Yearbook by Seth Rogan

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

What an unexpected delight this was. Actor Seth Rogan tackles the memoir but rather than a chronological retelling, tells tales of his two lives–one growing up in Canada and the other, when he reaches the pinnacle of Hollywood. Rogan’s writing is refreshing and conversational, fun and light. Though he doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind, it is not presented in an in-your-face manner. A funny read!

Located in Adult Nonfiction (792.092 ROG)

Parks and Recreation and Arrested Development

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

This review will be posted for a while so, for context, Covid is still very much a concern right now and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. During stressful and challenging times, even just the theme song of a favorite show will help put me at ease. I’ve been rewatching Arrested Development and Parks & Recreation for the umpteenth time. If you are seeking brief, light-hearted shows where you can count on comedic relief, I recommend both of these. Arrested Development in particular has a lot of masked humor, foreshadowing and jokes that grow from one episode to the next. Even though I’ve seen it so many times, I continue to notice things I’ve somehow haven’t picked up before, it really just keeps giving. If you’d like another reference, BuzzFeed calls it, “The Cleverest Program on Television.”

Available through the Bridges Library System

Why My Cat is More Impressive than Your Baby by Matt Inman

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

If you need a giggle – and love sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humor, this is the comic book for you.

The author’s views on cats versus babies are sometimes bizarre and sometimes spot-on, but always funny.

If you have just finished reading War and Peace and want to fly through a book in a half hour, pick this one up. I am glad I did.

Located in Nonfiction (741.5697 INM)

Night School (2018)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

Anyone who is a fan of Kevin Hart will enjoy this back-to-school comedy. Teddy Walker, played by Kevin Hart, is a high school dropout who finds himself in need of a new job, and quick, in order to keep up with the fiancé of his dreams. At the mercy of his former high school nemesis, now the school principal, he is forced into taking a night class in order to get his GED. Tiffany Haddish plays the part of the tough-as-nails night school teacher Carrie. Haddish and Hart play off each other well, their comedy styles complimenting each other in a guaranteed recipe to get the audience laughing. On that note, the movie as a whole is not anything spectacular. I would call it cute and funny. The plot is humorous, the cast is good, the comedy is well done, but not necessarily something you will want to watch again and again.

Located in DVDs (DVD NIGHT)

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Retta is an actress and comedian who’s probably best known for playing Donna Meagle on the hit TV show Parks and Rec. This book was hilarious, I mean laugh out loud funny. You have to listen to the audiobook version, because Retta reads it, which just makes it even more wonderful and hilarious. She tells stories of life growing up, going to Duke University (aka the Harvard of the South), being on the set of Parks and Rec, and how she became a hockey super fan. I’m not sure I have ever enjoyed an audiobook as much as I enjoyed this one. With Retta reading the book, it was like she was in the room or car with me, telling me stories or giving me my own personal comedy show. As Donna Meagle would say, Treat yo self and listen to this audiobook today!

Audiobook available through the Bridges Library System

Book located in Adult Nonfiction (792.092 RET)

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Retta is an actress and comedian who’s probably best known for playing Donna Meagle on the hit TV show Parks and Rec. This book was hilarious, I mean laugh out loud funny. You have to listen to the audiobook version, because Retta reads it, which just makes it even more wonderful and hilarious. She tells stories of life growing up, going to Duke University (aka the Harvard of the South), being on the set of Parks and Rec, and how she became a hockey super fan. I’m not sure I have ever enjoyed an audiobook as much as I enjoyed this one. With Retta reading the book, it was like she was in the room or car with me, telling me stories or giving me my own personal comedy show. As Donna Meagle would say, Treat yo self and listen to this audiobook today!

