Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir (Hardcover)
Like many middle aged (former) slackers, I will forever be a Mr. Show superfan. And I was not disappointed when Odenkirk makes it clear that Mr. Show is his favorite thing he’s done, at least in his comedy career. Also, wow– Bob does not hold back here! He talks about Chicago and Second City, Lorne and Saturday Night Live, and the LA comedy scene of the 90s. He doesn’t name drop for the sake of it, but he’s worked with many of the greats of my lifetime.
Odenkirk’s later chapters are rich with detail about what comes after- his struggles and triumphs post-Mr. Show as well as his surprising turn to drama. In between vignettes from his life, he stitches together a theory of comedy that is both self aware and audience aware. He acknowledges his comedy snobbery, but is genuine and constructive in his criticism.— From Erin's Picks
“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, Vulture, Newsweek
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.
“Written before his heart attack, the actor's memoir was already appointment reading—he regales his audience with stories of his time coming up in Chicago's comedy scene and breaking into Hollywood—but now it feels even more essential.”—Entertainment Weekly
“This book would have been welcome news no matter what, but it’s especially sweet following Odenkirk’s recovery from a scary July heart attack that saw the star collapse on the set. We’ll take all the Odenkirk we can get.”—USA Today
“One of the greatest comedy minds and comedic actors of his generation . . . Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama offers rare insight into the mind of a next-level genius.”—Vulture
“Bob Odenkirk’s elegantly titled Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama takes readers on a hilarious tour of the comedian and actor’s career. . . . Celebrity memoirs are a dime a dozen, but if there were one we’d put our money on as being well worth the time this year, it’s this one.”—AV Club
“For laugh-worthy stories from nowhere comedy clubs to red carpets, pick up Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama from Emmy-winning Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul actor Bob Odenkirk.”—Parade
“Bob Odenkirk (sp?) is an exceptionally and uniquely talented man who has had a huge influence on comedy for more than three decades. And now he’s given us his P.O.V. on that journey. This book is filled not only with lessons on ‘making it’ in ‘showbiz’ but also regular old life lessons as well (including his killer recipe for ‘Granny’s Sunday Loaf’). It’s funny, informative, and like the author himself, disarmingly honest. I look forward to meeting him one day.”—David Cross
“Fascinating . . . illuminating . . . [a] fun, thoughtful book.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“All readers who enjoy truth telling and satire will find Odenkirk’s memoir engaging, as will all his fans who want to know why and how this famous comedian transformed himself into a serious actor.”—Booklist
“Oftentimes hilarious . . . gleeful and irreverent . . . Comedy fans will find plenty of laughs and some heartening lessons, too.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Odenkirk recounts fascinating and humorous behind-the-scenes stories from the many sets he’s worked on, plus insights about big names in entertainment. . . . [His] account of triumph, struggle, and his firm belief that comedy is a unifying source of connection will inspire his fans and motivate aspiring entertainers.”—Library Journal