one-time whorehouse madam who never tired of reminding Rain that she was black. Daddy, sitting down to thanksgiving dinner at the advanced age of eight, " she told her father one day, "the whores need to be paid. Jokes my father never taught me is both lovingly told and painfully frank: the story of a girl who grew up adoring her father even as she feared him—and feared for him—as his drug problems grew worse.
The loving yet brutally honest memoir of the daughter of comedy legend Richard PryorRain Pryor was born in the idealistic, free-love 1960s. Life at mom's was unstable in the extreme, while at Richard's place Rain was exposed to sex and drugs before she had even learned to read.
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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've LearnedRandom House #ad - He’s one of america’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, and directing, writing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. It is the story of turning points in Alda’s life, events that would make him what he is–if only he could survive them.
From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist’s shop with a hideous expression on his face, uncertainty, both personally and professionally, and he learns that death can’t be undone, to his acceptance of his father, and transformation are what life is made of, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, Alda learns the hard way that change, and true happiness is found in embracing them.
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned #ad - Never have your dog stuffed, filled with curiosity about nature, and director, author, is the crowning achievement of an actor, good humor, but surprisingly, and honesty, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen. From the Hardcover edition.
It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow. Now alan alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances. My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six, ” begins Alda’s irresistible story. Yet never have your dog Stuffed is not a memoir of show-business ups and downs.
The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, after early struggles, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession.
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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating #ad
The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy TheaterVillard #ad - The result, rapid-fire, a nightly cabaret featuring a troupe of inventive young actors skewering everything from politics to popular culture in witty, improvised scenes, not only made delighted audiences laugh–it made history. Copping its iconic name from a new york journalist’s disparaging remark, Chicago’s Second City theater brashly defied the role of runner-up and single-handedly made the Windy City North America’s cradle of comedic brilliance from which generations of household names would spring.
In 1959, conversation, a group of like-minded Chicagoans joined forces to open a hip new venue dedicated to coffee, cigarettes, and comedy. It captures like never before the history of the men and women who caught lightning–and laughter–in a bottle. From the Hardcover edition. From the smash hits and near misses to the love affairs and the bitter feuds, part time capsule from a comedic renaissance, The Second City Unscripted is part memoir of a cherished era, from the showbiz politics and pitfalls to the inspired tomfoolery and heartbreaking tragedy, and part valentine to the exquisite art of being funny.
The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater #ad - . Now, a who’s who of the celebrated comedy camp’s alumni–including alan arkin, Eugene Levy, in The Second City Unscripted, Dan Aykroyd, Amy Sedaris, Harold Ramis, David Steinberg, and Stephen Colbert–tell it like it was in the house that hilarity built. Here are candid tales of john belushi’s raw ambition and chemical experimentation, Bill Murray’s heckler-pummeling and lady-killing, superstar Mel Gibson’s roof-raising appearance in Braveheart regalia, and legendary director Del Close’s shuttling between the comedic asylum he ruled over and the real one he rehabbed in.
In this unvarnished, and unprecedented account, what happened onstage, backstage, unexpurgated, and offstage at Second City isn’t staying there anymore.
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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to StareMariner Books #ad - Sidibe tells engrossing, her first job as a phone sex “talker, inspiring stories about her Bed-Stuy/Harlem/Senegalese family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway, ” and her Oscar-nominated role in Lee Daniels’s Precious.
Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, race, haters, weight, celebrity, fashion, and depression “Sidibe’s heartfelt exploration of insecurity . Makes us love her” —O Magazine. Irreverent, and untraditional, hilarious, this Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare #ad - Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny, and gorgeously open. Gabourey sidibe’s delightful memoir offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true, from the inside out. This memoir is a book you will want to give your daughter. New york times “sidibe’s hilarious twitter account is no fluke—the Empire actress’s memoir about growing up in New York City and finding unexpected fame in Hollywood is sharp, witty, and wonderfully substantive.
Entertainment Weekly. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift. Roxane gay in this is just my face, gabourey sidibe—the “gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood AND perceptive best friend in your head” Lena Dunham—paints her unconventional rise to fame with full-throttle honesty.
