Saturday, January 07, 2012
Book Review: Mr. Funny Pants
Hardcover: 288 pages (February 22, 2011)
Paperback: 288 pages (February 10, 2012)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
In Mr. Funny Pants by comedian Michael Showalter, he does not as much write a comical memoir in as much as he writes about writing a book. Fans of Showalter's prior work (The State, Stella, Michael and Michael Have Issues, Wet Hot American Summer) will be impressed with Showalter's writing.
Showalter offers pointers on selling a screenplay in Hollywood. In typical comical fashion, of course, the rule of three's are involved. The comedian gives the do's and don'ts when it comes to dating and informs girls that telling the guy that you have a boyfriend three hours later is not a really good idea.
In perfect comedic fashion, the comedian authors the perfect fill-in-the-blank screenplay treatment for the romantic comedy genre, full of cliches of course!
Showalter apologizes for coming short of his goal of 1200 pages but in 250ish pages, he brings the funny. In reading his book, I found myself laughing numerous times so even though he falls short of writing a profound memoir, he does not fall short of laughs.