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In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Nobody opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his legendary cult status as a comedy writer, and what it's like to reinvent himself as a no-holds-barred action film ass-kicker at fifty. Bob Odenkirk's career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it h In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Nobody opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his legendary cult status as a comedy writer, and what it's like to reinvent himself as a no-holds-barred action film ass-kicker at fifty. Bob Odenkirk's career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it here, because that is what memoirs are for. Charting a "Homeric" decades-long "Odyssey" from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago all the way to a dramatic career that is baffling to his friends, it's almost like there are two or three Bob Odenkirks...but there is just one and one is enough, frankly. Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City's legendary Del Close, which eventually led to a job as a writer at SNL. As he weathered the beast that is live comedy, he stashed away the secrets of sketch writing--employing them in the immortal "Motivational Speaker" sketch for his friend Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show With Bob and David, which inspired an entire generation of comedy writers and stars. Then his career met the hope-dashing machine that is Hollywood development. But when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, Bob was more astonished than anyone to find himself on Breaking Bad. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, until finally re-re-inventing himself as a bona-fide worldwide action star for reasons that even he does not fully grasp! Read this and do your own psychoanalysis--it's fun! Throughout Bob's travels, his memoir preserves the voice he cultivated from years of comedy writing. Featuring humorous tangents, joyful interludes, never-before-seen photos, wild characters from his winding career, and his trademark upbeat but unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale--and a moving story about what it's like to risk everything you think you know to make a change.


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In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Nobody opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his legendary cult status as a comedy writer, and what it's like to reinvent himself as a no-holds-barred action film ass-kicker at fifty. Bob Odenkirk's career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it h In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Nobody opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his legendary cult status as a comedy writer, and what it's like to reinvent himself as a no-holds-barred action film ass-kicker at fifty. Bob Odenkirk's career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it here, because that is what memoirs are for. Charting a "Homeric" decades-long "Odyssey" from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago all the way to a dramatic career that is baffling to his friends, it's almost like there are two or three Bob Odenkirks...but there is just one and one is enough, frankly. Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City's legendary Del Close, which eventually led to a job as a writer at SNL. As he weathered the beast that is live comedy, he stashed away the secrets of sketch writing--employing them in the immortal "Motivational Speaker" sketch for his friend Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show With Bob and David, which inspired an entire generation of comedy writers and stars. Then his career met the hope-dashing machine that is Hollywood development. But when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, Bob was more astonished than anyone to find himself on Breaking Bad. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, until finally re-re-inventing himself as a bona-fide worldwide action star for reasons that even he does not fully grasp! Read this and do your own psychoanalysis--it's fun! Throughout Bob's travels, his memoir preserves the voice he cultivated from years of comedy writing. Featuring humorous tangents, joyful interludes, never-before-seen photos, wild characters from his winding career, and his trademark upbeat but unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale--and a moving story about what it's like to risk everything you think you know to make a change.

30 review for Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Having witnessed firsthand, the Saul Goodman phenomenon, I was anticipating learning more about Bob Odenkirk's life and career before "Better Call Saul." This book is chock full of the comedy Odenkirk has created and participated in. His career goes back to the 70's when he was feverishly penning sketch comedy as a teenager. His professional trajectory includes Second City, Saturday Night Live, HBO, a plethora of gigs at varied venues, FX and more. One of the most notable things I learned about Having witnessed firsthand, the Saul Goodman phenomenon, I was anticipating learning more about Bob Odenkirk's life and career before "Better Call Saul." This book is chock full of the comedy Odenkirk has created and participated in. His career goes back to the 70's when he was feverishly penning sketch comedy as a teenager. His professional trajectory includes Second City, Saturday Night Live, HBO, a plethora of gigs at varied venues, FX and more. One of the most notable things I learned about Odenkirk that I did not know was this: He created the "living in a van down by the river" bit that Chris Farley executed with brilliance on SNL. There were also some interesting facts about working with Jack Black. I am not a fringe comedy fan, so much of the work Bob is most proud of is material I have never seen. Seeing the bits described in a book just isn't the same as seeing it live. I do have plans to view his one and only action movie--Nobody--and I am looking forward to the final season of Better Call Saul. For the record, Kim Wexler is my favorite character. She is much too good for Jimmy McGill and they both know it. Thank you to Random House and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    I had the pleasure of attending an in-person event in a San Francisco bookstore in which Bob Odenkirk and David Cross and other members were promoting a book they'd written about Mr. Show. Ashamed to say, this was my introduction to that work, and I'd been looking forward to seeing Saul, and David Cross's Never Nude from Arrested Development, in person. What struck me was how personable and friendly they were, and the event was a sheer delight. As is this book. Odenkirk reveals his love for sket I had the pleasure of attending an in-person event in a San Francisco bookstore in which Bob Odenkirk and David Cross and other members were promoting a book they'd written about Mr. Show. Ashamed to say, this was my introduction to that work, and I'd been looking forward to seeing Saul, and David Cross's Never Nude from Arrested Development, in person. What struck me was how personable and friendly they were, and the event was a sheer delight. As is this book. Odenkirk reveals his love for sketch comedy and lays out his experiences, developments, personal histories, along with that of a very diverse group of friends, always giving credit where it's due (I loved reading about Janeane Garofolo, whose intelligence shines through with every performance). Thusly, the lengthy revelations regarding the years leading up to the "drama" section were informative and fun to read, but I must admit to paying closer attention to the chapters involving Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, two of my favorite shows. As there are several months before publication, I anticipate an update including his on-set heart attack and the effect it had on his co-workers and family, and hope that the audio version will be read in his warm, distinctive rasp. Just finished the audible format, and loved listening to him read it himself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Till Raether

