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2/19/11

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: Mr. Funny Pants by Michael Showalter

Description

I was at my wit's end. I'd had enough of this job, this life, and my relationship had broken up. Should I eat chocolate, or go to India, or fall in love? Then I had a revelation: Why not do all three, in that order? And so it was that I embarked on a journey that was segmented into three parts and was then made into a major motion picture. Later, I woke up on an airplane with a hole in my face and a really bad hangover. I was ushered brusquely off the plane by my parents who took me to a rehab where I tested positive for coke, classic coke, special k (the drug), Special K (the cereal), mushrooms, pepperoni, and Restless Leg Syndrome. It was there that I first began painting with my feet.

But rewind...the year was 1914. I was just a young German soldier serving in the trenches while simultaneously trying to destroy an evil ring with some help from an elf, a troll, and a giant sorcerer, all while cooking every recipe out of a Julia Child cookbook. What I'm trying to say is that there was a secret code hidden in a painting and I was looking for it with this girl who had a tattoo of a dragon! Let me clarify, it was the 1930s and a bunch of us were migrating out of Oklahoma, and I was this teenage wizard/CIA operative, okay? And, um then I floated off into the meta-verse as a ball of invisible energy that had no outer edge...

Ugh, okay. None of this is true. I'm just kind of a normal guy from New Jersey who moved to New York, got into comedy, wrote this book about trying to write this book, and then moved to Alaska, became the mayor of a small town, spent $30,000 on underwear, and now I'm going to rule the world!!!

About the Author

Michael Showalter is the star/creator of Michael & Michael Have Issues, The State, Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, Stella, Die Hard* and Die Hard 2: Die Harder**. He lives in Brooklyn with his lady and a bunch of cats.


*Not true**Also not true

Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446542105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446542104
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER

MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

Pure Genius!  I never knew you could be sarcastic and earnest at the same time.  This is one of the funniest celebrity pseudo-memoirs I have read in a long time Anyone who hides their guilty pleasures in music on their iPod by labeling them really cool and hip indie bands, has my vote.  I would do the same thing, but I have quite figured out how to do it.  Michael Showalter pokes fun at the seriousness of writing by making fun of some of the things "serious" writers do like the preface only he takes his to the third level by having a post-preface.  Oh and you can't forget the afterword, the after-afterword or the just-before-the-afterword.

This is really a book that you should leave out on your coffee table since there are so many fun things to do like a fill in the blank romantic-comedy plot and the one minute mysteries.  You can easily reread this several times.  There are also little bits and pieces of the author's life and what junior high meant to him.  There are some other important things, but I forgot them.  I think they had something to do with drinking games, which is probably why I forgot.  I received this book at no charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Contest is open to anyone with a US mailing addresses (no PO Boxes)

Contest ends on 3.7.11 Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 3.8.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by Grand Central Publishing and up to two copies of the book will be available.
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