In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, Kelly Oxford, and Sarah Silverman, a compulsively readable and outrageously funny memoir of growing up as a fish out of water, finding your voice, and embracing your inner crazy-person, from popular actress, writer, and comedian Bonnie McFarlane.
It took Bonnie McFarlane a lot of time, effort, and tequila to get to where she is today. Before she starred on Last Comic Standing and directed her own films, she was an inappropriately loud tomboy growing up on her parents’ farm in Cold Lake, Canada, wetting her pants during standardized tests and killing chickens. Desperate to find “her people”—like-minded souls who wouldn’t judge her because she was honest, ruthless, and okay, sometimes really rude—Bonnie turned to comedy. In her explosively funny and no-holds-barred memoir, Bonnie tells it like it is, and lays bare all of her smart (and her not-so-smart) decisions along her way to finding her friends and her comedic voice.
From fistfights in elementary school to riding motorcycles to the World Famous Comic Strip, to Late Night with David Letterman, and through to her infamous “c” word bit on Last Comic Standing, You’re Better Than Me is her funny and outrageous trip through the good, bad, and ugly of her life in comedy. McFarlane doesn’t always keep her mouth shut when she should, but at least she makes people laugh. And that’s all that matters, right?
Comedian McFarlane's memoir follows her development from Canadian farm girl to mature comic trying to make it in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early aughts. She describes the thrill of her first stand-up set as a "hit of crack," followed by a less successful second time in which her boyfriend threw a beer bottle at a heckler. She bombs her first television appearance, getting rebuffed by her idol, Janeane Garofalo, in the process. After signing with the William Morris Agency, McFarlane is cast in a doomed sitcom and subsequently fired by the agency. She declares wryly, "There was nowhere to go but up," before allowing that "technically, you could stay at the bottom forever." McFarlane eventually lands an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, followed by a spot on Last Comic Standing, and then an HBO special. Her romantic misfortunes include flings with a Rollerblading barista, an antisocial comic with a mat of back hair resembling "a hundred caterpillars... trying to get up over a wall of mashed potatoes," and a Tom Cruise obsessed nonworking actor with erectile dysfunction. Finally she meets fellow comedian Rich Vos, who later becomes her husband. McFarlane has guts, heart, jokes, and plenty of wise words in this hilarious journey through the dark heart of the entertainment industry.
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