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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox Hardcover – November 9, 2010

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“Greg Fitzsimmons was the first comic to ever give me unwanted advice. I thought he was a jerk. I was wrong. Not only is he a great guy, he is also one of the best storytellers I have ever heard. I look forward to someone reading this book to me.”

—Zach Galifianakis

“Jewish guilt is well-known because Jews are loud and free to express themselves. Catholic guilt, however, is fucking bottomless. Irish to the core, despite himself, this bottomlessness oozes from Greg Fitzsimmons’ every pore and it’s raw, honest, and hilarious. This portrait of one comic’s life is funny, hard, and true.”

—Sarah Silverman, comedienne and New York Times bestselling author of The Bedwetter

“I’ve often wondered what it was that made Greg Fitzsimmons so funny. And so filled with non-specific rage. Now I know, and you can, too.”

—Andy Richter, National Treasure

“Greg Fitzsimmons thinks he’s one of the greatest comedic minds of our generation; and in the case of this book, he’s right.”

—Adam Carolla, comedian

“Greg Fitzsimmons is as funny as he is f*%ed up. And he is VERY f*%ed up.”

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About the Author

With a lethal (and improbably likeable) mix of wit and sarcasm Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer/producer and Radio/TV host.  A regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno, Greg has made more than fifty visits to “The Howard Stern Show” and hosts his own weekly radio show on Sirius XM’s "Howard 101.” His bi-weekly podcast "FITZDOGRADIO" is one of the most downloaded on iTunes.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182697
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Boyd on January 19, 2011
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I am new to the world of Greg Fitzsimmons having learned of him from listening to Adam Corolla's podcast and then discovering Greg's this past Fall. I read "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" on a recent vacation and found the book surprisingly engaging and moving. Greg is a proud Irishman, as am I, and he is also about my age, so I was eager to hear what his experience in life had been like so far. My mom always told me that as an Irish person I would never be happy. I find her words haunt me and I wonder if other Irish people suffer from this same inability to truly be happy. Greg seems like he struggled a lot to find his present happiness and it was a joy to watch him mature from an overly cocky but insecure young man into a man who gave up drinking and drugs because he wanted to be in charge of himself and the best he could be as a comedian. The book is also a bit of a love letter to his famous, deceased father who loomed large in Greg's young life and could never quite control his own demons. A good read.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dave on November 7, 2010
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I know this book does not come out officially until Tuesday, however I received my copy from amazon on Saturday. I was not planning on reading it until after December 11th, which is when I am taking the LSAT. However, when I received the book in the mail I started reading it, just to get a glimpse of what I should expect. Once I started, however, I could not stop. I read the book straight through. I should be spending every possible minute studying for the LSAT, but "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" was simply too good to put down. The premise of the book is great, and Greg's life story is fascinating. I swear I am not exaggerating by saying that "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" is now my favorite book, and unlike Adam Carolla (I started listening to Greg's podcast after hearing him on Carolla's podcast), I am an avid reader. Thank you amazon for shipping me "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" before its official release day (which I'm sure was a mistake)!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon-Addicted-Anonymous on December 3, 2010
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I got turned on to Greg through his twice a week podcast on itunes. His sense of humor hit home with me so i knew the book would find a home on my shelf. Greg's writing is at the same time poignant and hilarious, not something easily accomplished. Listening to the Fitzdog Radio podcast on itunes, i was well aware of Greg's prowess as a comedian, but once i delved into the book i was pleasantly surprised to find his writing top notch. Listening to the podcast, you would think hes a comedian who wrote a book, but reading the book you'd think he was an author who also does comedy. Which i hope sounds like the compliment i meant it to be. Thanks Greg for a great podcast and a better book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlene on October 4, 2012
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The focus in this book is on Greg Fitzsimmons' family life and the influence of his father and radio host, Bob Fitzsimmons and it is a through-way for all the stories and anecdotes Greg relates. It's a funny and surprisingly touching memoir for such an acerbic, sharp-witted comedian. From the stories Greg relates, his interesting outlook on life seems to stem from his issues with rage and authority figures. And what I found most interesting about this book, was the illustration that class clowns and students who don't take education and their future as seriously as they should, don't always have to change to prosper. They could be lucky enough to find a career or life path that suits their unconventional approach to life and become fine upstanding citizens, even if they behave outrageously. Though I questioned the sanity behind some of the things Greg does in his book, he always comes off as a likable rascal that is is telling you his stories slightly tongue-in-cheek. Just imagine a comedian taking an important gig, with the only criteria being not to say the F-word, and then going up and specifically gearing his set to how he should not be saying the F-word while saying it many times. It's terrible. And delightful. And that probably sums up everything about this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EHR on June 10, 2015
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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is funny, poignant and honest (much better than Carolla's recycled rants!) Also, unlike Adam Carolla, Greg actually wrote his own book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rollett on June 10, 2015
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Heard your podcast with Carolla and felt inclined to drop you a 5 star rating. I really loved this audiobook. Highly recommend!
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By Anthony on March 13, 2014
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This book was hilarious and touching all at the same time. I came to listen to Greg because of his show on Howard Stern's Sirius XM channel. I started listening to his podcast around when the book came out. It took me two years to get to this book, and wow was I missing out. What I expected was some loosely connected essays with some jokes thrown in. Instead, this is a tale of a young man who is just trying to crawl out from his father's shadow. Greg's disobedience under authority was ingrained in him as a young man and continued to make him a comedian. This was a fantastic memoir that happened to be funny.
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Maybe I'm a bit biased, but Greg never struck me as a tough guy. He really went balls out on this tough Irish schtick that I never thought much of. He had to revert back to childhood to bring some unruly reputation to life. I just feel like the person he likes to imagine himself as, isn't and this book is denial of the true self. Greg really isn't that much of a force to be reckoned with. I wouldn't watch my words around him, I wouldn't hesitate to cut him off in traffic. If that is wrong, then I haven't heard of anyone learning that the hard way. The only one afraid of Greg, is Greg himself.
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