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Aasif Mandvi Explains How 'The Daily Show' Made Him a "Terrorist of Comedy"

"The longer I spent time on The Daily Show, standing in front of a green screen pretending to report from war zones and hot spots around the world—most often from somewhere in the Middle East—the more I began to realize that The Daily Show was radicalizing me. I was being allowed to express the outrage that had lain dormant in me since the aftermath of September 11. I was becoming a terrorist of comedy … I was learning to fire missiles of satire across the basic cable airwaves and blow the minds of a million people."

- Aasif Mandvi looks back on getting hired on The Daily Show and his [...]

Cary Elwes Is Writing a Memoir About 'The Princess Bride'

Cary Elwes, who starred as Westley in the classic 1987 comedy The Princess Bride, is writing a memoir about the film. The Associated Press reports that Elwes has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone to pen a memoir entitled As You Wish: Tales from 'The Princess Bride'. It's scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014. The film's director, Rob Reiner, will write the book's foreword, and it will contain interviews with Billy Crystal, Robin Wright and other cast members from the movie. For nostalgia's sake, check out the original trailer for The Princess Bride below. 

Martin Short Is Writing a Memoir

Living comedy legend Martin Short is getting ready to write his first book. The NY Times reports that Short has inked a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir that will cover his movie and TV career, his friendships with other well-known comedians and actors, and his 30-year marriage to Nancy Dolman, who passed away in 2010. Short recently starred in the NBC pilot Mulaney from Lorne Michaels and SNL writer John Mulaney, which the network bafflingly opted not to order to series, and he's currently filming a small part in director Paul Thomas Anderson's movie adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. "Although I've never [...]

The Ultimate Comedy Library: 57 Books Every Comedy Fan Should Read

Books are smart and reading is good for you!

This can be hard to remember because of podcasts and television and movies and all the other things begging for attention from your eyeballs and ear holes. A lot of funny stuff is in the media, we get it! But books can be funny, too. Just look at all the comedians making books! Comedians are always writing books about themselves, or about comedy history, or about writing, or just fun stuff called "fiction." And a lot of it is worth reading.

Because we are here to help, we made for you a list of some of the best comedy books — [...]

This Darrell Hammond Story Could Not Be More Horrifying

Good god, this Darrell Hammond abuse story keeps getting worse and worse. In an interview with CNN, the SNL alum talks about suffering systematic abuse at the hands of his mother, which later led him toward addiction and self-harm. Hammond describes cutting back stage at SNL, before plowing through his personal problems to deliver solid performances. "SNL was a place where if Lorne judges that you can hit the ball over the wall that night, you're going to go out and step up to the plate," he says. "I didn't want to let Lorne down, who I was close to." Darrell also describes how difficult it was to [...]

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.

Artie Lange's Memoir Will Discuss Suicide Attempt, Substance Abuse Issues

Comic and radio host Artie Lange's new memoir, Crash and Burnwill be released on October 29, and it will discuss his 2010 suicide attempt as well as his addictions to heroin and alcohol. The former Howard Stern sidekick's first book, 2008's Too Fast to Fish, was a New York Times bestseller. Back in January of 2012, Lange told Splitsider about the new book:

The title is based on my buddy Danny McGrath's older cousin. When I was I was 22 years old I was trying to decide if I should stay at the port working as a longshoreman making 60 Gs a year, or should I try show [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story' by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett's new memoir Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story comes out this week and is now available as hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook. In the book, Burnett recounts her experience of motherhood in the televised comedy spotlight. Her daughter Carrie won over Burnett's audience with kindness and charm but struggled with personal issues and addiction. Burnett and her daughter went public with Carrie's addiction and her eventual recovery, and the girl acheived success in adulthood, but after battling with cancer Carrie died in 2002 at the age of 38. Burnett's touching tribute to her daughter is an opportunity to read a talented [...]

Neil Patrick Harris Announces New Memoir, Jokes about Plagiarism

“I’m excited to be writing a book of the observations and stories of my life. I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?”

–Neil Patrick Harris, as quoted in The New York Times about his upcoming memoir, which is set for release in spring of 2014.

Darrell Hammond Discusses Addiction, SNL Breakdown In New Book

You so rarely hear about straitjackets these days; they seem like sort of a novelty. Unless you're being escorted out of 30 Rock in one, as Darrell Hammond's new book explains. In Hammond's upcoming excellently-named memoir God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m Fucked, which comes out Nov. 8, the SNL star spent much of his late-night tenure alternating between spot-on Bill Clinton impressions and battling an addiction to alcohol, cocaine and crack, a struggle that sent him to rehab several times. “I don’t have anything bad to say about anyone there,” Darrell says about his SNL compatriots. “They all really went above and beyond the call for [...]

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 [...]

Steve Coogan Is Writing a Memoir

British comedian Steve Coogan has signed a new book deal. Best known for his character Alan Partridge along with countless film and TV roles, Coogan has agreed to write an untitled memoir for publisher Cornerstone. The book is expected to come out September 2014 in hardback and in paperback the following year. Coogan said in a statement:

I'm delighted to be writing my memoir. It promises to be a sojourn through the faltering first steps of a lower middle-class boy who watched television to the dizzy heights of a man who achieved not only a multi-Bafta-winning status on television but also became fully middle-class and managed to annoy the [...]

Marc Maron's New Book 'Attempting Normal' Available for Pre-Order Now

Marc Maron's new memoir, Attempting Normal, is set for release on April 30th, but you can pre-order the thing now. This is his second book after 2001's Jerusalem Syndrome, which was an adaptation of his popular one-man show of the same name. If you're a regular listener to Maron's podcast WTF or have watched him do stand-up over the past couple years, you've no doubt heard the comedian lament his struggles writing the book, so it's good to know all his hard work is about to pay off. It's a super busy spring for the comedian as his IFC show Maron is premiering soon and he's still podcasting [...]

Comedians Be Writing Memoirs

For the New York Times, Jason Zinoman writes about the post-Bossypants world of comedian memoirs, which I assume is in honor of the recently launched Splitsider Comedy Book Club. Mentioned are the new-ish books by Mindy Kaling, Rachel Dratch, Lizz Winstead, and Michael Ian Black. Zinoman argues they very in their balance of humor and candidness, but generally everyone loves Amy Poehler. Yeah, Amy Poehler-love is a must for every book.