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The Comedy Writer Paperback – April 20, 1998
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Farrelly's master stroke in The Comedy Writer is making Henry as unsympathetic as most of the characters he runs into. This is not the story of a wide-eyed innocent thrown to the Hollywood sharks but of a bitter, frequently nasty hypochondriac who bites off more than he can chew and gradually realizes that almost anything is better than Hollywood's version of success. It's the kind of book that makes you want to take a shower, but you'll still be chuckling as you soap up. --Simon Leake
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Farrelly is best known as a successful screenwriter and director of such over-the-top comedies as There's Something About Mary and Kingpin. Now I really enjoyed both of those movies (as well as Dumb and Dumber), but they are hardly the stuff of a brilliant story-teller.
Or are they?
Having recently re-watched all three of Mr. Farrelly's films, one thing stands out beyond all else. The stories themselves are the most important thing. Sure, sure, you can write their stuff off as "gross-out" comedy, but look at the plots. A could-have been's life stops mattering because of one childhood mistake, something it takes a lifetime of humilation to get past. A man embarrasses himself on prom night and spends the next ten years mourning that one day when his whole life could have been turned around. In The Comedy Writer, there is a similar fixation with that one moment in time that has shaped a life. Something bad or sad or mortifying happened and now the person has become set on a path, no way out, this is who he has become. The Comedy Writer deals, much the way There's Something About Mary and Kingpin do, with a loser's effort to make something of himself--no matter what. It's not like he can get any lower--take the risk.
This novel has a depth and emotional resonance that might come as a surprise. It is dark and tragic in spots, light and silly elsewhere, with wonderful Hollywood dialogue and a perfectly timed first person narration. More than anything else, perhaps, if you are an aspiring young writer (or filmmaker) this book will speak truths you may already know, but try hard to supress. Deal with it. This work can even inspire you to continue
If all of this sounds a bit heavy, it should be remembered that this book is by the same man who co-created There's Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber.Read more ›
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Okay I may be completely out on a limb here,but I have for a LONG time been waiting to see a Farrelly Brothers movie that isn't a comedy. Sound crazy? Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by William
Peter Farrelly's novel is a picaresque wonder of demented hilarity, inspired lunacy, and a ruthless skewering of the superficiality that engendered the cultural infatuation with... Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by Mark O'Brien
Much better than I thought it would be. Reminds me of John Fante's LA novels, only displaced in time. Authentic and true-to-life, even in the absurdest moments. Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Wordlings
There is nothing exceptional about this book. It is a decently written, somewhat entertaining novel. Most of the time, it was fairly boring. Read morePublished on November 16, 2005 by Daniel Castro
I honestly think that Dumb and Dumber is the funniest movie EVER! Maybe that says something about myself but I think in terms of creative characters, slapstick & an outrageous... Read morePublished on November 11, 2003
A disappointing novel from the man who ostensibly wrote Something About Mary. Despite "comedy" in the title, there are few laughs and the comic situations the main character finds... Read morePublished on October 24, 2002 by Mindme
A well-written, funny (of course) and surprisingly poignant novel by [in]famous and broadly comedic screenwriter/director of There's Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, etc. Read morePublished on October 12, 2002 by BooksFoodFilmTV
Peter Farrelly has made some great, if somewhat vulgar movies. Outside Providence (the film version) showed a greater depth. The Comedy Writer carries out that promise. Read morePublished on April 1, 2002 by Robert Wellen