There are an exceptional few performers who have elevated the craft of stand-up comedy to an honest to goodness art form. Infusing the formula with absurd honesty, surreal world building, or just a singleminded dedication to absolute, neurotic truth, these champions of the spoken word have devoted their lives and livelihoods to skirting the line … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Yells “It’s A Wrap!” With Patton Oswalt’s Silver Screen Fiend
John Waters - gay pope of trash and vile connoisseur of low culture - attempted something extraordinary, risking life, sanity, and intestinal fortitude for art (or a queasy approximation thereof). Terminally in between films, the notorious, lowbrow director of Pink Flamingos, Cecil B. Demented, Hairspray, and a dozen more celluloid slimeballs walked out of his … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Gets Carsick With John Waters
Amy Poehler wasn't always America's favorite aggressively positive city councilwoman Leslie Knope on television's Parks and Recreation. Nor was she born into the role of writer, performer, and all-around comedy goddess on Saturday Night Live. It was no accident that she co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and starred in the Upright Citizens … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Stands With Amy Poehler And Says “Yes Please!”
Todd Glass's situation is unique. After a killer set at the Largo at the Coronet, he retreated backstage to receive some well-deserved accolades from his peers. Two seconds later, he was face down in the filthy carpet of the comedy club, apparently in the throes of a serious heart attack. When Sarah Silverman came to … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Drops In To See What Kind Of Situation THE TODD GLASS SITUATION Is In.
Adam Resnick's extemporaneous bile and deep, existential paranoia throttle any hint of superficial, saccharine wonder out of the childhood stories that constitute the seething, autobiographical essays of Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation. Hilarious despite itself, this comic memoir betrays the mania that boils just beneath the surface of Resnick's furrowed brow. … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Confirms Attendance After Reading WILL NOT ATTEND!
A scant few weeks ago, Nick Offerman graced us at BookPeople with his robust presence, descending from a helicopter he carved out of granite on a rope ladder he wove from snakeskin to present his new book Gumption, which he built out of words and letters. This Monday June 29th at 7:00 p.m., the Stand … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Paddles Their Own Darn Canoes!
Artie Lange should be dead. With the sheer volume of heroin he's shoveled up his nose, hydrocodone he's gobbled, and scotch he's waterfalled down his throat, the ratio of his overall cellular composition must heavily favor poison over human DNA at this point. Any one of his overdoses, crashed cars, or nervous breakdowns should have … Continue reading At Long Last! The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Crashes And Burns!!!!!!!
The basic tenets of sketch comedy prescribe a commitment to bizarre choices and the exploration of new worlds from unusual perspectives. In I Don't Care About Your Band, Julie Klausner demonstrates an extraordinary dedication to her comedic craft by applying those same fundamentals of humor to her romantic life. This strategy, like any comedy performance, … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Still Doesn’t Care About Your Band
Fraud by David Rakoff Through the eyes of David Rakoff, the world was an expanse of uncertain possibility to be mined for new experiences and unknown pleasures. All you had to do to reap life's existential bounty was look like you know what you're doing. Such is the thematic through line of Fraud, his Lambda … Continue reading Fraud: The Book To “Read” For The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club
Samantha Bee's inexplicable neuroses, social misfires, and weird fears could fill a book, so they did. I Know I Am, But What Are You? is an unflinchingly candid cross-section of a Canadian coming-of-age crisscrossed with disturbingly affectionate fetishes for religious iconography, teenage crime sprees, and unlicensed Sailor Moon memorabilia. Destined to be either a comedian … Continue reading I Know I Am, But What Are You?: The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Asks The Important Questions