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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 [...]

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 [...]

In 'Poking a Dead Frog', Comedians' Advice, Stories, and Neuroses Shine

Nerding out on comedy just got a lot easier with Mike Sacks’ new Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. In his follow up to 2009’s excellent And Here’s the Kicker, Sacks has compiled an impressively diverse list of writers working within the humor genre, from both sitcom and feature writers to directors to cartoonists to radio writers, like The Best Show on WFMU’s Tom Sharpling and 97-year-old Peg Lynch, writer of the 1940s Ethel and Albert. Whether you’re a comedian or a fan, there’s something here to interest you and that’s no doubt by design. The table of contents alone is intimidatingly long in the best possible way.

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Long-Time Letterman Writer Bill Scheft on 'Late Show', Writing Novels vs. Writing Jokes, and Stephen Colbert

Tonight, when David Letterman saunters on to the Ed Sullivan Theater stage to deliver his monologue, flanking him will be two men whose tenures date back to the groundbreaking Late Night With David Letterman: To his right, bandleader Paul Shaffer; and to his left, writer Bill Scheft, who Late Show viewers have undoubtedly come to know as the bespectacled man off in the corner, surveying the proceedings. If hosting a late-night talk show is an hour-long prizefight, Bill Scheft is Letterman's corner man.

Since joining Late Night in 1991, Scheft has garnered 16 Emmy nods; while also serving as writer for two Oscars, head writer for 3 ESPYs, and special [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 on 'Poking a Dead Frog', Discontented Comedy Writers, and "Comic Decay"

Comedians think often about how their identity relates to the world around them. They spent much of their time reflecting on who they are, where they come from, what they've done, and what they've seen. Usually these reflections are form-fitted and presented to us as comedy for entertainment, and it's through this process that we may come to know more about the comedian and the world we live in.

Imagine if you gave comedians free-range to tell us about themselves and what they think about their world without having to mold it to fit a comic form. Mike Sacks has been doing that for us since 2009 when he [...]

'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.

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 [...]

Holden Caulfield Applies for an HR Position, by Dan Morey

Greg Roman Integrated Software 48 Detmire Road White Plains, NY 10601

Dear Mr. Roman,

I’m writing to apply for the goddam HR Manager position you advertised in the New York Times. I’ve enclosed my résumé and three references from real hot-shots.The opportunity in your ad is very interesting and all. You wouldn’t believe how enthusiastic I am about it. You really wouldn’t. My brother D.B. says I’m a born HR man, and he’s a terrific judge of character. At least he used to be before he moved out to Hollywood and started writing all those rotten movies. D.B. is really just a prostitute now.

Anyway, I guess my experience and education make [...]

Dave Hill Clears Up the Amazon-Hachette Dispute for Dick Cavett and Malcolm Gladwell

The battle between Amazon and Hachette books rages on without any comment from Amazon, so Dave Hill put together this video with legendary TV host Dick Cavett and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell to clear up any confusion surrounding the issue. Cavett, at least, is satisfied by Hill's creative way of breaking down Amazon's side of the situation.

Adam McKay on What He Learned from Working with Improv Guru Del Close

Will Ferrell doesn’t mince words when describing Adam McKay, his longtime friend and comedy collaborator. “He’s kind of a dangerous individual,” Ferrell says. “He’s extremely funny; there’s no doubt about it. But he’s dangerous. I wouldn’t stay in a room with him, one on one, for any longer than I had to. There’s a criminal tendency there. We have a great working relationship because I don’t ask him much about his past. He just frightens me.” Ferrell is joking, obviously. But there was a time, years before McKay found Hollywood success directing and co-writing films such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and The Other Guys (2010), [...]

'SNL's James Downey on Working with Norm Macdonald and Getting Fired for Making Fun of OJ Simpson

Saturday Night Live has employed hundreds of comedy writers in its four decades on the air, but no writer has been associated with the show longer — or had more of a lasting impact — than James Woodward Downey. If Lorne Michaels is the face of Saturday Night Live, Downey is its behind-the-scenes creative force. 

Called by Lorne Michaels the best political humorist alive, Downey has been responsible for most of the political-centered pieces during Saturday Night Live’s run (many of which he co-wrote with now Senator Al Franken), starting with Jimmy Carter in the mid-’70s and ending, six administrations later, with Barack Obama. The power of Downey’s political comedy extends [...]