A Load of Hooey: A Collection of New Short Humor Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: October 2014
Duration: 2 hours 28 minutes
Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and many other seminal television shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues (“Martin Luther King Jr.’s Worst Speech Ever”) to intentionally bad theater (“Hitler Dinner Party: A Play”), from avant-garde fiction (“Obit for the Creator of Madlibs”) to free-verse poetry that’s funnier and more powerful than the work of Calvin Trillin, Jewel, and Robert Louis Stevenson combined.
Odenkirk’s debut resembles nothing so much as a hilarious new sketch comedy show that’s exclusively available as a streaming video for your mind. As Odenkirk himself writes in “The Second Meeting of Jesus and Lazarus,” it is a book “to be read aloud to yourself in the voice of Bob Newhart.”
“The first humor collection from comedian Odenkirk is—to quote Forrest Gump—like a box of chocolates. That is to say, its thirty-four offerings are small, diverse, and consistently delicious…Whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny.”—Publishers Weekly