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’?