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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740773763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740773761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Greenberg is the daily blogger for MSN.com's very popular The Family Room and an internationally headlining stand-up comedian. When he's not writing, performing, or serving as a guest on numerous TV and radio programs, Jeremy's at home in San Diego with his wife and twin toddler sons.  Online: www.jeremygreenberg.com.

More About the Author

Jeremy Greenberg is an internationally headlining stand-up comedian, author, blogger, and joke writer. He has appeared on numerous national TV and radio shows, and has done five overseas tours to perform for our troops. Jeremy has also been a contributing joke writer for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes (Alpha/Penguin), and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. And if that weren't enough, he's also the author of Relative Discomfort: The Family Survival Guide (Andrews McMeel), Sorry I Peed on You (And other heartwarming letters to Mommy) (Andrews McMeel), Man Words: Real Words for Real Men (Adams Media), and Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (And other steamy love letters from puppy and doggy) (Andrews McMeel, fall 2011). Additionally, he is read by millions each day as the blogger for MSN's The Family Room, and was part of the team that helped MSN win the 2010 IMA Outstanding Achievement Award for the category of "blogs." When Jeremy is not performing or writing, he is at home in San Diego demonstrating alpha-male behavior to his twin, two-year-old sons--mostly by saying "Whatever" and leaving the room every time his wife says that he's incorrectly loaded the dishwasher.

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If you like to laugh, buy this book.
Nicholas Dressel
This book was laugh out loud funny to the point where I found myself reading passages out loud to friends because it was just too hilarious to keep to myself.
Beth Maricaibo
I look forward to more books by Mr. Greenberg.
ABQChris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beth Maricaibo on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across Relative Discomfort while browsing Amazon and immediately used the 1-click order button based on the title alone. If you have a "normal" family, this book probably won't make much sense, but if you're like the 99.9% of Americans that have some dysfunction, this book is a must have!

Reading Jeremy Greenberg's writing is like catching up with an old friend. I felt like he was writing about MY family! There is a level of familiarity and he has no shame stating the (very) wrong things most people think but do not say. This book was laugh out loud funny to the point where I found myself reading passages out loud to friends because it was just too hilarious to keep to myself.

I rarely write reviews, but I couldn't put down this book down. I was recommending it to friends and coworkers before I finished reading Relative Discomfort. It's a fun, funny book and it makes a great present/subtle hint for all of your weird a** family members and friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Mccallister on June 14, 2010
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I was able to see Jeremy after one of his comedy shows and he was selling his book. I enjoyed his act and bought the book even though I don't have any kids (or spouse) of my own. Has he ever prepared me for the things that could happen when I have my own family. He put a funny spin on in-laws, holidays, and dealing with everyday nonsense is a positive and insightful manner. I would suggest this book to anyone who has kids, or doesn't...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ABQChris on September 5, 2008
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Whenever the great comedian Jeremy Greenberg has come to town, I've enjoyed his performances. He's much more articulate and inventive than the average American stand-up artist; for this reason, I've always sought out his written material. He gives the impression of being a writer who happens to be a very funny performer, rather than merely a performer who happens to write. This has all led me to his new book, Relative Discomfort.

This is not the usual "contemporary comedy" book. There's not a single pedestrian paragraph or wasted sentence. Irreverent, daring, and just cocky enough to surprise the reader into genuine laughter with unexpected asides and left turns, this is one of the very few books I've ever read that have made me laugh out loud. I'm not really a "laugh out loud" guy while reading, in spite of being a lifelong book lover and comedy buff. But this book provides a very welcome exception.

If you meet both of the following criteria, I highly recommend this book: 1. You are human. 2. You have family members of some kind.

An excellent job. I look forward to more books by Mr. Greenberg. I hope he never stops writing. There aren't enough people out there offering such a consistently high level of originality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Dressel on June 17, 2010
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When I think about family, first I think about shame, but immediately after that this book springs to mind. A joy to read, fun to look at, and pleasing to hold in one's hand. If you like to laugh, buy this book. Simply put, it's hilarious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Cairns on June 14, 2010
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I Picked this book up after watching Jeremy Greenberg's stand up comedy routine at a comedy club. This book is a great read full of humor, wit and written with intellegence.
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