From the stand-up comedian, actress, and host beloved for her cheeky swagger, unique voice, and unapologetic frankness comes a book of comedic essays for fans of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union.
If you’ve watched television or movies in the past year, you’ve seen Michelle Buteau. With scene-stealing roles in Always Be My Maybe, First Wives Club, Someone Great, Russian Doll, and Tales of the City; a reality TV show and breakthrough stand-up specials, including her headlining show Welcome to Buteaupia on Netflix, and two podcasts (Late Night Whenever and Adulting), Michelle’s star is on the rise. You’d be forgiven for thinking the road to success—or adulthood or financial stability or self-acceptance or marriage or motherhood—has been easy; but you’d be wrong.
Now, in Survival of the Thickest, Michelle reflects on growing up Caribbean, Catholic, and thick in New Jersey, going to college in Miami (where everyone smells like pineapple), her many friendship and dating disasters, working as a newsroom editor during 9/11, getting started in standup opening for male strippers, marrying into her husband’s Dutch family, IVF and surrogacy, motherhood, chosen family, and what it feels like to have a full heart, tight jeans, and stardom finally in her grasp.
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If you don’t already know the hilarious, unfiltered actress and comedian Michelle Buteau, don’t worry—you’ll feel like her best friend after listening to this. In this series of (very!) personal essays, we get to know Buteau through each step in her journey, from growing up Caribbean American in New Jersey, through navigating disastrous relationships, to her first comedy break—opening for strippers. But these essays aren’t just hilarious. We were floored by Buteau’s candidness as she discusses going through miscarriages and IVF, standing up to her family’s disapproval of her career choices, and her pre-comedy experiences as a cub news reporter during 9/11. Her infectious energy is as dazzling in your earbuds as it is on stage, and her confessional, no-holds-barred storytelling is wonderfully refreshing. If you’re looking for a listen where nothing is off the table, Survival of the Thickest is just what you need.
I loved this book. I was in tears in some parts and then LOL’ing in others. Michelle is so real, raw, and vulnerable. I loved hearing about her life so much.
I listened to this book driving cross country and I laughed and I cried and I laughed some more… It was like having a road trip buddy entertaining me the entire way… Thanks Michelle!