2015 was an amazing year for comedy, and a really strong year for books authored by comedians. These ten comedians managed to find time to each write a book despite having busy full time comedy careers. The books range the gamut in subject matter, from autobiographical, to historical, artistic and creative, and even illustrated. We picked ten of the best books of the year to highlight, and now we need you to vote, on who had the #1 book. Was it Judah Friedlander, Judd Apatow, Nick Offerman, Colin Quinn, Richard Lewis, Kelly Carlin, David Spade, Greg Proops, Mindy Kaling or Issa Rae?
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Judah Friedlander is a hilarious and thoughtful comedian. His drawings are as funny and weird as everything else he has done in comedy. IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED is a compilation of strange, funny drawings that give us a glimpse into Judah’s unique mind. Imagining the Keystone Pipeline as a sex-act or George Washington in Las Vegas, Judah shows us why he always will be the World Champion.
In THE COLORING BOOK, Colin Quinn generously lends a hand to solve race relations in America. Tackling subjects he has addressed in multiple hit one-man shows, Colin discusses cultural stereotypes from his roots growing up in Brooklyn, New York through the years, and pre- and post-9/11 America. Colin breaks down political correctness and highlights its absurdity. Colin’s humor effectively translates in a book that makes clear why he is one of the funniest comedians today.
Richard Lewis provides readers with a “Guide On How Not To Live” in his newest book. In this read, Lewis teams up with artist Carl Titolo, who provides funny illustrations for each of Lewis’ chosen twisted one-liners. The dark mind of Lewis is brought to life through REFLECTIONS FROM HELL. Lewis might not be happy in life, but he should be happy with this book.
Before becoming one of the best-known comedy directors, Judd Apatow was just a kid from Long Island who loved comedy. As a teenager and uber-fan, Apatow interviewed comedians about their life and goals. The book combines inteviews he did as a sixteen year-old and those he did 30 years later. Apatow talks with comedy legends like Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Garry Shandling, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Louis C.K., Lena Dunham, Adam Sandler, Amy Schumer, Harold Ramis, and Sarah Silverman, among others. A funny, insightful, candid look into the minds of some of the biggest names in comedy.
In her first book, Kelly Carlin breaks down her unique perspective — as the only child of legendary comedian George Carlin. Kelly takes readers behind-the-scenes of the turmoil and drama of the Carlins, while she tries to become her own person. Perhaps no comedian had as much of an impact on American culture as George Carlin. A Carlin Home Companion gives a rare glimpse into the personal life of one of the greatest stand-up comics ever.
Mindy Kaling quickly followed her first book with a second bestseller, Why Not Me?, a collection of essays. Kaling continues to prove herself one of the funniest, most genuine comedy writers today. She gives personal anecdotes, from her dating life to celebrity obsessions to her own friendships, Kaling wrote a hilarious book to be expected from the creator/star of The Mindy Project and one of the most popular comic writers today.
Nick Offerman brought Ron Swanson to life in Parks & Recreation. Now, Offerman helps readers in his newest book, GUMPTION. Offerman describes the twenty-one people who have most influenced him — including Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Yoko Ono. He guides readers on how to grill meat, do woodworking, and grow a real mustache.
David Spade’s memoir is a personal account of previously-untold or mostly-unknown stories of Spade’s life. He talks about starting in stand-up, losing his virginity, working on SNL, Johnny Carson, Chris Farley, and more. Spade is accomplished as a stand-up as well as in comedy films and television. This book gives a look at a career that has found success in many different circles over the last three decades.
This book is adapted from Issa Rae’s hit web series of the same name and proved just as popular. Rae explains how it isn’t easy to be awkward in a world that glorifies ‘cool.’ Her awkward, silly, sometimes painful stories that made the web series beloved carry over to the page in this best-seller.
Famous for improvising on Whose Line Is It Anyway, Greg Proops shows a whole new skill-set in his first book. THE SMARTEST BOOK IN THE WORLD features Proops giving his takes on movies, music, baseball, and history. Proops is a smart man and he doesn’t hold back referencing that in his reference-laden, snarky, fast debut book.