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The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - I adore the Beekman boys’ story. Their unlikely story of love, the land, and a herd of goats is hilariously honest. If these two can go from manhattan to a goat farm in upstate New York, then I can’t help feeling there is hope for us all. Alice waters “kilmer-purcell’s genius lies in his ability to blindside the reader with heart-wrenching truths in the midst of the most outlandish scenarios.
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir P.S. #ad - He makes you laugh until you care. Armistead maupin michael perry coop, moving, truck: a love story meets david sedaris me talk pretty one day, i am not myself These Days—another riotous, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim in this follow-up to Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s beloved New York Times bestselling debut memoir, and entirely unique story of his attempt to tackle the next phase of life with his partner… on a goat farm in upstate New York.
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Almost InterestingDey Street Books #ad - He also covers his years on snl during the beloved rock/sandler/farley era of the 1990s, a run-in with eddie Murphy on the mean streets of Beverly Hills, including his close working relationship and friendship with Chris Farley and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, including the constant fear of being fired, a crazy ex-assistant who attacked him while he was sleeping, and of course an endless supply of hot chicks.
A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade. David spade is best known for his harsh “hollywood” minute sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me.
Almost Interesting #ad - Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the “comic brat extraordinaire” tells his story in Almost Interesting. First taking fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounting his excruciating road-tour to fame—when he was regularly mistaken for a ten year-old, Spade then dishes about his time crisscrossing the country as a comedian, for low-paying gigs and dragging along his mother’s old suitcase full of props.
Sometimes dirty, always funny, and as sharp as a tack, Almost Interesting reminds you why David Spade is one of our generation’s favorite funny guys.
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Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did GoodAvery #ad - Kev takes you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be. That kevin smith? the guy who did “clerks” a million years ago? didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of “Cop Out”? How about this: he changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants.
Along the way, folks who befuddled him like bruce Willis, and folks who let him jerk off onto their legs like his beloved wife, Kev shares stories about folks who inspired him like George Carlin, Jen. So make this your daily reader. Smear this shit all over yourself, because this is your blueprint or brownprint for success.
Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good #ad - . Hell, read it on the toilet if you want. He makes movies, writes comics, owns a store, and now he’s built a podcasting empire with his friends and family, including a wife who’s way out of his league. Read all about how a zero like smith managed to make ten movies with no discernible talent, and how when he had everything he thought he’d ever want, he decided to blow up his own career.
So here’s some tough shit: Kevin Smith has cracked the code. Or, he’s just cracked. Tough sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for 41 years and now, he’s ready to put it in your hands.
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Here's the Deal: Don't Touch MeBantam #ad - He speaks candidly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life—as a son, husband, and father of three. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly—until now. National bestselleran engaging no-holds-barred memoir that reveals howie Mandel’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD—and how it has shaped his life Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment.
Twelve years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia. He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. Along the way, the versatile performer reveals “the deal” behind his remarkable rise through the show-business ranks, sharing never-before-told anecdotes about his career.
Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me #ad - As heartfelt as it is hilarious, here’s the deal: Don’t Touch Me is the story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places.
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How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer, and Healthier from America's Favorite Medical Examiner #ad
Let's Pretend This Never HappenedBerkley #ad - That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. The #1 new york times bestselling mostly true memoir from the hilarious author of Furiously Happy. Gaspingly funny and wonderfully inappropriate. O, the oprah magazinewhen Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in.
It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it. In the irreverent let’s pretend this never happened, lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened #ad - Readers Guide Inside. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.
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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened #ad
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges #ad
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Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon MartinSpiegel & Grau #ad - He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. Five years after his tragic death, Travyon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. But in a matter of weeks, honored by professional athletes, their son’s name would be spoken by President Obama, and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media.
And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon’s parents, who—driven by their intense love for their lost son—discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country. Trayvon’s father—a truck driver named Tracy—tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin #ad - It’s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning. A beautiful, searing account. The washington post“a reminder—not only of Trayvon’s life and death but of the vulnerability of black lives in a country that still needs to be reminded they matter.
Usa today “a brave, heart-rending narrative from the parents who lost their son far too soon. Kirkus Reviews starred review. But who was trayvon martin, answers, in death, before he became, an icon? and how did one black child’s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources.
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Fraternity: In 1968, a visionary priest recruited 20 black men to the College of the Holy Cross and changed their lives and the course of history. #ad