    This is neither funny nor especially thoughtful, and coming from someone who professes his hatred of anything mainstream throughout the book, it's also frustratingly conventional. This is neither funny nor especially thoughtful, and coming from someone who professes his hatred of anything mainstream throughout the book, it's also frustratingly conventional.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    An interesting look behind the curtain to see how some of the sausage gets made from one of my favorite working actor-comedians. What I appreciated most about this book was how far he leaned into his failures, and how he owned his mistakes in retrospect. What I didn't like as much was how singularly-focused this book was - it was only about his work, with hardly any details about his personal life. The chapters drifted from project to project to project and while it was interesting and funny fin An interesting look behind the curtain to see how some of the sausage gets made from one of my favorite working actor-comedians. What I appreciated most about this book was how far he leaned into his failures, and how he owned his mistakes in retrospect. What I didn't like as much was how singularly-focused this book was - it was only about his work, with hardly any details about his personal life. The chapters drifted from project to project to project and while it was interesting and funny finding out some good stories, I never felt like I got any closer to finding out who this guy really is. He seems like a real private person that doesn't like to talk about his home life, be it his youth, his current family, interests, or anything outside his office hours. He comes off as a passionate workaholic, but the writing, while interesting, was cold and standoff-ish. Still, it's a very quick read, and he interacts with all the greats in the alt comedy scene -- starting in Chicago's Second City atmosphere and moving to LA to get weird with creative and edgy. Being a general outlier for most of his life makes for good story fodder, and it's truly impressive how many incredible people he's worked with over the years, from stage improv to HBO to Adult Swim to AMC and now his action films, Quite a remarkable career.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    3.5 rounded down ... have to admit I lost interest in the "Comedy" on the way to the "Drama" that I was interested in... "s'all good, man" 3.5 rounded down ... have to admit I lost interest in the "Comedy" on the way to the "Drama" that I was interested in... "s'all good, man"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Erickson

