Earlier this week, there was another "Andy Kaufman is alive" hoaxinvolving a woman pretending to be his daughter and his real life brother, and now, there's a new book about the late comedian in the works co-written by the two people who know him best. Kaufman's writing partner and best friend Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies, who was his girlfriend at the time of his death, have written a new book called Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally. It's due out October 7th, 2014. Here's a bit from the book description:
[Zmuda and Margulies] talk about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death with chillingly morbid candor. They also [...]
The Office writer/actor B.J. Novak's first book, a collection of short stories called One More Thing: Stories & Other Stories, is coming out in February, and The New Yorker has an excerpt from the book that you can check out now if you're into that whole reading thing.
Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari just signed a book deal. Penguin Press announced today that they've hired the comedian to write his first book, a semi-academic tome on the subject of romance. The untitled book will focus on "the basic issues facing a single person—whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next—have been radically altered by new technologies." Here's Ansari, who has talked to academics and done original research for the project, is describing the book in the press release:
You know when you text someone you're romantically interested in and you don't hear anything back and then you see them post a photo [...]
The NY Times' comedy critic Jason Zinoman has written a new e-book, called Searching for Dave Chappelle, that comes out today and dives deep into the comedian's life and the reasons behind his disappearance from the spotlight in 2005 with extensive reporting. At 54 pages, the book is available online for $2.99. In addition to the book, Zinoman has a NY Times piece out today about Chappelle's return to to the public eye for an upcoming high-profile 15-city tour for Funny or Die and what his new act looks like.
Check out the full book cover and a chapter listing below:
Comedian Bo Burnham is putting out a book of poetry. Called Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone, his first book is set for an October 1st release, and it's a mix of poetry, writing, illustrations from his friend Chance Bone. In an interview with Splitsider earlier this summer, he called it "an R-rated Shel Silverstein sort of thing."
Burnham posted this picture of the book on Tumblr yesterday, being sure to clarify that it's a normal-sized book and that he just has giant hands. Burnham writes, "I hope you find it silly and weird and sad and sweet. I had so much fun writing [...]