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A Load of Hooey

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A Load of Hooey

A Collection of New Short Humor Fiction

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."

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."

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  • Bob Odenkirk has won two Emmy Awards for his work on Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show. He cocreated and starred in Mr. Show with Bob and David, which ran on HBO and has been called the American Monty Python. Odenkirk had a regular page in Vice magazine and has written short comic pieces for the New Yorker; directed the feature films Melvin Goes to Dinner, Let's Go to Prison,and The Brothers Solomon; and had many memorable roles on television, most notably The Larry Sanders Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office. Odenkirk has become known as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and the new spin-off, Better Call Saul.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Listeners will have to decide for themselves: Do they find defecation and circumcision funny? How about a dinner party with Hitler or "Aunt Frank"? If the answer is yes, then this audiobook will be an enjoyable listening experience. If the answer is no, then the experience will be a turn-off. Each skit is performed enthusiastically by a talented cast of narrators. Fans of comedy writer Bob Odenkirk will appreciate that he does much of the narration himself. As graphic language and descriptions abound, sound effects and music enhance each short piece of warped humor. This sketch comedy program is very much for adults only. M.M.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 14, 2014
    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.

  • Publishers Weekly "The first humor collection from comedian Odenkirk is—to quote Forrest Gump—like a box of chocolates. That is to say, its thirty-four offerings are small, diverse, and consistently delicious...Whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny."
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