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Bob Odenkirk



Sharon Alagna

Bob Odenkirk’s career is inexplicable—and yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you. Charting a “Homeric” decades-long “odyssey” from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago to a dramatic career full of award nominations—with a side-trip into the action-man world that is baffling to all who know him—it’s almost like there are many Bob Odenkirks! But there is just one and one is plenty. 

Odenkirk embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City’s legendary Del Close. He somehow made his way to a job as a writer at Saturday Night Live. While surviving that legendary gauntlet by the skin of his gnashing teeth, he stashed away the secrets of comedy writing—eventually employing them in the immortal “Motivational Speaker” sketch for Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show with Bob and David. 

In Hollywood, Odenkirk demonstrated a bullheadedness that would shame Sisyphus himself, and when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, the phone rang with an offer to appear on Breaking Bad—a show about how boring it is to be a high school chemistry teacher. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne and Greta Gerwig, and then, in a twist that will confound you, he re-re-invented himself as a bona fide action star.

Featuring humorous tangents, never-before-seen photos, wild characters, and Odenkirk's trademark unflinching drive, "Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama," his new memoir, is a classic showbiz tale told by a determined idiot.


Books:
Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama
A Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Random House Publishing Group
March 2022
ISBN 9780399180514
304 pages

A Load of Hooey
Humor / Comedy
McSweeney's
November 2017
ISBN 9781944211486
tp, 112 pages

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