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The 'It's Always Sunny' Gang Is Writing a Self-Help Book

The life experts of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are writing a book. A pre-order page recently showed up on Amazon for The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today, a book "written" by Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee, and Frank that will serve as a self-help guide. From the book's description:

The Gang may have finally found their golden ticket. Left alone to close down Paddy’s Pub one night, Charlie Kelly inadvertently scored himself, and his friends, the opportunity of a lifetime—a book deal with a real publishing company, real advance money, and a real(ly confused) editor. While his actual ability to read and [...]

Jim Gaffigan's Second Book, 'Food: A Love Story,' Out Oct. 21st

Standup Jim Gaffigan's second book, Food: A Love Story, is now available for pre-order. Gaffigan has long been fixated on discussing food in his standup, and the book finds him spending the entire tome discussing all different kinds of food (check out an excerpt here). The book is set to hit shelves October 21st. Gaffigan's first book, the New York Times bestseller Dad Is Fat, was released last year.

Mike Sacks Is Re-Releasing an Extended Version of 'And Here's the Kicker'

Mike Sacks's new book of interviews with comedians, Poking a Dead Frog, hits the shelves June 24th, and as part of the lead-up, he's re-released his first book in the series, And Here's the Kicker. Originally published in 2009, And Here's the Kicker features interviews with 21 big comedy writers, including Bob Odenkirk, Mitch Hurwitz, and the late Harold Ramis, and the re-release includes 200 pages of extra material including an interview with a canned laughter editor and one with The New Yorker's cartoon editor.

Sacks calls the new edition of And Here's the Kicker his "Directors Cut version. It's the book the way I originally wanted [...]

Josh Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz Are Writing a Book About Social Awkwardness

Modern Seinfeld co-creator Josh Gondelman and Fast Company writer Joe Berkowitz are teaming up to write a book. Titled You Blew It!, the collaboration is "a humorous examination of faux pas, showing the social missteps we are all responsible for and are destined to repeat." The book will be published by Plume and be available sometime next year. Here's a statement from Berkowitz about the book:

Josh and I hit it off after we realized that neither he nor I had ever done anything awkward ever in our entire lives, and knew nothing of the topic. Furthermore, we were also fuzzy on the concept of 'jokes.' So we [...]

Pre-Order Megan Amram's New Book 'Science…For Her!'

Last year it was announced that Kroll Show and Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram landed a book deal for Science…For Her!, a lady-focused "faux-expert compendium of scientific knowledge." Amram posted an update on Tumblr today that the book will be officially released on November 1st, but it's available now for pre-order:

Science…For Her! is a science textbook written by a lady (me) for other ladies (you, the Spice Girls, etc.) It has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout history: female brains aren’t biologically constructed to understand scientific concepts, and tiny female hands aren’t constructed to turn most textbooks’ large, extra-heavy covers. I’ve written a fun, flirty, Cosmopolitan-like textbook [...]

Patton Oswalt Has Written a Book About His Addiction to Movies

Patton Oswalt has a second book in the works. Recently, Amazon posted the pre-order page for his upcoming book titled Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film. Here's the book's official description:

New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics [...]

'Poking a Dead Frog,' Mike Sacks's Sequel to 'And Here's the Kicker' Out Today

Mike Sacks's latest book of interviews with comedians, Poking a Dead Frog, hits the shelves today. A follow-up to his 2009 book, And Here's the Kicker, Poking a Dead Frog features interviews and advice from over 40 professional comedy writers, spanning a wide range of mediums including movies, late night, sitcoms, standup, print, podcasts, and more. James L. Brooks, Adam McKay, Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Diablo Cody,Glen Charles, and Carol Kolb are just some of the writers included in the new book, from which we excerpted an interview with longtime SNL writer James Downey this morning.

Amy Poehler on What to Expect from Her Upcoming First Book

Last week, the cover and release date (October 28th) for Amy Poehler's first book, Yes Please, was released. Over the weekend, Poehler appeared at BookCon to share some more info about the memoir (via Bustle and Vulture):

"I’m writing a book in what feels like the middle of my life,” Poehler explained adding that the tome is her attempt to describe what it feels like to be "young and old at the same time" and that she's too old for "cute" and too young for "wisdom."

Poehler explained the title, saying, "The good things that’ve happened to me are because I said, 'Yes, please.'" She also [...]

Marty Feldman's Recently Discovered Memoirs to Be Published in November

Chortle reports that the unpublished memoirs of Marty Feldman, legendary British comedy writer/performer and star of Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein, have recently been found in Feldman's former Los Angeles home. "It's Marty's story from his impoverished childhood in East London in the 1930s to all the famous people he knew, like David Frost, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle," said LA nightclub owner Mark Flanagan, who inherited the property from Feldman's widow Lauretta and discovered the writing. Titled Eye Marty, the book will be available this November (pre-order here) and according to a publisher spokesman, the book is "exactly as Feldman wrote it, his great friend [...]

Pre-Order 'Poking a Dead Frog,' Mike Sacks's Follow-Up to 'And Here's the Kicker'

Mike Sacks has written a sequel to his hit 2009 book And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft. The new series of interviews — called Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers — includes new insights from Amy Poehler, Patton Oswalt, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, and more and is now available for pre-order on Amazon ahead of its June 24th release. Order it now for extra comedy nerd credit.

(Full disclosure: Our Managing Editor Bradford Evans contributed to the book.)

Billy Eichner Is Writing His First Book

Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner is getting into the literary world. THR reports that Eichner has signed a deal to write his first book, a currently untitled comedic tome about the worlds of comedy and pop culture. "I'm very excited to start writing and I can assure my fans they will love the book more than Shailene Woodley loves Tom's of Maine," Eichner said. "This book is for anyone obsessed with show business, pop culture, social media and lots of other fun topics that fill our days as we hurtle helplessly toward accidents, illness, infidelity and death."

Billy on the Street, which finished its third season in [...]

Louis C.K., Lena Dunham, Chris Rock Will All Be Featured in Judd Apatow's Book of Comedian Interviews

We reported in April that Judd Apatow is releasing a book of interviews he's conducted with famous comedians, and a partial list of guests for the book has just been announced via The NY Times. Set for a 2015 release, the book is called Sick in the Head (named after a rejected Fox pilot Apatow made back in 1999) and it will feature interviews with Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Roseanne Barr, Steve Allen, Jay Leno, Spike Jonze, and more for a total of about 25 interviews. The interviews have been sporadically conducted over the last 30 years, starting when [...]

Take a Look at the Cover of Amy Poehler's Upcoming Book 'Yes Please'

Last year it was announced that Amy Poehler had signed a deal to write a "memoir-ish" book due out sometime in 2014, and now the official cover and title have been released. Via Today, Yes Please will be a collection of Amy's advice that "will tackle a variety of topics, from friendship and parenting to advice on love and life, all done with her inimitable wit" and will be available through Dey Books on October 28, now up for pre-order on Amazon. Click through to view the full-size book cover.

Bob Odenkirk Wrote a Book of Plays, Monologues, Short Fiction, and Free-Verse Poetry

Bob Odenkirk is set to release his first book, a collection of short pieces called A Load of Hooey that's set to come out via publisher McSweeney's later this year. The book will include a variety of different stuff, including plays, monologues, short fiction, and free-verse poetry, with pieces titled "Martin Luther King, Jr’s Worst Speech Ever," "Obituary for the Creator of Madlibs," and more. Odenkirk, who is set to star in the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, released a collection of unproduced scripts he co-wrote with David Cross last fall called Hollywood Said No!, but A Load of Hooey will be the first solo [...]