Mr. Funny Pants by Michael Showalter

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I was at my wit's end. I'd had enough of this job, this life, and my relationship had broken up. Should I eat chocolate, or go to India, or fall in love? Then I had a revelation: Why not do all three, in that order? And so it was that I embarked on a journey that was segmented into three parts and was then made into a major motion picture. Later, I woke up on an airplane with a hole in my face and a really bad hangover. I was ushered brusquely off the plane by my parents who took me to a rehab where I tested positive for coke, classic coke, special k (the drug), Special K (the cereal), mushrooms, pepperoni, and Restless Leg Syndrome. It was there that I first began painting with my feet.

But rewind...the year was 1914. I was just a young German soldier serving in the trenches while simultaneously trying to destroy an evil ring with some help from an elf, a troll, and a giant sorcerer, all while cooking every recipe out of a Julia Child cookbook. What I'm trying to say is that there was a secret code hidden in a painting and I was looking for it with this girl who had a tattoo of a dragon! Let me clarify, it was the 1930s and a bunch of us were migrating out of Oklahoma, and I was this teenage wizard/CIA operative, okay? And, um then I floated off into the meta-verse as a ball of invisible energy that had no outer edge...

Ugh, okay. None of this is true. I'm just kind of a normal guy from New Jersey who moved to New York, got into comedy, wrote this book about trying to write this book, and then moved to Alaska, became the mayor of a small town, spent $30,000 on underwear, and now I'm going to rule the world!!!

About Michael Showalter

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Michael Showalter is the star/creator of Michael & Michael Have Issues, The State, Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, Stella, Die Hard* and Die Hard 2: Die Harder**. He lives in Brooklyn with his lady and a bunch of cats.*Not true**Also not true
Published February 22, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 281 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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An occasionally amusing book about how to write a book when you really have nothing to say.

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Publishers Weekly

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Brooklyn-based comedian-screenwriter Showalter (The Baxter) offers a witty "comic memoir," in which he has chosen to deconstruct the concept of books with lengthy satires on the front matter and closing pages usually found in books.

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Among the other highlights include Showalter’s back and forth letters to his publisher explaining exactly what the book will be about, his treatment for a an online university TV commercial and his advice on how to spruce up a moving sale flyer offering a used breast pump (his suggestion is to go...

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The Washington Times

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Mr. Showalter’s command of the movie industry, especially when it comes to pitch meetings and scriptwriting, is on display in “How to Write and Sell a Hollywood Screenplay - Chapter Four.” His pointed advice on troubleshooting scripts reveals clever secrets from a writer who has obviously “been t...

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But unreliable or not, the memoir elements of Mr. Funny Pants are its most gripping, though comedy devotees hoping for some dishing on Michael & Michael Have Issues or The State will have to make do with embittered (albeit entertaining) tales of not-so-single girls agreeing to dates, and audition...

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