Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

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In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Nobody opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his legendary cult status as a comedy writer, and what it's like to reinvent himself as a no-holds-barred action film ass-kicker at fifty.

Bob Odenkirk's career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it here, because that is what memoirs are for. Charting a "Homeric" decades-long "Odyssey" from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago all the way to a dramatic career that is baffling to his friends, it's almost like there are two or three Bob Odenkirks...but there is just one and one is enough, frankly.

Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City's legendary Del Close, which eventually led to a job as a writer at SNL. As he weathered the beast that is live comedy, he stashed away the secrets of sketch writing--employing them in the immortal "Motivational Speaker" sketch for his friend Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show With Bob and David, which inspired an entire generation of comedy writers and stars. Then his career met the hope-dashing machine that is Hollywood development. But when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, Bob was more astonished than anyone to find himself on Breaking Bad. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, until finally re-re-inventing himself as a bona-fide worldwide action star for reasons that even he does not fully grasp! Read this and do your own psychoanalysis--it's fun!

Throughout Bob's travels, his memoir preserves the voice he cultivated from years of comedy writing. Featuring humorous tangents, joyful interludes, never-before-seen photos, wild characters from his winding career, and his trademark upbeat but unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale--and a moving story about what it's like to risk everything you think you know to make a change.

Title:Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399180514
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  • Darla

    Having witnessed firsthand, the Saul Goodman phenomenon, I was anticipating learning more about Bob Odenkirk's life and career before "Better Call Saul." This book is chock full of the comedy Odenkirk...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    I had the pleasure of attending an in-person event in a San Francisco bookstore in which Bob Odenkirk and David Cross and other members were promoting a book they'd written about Mr. Show. Ashamed to ...

  • Till Raether

    This is neither funny nor especially thoughtful, and coming from someone who professes his hatred of anything mainstream throughout the book, it's also frustratingly conventional....

  • Adam

    An interesting look behind the curtain to see how some of the sausage gets made from one of my favorite working actor-comedians. What I appreciated most about this book was how far he leaned into his ...

  • Kyle Erickson

    3.5 Funny, but not very introspective or substantive. You can tell that Odenkirk's first love is sketch comedy because he goes into exhaustive depth about his sketch comedy days....

  • Kim

    I’m not sure I enjoyed this one. It read like someone just rambling on at a dinner table. There was a lot of bragging and slight badmouthing but for some reason exalting Andy Dick and very little ta...

  • Dee

    3.5 rounded down ... have to admit I lost interest in the "Comedy" on the way to the "Drama" that I was interested in... "s'all good, man"...

  • Stay Fetters

    "So I did what anyone at a low point in their career in the biz has done since time began: cocaine. Lots and lots of cocaine. I rubbed it on my eyelids. I powdered my ass with it every morning. I foun...

  • Debbie

    I’ve been a fan of Bob Odenkirk ever since he showed up as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. I hoped that Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama would have lots of info regarding Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. ...

  • Anna

    As an audiobook, this was like listening to Bob Odenkirk do a DVD commentary on his own IMDb résumé. I listened anyway because he has a great voice, but I learned little--which seems like exactly wh...