Audiobook available through the Bridges Library System

Book located in Adult Nonfiction (792.092 RET)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

I really enjoyed this book. The writing style, vocabulary and descriptive imagery were all excellent. As a reader, I felt I was taken on a wonderful journey. The book outlined the evolution of a human being. It allows you to tag along as Eleanor peels away at the layers of her past experiences and leaves you with the re-birthing experience. I don’t want to give away too much, but it is a deep/ complex experience camouflaged in pleasant/delightful story. I highly recommend it. And as the title implies……Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine!
P.S. I can’t wait, there is a movie in the works.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) / Felicia Day

The entertainment artist best known for her web videos shares stories of her homeschooled childhood, her rags-to-riches professional successes, and her thoughts on such topics as creativity, video games, and feminism.

 

Food: A Love Story / Jim Gaffigan

Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave–hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”.

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star / Judy Greer

The prolific actress best known for her appearances in such productions as the Oscar-winning The Descendants presents a collection of comedic essays on topics ranging from stepmotherhood to midnight shopping trips at the pharmacy.

 

Why Not Me? / Mindy Kaling

The star of The Mindy Project and author of the best-selling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? presents a second collection of uproarious essays, observations, fears and advice on everything from prisoner fan mail to celebrity interactions.

 

Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You / Kunal Nayyar

An anthology of humorous, autobiographical essays by the actor best known as Raj from The Big Bang Theory traces his journey from a child in New Delhi to celebrity, describing his relationships with family members and friends who inspired his achievements.

 

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers / Nick Offerman

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the best-selling Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting and meat.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo / Amy Schumer

An uproarious collection of no-holds-barred personal essays by the Emmy Award-winning comedian reflects on her raucous childhood antics, her hard-won rise in the entertainment industry and her struggles to maintain the courage to approach the world in unstintingly honest ways.

 

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend / Martin Short

A memoir by Canadian comedian, Martin Short, known for his work on SCTV and Saturday night live, his roles in a number of great comedy films, and his memorable theatrical appearances.

 

Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation / Aisha Tyler

On the wildly popular podcast “Girl on Guy,” comedian and actress Aisha Tyler asks her guests to recount moments from their lives when they’ve done something boneheaded, ill conceived, dangerous, or just plain stupid…to themselves. In Self-Inflicted Wounds, Aisha turns the lens on herself-recounting her most egregious mistakes–to hilarious result.

The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy / Rainn Wilson

A comedic memoir by the actor best known for his portrayal of Dwight on The Office traces his experiences as a young misfit, his early career struggles and his post-success reconnection with the artistic and creative values of his Baha’i faith.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 5 (2017-2018)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I’ve enjoyed this series for many years, and Season 5 did not disappoint! This series follows detectives at the Brooklyn 99th precinct. Each character is so well written and hilarious in their own ways. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) is the lovable, but goofy character who has immature tendencies, yet often gets the job done. Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) is a rule follower and a wannabe teacher’s pet to the precinct’s new captain, Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). Captain Holt is an extremely serious captain, but throughout the series you learn how awesome the captain really is. His humor is very deadpan. Honestly, every character in this show is perfectly cast and hilarious. From Charles Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) to Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) and from Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) to Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti), I love all of the characters. And don’t forget about Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller) who are the most incompetent detectives ever, yet so funny. There is not a weak link in this cast.

I don’t want to give away any plot points for season 5, because you should really start at the beginning and watch all the seasons. Just know that Season 5 lives up to the previous seasons. A stand out episode in each season is the annual Halloween Heist episode, and Season 5’s is awesome. While this show originally aired on Fox, it was recently cancelled and picked up by NBC, and will start airing new episodes sometime in the next year. This gives you plenty of time to catch up on one of my favorite series.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin (Audiobook)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

I listened to the audio book, which is narrated by Kathy Griffin, and it was fantastic. She writes and talks in a way that makes you forget it is a book you are listening to. It’s a mix between listening to one of her comedy shows and having her sitting next to you talking with you. She covers basically her entire life, from her childhood in Chicago to moving to Hollywood with her parents as a teen, and making her way slowly into a career as a comedian and actress. She covers some of the people she new before they were famous, as well as some stories about her family and failed marriage that leave you in a bit of amazement. Anyone who is a fan of hers, or who enjoys gossip, will love listening to or reading this book.

Audiobook available through the Bridges Library System

Book located in Adult Nonfiction (792.092 GRI)

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