A New York Times bestseller
A candid, compulsively readable, hilarious, and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption by comedic genius Molly Shannon
At age four, Molly Shannon’s world was shattered when she lost her mother, baby sister, and cousin in a car accident with her father at the wheel. Held together by her tender and complicated relationship with her grieving father, Molly was raised in a permissive household where her gift for improvising and role-playing blossomed alongside the fearlessness that would lead her to become a celebrated actress.
From there, Molly ventured into the wider world of New York and Los Angeles show business, where she created her own opportunities and developed her daring and empathetic comedy. Filled with behind-the-scenes stories involving everyone from Whitney Houston to Adam Sandler to Monica Lewinsky, many told for the first time here, Hello, Molly! spans Molly’s time on Saturday Night Live—where she starred alongside Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Cheri Oteri, Tracy Morgan, and Jimmy Fallon, among many others. At the same time, it explores with humor and candor her struggle to come to terms with the legacy of her father, a man who both fostered her gifts and drive and was left with the impossible task of raising his kids alone after the loss of her mother.
Witty, winning, and told with tremendous energy and heart, Hello, Molly!, written with Sean Wilsey, sheds new and revelatory light on the life and work of one of our most talented and free-spirited performers.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this introspective and touching memoir, comedian Molly Shannon recounts her life’s most dramatic ups and downs with total candor. After a tragic car accident left four-year-old Shannon grieving the loss of her mother, baby sister, and cousin, she found solace in her father and her sister Mary. Her sometimes-turbulent childhood was filled with fun, mischievous adventures with her dad, whose encouragement imbued in her the go-getter attitude that inspired her to go after her dreams. From the suburbs of Ohio to the soundstages of New York City’s Saturday Night Live, Shannon celebrates her hard-earned successes and pays tribute to the power of perseverance as well as trial and error. Particularly fascinating are her stories about finding freedom through laughter and grounding herself in the present to create unforgettable improv performances. Shannon’s lively audiobook narration reflects her fearlessness as a performer—Hello, Molly! will make you laugh, cry, and savor life.
I recently finished this audiobook and was surprised by Molly’s story. I’ve always admired her as a comedian and for paving the way for many women in her field. I recently lost my 26 yr old son and listening to her express her loss and her love for her family was heart affirming. Wishing her all the best.
Nothing I truly expected… Everything I hope
Relatability, Compassion, Excitement, Dark Humor, Light Humor, Adventure, Endearing moments, and everything in between!!! This is the BEST memoir I have ever read!!!
I clutched my pearls!
I cheered Molly on!
I LOVED learning about one of my childhood icons… SUPERSTARS (if you will)!
Such a wonderful memoir… Molly’s storytelling is so perfect and she comes through with such beautiful and profound memories of her life. Loved hearing her story and her words. It felt like I was sitting over coffee conversing…