    3.5 Funny, but not very introspective or substantive. You can tell that Odenkirk's first love is sketch comedy because he goes into exhaustive depth about his sketch comedy days. 3.5 Funny, but not very introspective or substantive. You can tell that Odenkirk's first love is sketch comedy because he goes into exhaustive depth about his sketch comedy days.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I’m not sure I enjoyed this one. It read like someone just rambling on at a dinner table. There was a lot of bragging and slight badmouthing but for some reason exalting Andy Dick and very little talk of the switch to drama from comedy. I did learn a few things that I didn’t know Bob worked on or wrote, so that was fun. But honestly reading that he took the role of Saul without ever seeing Breaking Bad was strange. Even during filming he reports asking Bryan Cranston weird questions about the sh I’m not sure I enjoyed this one. It read like someone just rambling on at a dinner table. There was a lot of bragging and slight badmouthing but for some reason exalting Andy Dick and very little talk of the switch to drama from comedy. I did learn a few things that I didn’t know Bob worked on or wrote, so that was fun. But honestly reading that he took the role of Saul without ever seeing Breaking Bad was strange. Even during filming he reports asking Bryan Cranston weird questions about the show since he’s never actually seen it. I get not seeing it before, but honestly after you take a role why not watch the show you accepted the role on? This was worlds away from the other Bob autobiography/memoir I read in the last year. Bob Mortimer got it right but Bob Odenkirk seems to have missed the mark.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "So I did what anyone at a low point in their career in the biz has done since time began: cocaine. Lots and lots of cocaine. I rubbed it on my eyelids. I powdered my ass with it every morning. I found that it kills athlete's foot pretty quick, but it works best if you put it in your nose." When people hear the name, Bob Odenkirk they think Saul Goodman/ Jimmy McGill. When I hear that name I think of the hilarity that is Mr. Show, Ben who was Elaine's "Doctor" boyfriend on Seinfeld, and Porno Gil "So I did what anyone at a low point in their career in the biz has done since time began: cocaine. Lots and lots of cocaine. I rubbed it on my eyelids. I powdered my ass with it every morning. I found that it kills athlete's foot pretty quick, but it works best if you put it in your nose." When people hear the name, Bob Odenkirk they think Saul Goodman/ Jimmy McGill. When I hear that name I think of the hilarity that is Mr. Show, Ben who was Elaine's "Doctor" boyfriend on Seinfeld, and Porno Gil from Curb Your Enthusiasm. We all associate him with a different character but we can all agree that he is one hell of an actor and comedian. Like the rest of the world, I didn't know much about Bob and his life. We all remember some of the characters he portrayed in his life but that is as far as it goes. Bob opens up his brain and spills some long-lost memories into this book. Some we remember, lots we never even knew, and some we all like to forget. Bob's writing style mixed with his comedic genius makes this book so much more entertaining. I could just imagine him saying some of these things out loud and I would bust out laughing... even in the middle of the library. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama was an entertaining memoir. Not as juicy as I was hoping but Bob is one hilarious mfer. He definitely knows how to keep you entertained. "Clearly His Taste In Women Is The Same As His Taste In Lawyers: Only The Very Best... With Just A Right Amount Of Dirty!"

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan Mathey

    While I'm a huge fan of Odenkirk's acting in Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Mr. Nobody, I'm not a fringe comedy fan. To me, this was a long slog. I listened to the audio book and found his reading to be choppy, poorly paced, and he occasionally mispronounced words. I read memoir's to find out more about the individual's personal life, and this completely lacked any depth. Bob said that he doesn't like to reveal much himself in his comedy, and apparently he applied that line of thinking to h While I'm a huge fan of Odenkirk's acting in Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Mr. Nobody, I'm not a fringe comedy fan. To me, this was a long slog. I listened to the audio book and found his reading to be choppy, poorly paced, and he occasionally mispronounced words. I read memoir's to find out more about the individual's personal life, and this completely lacked any depth. Bob said that he doesn't like to reveal much himself in his comedy, and apparently he applied that line of thinking to his memoir. It reads like a retelling of of his comedy work, and if I wanted to learn about that I would watch it, not read a memoir. He also gave lots of credit to those he has worked with, but is was as boring to read it as it is to hear names recited on an awards show. Sorry Bob, but this is the worst memoir I've ever read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ghoul Von Horror

