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 Mad Libs”) 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, The 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