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A load of hooey

by Odenkirk, Bob, 1962-

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
South Park Library AV CD-BK 809.917 ODE
Location  South Park Library
Collection  AV
Call Number  CD-BK 809.917 ODE

Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live , Mr. Show with Bob and David , and many other seminal television shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Worst Speech Ever) to intentionally bad theater (Hitler Dinner Party: A Play), from avant-garde fiction (Obit for the Creator of Madlibs) to free-verse poetry that's funnier and more powerful than the work of Calvin Trillin, Jewel, and Robert Louis Stevenson combined.

Odenkirk's debut resembles nothing so much as a hilarious new sketch comedy show that's exclusively available as a streaming video for your mind. As Odenkirk himself writes in The Second Meeting of Jesus and Lazarus, it is a book to be read aloud to yourself in the voice of Bob Newhart.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The first humor collection from comedian Odenkirk is-to quote Forrest Gump- like a box of chocolates. That is to say, its 34 offerings are small, diverse, and consistently delicious. Whether skewering pretensions or making darker, sometimes political, points, the narrative has the deadpan earnestness of Comedy Central's fake news shows, and the details are blissfully on point. Some standouts include "Martin Luther King's Worst Speech Ever," "Baseball Players' Poems About Sportswriters and Sportswriting," and "So You Want To Get a Tattoo!" More mordant in their humor are "The Phil Spector I Know," which takes the American cult of celebrity to a disturbing extreme, and "I Misspoke," in which a political candidate with heinous views slickly "corrects" the public record. Sprinkled throughout the book, like palate cleansers, are 15 fabricated "Famous Quotations": for example,"Know thyself. Come on. Hurry up. We're waiting. Oh, forget it.-Socrates." Readers who know Odenkirk from his role as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad may not remember his HBO sketch comedy series, The Mr. Show with Bob and David, which was similarly topical and mischievous. His work here is in the same vein-whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny. Agent: Erin Malone, WME Entertainment. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series The Bob Odenkirk memorial library ; book 1
Subjects American wit and humor.
Publisher [Ashland, Oregon] :2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Cross, David, 1964- narrator.
Johnston, Jay, narrator.
Minor, Jerry, 1969- narrator.
Amram, Megan, narrator.
Tompkins, Paul F., narrator.
Blackstone Audio, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Jay Johnston, Jerry Minor, Megan Amram, Paul F. Tompkins.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
"Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container.
Description 2 audio discs (2 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781483024035 (library ed.)
1483024032 (library ed.)
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