    TW: Fat jokes, use of r-word, drug mentions *****SPOILERS***** About the book:Bob Odenkirk's career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it here, because that is what memoirs are for. Charting a "Homeric" decades-long "Odyssey" from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago all the way to a dramatic career that is baffling to his friends, it's almost like there are two or three Bob Odenkirks...but there is just one and one is enough, frankly.Bob embraced a life in TW: Fat jokes, use of r-word, drug mentions *****SPOILERS***** About the book:Bob Odenkirk's career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explain it here, because that is what memoirs are for. Charting a "Homeric" decades-long "Odyssey" from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago all the way to a dramatic career that is baffling to his friends, it's almost like there are two or three Bob Odenkirks...but there is just one and one is enough, frankly.Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City's legendary Del Close, which eventually led to a job as a writer at SNL. As he weathered the beast that is live comedy, he stashed away the secrets of sketch writing--employing them in the immortal "Motivational Speaker" sketch for his friend Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show With Bob and David, which inspired an entire generation of comedy writers and stars. Then his career met the hope-dashing machine that is Hollywood development. But when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, Bob was more astonished than anyone to find himself on Breaking Bad. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, until finally re-re-inventing himself as a bona-fide worldwide action star for reasons that even he does not fully grasp! Read this and do your own psychoanalysis--it's fun!Throughout Bob's travels, his memoir preserves the voice he cultivated from years of comedy writing. Featuring humorous tangents, joyful interludes, never-before-seen photos, wild characters from his winding career, and his trademark upbeat but unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale--and a moving story about what it's like to risk everything you think you know to make a change Release Date: 03.01.2022 Genre: Memoir Pages: 304 Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ What I Liked: • Bob Odenkirk reads the book • I love the comedy of Bob Odenkirk What I Didn't Like: • Sometimes rambled Overall Thoughts: I thought this was great! Someone commented that this memoir wasn't funny and not to throw shade at that reviewer but since when do comedians even have to be ON in their own memoirs? I thought there were parts that were funny and there were parts that were serious like any good book that tells about a person's life. I suppose I just didn't know that it was going to be so Saturday Night Live heavy. I guess I didn't really know he was even a writer on Saturday Night Live so that makes sense that there would be so much of it. I was seriously dying when he was talking about how ridiculous Lorne was to the writers and the actors. I have read other books from comedians who have worked on Saturday Night Live who have all said the same thing. Honestly Lorne should just chill out considering he stole the show from another person. Chris Farley must have been the best person ever because EVERYONE that wrote a book that worked at SNL during that period writes about him and how nice he Final Thoughts: I found this book to be funny, entertaining, and charming. Listening to Bob go over bits of his life were fun and I enjoyed learning about how he came to meet up with certain people. Memoirs are always dangerous territory because you never know if you'll come out of the book still a fan. I still am! IG | Blog

