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Comedian Mastermind: The Best of, 2005-2007 [Kindle Edition]

Elden Nelson
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Book Description

Comedian Mastermind is the way the unintentionally brilliant Dr. Michael Lämmler once sarcastically described Elden “Fatty” Nelson. Now it’s the name of the first Best of volume.

So take that, Dr. Lämmler.

Taken from the first two-ish years of the blog, but peppered with new insights, introductions, and an absurd number of footnotes describing what Fatty was thinking as he wrote, this book contains valuable information every cyclist absolutely must know. Marvel at Fatty’s penetrating analysis of cycling company ads, his completely scientific method for rating the value of each cyclist you pass during recreational rides, his keen insight regarding how to pee while riding your bike, a whole bunch of epic ride stories, and quite a few pretty decent swipes at Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France.
And more. Much more. No, even more than that.

Comedian Mastermind is like the FatCyclist blog, but with Fatty standing behind you, reading over your shoulder, and telling you what he was thinking while he wrote and why he wrote it, all while eating a sizable sandwich. And it’s only the good parts – none of the stuff where Fatty just phoned it in.

It makes excellent bathroom reading material.

Editorial Reviews


"Most of the entries are - expectedly - somehow bicycling-related, including the absurdity of some industry advertisements, how to (and how not to) blow a snot rocket, tongue-in-cheek advice for Lance Armstrong, and a litany of personal stories surrounding Nelson's own life on the bike.  But there are also anumber of off-topic gems that remind us that every cyclist - no matter how hardcore - has a life off the bike, too." -

About the Author

Elden “Fatty” Nelson started writing Fat Cyclist in 2005 as a way to hold his own feet to the fire as he tried to lose weight. Now in its seventh year, has won the Best Sports Blog Bloggie award three times, as well as Bloggie’s Lifetime Achievement award. In real life, Fatty is an imposing figure, commanding attention and frank adulation wherever he goes. He is strikingly handsome man, tall and powerfully-built, with a steely gaze, square jaw, and rippling pecs. Or maybe he has jiggly pecs. Could go either way, really.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3627 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fatbooks Publishing (December 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O363IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and charming book December 21, 2011
I've been reading the Fat Cyclist website for a few years, and decided that I enjoy Fatty's writing so much I would buy the book. It's a great read. It's interesting to see that at one time he was a "fat" cyclist, and started the blog so that he could hold himself accountable for a 30 pound weight loss.

Even his first few posts from 2005 were self-deprecating and made me smile while reading it on the subway. Now he is a world famous cycling blogger (which I think is like bragging you won a race you were the only entrant), and raises a ton of money for cancer relating charities.

This is not a book only for cyclists, though to be honest, it would help. Fatty, as he does on his website, has filled the book with great stories of various rides he does and as a cyclist myself, I can relate to his struggles and triumphs. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who does endurance athletes, even if they have never read the fat cyclist website, and would be a good read for the patient significant other of an endurance athlete.

My favourite part of the book is the advice that Fatty provides. It's not how to ride faster, that's boring. Instead, how to make an excuse for not riding on a beautiful day, how to make a cyclist crash, or how not to get invited to the next group ride. All of them, both truthful and funny.

Ride on!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It December 22, 2011
I've been a pretty faithful reader of the Fat Cyclist blog for a few years now. When Fatty wrote his book, though, I didn't rush out to buy it -- why read what I've already read, right? Then the Kindle version was published and it is just too simple to one-click, get the instant download, and have the book available on the iPad. I figured it could fill a few spare minutes from time to time -- waiting for the bus, waiting for the doctor, waiting for Godot. Whatever. And if I never tapped it open and decided instead on another futile run at level 15 of the most recent Angry Birds update, it was only ten bucks spent, no big deal.

