There is a reason that Judy Greer looks familiar. No. She isn’t your dental hygienist. No. You probably didn’t spit slurred game at her downtown last week after a few too many. No. She isn’t the wacky ghost in your house that moves stuff around and makes the walls bleed when you’re not looking. Judy Greer looks familiar because she is everyone’s best friend, at least in the movies. Her work in film and television has made her a cross genre sensation, sharing the screen with dinosaurs, superheros, spies, and the Bluth family, and, no matter what the role, it’s certain that, whenever Judy Greer is on camera, the center of attention will be just to her left. She has made a career out of being the protagonist’s sassy friend, their shoulder to cry on, their concerned mom, or their insane secretary, and her memoir I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star chronicles her ascent from ugly duckling to just next door to fame.
Whether you know her from critically acclaimed independent movies like The Descendants, multi-million dollar Summer blockbusters like Jurassic World or Ant Man, horror bloodbaths like the Carrie remake, or alternative comedy darlings like Archer or Arrested Development, you undoubtedly know Judy Greer’s face if not her name. I Don’t Know What You Know Me From details through comic vignettes the slices of a life lived a foot behind the spotlight. These essays whimsically and profoundly tackle the pathos of moderate fame in an era when name recognition is the only true gauge of success.
Join the Stand Up Sit Down Book Club on Monday August 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the cafe at BookPeople to discuss I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, share some laughs, and recount your favorite Judy Greer roles. The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month at BookPeople to gab about comedy, books, and comedy books. Come out this month to talk about all things Judy Greer, and remember, at BookPeople, Spring Break never ends.
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