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I’ve been a fan of Bob Odenkirk ever since he showed up as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. I hoped that Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama would have lots of info regarding Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. I should have paid more attention to the title. Odenkirk spent a lot of time working as a comedy writer and sketch artist long before coming to Breaking Bad. I had no idea that he had worked as a writer for Saturday Night Live. But most of the shows he references are unknown to me. I’m not a big fan o I’ve been a fan of Bob Odenkirk ever since he showed up as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. I hoped that Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama would have lots of info regarding Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. I should have paid more attention to the title. Odenkirk spent a lot of time working as a comedy writer and sketch artist long before coming to Breaking Bad. I had no idea that he had worked as a writer for Saturday Night Live. But most of the shows he references are unknown to me. I’m not a big fan of sketch comedy, so that’s really no surprise. Only a very small portion of the book is devoted Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. It’s still an interesting read and I have to admire Odenkirk for never giving up in a tough business.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    As an audiobook, this was like listening to Bob Odenkirk do a DVD commentary on his own IMDb résumé. I listened anyway because he has a great voice, but I learned little--which seems like exactly what he would have wanted, since he describes himself as never having wanted to be famous.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Wonderful! Is Bob Odenkirk the nicest guy in Hollywood? He just might be. This memoir is exactly what it says it's about: a lot of comedy and some drama. If he hadn't narrated it himself, I'm not sure I would have listened to it. He talks about growing up in Illinois, his initial interest in comedy, the years he spent writing for all kinds of live comedy shows (SNL, The Ben Stiller Show and more) and the scripted shows in which be also acted. It becomes very obvious very quickly that his pride a Wonderful! Is Bob Odenkirk the nicest guy in Hollywood? He just might be. This memoir is exactly what it says it's about: a lot of comedy and some drama. If he hadn't narrated it himself, I'm not sure I would have listened to it. He talks about growing up in Illinois, his initial interest in comedy, the years he spent writing for all kinds of live comedy shows (SNL, The Ben Stiller Show and more) and the scripted shows in which be also acted. It becomes very obvious very quickly that his pride and joy is "Mr. Show" which I just started watching; it's really funny. He spends a lot of time talking about many of these skits. If you're reading/ listening to this just to hear about "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul", he does talk about his experience with these shows close to the end, but not in great detail. The man is so humble and credits everyone else for his success. It was a fun journey to take with him.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    In my head there's a type of book that only exists on friends' bookshelves (or coffee tables). These include video game tie-in novels, Stephen King novels, true crime books about serial killers, Gladwellian ted talk trash, books with Michelle Obama on the cover, and comedian memoirs. Nothing necessarily wrong with any of these types of books, but if you've read one you've read them all. Definitely didn't mean to read this. Picked it up and read the back half and then flipped around and read about In my head there's a type of book that only exists on friends' bookshelves (or coffee tables). These include video game tie-in novels, Stephen King novels, true crime books about serial killers, Gladwellian ted talk trash, books with Michelle Obama on the cover, and comedian memoirs. Nothing necessarily wrong with any of these types of books, but if you've read one you've read them all. Definitely didn't mean to read this. Picked it up and read the back half and then flipped around and read about the parts of his career I'm interested in/familiar with and before you know it I'd read most of the book. Slightly more insightful and more honest about his flaws than most comedian memoirs, but at the end of the day it still amounts to a lot of name dropping and familiar anecdotes, though Bob makes it readable. Of course, I remain a huge fan of his work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    I'm a huge fan of basically everything Bob Odenkirk has ever done in his career so it was an absolute no brainer to pick up his autobiography. "Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama" is fantastic. Of course it is fascinating to hear the behind the scenes of his time at SNL, Second City, Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Nobody, Fargo, etc etc. His humor and attention to detail really brought all of those stories to life. But I especially loved his honesty and lack of ego when it came to his career. I'm a huge fan of basically everything Bob Odenkirk has ever done in his career so it was an absolute no brainer to pick up his autobiography. "Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama" is fantastic. Of course it is fascinating to hear the behind the scenes of his time at SNL, Second City, Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Nobody, Fargo, etc etc. His humor and attention to detail really brought all of those stories to life. But I especially loved his honesty and lack of ego when it came to his career. He fully admits his shortcomings up front (control freak and can really only operate/enjoy a very particular kind of comedy environment). I've seen a few of these comedian/actor autobiographies that paper over stuff like this and I think the reader is poorer for it. Should you read this book? Well let me answer that question with a question: Do you know who Bob Odenkirk is? If yes, then absolutely. If no, then I wouldn't recommend it. But come on, if you clicked on this review, I'm willing to bet you're as big a fan of his as I am. Read this book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    I've been a fan of Bob Odenkirk since the day I "discovered" him as a college kid, via MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVID. My friends and I had a VHS tape (that's how old I am) of the show's sketches. Wanting to know more about both him and David Cross, I only then realized that he had been a part of an earlier favorite, the BEN STILLER SHOW, as well as SNL, CONAN O'BRIEN, etc. In his memoir, Odenkirk basically runs down his resume...the ups and downs of his career. This is not a "this is who I am" mem I've been a fan of Bob Odenkirk since the day I "discovered" him as a college kid, via MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVID. My friends and I had a VHS tape (that's how old I am) of the show's sketches. Wanting to know more about both him and David Cross, I only then realized that he had been a part of an earlier favorite, the BEN STILLER SHOW, as well as SNL, CONAN O'BRIEN, etc. In his memoir, Odenkirk basically runs down his resume...the ups and downs of his career. This is not a "this is who I am" memoir. He shares very little of himself or his personal life, but literally focuses on his career, from early failures, through mid-career mid-success, through more failure, through the modern day successes as Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill on BREAKING BAD and BETTER CALL SAUL and his recent film career. There are a few self-effacing anecdotes passed along, as well as a few apologies, and some moments of pure self-actualization. I'm not sure that anyone who isn't a fan (and at least somewhat thoroughly familiar with his career) would enjoy the book, but anyone who is surely will.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    While it's a perfectly serviceable showbiz memoir, you probably won't find much of interest in these pages unless you're a Gen X comedy nerd. For me it was a 2.5 star read. However, if you love Mr. Show, remember when Janeane Garofalo was a big deal, and lament the untimely demise of the Ben Stiller Show in the 90s, go ahead and bump this rating up an extra star. You'll have a reasonably good time with Bob. While it's a perfectly serviceable showbiz memoir, you probably won't find much of interest in these pages unless you're a Gen X comedy nerd. For me it was a 2.5 star read. However, if you love Mr. Show, remember when Janeane Garofalo was a big deal, and lament the untimely demise of the Ben Stiller Show in the 90s, go ahead and bump this rating up an extra star. You'll have a reasonably good time with Bob.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    If Bob Odenkirk had just avoided his hackneyed justifications for his shortcomings with regard to women and people of color, he’d have come across better. Instead, he has to talk about having ignored the LA riots entirely, then doubles down on including blackface in his Netflix show. Why, dude?? Anyway, two stars because I liked learning about his comedy work, and also because given the chance I think someone could break through this knucklehead.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aligermaa

