Synopses & Reviews
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 TV 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 (Obituary 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 Coming of Jesus and Lazarus,” it is a book to be read aloud to yourself in the voice of Bob Newhart.”
"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. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Bob Odenkirk has won two Emmy Awards for comedy writing, for Saturday Night Live
and The Ben Stiller Show
. He co-created and starred in Mr. Show with Bob and David
, which ran on HBO and has been called the American Monty Python,” which is perhaps a bit of an overstatement in his opinion. Bob has written short comic pieces for the New Yorker
and had a regular page in Vice
magazine — and there's not much overlap between those two publications, is there?
Bob has directed three feature films: Melvin Goes To Dinner, Lets Go To Prison, and The Brothers Solomon, all of which underwhelmed, admittedly, but Melvin is worth watching, for sure.
Bob has had many other memorable roles on TV, most notably The Larry Sanders Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother (CBS), and The Office (NBC). He is most proud of his appearances in James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now and Alexander Payne's Nebraska.
He is currently Executive Producing, writing, and co-starring in The Birthday Boys, a sketch comedy show for IFC to premiere in October, 2013.