Genre: nonfiction biography
Length: 235 pages
Interest: It was in the new book section at the library. I vaguely recognized the name and thought the premise sounded interesting.
Summary: Todd was dyslexic and had ADD in a time when neither of those conditions were diagnosed. He progressed through school without really learning much beyond how to make people laugh. He comes into his own when he starts to work in local comedy clubs. He has success relatively quickly in Philadelphia, and moves to LA to get to the next level. Throughout his acts, he’s leaving something out, though. He’s gay and not out of the closet with even his closest friends. He finally decides to come out on a podcast. He ends the book with suggestions for people to help make life better for those who are different from the norm.
Final thoughts: This was a quick, very enjoyable read. In fact, it would probably make a perfect bathroom book because of the length of the chapters. There’s a lot of humor, which is only to be expected considering the author. There’s also a lot of name-dropping of other comics, so if you’re not familiar with the comedy scene, some of the stories might go over your head. Luckily, I was able to recognize many of the comedians and locations from listening to The Nerdist podcasts. I also appreciated the last section that provided some actions to take to help improve the situation of someone coming out.
Title comes from: It’s named after the author.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 7/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a T in my Title Alphabet Challenge
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