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Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir (vuoden 2022 painos)

Tekijä: Bob Odenkirk (Tekijä)

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Biography & Autobiography. Essays. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:In this ??essential? (Entertainment Weekly), ??hilarious? (AV Club) memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it??s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty.

??I??ve known Bob Odenkirk for more than thirty years, and yet I had to read this book to believe his stunning career arc.???Conan O??Brien

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022??Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Parade, The AV Club


Bob Odenkirk??s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you. Charting a ??Homeric? decades-long ??odyssey? from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago to a dramatic career full of award nominations??with a side-trip into the action-man world that is baffling to all who know him??it??s almost like there are many Bob Odenkirks! But there is just one and one is plenty.

Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City??s legendary Del Close. He somehow made his way to a job as a writer at Saturday Night Live. While surviving that legendary gauntlet by the skin of his gnashing teeth, he stashed away the secrets of comedy writing??eventually employing them in the immortal ??Motivational Speaker? sketch for Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show with Bob and David.

In Hollywood, Bob demonstrated a bullheadedness that would shame Sisyphus himself, and when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, the phone rang with an offer to appear on Breaking Bad??a show about how boring it is to be a high school chemistry teacher. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, and then, in a twist that will confound you, he re-re-invented himself as a bona fide action star. Why? Read this and do your own psychoanalysis??it??s fun!

Featuring humorous tangents, wild characters, and Bob??s trademark unflinching drive, Com
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Teoksen nimi:Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir
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Great storytelling that gets bogged down often by intricate detailing of seemingly every single project he’s ever written. That stuff is likely interesting to young comedy writers but I am not one of those. ( )
  gonzocc | Mar 31, 2024 |
A book about a life in comedy and show business that manages to be neither funny nor interesting. ( )
  danielskatz | Dec 26, 2023 |
I guess it shouldn't be surprising that one of the best comedy writers of a generation can write about nothing, when he's not writing comedy, except the business of comedy. The trouble is that he writes about it as a business. He doesn't describe his own sketches, or even talk much about the work of others that impressed him, except in the most general terms. This is Bob Odenkirk's life as a series of employments and projects, described as such.

It would be easy to dismiss Odenkirk, on the basis of his memoir, to be a kind of idiot savant of humor: almost unbelievably gifted at innovative hilarity, but with little underneath. But that wouldn't explain how he became the really fine, nuanced dramatic actor he's shown himself to be. That's an unusual transition in which there's got to be a story. But maybe he's not the one to tell it, because there's no insight here.

As a fan of Odenkirk's since The Ben Stiller Show (1990-1992), I'm disappointed, but remind myself that no one expects a Rembrandt or a Beethoven to write a memoir. The art stands on its own. ( )
  john.cooper | May 17, 2023 |
Maybe 2.5 stars. I wasn't familiar with his early work - if I were, maybe I would have enjoyed this more. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Reactions will vary, depending on how familiar people are with Odenkirk and why they love him. My familiarity and love is all from recent work—Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul—and the inside scoop on those experiences only makes up a very small percentage of this book. Fans of his comedy career and indie fringe comedy in general will probably find more to delight them.
I liked learning more about this actor I’ve grown to admire, and I appreciated his honesty about the failures as well as successes of his career. I got a little bored with all the name naming throughout the book. It’s great that he’s honoring so many people who influenced his career, but it’s a long list and not the most compelling reading material. The people naming and comedy sketch describing of the book kind of made my eyes glaze over after a while. I did like what he had to say about Chris Farley, Janeane Garofalo, and David Cross when he was talking about comedians. His affection, admiration, and respect was moving and sweet. His few descriptions of his BB and BCS costars made me like them more than I already did. Finding out Michael Mando’s first language is French was a gem for me. I just wish there had been a bit more about this part of his career.
It’s clear comedy is his first love (its triple billing in the title should have clued me in), regardless of all the branching out he’s done and success in other areas. Since I’ve never seen the comedy work most dear to his heart, I’m perhaps not the ideal audience for this book. I’m glad I read it, but I didn’t love it as much as I expected I would. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Essays. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:In this ??essential? (Entertainment Weekly), ??hilarious? (AV Club) memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it??s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty.

??I??ve known Bob Odenkirk for more than thirty years, and yet I had to read this book to believe his stunning career arc.???Conan O??Brien

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022??Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Parade, The AV Club


Bob Odenkirk??s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you. Charting a ??Homeric? decades-long ??odyssey? from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago to a dramatic career full of award nominations??with a side-trip into the action-man world that is baffling to all who know him??it??s almost like there are many Bob Odenkirks! But there is just one and one is plenty.

Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City??s legendary Del Close. He somehow made his way to a job as a writer at Saturday Night Live. While surviving that legendary gauntlet by the skin of his gnashing teeth, he stashed away the secrets of comedy writing??eventually employing them in the immortal ??Motivational Speaker? sketch for Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show with Bob and David.

In Hollywood, Bob demonstrated a bullheadedness that would shame Sisyphus himself, and when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, the phone rang with an offer to appear on Breaking Bad??a show about how boring it is to be a high school chemistry teacher. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, and then, in a twist that will confound you, he re-re-invented himself as a bona fide action star. Why? Read this and do your own psychoanalysis??it??s fun!

Featuring humorous tangents, wild characters, and Bob??s trademark unflinching drive, Com

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