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Mr. Funny Pants Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446542105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446542104
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This memoir-of-sorts by the offbeat writer and comedian should, at the very least, get a few readers scratching their heads. Showalter combines Woody Allen–like essays (a parody of an ad for an online university, for example) with episodes from his own life (auditions, his editorship of the college literary magazine), advice for would-be Hollywood screenwriters, brain-teasers, do’s and don’ts of dating, and running commentary on the writing of the book itself. The book is very funny—it begins with the traditional About the Author section, followed by Aboot the Author (for the Canadian edition) and About Bea Arthur, for no particular reason—and in among the jokes and parodies, readers may get the occasional glimpse of Showalter himself, peeking out from behind the wordplay. Fans of Showalter’s offbeat comedy—the movie Wet Hot American Summer, the sketch-comedy series The State—will very much enjoy this book. All others may be entertained if mystified. --David Pitt


"Showalter is a comic genius. This is, cover to cover, the funniest book I've ever read!"
(Dear Mike, Haven't had time to check it out yet. Do you want to just write a quote and put my name on it? Best, Ben) --Ben Stiller

"Here's the deal: I think Michael Showalter is a genius. And I don't use that term lightly. This book is brave, merciless, and soulful and I think that by that I actually mean stupid, smart and very funny (I mostly just wanted to use the word "merciless" in a sentence.) If you see it on a friend's shelf do yourself a favor and just take it. Not the shelf. Just the book. Unless of course you need a shelf. Merciless!!!" --Paul Rudd

"I read Michael's book on a train. It was funny and engaging. I also once took a train with Michael. I wish that Michael, as a passenger sitting next to me, was as funny and engaging as his book was." --Janeane Garofalo

"Procrastination in written form. This book, like all great works, is honest, absurd and absolutely pointless." --Amy Poehler

"With MR. FUNNY PANTS, Showalter deconstructs books down to their core, then builds them back up into a swirling core-nado. Which is a tornado made out of book cores. It's not a real thing. This book is funny." --Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone of SNL & The Lonely Island

"Showalter, Michael has written a very clever book. And he has written about writing a book, cleverly. Showalter, Michael asked me to write a blurb. It was easy to do-here it is: 'I very much really really liked this Mr. Funny Pants-a book so enjoyable that blurbing about it is so very easy.'" --Zach Galifianakis

"MR. FUNNY PANTS is unlike any book I've ever read. It's this weird, hilarious, choose-your-own-adventure inside Michael Showalter's brain-which is, of course, brilliant. I was at first skeptical of the premise of deconstructing the process of writing a book, but 10 pages in, I was literally crying with laughter and by the time he got to analyzing his own high school poetry, I could no longer read the book in public without embarrassing myself."--Mike Birbiglia, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepwalk With Me

"Michael Showalter: amusing trousers, singular mind." --Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates

"With MR. FUNNY PANTS by Michael Showalter, the meta-enterprise of the [comedian memoir] genre achieves full wax-bouquet bloom." --James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

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Customer Reviews

I laughed out loud as I read.
Patti Chadwick
I have slogged through this catalog of tired old "jokes" and stale one-liners, hoping for at least one fresh word and I got nothing.
J. J. Ives
Writer, comedian, and actor Michael Showalter has written a book, Mr. Funny Pants!

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Gagliano VINE VOICE on February 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What I Can Tell You:
There aren't too many things I can't live without. My kids, my family and friends, water, air, food and laughter. Personally, I love to laugh and since getting Netflix have looked up every stand up act on there. There aren't many that make me ROFL and even less that make me ROTFLMAO but I find a few that make me LOL. When it comes to books, I can count on one and a half hands the ones that have made me laugh out loud. This book is one of them.

Michael Showalter was one of the creators of The State (1993-1995), a show that was on MTV when MTV was funny. I saw the show live during it's first year and watched it weekly. My husband and I still quote it; "I'm Doug and I'm Outta Here" and "I Want To Stick My Balls In It" can be heard often in my house. We love watching it now on Netflix (thank you Netflix). When I agreed to review Mr. Funny Pants, I didn't know that this was Michael from The State.

The book is so funny. I love the fact that Michael spends five chapters talking about his process for starting to write the book including reviews for the finished project. The book is a quick read and moves rapidly, showing the genius process of a comedians mind. I can only imagine that Michael just wrote down his every random thought from the moment he started writing THIS book. There are so many random moments that cracked me. I would just be reading along la, la, la...chuckle..haha...funny..than I would literally LOL. My husband would look at me out of the corner of his eye while he read his smart, scientific, educational, engineering books and there I was with Mr. Funny Pants. I can only imagine how much his rolling eyes hurt. Oh well, he has no idea what he is missing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pure Genius! I never knew you could be sarcastic and earnest at the same time. This is one of the funniest celebrity pseudo-memoirs I have read in a long time Anyone who hides their guilty pleasures in music on their iPod by labeling them really cool and hip indie bands, has my vote. I would do the same thing, but I have quite figured out how to do it. Michael Showalter pokes fun at the seriousness of writing by making fun of some of the things "serious" writers do like the preface only he takes his to the third level by having a post-preface. Oh and you can't forget the afterword, the after-afterword or the just-before-the-afterword.

This is really a book that you should leave out on your coffee table since there are so many fun things to do like a fill in the blank romantic-comedy plot and the one minute mysteries. You can easily reread this several times. There are also little bits and pieces of the author's life and what junior high meant to him. There are some other important things, but I forgot them. I think they had something to do with drinking games, which is probably why I forgot. I received this book at no charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LegalBeagle on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Writer, comedian, and actor Michael Showalter has written a book, Mr. Funny Pants! And in it he shares everything: the writing process - from initial emails to the epilogue and everything in between; dealing with writer's block; random autobiographical bits, including, his first memory ever (kicking his uncle in the groin); miscellaneous factoids, such as that status of cats in ancient Egypt; and an interactive game section.

If all this sounds like a weird mish-mash, it is. It is also hysterically funny:

"The hardest part about writing a book for me is that I don't know how I write a book. What's my process? Do I write in the morning or do I write at night? Do I write nonstop for hours? Or do I take breaks? What do I wear when I write? Am I fully clothed? Or do I write in the buff? The answer to all of these questions is I don't know because I've never written a book before. There are some things I definitely do know. I know for a fact that I like to walk and write at the same time. This is difficult, though, because I have to balance my laptop on one hand while typing with the other. Also my computer battery runs out quickly so I can only work for short intervals before needing to go home to recharge my laptop battery. Or worse, sometimes I'll abruptly stop walking and then the person behind me bumps into me. This usually leads to an exchange along the lines of, `Hey a**, what the f**k?""

Of course, humor is a personal preference and this book is not for everyone. One word of caution, for sensitive readers, there is a fair amount of scatological references and profanity. If however, you find the above passage as funny as I did then Mr. Funny Pants is for you.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 22, 2011), 288 pages.
Advance review copy provided courtesy of the publisher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on March 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is hilarious! It is a quick read and the author really shows us how his comedic mind processes information. Thoughts that seem to be random at first glance really have a point...there is a method to his madness! I laughed out loud as I read. This book was a real stress reliever! It was great entertainment.
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