BOOKS I READ
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin Steve Martin gives insight into how his career developed and launched him into the #1 Comic in the world. Basically, my perception, was that he bumbled his way to stardom by creating ways to push and play with the audience’s to see if they would follow his non-traditional comedic style. Then, bam, he found himself exhausted, isolated, depressed and joyless about the “business” of comedy. He longed for the days when comedy was just fun… and he walked away and never looked back. This is a nostalgic read. Not a laugh out loud, joke driven book. It is well written and left me feeling melancholia. View all my reviews
God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m Fucked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live, And Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
BY: Darrell Hammond
This book was a chronology of Darrell Hammond’s life. There wasn’t much detail on his mental illness and recovery. It is inspiring and incredible that he was a working actor in the limelight and living in such darkness. Physically I would think it couldn’t be done, but he did it. It is not detail oriented but a general over view of his addictions and mental illnesses.
I wanted to know where he thought he was going in the future and more information to help other people who are struggling with some of the same issues. They were glossed over. To write this biography, must have taken courage and vulnerability. I respect that.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
This book was an inside look at the journey that Mindy Kaling took from a girl growing up on the East Coast, post-college years in NYC and opportunity in Los Angeles. A self describing nerd and shopaholic Mindy has managed to keep wonderment about her. From her start on stage in New York writing, acting and producing an off-Broadway show “Ben and Matt” to a staff writer and actress on the TV show “The Oscar”, Mindy seems untouched by and environment that is often toxic.
This is an extremely light read. Some essays have a winsome quality of cute. She is finding her way in the world and holding down her own while growing up. This is a great read for 18 to 25-year-old girls.