A LOAD OF HOOEY
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Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and many other seminal TV shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues (“Martin Luther King, Jr’s Worst Speech Ever”) to intentionally bad theater (“Hitler Dinner Party: A Play”); from avant-garde fiction (“Obituary for the Creator of Madlibs”) to free-verse poetry that’s funnier and more powerful than the work of Calvin Trillin, Jewel, and Robert Louis Stevenson combined.
Odenkirk’s debut resembles nothing so much as a hilarious new sketch comedy show that’s exclusively available as a streaming video for your mind. As Odenkirk himself writes in “The Second Coming of Jesus and Lazarus,” it is a book “to be read aloud to yourself in the voice of Bob Newhart.”
Check out “Hilter’s Dinner Party,” an excerpt from A Load of Hooey.
Praise for A Load of Hooey:
“The king of alt comedy…expands his reign with this absurd collection of tirades, rhyming verse, and tips on how to avoid getting an embarrassing tattoo.”
—O, Oprah Magazine
“Odenkirk…shows his cerebral side in his first collection of humor writing.”
“Whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny.”
—The Weekly Alibi
“A deft blend of silliness and ridicule, mirth and rage: salt augmenting sweetness.”
—Barnes & Noble Review
“Delivered with a combination of thoughtfulness and absurdity that Odenkirk has honed over the course of his career.”
“’A Load of Hooey’ is a load of laughs.”
—New York Post
“Very funny and immensely silly.”
”A Load of Hooey finds the comedy legend doing what he does best: lampooning pretension.”
“Spoiler alert — it’s FUNNY!”
—The New York Times Book Review