Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

A Memoir

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this “essential” (Entertainment Weekly), “hilarious” (AV Club) memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it’s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty.

“I can’t think of another entertainer who has improbably morphed so many times, and all through real genius and determination.”—Conan O’Brien

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker


Bob Odenkirk’s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you. Charting a “Homeric” decades-long “odyssey” from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago to a dramatic career full of award nominations—with a side-trip into the action-man world that is baffling to all who know him—it’s almost like there are many Bob Odenkirks! But there is just one and one is plenty.

Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City’s legendary Del Close. He somehow made his way to a job as a writer at Saturday Night Live. While surviving that legendary gauntlet by the skin of his gnashing teeth, he stashed away the secrets of comedy writing—eventually employing them in the immortal “Motivational Speaker” sketch for Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show with Bob and David.

In Hollywood, Bob demonstrated a bullheadedness that would shame Sisyphus himself, and when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, the phone rang with an offer to appear on Breaking Bad—a show about how boring it is to be a high school chemistry teacher. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, and then, in a twist that will confound you, he re-re-invented himself as a bona fide action star. Why? Read this and do your own psychoanalysis—it’s fun!

Featuring humorous tangents, never-before-seen photos, wild characters, and Bob’s trademark unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale told by a determined idiot.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2022
March 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
16.9
MB

Customer Reviews

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Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama

I love Saul Goodman and Bob Odenkirk, but, as the title suggests, this memoir is mostly about a comedic life I didn’t even know existed and brushes over the years on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. The comedy years odenkirk covers goes into way too much detail of every sketch ever written and performed or not performed and every comedian he ever met or worked with. Occasionally you can here saul’s sarcastic voice in the manuscript but over all, I was disappointed. I think Odenkirk forgot who his actual reading audience would be.

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