Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir

Written by:
Bob Odenkirk

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2022
7 hours 52 minutes
In this “essential” (Entertainment Weekly), “hilarious” (AV Club) memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it’s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty.

“I’ve known Bob Odenkirk for more than thirty years, and yet I had to read this book to believe his stunning career arc.”—Conan O’Brien

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Parade, The AV Club

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.

Bob 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, Bob 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. Why? Read this and do your own psychoanalysis—it’s fun!

Featuring humorous tangents, wild characters, and Bob’s trademark unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale told by a determined idiot.
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Rhonda G.

Reading this would have worked, but hearing it in Bob’s own voice was a real treat. As an Albuquerque native, my family and I are diehard BB and BCS fans. (PS: My husband and I are now binge watching Mr. Show.)

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Michelle L.

Bob Odenkirk is a special kind of comedy genius. This book was not as funny as it was educational (at times) and surprisingly thought-provoking. Bob has the sense of humour I can only strive to have. And his voice is pretty great too.

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Anna G.

I just love how funny Bob Odenkirk is. He was easy to listen to. He has a very adept vocabulary and it was just a positive and slightly self deprecating, pretty good honest look at Hollywood. I guess I relate to him because I’m from the Midwest also. I found this quick easy to listen to and fun and like a treat and a break from my normal life. Bob I like your work ethic. And I really didn’t mind your politics even though I have been a so-called conservative most of my life. I didn’t think it was too heavy-handed.

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Steve G.

This is a great career retrospective. Odenkirk is a very funny, interesting speaker and storyteller. Highly recommended if you’re interested in any of the many projects he’s been involved in.

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Susan H.

I love the Actor Bob Oderkirk but do not like hearing about his political opinions. Why is it necessary to add politics to everything? As Michael Jordan said, "republicans buy basketball shoes too". Bob, take a lesson.

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Victor R.

A fantasticly engaging look into one man's journey from MY hometown, to conquering Hollywood!

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