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Watch a Short Film Based on DC Pierson's 'The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To'

DC Pierson recently teamed up with Community and Mystery Team director Dan Eckman and producer Meggie McFadden to turn his 2010 novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To into a movie. In the meantime, they posted a proof-of-concept short today to give an idea of what a feature-length film might look like starring The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori and The Hunger Games's Jack Quaid. It's equal parts trippy, funny, scary, and nerdy and proves that, in Revolori's words, "when there's something special about you, bad people always show up to take you away."

Melissa Rivers Writing 'The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation'

Joan Rivers is getting the book treatment again, this time thanks to her daughter Melissa. According to The Wrap, Melissa will write a new book called The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation that will be a collection of her "funny, poignant, and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised her and is the reason she considers Valium one of the four basic food groups." The book will be published by Crown Archetype and be available on May 5th. "In our family we always believed that laughter was the best medicine," Rivers said in a statement. "Not only are there less side [...]

'Saturday Night Live: The Book' Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Get ready to add another title to your SNL book collection. Art book publisher Taschen announced today that a new coffee table book called Saturday Night Live: The Book is slated for a release next month, and it's now available for pre-order via Taschen's website. Described as "part encyclopedia and part behind-the-scenes tour," the book includes the following:

  • Over 2,300 images from SNL's archives, many previously unpublished
  • An illustrated breakdown of the 6-day week at SNL through the years, with an expanded section for the live show
  • Seasons reference guide with complete cast, host, and musical guest lists
  • Exclusive interview with founder and executive producer Lorne Michaels
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I Am Pleased to Inform You That Someone Now Has a Tattoo Inspired by You and/or Your Work, by Molly Bradley

Dear Author,

Congratulations! You must have done something right, because something you wrote has inspired someone to imprint an excerpted portion, representation, allusion, or overt reference to it on a part of their body, to remain there forever.

Please do appreciate what it means for a person to go ahead and do this. For one, the kind of person who would get a tattoo of a literary nature is surely a voracious reader. This person has read countless words that he or she did not deem fit to emblazon permanently on his or her person, probably because they were not moving enough or too trite or even too commonly [...]

Dave Hill Reflects on Life, Death, and Funeral Parties

IFC's Comedy Crib released the first installment of a new web series today called Funny People Reading Books featuring Dave Hill reading an excerpt from his 2012 book Tasteful Nudes. In the clip, Hill looks back on his understanding and acceptance of death as a child, which included much more enthusiasm than most kids his age.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday Cake, by Dan Rozier

 In a big tree house down a sunny dirt road deep in the heart of Bear Country, it was Brother’s birthday. The Bear family—Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister—were sitting around the kitchen table enjoying some of Mama’s famous homemade birthday cake. Papa reached for his third piece.

“Papa, you’ve had enough,” scolded Mama.

“There’s no such thing as too much birthday cake!” Papa exclaimed.

He winked at Brother, the birthday boy, and shoved a third piece into his mouth.

Nighttime came and Brother’s special day left as quickly as it had arrived. It was time for bed. Teeth were brushed, stories read, cubs tucked [...]

Ben Stiller to Produce Hourlong Dramedy Series 'Super Sad True Love Story'

On top of working on the long-rumored Zoolander sequel, Ben Stiller has teamed up with the company behind House of Cards to develop a new show. THR reports that Media Rights Capital is currently developing an hourlong TV adaptation of Gary Shteyngart's bestselling novel Super Sad True Love Story with Ben Stiller attached to executive produce via his production company Red Hour Films. The dramedy will follow "the unlikely relationship between a bookish man stuck in a tech-obsessed society and a complex, materialistic young Korean-American woman. While navigating this romance he must also contend with mounting demands from his charismatic boss, who is himself being pressured [...]

Second City's Improv Book 'Yes, And' Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Good news for improv fans: The Second City has a new book due out February 3rd, and it's now available for pre-order. Written by Second City executive vice president Kelly Leonard and Second City Works CEO Tom Yorton, Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City will offer a comprehensive breakdown of the Second City improv approach:

The rules of improvisation may sound a little like a recipe for disaster (“dare to offend” “fail in public,” “relinquish power”); in fact, the basic tenets of improv are also those that help groups like nonprofits, schools, apartment coops, and political [...]

Patton Oswalt on His Dream of Becoming a Film Director: "Eventually I Will"

"Eventually I will. But when I make the leap to become a director, I have got to convince a platoon of people to make the leap with me, so that's really nerve-racking. And I'm in the process of working up to that. And hopefully, someday, someone can play back this interview, if I've made a movie, and I can go, 'Oh, OK. I was at least approaching it respectfully.' It's gonna have to be me finally just closing my eyes, and hitting the gas pedal and pulling out into traffic."

- Patton Oswalt talks his movie addiction, new memoir Silver Screen Fiend, and his goal to become a director [...]

Dan Harmon Is Publishing a Book of Essays in 2016

Good news for Dan Harmon fans: Entertainment Weekly reports that the Community creator is writing a book of humorous essays to be published by Doubleday sometime in 2016. The book — which doesn't yet have an official title — will "present a mix of the author’s recollections, musings, and riffs." The book will be Harmon's second published work following the limited release of 2013's You'll Be Perfect When You're Dead, a collection of his best writing from his blog "Dan Harmon Poops."

Megan Amram Shares Some Unexpected Sex Advice from 'Science…For Her!'

IFC posted a new installment of "Funny People Reading Books" today featuring Megan Amram reading an excerpt from her book Science…For Her! that's some unexpected advice about how long to wait after meeting someone to have sex. Maybe one day women will finally learn to stop sabotaging and start caring about each other.

Jimmy Kimmel Starts His Own Children's Book Club

Jimmy Kimmel always wanted to be part of a book club, but due to the demanding length of novels he never got the chance until last night, when he gathered a couple rambunctious kids and started his very own children's book club. No doubt these kids left this taping way more confused about the moon than they were in the first place.

Patton Oswalt Explains the Story Behind His Book Jacket Photo

To promote his new memoir Silver Screen Fiend, last night Patton Oswalt was a guest on The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon the story behind his selfie book jacket photo, in which he says he looks like an "83-year-old meth addict." At least that meth addict knew enough about selfies to take the photo at the most flattering selfie angle possible.

The 16 Best Comedy Books of 2014

To add to your diet of comedy consumption which is likely already at critical mass, what with the comedy movies, sitcoms, sketch comedy shows, web videos, Twitter feed, and novelty T-shirts, here's your reading list: the best comedy books of 2014. This year had an especially delightful selection of comedy and comedy-related books. Here then are some of the comedy history, comedy theory, comedy memoirs, comic essay collections, and comic novels that stood out.