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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lizz Winstead Narrator: Lizz Winstead Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 comedy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reading Lizz Winstead's hilarious collection of very personal essays somehow leaves you changed. You laugh, and yet there are nutrients in her words.”

    Sarah Silverman

  • “With this book, Lizz Winstead takes us on a hilarious, honest, moving and insightful journey. It is the journey of a funny, fearless woman as she finds her voice and shares it with the world.”

    Arianna Huffington

  • “Reading Winstead is like hanging out with Winstead: invigorating, infuriating, and hilarious.”

    Patton Oswalt

  • “Searching and lively…and moving…Ms. Winstead writes with a feel for the sound of words.”

    New York Times

  • “Charming…with insight and understated humor.”

    Mother Jones

  • “Sharply witty and iconoclastic.”


  • “Engaging…Winstead proves that she’s got a writer’s touch.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Political satirist and stand-up comedian Winstead…[is] shrewdly observant, linguistically adept, bravely soul-baring, and caustically smart.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becky | 1/31/2014

    " A fantastic collection of thoughts by one of a those terrors to the status quo: a woman who has and expresses her opinions. Aside from being a solid lefty, Lizz demonstrates her Minnesota influence in just about everything she does... and says. Child-free by choice, sarcastic by nature, a dog lover from her big ole bleeding heart, and unafraid to use her brain... Lizz is just like me. What's not to love? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo Ann | 1/24/2014

    " Funny comic shares stories about her upbringing, education, stand up and tv/radio career. Enjoyed learning about this business and her successes along the way. I also appreciate the honesty, discusses the problems that pop up in life (we all have them, except for the phonies)and how she trudges through them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Betsy | 1/20/2014

    " Loved it! She was living in Minneapolis during the early 80s, hanging out at First Ave, so that chapter in itself makes the book worth reading, but it's a good funny read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen Boudinot | 1/19/2014

    " I was surprised that the best parts were about her family and adventures as a young comic--if you're looking into some behind-the-scenes intrigue about The Daily Show you won't really find it here. If you're a funny and smart woman this book is a must-read, though. You may even find it inspiring. "

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