The heavy door to the office slowly creaked open, and in stepped Michael O'Donoghue.
He wore a mustard-colored overcoat with matching fedora. His glasses were clear, both frame and lenses. He had a pencil-thin mustache. He quickly assessed the cluttered office, smirked, then lit a long brown cigarette.
An office mate of mine quietly protested, but did nothing. I walked up to Michael, introduced myself, then led him to a back room where we talked for a couple of hours.
Michael was effusive, generous, funny, serious. He read some jokes he had recently written, and naturally I laughed. It didn't matter what he read; the fact that Michael O'Donoghue was [...]
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 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.
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.
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.