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The first memoir by beloved comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn, hilariously detailing what it's like to grow up as and remain a nerd, with a foreword by Patton Oswalt
Brian Posehn is a successful and instantly recognizable comedian, actor, and writer. He also happens to be a giant nerd. That's partly because he's been obsessed with such things as Dungeons & Dragons, comic books, and heavy metal since he was a child; the other part is because he fills out every bit of his 6'7'' frame. Brian's always felt awkward and like a perpetual outsider, but he found his way through the difficulties of growing up by escaping into the worlds of Star Wars, D&D, and comics, and by rocking his face off. He was a nerd long before it was cool (and that didn't help his situation much), but his passions proved time and again to be the safe haven he needed to persevere and thrive in a world in which he was far from comfortable.
Brian, now balls deep in middle age with a wife, child, and thriving career, still feels like an outsider and is as big a nerd as ever. But that's okay, because in his five decades of nerdom he's discovered that the key to happiness is not growing up. You can be a nerd forever and find success that way. because somehow along the way the nerds won.
Forever Nerdy is a celebration of growing up nerdy and different. This isn't Brian's life story, just some bizarre and hilarious stories from his life, along with a captivating look back at nearly fifty years of nerd culture. Being a nerd hasn't always been easy, but somehow this self-hating nerd who suffered from depression was able to land his dream job, get the girl, and learn to fit in. Kind of. See how he did it while managing to remain forever nerdy.
In this hilarious and honest memoir, stand-up comedian and actor Posehn (who has appeared on The Big Bang Theory) chronicles the pop culture obsessions that have shaped his life and career. Coming of age in the Bay Area during the 1970s and 1980s, Posehn was a "full-blown nerd" and "obsessed with a bunch of cool stuff that dumb people think is uncool," namely comedy, sci-fi and horror films, and heavy metal. He maintains that "nerds don't like things passively," and this sentiment bears out in his obsession with Kiss and Metallica (he once cornered Metallica's James Hetfield after a show and asked him what his friends should name their band; Hetfield answered, "Almost"), Jaws and Star Wars, and Saturday Night Live ("I fell in love with Jane, Gilda, and Lorraine instantly"). Posehn explains how meaningful these outlets were to him during an adolescence that was marked by the deaths of relatives as well as a strained relationship with his mother. As a lonely, awkward grade schooler, he found refuge in books and libraries; in high school, he developed friendships through movies and music; and in his early 20s, he developed an identity as a stand-up comic. Posehn explains that this memoir is "not life story... just a bunch of stories from life," and the stories he shares are intimate and wonderfully entertaining. This work will resonate with those who have always felt like outsiders.