    I love Saul Goodman and am anticipating the return of a new season. So here I am, totally clueless and surprised at how funny and comedic guy Bob Odenkirk is. Never knew he had such a rich history of being in comedy shows and other nonstop projects. This is one of the good autobiographical books which will make you laugh. One quote in particular that made me crack up was “It’s like a smooth jazz, a waste of jazz” :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Korey

    An obvious recommend for fans of Odenkirk & comedy, and a less obvious recommend for casual fans of SNL or Hollywood & entertainment production in general. If you enjoy fringe movies or shows, that’s where Bob Odenkirk lived for the majority of his career. Bob's insights have actually changed my perspective on what it takes/ what kind of person you have to be in order to "make it big" in showbiz. It's a bit more tame and hopeful than I imagined. I’m walking away with a long list of things to watc An obvious recommend for fans of Odenkirk & comedy, and a less obvious recommend for casual fans of SNL or Hollywood & entertainment production in general. If you enjoy fringe movies or shows, that’s where Bob Odenkirk lived for the majority of his career. Bob's insights have actually changed my perspective on what it takes/ what kind of person you have to be in order to "make it big" in showbiz. It's a bit more tame and hopeful than I imagined. I’m walking away with a long list of things to watch.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Kiley

    I wavered between 3 and 4 stars but ultimately went with the 4 star because I very much enjoyed this. Definitely recommend reading this one in audiobook format simply for Bob’s famously charming delivery!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe Kessler

    An interesting reflection from actor Bob Odenkirk on his unlikely rise to global stardom: through fairly obscure sketch comedy gigs for decades before being offered a career-reorienting role as the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman on the critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad, who would later go on to anchor its prequel spinoff Better Call Saul and open the door to further dramatic parts. It's a loving tribute to the late-twentieth century fringe humor scene, full of touchstones which are generally An interesting reflection from actor Bob Odenkirk on his unlikely rise to global stardom: through fairly obscure sketch comedy gigs for decades before being offered a career-reorienting role as the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman on the critically-acclaimed series Breaking Bad, who would later go on to anchor its prequel spinoff Better Call Saul and open the door to further dramatic parts. It's a loving tribute to the late-twentieth century fringe humor scene, full of touchstones which are generally unknown to me but could be useful for readers seeking recommendations in that genre. Throughout it all, the author shares backstage stories and his guiding principle that his happiest moments have been in crafting material that satisfies himself and his co-creators, rather than the whims of an often-unpredictable market. Make what you love, in other words, and trust/hope that the right audience will find your same distinctive wavelength -- an attitude that apparently clashed heavily with showrunner Lorne Michaels during Odenkirk's tenure as a writer on Saturday Night Live. As a BB/BCS fan previously unfamiliar with the man's body of work, this is all relatively informative to me. I had no idea, for instance, that he wrote the classic Chris Farley "living in a van down by the river" skit, or that he was the runner-up for Steve Carell's job as Michael Scott on The Office. At the same time, however, I've wanted the book to dig a little deeper into the performer's own life. He makes mention of an alcoholic father and of witnessing his fellow comedians' drug abuse, for example, but doesn't tie those elements together or relate what it was like to resist the cultural pressure to fall into that lifestyle himself. (I'm assuming a stray line about doing copious amounts of cocaine is meant to be sarcastic, given another reference to having only ever nibbled on one hash-infused brownie in Amsterdam.) Some belated mea culpas about sexism in his earlier writing and not hiring enough women on his productions seem likewise perfunctory, and he repeatedly namechecks Al Franken as a personal idol without any acknowledgement of the sexual misconduct revelations that prompted his resignation from the US Senate. Overall I guess I would say that this title is neat as an impression of its extended subject matter, but it leaves something to be desired as an insightful memoir for the voice behind it all. Like this review? --Throw me a quick one-time donation here! https://ko-fi.com/lesserjoke --Subscribe here to support my writing and weigh in on what I read next! https://patreon.com/lesserjoke --Follow along on Goodreads here! https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6... --Or click here to browse through all my previous reviews! https://lesserjoke.home.blog

