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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harris Wittels Narrator: Harris Wittels Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781619695856
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From comedian and writer (Parks and Recreation, Eastbound & Down) Harris Wittels comes a hysterical breakdown of boasts, brags, and self-adulation disguised as humble comments and complaints-based on his popular @humblebrag Twitter feed.

Something immediately annoyed Harris Wittels about Twitter. All of a sudden it was acceptable to brag, so long as those brags were ever-so-thinly disguised as transparent humility, such as:

"Just filed my taxes. Biggie was right, mo money mo problems."

"I hate when I go into a store to get something to eat and the male staff are too busy hitting on me to get my order right :( so annoying!"

Taking action by naming this phenomenon and creating the Twitter account called Humblebrag-dedicated solely to retweeting the humblebrags of others-Wittels's new word took the Internet by storm. Harris also shows readers what humblebrags might look like from some of history's most notable names, as well as devoting an entire chapter to a man who just might be the greatest humblebraggart of them all... Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Since the dawn of man, bragging has been evolving, growing more elusive and resilient. Thank you, Harris Wittels, for identifying the new strain, the "humblebrag." Humanity is forever in your debt. -Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend
  • Harris Wittels is a hilarious performer and writer and with this book he has coined a new term for that thing that drives us crazy. But honestly, I don't know how I feel about this whole thing. It makes me nervous." -Amy Poehler
  • Great, Harris. This is a really good use of your time." -Mindy Kaling, comedian and NYT bestselling author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  • HUMBLEBRAG: The Art of False Modesty is an amazing assembly of hilariousness and an anthology of heartbreaking insecurity. Enjoy it-but don't forget how sad it is." -Sarah Silverman, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of The Bedwetter
  • I haven't read this, and never intend to, but Harris is my friend, so I feel obligated to give him a 'blurb' for his book. He's a funny writer...I'm sure it's not that bad." -Aziz Ansari, comedian, NBC's Parks and Recreation
  • I can't believe they asked me of all people to blurb a bestselling book! Weird." -Bill Simmons, ESPN columnist and New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Basketball
  • So weird to be asked to write a blurb for this amazing book when they passed over Alec Baldwin, Bono and The Pope. Like I'm ANYWHERE near as important as those guys. I mean, I DO have more Twitter followers than Baldwin. Oh well." -Patton Oswalt, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alanna R | 11/3/2013

    " Quick but funny read. It's more of a coffee table book and Wittels admits that, so it's there to pick up, browse through and laugh whenever you've got the time. But I read it all in one sitting and laughed a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colby Allen | 8/12/2013

    " I am pretty much predetermined to like anything associated with Grantland and humblebrag is no exception. It doesn't hurt that it only takes a few hours to read and is exceptionally funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kace | 6/19/2013

    " Laughed more at the tweets, than the commentary, but I still laughed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryellen | 6/18/2013

    " It is what it is: a book to read in small bites, when you're distracted and just for a laugh here and there. The laughs were really kind of few and far between for me - the author just seemed combative for no reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keegan | 4/26/2013

    " Hilarious in a humble way ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Sprague | 2/6/2013

    " I love @humblebrag on Twitter. It's hilarious, and I love the term that Harris Wittels coined for this idea of false modesty that has popped up on social media. Definitely a light, fun read. "

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About the Author

Harris Wittels writes for NBC’s Parks and Recreation, on which he sometimes appears as the animal control guy. He has also written for HBO’s acclaimed series Eastbound & Down, Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, MTV’s Human Giant, and the MTV Video Music Awards. In addition to his writing, he regularly tours the country performing standup comedy with such comics as Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., and Aziz Ansari. His standup has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy. He was on Variety’s 10 comics to watch list in 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.