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A Load of Hooey (Odenkirk Memorial Library) Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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Whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny.” Publishers Weekly
The king of alt comedy expands his reign with this absurd collection of tirades, rhyming verse, and tips on how to avoid getting an embarrassing tattoo.” O, Oprah Magazine
Odenkirk shows his cerebral side in his first collection of humor writing.” Maxim
"Delightfully absurd" The Weekly Alibi
"A deft blend of silliness and ridicule, mirth and rage: salt augmenting sweetness." Barnes & Noble Review
"Delivered with a combination of thoughtfulness and absurdity that Odenkirk has honed over the course of his career." A.V. Club
'A Load of Hooey' is a load of laughs." New York Post
"A toolkit for anyone with a stake in making a 'creative wage' out of our digital culture... [Cory Doctorow's] arguments are entertainingly presented, forcefully made, and easy to follow." Quill & Quire
"Very funny and immensely silly." Portland Mercury
"A Load of Hooey finds the comedy legend doing what he does best: lampooning pretension." Chicago Reader
"Spoiler alert it’s FUNNY!" Local IQ
"Is it fair that [Odenkirk] is not only a funny, successful actor but also a funny, successful writer? Absolutely not, but fairness has even less to do with comedy than love and war." The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Bob has directed three feature films: Melvin Goes To Dinner, Let’s Go To Prison, and The Brothers Solomon, all of which underwhelmed, admittedly, but Melvin is worth watching, for sure.
Bob has had many other memorable roles on TV, most notably The Larry Sanders Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother (CBS), and The Office (NBC). He is most proud of his appearances in James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
He is currently Executive Producing, writing, and co-starring in The Birthday Boys, a sketch comedy show for IFC to premiere in October, 2013.
Top Customer Reviews
Also, I should add that he has a section mocking internet reviews so it feels like writing anything negative about the book sets you up for mockery. So in that way, well-played Odenkirk.
It made as much sense to the Germans as parts of this book did to me. But eventually, the Germans and I figured it out. They, of course, had the benefit of 30-06 rounds zinging by their heads, in case they needed clarification. I, fortunately, did not.
But seriously, this is great comedy. A laugh on every page. I had to restrain myself from reading the whole thing in one gulp. It's nice that it's in bite-size pieces. Tasty pieces.
I actually read a lot of this in some of the pieces that he had released prior to the book being published. I am not sure I remember where I had read those (The Believer? New Yorker? McSweeney's?), but they were a gas. I think that the thing that stinks a little is that the book is so short that I felt like I had already read a big chunk of it in other publications... But honestly, “Hitler Dinner Party” was still very funny the second time around. Odenkirk is impressive in this book with his ability to master the difficult art of written comedy so effectively and get me rolling on the floor by myself. If the art of comedy is timing, Odenkirk has written comedy that takes that rule and makes it divine with only his words.
I am not sure this is the kind of book that would be picked up a hundred times over and over again, and dogeared, and shared, but it is one that I got a tremendous kick out of and have recommended to friends. I loved it, and I will certainly remain a great fan of Odenkirk and his work (and look forward to this supposed Mr. Show reboot?! I've never been not worried about a group getting back together to make something new a decade later as I have been with these guys!...if it is true...). Loved this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't help but read everything with Bob Odenkirk's voice in my mind. I just laughed so much. It's a great book.Published 5 days ago by CZoom
This book is hysterical. As long as you know what youre getting into, and you can appreciate it, the book will make you laugh until it hurts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Double-A
I've dug Odenkirk since the Mr. Show days, and I could definitely tell this was his voice & sensibility. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dbm451
A must read
It's great as a sober read - even better with gin.
It even gets better with tequila. Read more
Bob Odenkirk is flippin' hilarious, but this book is a little too disjointed. It's a series of funny stories told from different perspectives, or monologues from different... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Meredith R.
As a fan of Odenkirk, I was browsing some works associated with him. I then accidentally downloaded this and then felt I should at least read it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert E. Wilkes
Some of this is pretty funny, but you have to wade through a boat-load of painfully-not-funny stuff to read the funny stuff. Too bad. Bob O. Read morePublished 9 months ago by WeaselMama
Listened to the audiobook and loved it. Very talented guy. My favorite is "Shakespeare In The Park." Can't wait for the sequel .Published 10 months ago by ladygodiving