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

    Big fan of Mr Show and Bob’s comedy work. Which isn’t to say I’m not a fan of the dramatic stuff, I just haven’t seen Better Call Saul. Regardless, this memoir is disappointing from whatever angle of approach. I would have loved some insider stories, insight into the inner workings of his relationships, commentary on craft, jokes, anything. Instead it’s a breezy run-through of the projects he’s been involved in. There are a few good anecdotes and it’s nice to spend time with someone whose work I Big fan of Mr Show and Bob’s comedy work. Which isn’t to say I’m not a fan of the dramatic stuff, I just haven’t seen Better Call Saul. Regardless, this memoir is disappointing from whatever angle of approach. I would have loved some insider stories, insight into the inner workings of his relationships, commentary on craft, jokes, anything. Instead it’s a breezy run-through of the projects he’s been involved in. There are a few good anecdotes and it’s nice to spend time with someone whose work I enjoy, but this was a letdown for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I feel bad for the two stars already. Odenkirk seems like a nice guy, but I was just bored to death by this memoir. It feels like a cluster of name droppings and not a lot of feelings/emotion. Perhaps it will appeal to others, but it was just not for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Hixson

    Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk who's famous for playing Saul Goodman in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and has been influential in the Comedy Scene for the last 30 years writing for SNL, writing and performing on the Ben Stiller Show and Mr. Show with Bob and David. The book really captured his voice I could not help when I was reading it, hearing it told in Odenkirk's unique voice. Bob Odenkirk's book title states that this book is 3/4 comedy and 1/4 drama. So if Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk who's famous for playing Saul Goodman in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and has been influential in the Comedy Scene for the last 30 years writing for SNL, writing and performing on the Ben Stiller Show and Mr. Show with Bob and David. The book really captured his voice I could not help when I was reading it, hearing it told in Odenkirk's unique voice. Bob Odenkirk's book title states that this book is 3/4 comedy and 1/4 drama. So if you only know him from Breaking Bad prepare for a lifetime history in comedy before you get to the drama. I'm a comedy connoisseur and knew Mr. Odenkirk's career way before Saul, (I watched and loved some of the Ben Stiller Show episodes that made it to air) so I enjoyed the musing about comedy writing, improv, and were familiar with almost every sketch that was discussed. This is not a mean autobiography, there is no celebrity he goes after for slighting him years ago, he toughest on himself. He portrays himself has humble and lucky to have the career that he has, he would rather you laugh at his jokes than be able to recognize him and remember his name. I learned a lot about his career and some of the sketches and shows that I never knew he was a part of. Mr Show fans will be pleased as the biggest part of the book is dedicated to this and we get a season by season breakdown. The one thing I was shocked about was it did not discuss his heart attack, which I think would have been a great ender, not to his life but to the book having survived. I am reading an advanced readers copy, so it could have been added for the print version. I read this advanced reader's copy thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Random House. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk is published on March 1 2022. Things That I Learned: Bob Odenkirk was the original writer of Chris Farley's character Matt Foley and Van Down by the River sketch. Bob started writing a sketch while performing improv with Chris at Second City. Bob was not a writer on SNL when it aired. Bob wrote on the second season of one of my favorite cult classic show Get A Life. He had a small but important part of getting Tim and Eric Awesome Show to the right people to put it on air. He turned down doing the spin off to Better Call Saul 2 times. He told SNL kind of sucks now to Loren Michaels face and still hired him years later. Was roommates with Robert Smigel long time SNL writer and creator of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Was runner up to Steve Carrell for the lead on The Office. What I Liked: The way he gushes over his co-stars doesn't feel fake but very genuine. The story of Stephen Speildberg unknowingly casting Bob and David and reuniting Mr. Show actors on the screen in his serious movie The Post. The story of when he found out is a good one. The story of Mr. Show staying on the air because a grandchild of an executive was watching it. I loved all the insights and inside stories about the making of Mr. Show, SNL, and The Ben Stiller Show. The Stories and self own about the couple of movies he's directed Let's Go to Prison and The Brother's Soloman and how terrible they are, I had no idea he directed them. I liked how he is a self admitted comedy snob, and most of the confrontations in the book are about comedy. The story about his confrontation with Jeremy Irons that their using as press for this book is a good one. What I Disliked: Bob uses the phone a friend lifeline a little too much he admits his memory isn't the best maybe due to a drug or two, but he calls friends and has them explain things using their words not his. I would have like more insight about his first sketch that landed and a little bit more of his early beginnings at Second City. He briefly talks about dating Janeane Garofalo which feels like such a tease. Recommendations: If you care about comedy in the last 30 years then you should read this book. If you're a fan of Mr. Show with Bod and David then this book is for you. If you're a Breaking Bad fan and only reading it for that, then you have to decide if you want to read about mainly comedy to get to the inside stories of Breaking Bad. I'm a huge fan of Odenkirk and his career both comedy and drama so I recommend this book. If he doesn't talk about his heart attack in this one I'll read more about Odenkirk's career to come. I rated Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir by Bob Odenkirk 4 out of 5 stars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Seigler

