It’s a new year and time to convince yourself you have potential and are able to achieve so much more. Luckily you’re not in it alone. We’ve rounded up some comedy books that will help you get it together. These 5 books belong to a rare genre, comedy-slash-self-help, with one of them fresh off the presses last week. Here are 5 great comedy self help books, to hep get your New Year started on a high note.
The Gang has been through a lot together and now they want to share their wisdom culled from their collective experiences with you. In their first self-help book, the Gang tackles life’s big issues—relationships, financial success and career, fashion and personal grooming, health and diet, and survival skills. With chapter titles like “Banging Through the Years,” “Getting Rich off Your Kids,” “Recipe Corner: Raccoon Steak,” and “Blackface Versus Whiteface,” and a quiz at the end of each section, this book will surely catapult you to a better life, so long as you equate “better” with a
life just like the Gangs’.
In the afterword, Frank’s pretty certain that there will be a follow-up effort and lists dozens of topics, including “Racism: When to Say It and When to Just Think It,” “Charlie’s Fourteen-Day Cheese Cleanse,” and “Past-Life Regression: How to Find Out if You Were a Centaur.” For now you’ll have to wait and read and reread The 7 Secrets of Awakening the highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today.
Tired of getting bullied at school, home, or work? Judah Friedlander is the man you should speak to. As the World Champion, he can be tough to pin down, but luckily he’s put all of his knowledge into a book, and it has a ton of pictures, so it’s super easy to follow. In addition to some pretty standard moves, like taking down four dudes on a rooftop, and levitation, Friedlander includes specialized material—confronting Bigfoot and a chapter for ladies only. Clearly this book is full of information you need in your head.
Before he was a Gene Belcher on Bob’s Burgers Mirman produced this volume as a way to make sense of the modern world. In it he confront everything from family to money to government to death. Also, Mirman addresses his qualifications for those who think he’s not the guy to guide you through modernity: “It doesn’t matter. In America, ‘Qualification’ is simply an attitude. I’ve adopted it. So, yes. I am qualified.” It’s this kind of attitude Mirman hopes you take away from his book.
Order The Will to Whatevs on Amazon now.
Do what Chris Hardwick says. The guy hosted Singled Out in his twenties with Jenny McCarthy, worked consistently as a comedian, host, or actor for the next fifteen years, currently hosts @midnight, and created Nerdist, which is podcast network, production company, and a way of life. It’s this last part his book will help you with. The book is organized into three parts—mind, body, and time—to help you meet your goals. You can be a better you and Hardwick can help.
Order The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) on Amazon now.
Wouldn’t it be cool to be a successful screenwriter? Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, whom you may know from The State, have been for years and in this book they share their secrets. You may not be a fan of all the movies they’ve written, which includes the very successful Night at the Museum franchise. But think about it. Is your job better than writing any screenplay? If a movie studio wanted you to write a sequel to the Lennon and Garant-penned film Herbie Fully Loaded in which the titular car is kidnapped by a zombie Henry Ford and must be rescued by Kit from Knight Rider and the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard even though their relationship is strained because the orange car refuses to paint over the Confederate flag on its roof even though it offends the black car, you wouldn’t do it?
Congratulations on taking the first step to being a better you, and good luck.