The world around us is filled with responsibilities to uphold, bills to pay, and people to please. Sometimes, you need to hear advice with a side of humor to get you through the week. These listens are filled with the life stories and adventures of comedians who will have you literally laughing out loud to yourself!
Is this Anything? by Jerry Seinfield
Jerry Seinfeld – a comedy legend and fan-favorite across generations. Who better to listen to and hear the evolution of over five decades of comedy? In his first book in 25 years, Is This Anything? Seinfeld showcases decades of his work since his start as a 21-year-old in New York. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld writes. Seinfeld selected his favorite material, organized it decade by decade, and encapsulated it into one brilliantly curated listen that gives the audience a true understanding of the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.
Dear Girls by Ali Wong
Ali Wong, a standup comedian, and writer shares heartfelt and hilarious letters to her two daughters to cover everything they need to know in life. Wong discusses everything from the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad. In this genuine yet comedic listen, Wong tells the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, dating, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage…but you sure see plenty of new dads. She shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York, reconnecting with her roots in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. While they may be addressed to her daughters, Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening for all.
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life is a memoir written by the legendary comedian, Steve Martin. Martin wrote this book to explain why he got into stand-up comedy, and why he ultimately left it behind in 1981. From his early days to his career at Disney, to the bottom run café houses and clubs all the way to his final performances at the famous Bird Cage, Steve Martin narrates the effect on his relationship and his individual self that came from his time in the industry. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and holds true to his work to this day.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling excels at telling stories and facts about her life that every woman can relate to. This listen offers insight into the mind of Kaling, who has led a very interesting life, obviously with a little bit of humor mixed in. She talks about what it was like growing up with professional parents who were immigrants, other early stories from her adolescence, and ultimately her career thus far as a comedian, writer, and actress.
A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost
If there’s one trait that makes someone well suited to succeed in comedy, it’s being able to take a punch— both metaphorically and, occasionally, physically. From growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school and “seeing the sights”, to attending Harvard while Facebook was created, Jost shares how he has navigated the world like a slightly smarter Forrest Gump. In this listen, Jost will take you all over his topsy-turvy life, as you go behind the scenes at SNL and Weekend Update (where he’s written some of the most memorable sketches and jokes of the past fifteen years), see into his life of a touring stand-up comedian, and anecdotes of crazy celebrity encounters. Told with a healthy amount of self-deprecation, A Very Punchable Face reveals the wonderful mind behind some of your favorite sketch comedies and the rise of a guy with a face you could punch.
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