    I will post a fuller review in the comments (I just sent it off to my boss at Book and Film Globe), but suffice it to say, I loved this book. I've been a big Bob Odenkirk fan since I discovered "Mr. Show with Bob and David" years ago on DVD, and I consider him and David Cross to be the true American heirs to Monty Python's fractured sense of reality (as well as helping to inspire some great sketch comedy in their own wake, most notably "Key & Peele"). This is a fun, entertaining book that shows I will post a fuller review in the comments (I just sent it off to my boss at Book and Film Globe), but suffice it to say, I loved this book. I've been a big Bob Odenkirk fan since I discovered "Mr. Show with Bob and David" years ago on DVD, and I consider him and David Cross to be the true American heirs to Monty Python's fractured sense of reality (as well as helping to inspire some great sketch comedy in their own wake, most notably "Key & Peele"). This is a fun, entertaining book that shows Odenkirk's ability to tell a tale, and it's a fun read. Edit: can't post links in the comments, apparently, so here's the review inside my review here (meta!) https://bookandfilmglobe.com/nonficti...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I love Bob Odenkirk, and I listened to him narrate this book. It was just “eh”.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim Thomsen

    I won't go on and on about what makes COMEDY COMEDY COMEDY DRAMA so great, because why listen to me dissect the experience of reading this memoir when I'd much rather you just dive into this memoir and have the same immeasurably pleasurable experience I had? I'll simply say that this is not a memoir full of memoiristic technique or taught polish. It's more like a happy guy poking through a Scarface-pile-of-cocaine-high pile of memories in chronological order but without the strictures of structu I won't go on and on about what makes COMEDY COMEDY COMEDY DRAMA so great, because why listen to me dissect the experience of reading this memoir when I'd much rather you just dive into this memoir and have the same immeasurably pleasurable experience I had? I'll simply say that this is not a memoir full of memoiristic technique or taught polish. It's more like a happy guy poking through a Scarface-pile-of-cocaine-high pile of memories in chronological order but without the strictures of structure implied by that linear approach. It's like being lucky enough to sit in a dark dive bar in mid-afternoon and having the world's happiest drunk park himself on the stool next to you, open his mouth, and say "Here’s what I can admit to right out of the gate, and it’s tragic: I tried just as hard at the stuff that didn’t work as I did at the stuff that worked." And unpack his best stories for the next several hours in a way that's both loose but never loses the thread of a greater through-line. And the next thing you know, you find yourself buying his next drink, and his next drink, and the drink after that, and maybe some happy-hour chicken wings because you don't want him to go away and leave you alone with your own dark thoughts and less interesting stories. (OK, maybe that was just me.) To want — and get — what Bob Odenkirk wanted and got: "I wanted lots of people and ideas and offbeat things to happen to me in my life, more than I wanted to play golf or drive a big car or tell people to take their shoes off when they came into my house." OK, enough of me. I'm boring. Go park yourself next to Bob Odenkirk for the next several hours. His almost deranged joy may save your life if you're in a dark place — if nothing else, it teaches you that life is a long game (or a long con), and that it may take a while, but if you hang in there, good things can and sometimes will happen beyond anything you imagined or could reasonably have hoped for. Bob Odenkirk didn't take this advice — "in high school I filled out some kind of career-planning assessment and it said just that: Go into the forest and don’t come back" — and the takeaway here is, neither should you.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phil Simon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Interesting but a little disappointing. I was really hoping that he would’ve spent more time on BB and BCS. It seemed like he barely covered two of my all-time favorite shows. I suppose that I should not be so surprised, however. The title tells you where his interests lie and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Phelps

    My inappropriate celebrity crush continues.

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