Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

Random. Jan. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780399180514. $28. MEMOIR
Known for his portrayal of the intense, complicated, and strangely funny Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and its spin-off Better Call Saul, Odenkirk believes in embracing and learning from failure and success—his memoir is full of tales of both. Odenkirk describes discovering a passion for sketch comedy while hosting college radio and braving Chicago’s comedy clubs in the ’80s; later, he used his time as a Saturday Night Live writer to hone his craft. The Renaissance man reached cult status on Mr. Show, acted under Steven Spielberg and Greta Gerwig, directed three movies, and learned stage-fighting for a recent action role. Odenkirk recounts fascinating and humorous behind-the-scenes stories from the many sets he’s worked on, plus insights about big names in entertainment, including Chris Farley, Garry Shandling, and Janeane Garofalo, whom he credits as the founder of alternative comedy.
VERDICT Odenkirk’s account of triumph, struggle, and his firm belief that comedy is a unifying source of connection will inspire his fans and motivate aspiring entertainers.
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