Lizz Winstead, cocreator of The Daily Show and one of today’s
most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant
account of how she discovered her comedic voice.
In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts
how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and
how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life’s challenges.
Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of conservative Catholic
parents, Winstead learned early in her life that the straightforward questions
she posed to various authority figures around her—her parents, her parish
priest, even an anti-abortion counselor—prompted many startled looks and
uncomfortable silences but few answers. Her questions rattled people because
they exposed the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in the people and institutions
she confronted. Yet she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dreams.
Funny and biting,
honest and poignant, this no-holds-barred collection gives an in-depth look
into the life of one of today’s most influential comic voices. In writing about
her childhood, longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show,
and her often problematic habit of diving into everything head first, asking questions
later (resulting in multiple rescue-dog adoptions and travel disasters), Lizz
Winstead has tapped an outrageous and heartfelt vein of the all-too-human
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