In one of my downtime moments, though, (waiting for a rehab session for my most recent bike-associated broken bone, if you must know) I read the first entry. And then the next, the next, the next, and the next. It was like chocolate chip cookies -- or popcorn -- or one more hill interval (well, scratch that one). Once you start it is hard to stop. Even if you have read the stories before, you find yourself smiling and saying "Oh, yeah, I remember that one." It's a bit like riding a route you haven't ridden yet this season -- familiar, but new. You see things you didn't see the last time you rode it. It's precisely, exactly the same as it was, but different. (And if you haven't read the stories before, this book will be a good introduction to the Blog, and easier than clicking back through the archives once you get hooked -- as well you might.)

Why do people read Fatty. Not, sorry Fatty, for his great wisdom. Not because he will give you the technical advice you need to be a better rider. Not because you will necessarily want to ride what he rides, with whom he rides, how he rides, or where he rides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have December 22, 2011
I love this book. The only problem is that I have to stop reading it because I am laughing so hard I can't see. A must have for any cyclist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny - A great read. December 22, 2011
By Chase
I have been following the website for a few years now and just got he book. It's great! All the stories are funny, charming, and full of "Fatty" making fun of himself and others around him. I had to get another copy to give out as a Christmas present.

The best part is all the stories are short and easy to read one at a time in 10 mins or less!

A great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! December 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Comedian Mastermind" is laugh out loud humor. For those that are cycling enthusiasts, you will see yourself in Fatty's tales. For those that aren't cyclists, you will laugh at the wacky perspective of cyclists. I've been reading Fatty's blog for more than two years now, and this book really is a great insight into an "every-man's" view of cycling. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatty made me do it... December 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I am writing this "review" not because I enjoyed the book (although I did) but because Fatty is once again using his blog to beg us to do this for him. 8-)

How could anyone resist a book written by someone who calls himself "Fat Cyclist"? You are probably thinking that this screams of another high brow text on the finer points of cycling written for the snooty intelligentsia who ride expensive bicycles. If you are not thinking this, buy this book NOW! If you are thinking this, buy this book NOW! Either way, you will find yourself drawn into the strangely exciting and often mysterious world of Elden Nelson aka Fatty.

Not only is Fatty a clever and witty story teller (read the book), he is also a faux-famous super-blogger (read the blog... <...>). Looking past the power of his keyboard, Fatty is also one of the most prolific charitable fundraisers of our day. He takes his cancer fighting seriously (read the blog archives) and this book will help him with that fight. Buy the book, read the blog, and join with the rest of us helping Fatty to "Fight like Susan"!

-Mark...a skinny cyclist
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars $6.95 I'll never see again.
Would have been better off stabbing myself with a blunt fork. I only finished the book because I was on a 9 hr flight and they only had plastic forks so I had to read the book... Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by lazydays
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Great book for when you dont have a long time to sit & read. Chock full of humor and insight into the life and love of a very talented writer who also happens to ride a bike like a... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by TDGee
1.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Fatcyclist
Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I didn't finish it, which is rare for me. It simply is very very boring. Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by Kevin bowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
I laughed, I cried, I learned how to properly spit and relieve myself whilst riding my bike. This was by the far the most enjoyable book I have ever read, out of both of them. Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by Rockstarmountainbiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Self deprecating cycling humor
The Fat Cyclist blog often has me laughing so hard that I cry. Even though I have read all of his blog posts, I still laughed so hard I was in tears again. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Melalvai
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read with black background
While reading this book on Kindle for Android with the background set to black, the sections with pictures did not show the text. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by KanyonKris
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
As a new-ish cyclist, I'm a bit new to the world of Fatty-fandom (I've known about for less than 8 months!), but I was instantly hooked. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Kukui
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatty Nelson - Motivational Hero
It's difficult to add more profound accolades than the previous 5 star reviews. Fatty's brand of humor and his exceptional ability to motivate me and the rest of his followers to... Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Eric L Luttrell
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any cyclist!
A must read for any cyclist! Excellent collection of Fat Cyclist comedy with great commentary and insight into each post.
Published on December 28, 2011 by Seth Gunderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for all cycling, sport and life fans (just not...
Comedian Mastermind is a hilarious collection of Fat Cyclists past blog posts a must have for all fans of the blog and a perfect choice for any cycling or sport fans. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Shelley
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