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Amy Poehler
"If you like underdog stories told by a secret comedy superhero, Chris Gethard is your man. Each story is the perfect combination of hilarious and heartbreaking."
Seth Meyers
"Chris Gethard is comedy in a fighter's crouch."
Patton Oswalt
"There's truly no poorer judgment than not buying this book. Except maybe diving into a swimming pool full of malaria." Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock

"Whenever I'm felling down on myself or think that I'm slowly going crazy, I�think of one of Gethard's stories. Then I�realize that, hey, I�don't got it so bad after all."

Paul Scheer, FX's The League and Adult Swim's NTSF:�SD:�SUV
"Chris Gethard stories are like a roller coaster-at times you are scared, shocked, and ultimately exhilarated by the hilarity each story contains-and once you finish one, you wanna hear another one right away."

Rob Huebel, Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital and MTV's Human Giant
"Chris Gethard tells the amazing stories an eccentric old man would tell . . . if that man had lived his f#@king life with any balls. His stories are hilarious and riveting-but more importantly, real." Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false

About the Author

Chris Gethard is an actor, comedian, and writer as well as the star and creator of The Chris Gethard Show. In addition to numerous appearances on Comedy Central, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, MTV's Human Giant, CollegeHumor.com, and FunnyorDie.com, he is a longtime performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Raised in West Orange, New Jersey, he now lives in Queens, New York. Visit: TheChrisGethardShow.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306820307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306820304
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's the low down, this book is the goods. I received Gethard's book yesterday... I finished reading the book yesterday. I have only read one other book in one day before and that was a day where I did nothing but read a book. Yesterday, I worked my office job, got home and saw the book arrived, after all that I proceeded to read the book. Most books don't hold up to my short attention span, requiring weeks for me to get through a similarly sized book. I stayed up way past my self imposed bedtime because I couldn't put this book down. Just like crack, this book is addicting.

This book is for all the losers, social outcasts and straight-up weirdos out there. The stories inspire you to be a better person, to not be afraid to do what you want. On top of all that the stories are funny, I legitimately laughed out loud at part. Who really ever laughs at a book. Gethard has proclaimed himself the King of Authors, with this debut book I got to agree. All authors need to beware because this Gethard is gunning for them.
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If you've ever been fortunate enough to experience Chris Gethard, then you don't need to read any further. Just buy this book. You already know the joy of true laughter. Laughter brought on by looking at the absurd reflections in the mirror that Chris points at us all. The laughter of letting go and realizing that we're imperfect awkward beings that should never take ourselves too seriously. For those of you unfamiliar with Chris and are on the fence about making this purchase, please read on.

Naturally extending his surreal and suburban brand of comedy into prose, "A Bad Idea.." is a riot from start to finish. There is not a single moment in this book that isn't both completely unbelievable and absolutely true. Chris proves himself both increasingly foolish and brave with every turn of the page and you'll only identify with him and love him more and more for it. This may be about one man's insane (mis)adventures, but it's truly a chronicle of all of our inner underdogs and a testament to the freedom of our spirits.
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I bought this book based on the authors's own review of his book in Weird N.J magazine, for which he was a writer. In that very informative review he warns would-be readers that the book deals in a rather detailed way with the minutiae of some of his bodily functions and that the language is a bit rough. Fair enough. Not my taste, exactly, but the book is really, really funny. Laugh out-loud funny.
I am not from New Jersey, but Philadelphia, which is pretty close. I thought that the kind of childhood we had with crazy relatives and free range adolescence was a thing of the past, but this guy is almost 20 years younger than me and it seems some vestiges of that ethnic, working class weirdness linger on.
I don't buy humorous books often but I am glad that I bought this one.
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Funny , honest reflection of his past. I was cracking up while reading just the prologue. Not all fun and games, though, when Chris talks about his mental health issues it was quite sobering. That was also an honest reflection and I thank him for his bravery in discussing the issue that in my opinion should be talked about more. Overall one of the funniest books I've read by any comedian.
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This book was an Amazon recommendation after I had finished Kelly Oxford's "Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar" on my Kindle so I bought it since it was only $10. I had never heard of Chris Gethard until then and I surprisingly found the book very funny and would definitely read more of his books if he ever decided to write more of them.

Not to spoil it too much, every chapter in the book is funny, especially the herpes scare story.

Great writing. Funny. I bought one as a Christmas present for a friend.
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I have read A LOT of humor books (most very disappointing) and this rivals the funniest (hyperchondriac). While hyperchondriac is still funnier, Chris is so honest with his emotional downturns that it's more wholesome. Within 20 min, I managed to both cry and laugh into my pillow, shaking the bed at 2 in the morning. I think that everyone will relate to him - even if less extreme -at some point in their life. I'm pretty mad that it's over. I want him to write another book. Also, I have learned that I don't want a colonic.
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I really liked this book. I bought it for my 17 year old nephew but I read it first. Chris described his experiences and feelings (his depression as well). The value in my opinion is having young men know they are not alone in their awkwardness and uncertainty in this world. Chris wraps it up very nicely to show how we can "overcome" our scary and confusing youth.
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You know a book is good when you find yourself falling in love with the author. Chris Gethard is such a wonderful writer, such a funny person, and a genuine guy, I can't imagine anyone not loving this book. I felt so connected to Chris when reading every chapter, because he writes in a way that makes you feel like he's talking to you. I laughed a lot while reading this book, but there were also times when I felt really sad, which I see as a positive thing, to be sure. It tells me that Gethard wasn't trying to make sure his book was always funny or light-hearted, but instead that he just wrote about his experiences and what he felt in those moments.

This book is so good that I was upset when I finished it. I was convinced that I wouldn't be able to even stand the next book I read because the author wasn't Chris. Thankfully, I picked an amazing book the next time around too, but I honestly believe almost any other book wouldn't have been good enough and I may have become some kind of mole person if that were the case.
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