Memorial Hall Library

Comic Memoirs for April Fool's Day

No foolin'--these memoirs by comedians are seriously funny. If you're an audiobook listener, many of these are read by their hilarious authors!


	Sick in the head : conversations about life and comedy
Sick in the head : conversations about life and comedy
by Judd Apatow

The director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin presents a collection of uproarious and intimate conversations with some of today's most popular comedians, drawing on his teenage radio hosting days to include pieces from the early years of such names as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Sandra Bernhard.

	Sleepwalk with me : and other painfully true stories
Sleepwalk with me : and other painfully true stories
by Mike Birbiglia

In a tie-in to a one-man show that will be touring the United States in Fall 2010, a comedian offers a charming, funny memoir about first love, denial, sleepwalking and the perils and pitfalls of being ... himself.

	Last words
Last words
by George Carlin

An autobiography that the late comedian nearly completed before he died chronicles his storied career, during which he pushed the boundaries of comedy and language and influenced several generations of performers.

	The last black unicorn
The last black unicorn
by Tiffany Haddish

The stand-up comedian and co-star of The Carmichael Show presents a humorous collection of autobiographical essays that reflect her disadvantaged youth as a foster child in South Central Los Angeles, her discovery of her talent for comedy and her struggles with gender, race and class boundaries in the entertainment industry.

	Vacationland : true stories from painful beaches
Vacationland : true stories from painful beaches
by John Hodgman

The best-selling author of That Is All presents a memoir of his cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man and his observations on such subjects as the horror of freshwater clams and the evolutionary purpose of the mustache.

	I'm not a terrorist, but I've played one on TV : memoirs of a Middle Eastern funny man
I'm not a terrorist, but I've played one on TV : memoirs of a Middle Eastern funny man
by Maz Jobrani

A founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour and regular on Better Off Ted recounts his experiences as an Iranian growing up in America, his efforts to assimilate both cultures and his regular castings as a villain on TV and in movies.

	I can't make this up : life lessons
I can't make this up : life lessons
by Kevin Hart

The award-winning actor and comedian presents an inspirational memoir on the importance of believing in oneself, sharing stories about the addiction and abuse that marked his childhood and how his unique way of looking at the world enabled his survival and successful career.

	Fresh off the boat : a memoir
Fresh off the boat : a memoir
by Eddie Huang

A Taiwanese-American rebel restaurateur chronicles his rise to success from his difficult childhood in the American South to his turn as a drug dealer who embraced rap culture and more.

	Why not me?
Why not me?
by Mindy Kaling

The star of The Mindy Project and author of the best-selling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? presents a second collection of uproarious essays, observations, fears and advice on everything from prisoner fan mail to celebrity interactions.

	I know what I'm doing-- and other lies I tell myself : dispatches from a life under construction
I know what I'm doing-- and other lies I tell myself : dispatches from a life under construction
by Jen Kirkman

A memoir from a stand-up comedian and New York Times best-selling author describes the importance of staying true to herself in marriage, divorce, turning 40, cultivating a “friend with benefits” and mental health matters.

	Born standing up : a comic's life
Born standing up : a comic's life
by Steve Martin

The Emmy Award-winning comedian shares the stories of his years in stand-up comedy in a humorous memoir that recalls a first job selling guidebooks at Disneyland, his early magic and comedy act, his years of honing his craft, and the sacrifice, discipline, and originality it took to take him to the top, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. 

	I'm just a person
I'm just a person
by Tig Notaro

The popular comedian and cast member on Transparent traces a wrenching year in her life marked by a debilitating rare illness, her mother's sudden death, a romantic breakup and her diagnosis with breast cancer.

	The misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
The misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
by Issa Rae

Essays on the challenges of being black and introverted in a world that glorifies "cool" behavior, drawn from the author's award-winning social media series, share self-deprecating perspectives on such topics as cybersex, weight, and self-acceptance.

	You can't touch my hair : and other things I still have to explain
You can't touch my hair : and other things I still have to explain
by Phoebe Robinson

The stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster offers humorous, poignant essays describing her experience as a black woman in modern America on topics such as how she’s been questioned on her love of Billy Joel and U2 and why you can’t touch her hair. 

	The girl with the lower back tattoo
The girl with the lower back tattoo
by Amy Schumer

An uproarious collection of no-holds-barred personal essays by the Emmy Award-winning comedian reflects on her raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise in the entertainment industry and her struggles to maintain the courage to approach the world in unstintingly honest ways.