“There’s a very small number of people on this planet who have this very specific job.” That’s how Mad Libs editor Laura Marchesani describes her work, and the exact thought that made me curious about a game I hadn’t played in decades.
Mad Libs have been a household name since their first release by publisher Price Stern Sloan (now a division of Penguin) in 1958. The game has a sophisticated origin story, told years ago by its inventor Leonard Stern: Stern’s friend Roger Price, whom he’d met when they were writing for The Tonight Show, had come over to polish a humor book they’d written together called What Not [...]
Simon & Schuster has just uploaded a nice 30-page sneak preview of Jen Kirkman's upcoming book about living child-free, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself. The book officially comes out on April 16th, so check out the embedded preview below and then preorder it for the other 194 pages.
Who would win in a fight between Don Draper talking about how nostalgia is a “twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone” and Cheese saying “Ain’t no nostalgia to this shit here”?
I don’t know, but there is a book I love, and it’s the 1964 Kaleidoscope, the cover of which is an embossed kangaroo holding an oil lamp (or if you’re looking at it upside down and backwards, the cover is a cheerleader butt). Either way, let’s talk about it!
What this book actually is, is a thin-looking but superdense special edition of National Lampoon from 1974 parodying a high school year book from 1964, [...]
Good news, fans of incredibly in-depth interviews with comedy writers! Mike Sacks, author of And Here's the Kicker, has officially sold the sequel to that book to Viking/Penguin. He tells me that it should clock in at around 400 pages and have a lot of "surprises." He's already working on it, aiming to have it done next year with the release scheduled for 2014. That's a long way off, but hey, good things take time to come together.
Thank you, Jimmy Fallon and your Late Night writers, for giving us a second book of Thank You notes, available now for pre-order. Thank you, blog of Jimmy Fallon's thank you notes, for providing us with gentle chuckles until May 22 when the book is released. Thank you, "thank you note structure," for letting us make jokes in a funny format. Thank you, meta self-awareness, for providing an additional joke here by allowing us to thank the very thank you note structure with which we are using to thank you. And thank you, reader, for putting up with this overly thankful post.