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The funny man is a middling comic in an unnamed city. By day he takes care of his infant son, by night he performs in small clubs, sandwiched between other aspiring comics. His wife waits tables to support thefamily. It doesn't sound like much, but they're happy, more or less. Until the day he comes up with it. His thing. His gimmick. And everything changes. He's a headliner, and the venues getbigger fast. Pretty soon it's Hollywood and a starring role in a blockbuster, all thanks to the gimmick.

Which is: He performs with his fist in his mouth to the wrist. Jokes, impressions, commercials--all with his fist in his mouth to the wrist. The people want him--are crazy for him--but only with his fist in his mouth.

And the funnyman, he is tired of having his fist in his mouth.

Thus, as the novel begins, his career's in tatters, his family's left him, and he's on trial for shooting anunarmed man six times. But for the second time in his life, against all odds, he's found love. This time with another celebrity, who may or may not be sending him coded messages, and may or may not be equallyin love--or even know he exists. A coruscating satire of our culture of celebrity, this debut novel" "documents one individual's slide from everyman to monster, even as it reveals thepotential for grace--and mercy--in his life.

About the Author

John Warner is the managing editor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency. His book, My First Presidentiary: A Scrapbook of George W. Bush (with Kevin Guilfoile) was a number one Washington Post bestseller. John is also the editor of three volumes of material culled from the website, Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans; Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists; and The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes. Warner teaches at Clemson University in South Carolina and is a consulting editor to the South Carolina Review.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569479742
Publisher:
Soho Press
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Warner, John
Subject:
Fiction : Humorous
Publication Date:
September 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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