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12 Must-Read Books by Comedians

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The best comedians are the ones who write their own material. However, not all great comedy can fit in a comic’s limited amount of stage time. So here are 12 essential books written by comedians, in no particular order. You’re going to want to read these.

12. America: The Book by writers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

This extremely dense tome in school textbook form, released in 2004, was a brilliant way to satirize the American educational system as much as the show itself does for the media.


11. I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

This 2009 book collected some of Cross’ writings in other media as well as a heady mix of fake memoirs and real ones, including this heartfelt examination of a devastating breakup.


10. Sleepwalk With Me & Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia

The lovably weird Birbigs turned his somnambulism affliction and relationship problems into a passion project, including a one-man show, a memoir and a critically-acclaimed indie film.


9. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

If any comic needed to write a book, it’s Oswalt, a man who thrives on interesting wordplay and literary references, and his memoir is a deep-dive into his life of stifling suburbia giving way to pop culture obsessions and irrepressible creativity.


8. American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson

The self-proclaimed “late night talk show douche” may not be a late night talk show douche for much longer, but this book – a moving recollection of his devastating addiction issues, and the one time he forgot to commit suicide – proves that he’s got a lot more going for him than your average late night talk show douche.


7. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman

Silverman’s confession that she chronically wet her bed until her mid-teens casts a new light on her scatological obsessions, and her book recounts her struggles with that as well as the goofiness of her family.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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