Comedian memoirs (and a pipe smoking rabbit)

Vanity Fair’s November issue has this article about comedians’ memoirs. I think the only comedian memoir I’ve read is Russell Brand’s ‘Booky Wook,’ so I can’t really comment on actual biographies, but I’m a big fan of the idea of writing books that aren’t really books – absurd things that take away the full sentences/paragraphs/chapters form of normal books and just do… whatever. A good example is John Hodgman’s ‘The Areas of My Expertise,’ which is a sort of hilarious mish mash of made-up facts, lists, and other stuff. Tim Key also wrote a similar ‘book,’ called ‘Instructions, Guidelines, Tutelage, Suggestions, Other Suggestions and Examples Etc.: An Attempted Book By Tim Key. (And Conversations/ Descriptions/ A Piece About A Moth).’

This might be a good time to point out that I really like absurdist humour.

Do you have a favourite comedian memoir? Or absurd ‘book’?


About whoseroses

Rose is an arts administrator from Victoria, BC. She has worked at some of Canada's biggest and best festivals, including the Victoria Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Victoria Film Festival. She co-founded the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival, and helped produce the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Rose is passionate about theatre, spoken word, comedy, and her community. She runs on festivals.
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