8 Can’t-Miss Memoirs By Famous Funny Ladies
In recent years, several of Hollywood’s best-known female comedians have put their hilarious stories to paper. With Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first novel, Yes Please, having just hit shelves, here’s a look at more can’t-miss memoirs by famous funny ladies to add to your reading list.
Yes Please – Amy Poehler
The actress’s much buzzed-about first book is finally hitting shelves on October 28. The memoir is filled with personal anecdotes and comical tales on sex, love, friendship, and parenthood. Told in the charming and hilariously honest tone all Poehler fans are familiar with, the book also includes some real-life advice, both practical and otherwise. Some other highlights include a chapter written by Seth Meyers, another by Poehler’s mother, and a letter from Hillary Clinton. The book is already getting rave reviews for hitting the right combination of hope, self-deprecation, earnestness, and, as expected, humor.
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
The bestselling book from the Girls star, released in late September, features a brutally candid collection of personal essays that illuminates both universal human experiences — such as falling in love and battling with your weight — and celebrity-specific ones, like proving yourself in a room full of male Hollywood industry execs who are twice your age. Dunham is known for not holding back and she does the same here, delving into the account of her first time, her expectations of sex, her meditations on death, and the sexism she’s faced while making it in Hollywood.
Bossypants – Tina Fey
Poehler’s good friend, Tina Fey, put her own story to paper a few years ago. In the memoir, she recalls everything from her dreams of becoming a comedian as a young girl and her one-sided college romances to her early experiences during her run on SNL. She also tackles motherhood, breastfeeding advice, and the general chaos of her life as a female comedy writer while also challenging the negative connotations of the word “bossy” — all with equal doses of wit and humility.
Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling
The Mindy Project star and comedy writer brings her trademark quirky and sarcastic humor to this part-advice book, part-biography. In the book, she reveals tales from her childhood, talking about her gradual evolution from a shy daughter of immigrants to an off-Broadway performer and playwright to the writer and star of one of the most successful TV sitcoms. She also shares funny insights on romance, friendship, body image, and Hollywood, as well as smart observations about the differences between men and women in film and life.
I Feel Bad About My Neck (And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman) – Nora Ephron
Ephron, who wrote classic rom-coms like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail, brings her dry but accessible sense of humor to this novel, which chronicles the ups and downs she experienced while getting older. Her candid takes on dealing with tribulations like menopause and empty nests are laugh-out-loud funny, as are her tales of her life as an avid cook, unlucky parent, and passionate city resident. Her irresistible voice will appeal to readers of all ages, but those familiar with her work will undoubtedly appreciate it.
The Bedwetter – Sarah Silverman
In her memoir, the comedian talks about her family and upbringing — including her bedwetting problems well into her teenage years. She also delves into stories of her relationships, as well as her time on the stage. The book features a fictional afterword by God, written about Silverman in the year 2063, after the occasion of her death at the age of 93. The epitaph pays tribute to Silverman and her love of “sex, laughing, heartbreaking songs, marijuana, farts, and cuddling.”
Seriously … I’m Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres shares plenty of funny and honest stories about her personal life and her rise in the industry. Thrown in between the real-life tales chronicling her experiences in her relationships and on her TV show are multiple hilarious outbursts on everything from kale to catwalks to women’s lifestyle magazines. Her story makes for a lighthearted, pleasant, and entertaining read that any one — regardless of gender or age — can relate to in some way.
I Know I Am, But What Are You? – Samantha Bee
In this hilarious and unabashedly honest collection of personal essays, the Daily Show correspondent discusses her love of animals, her affinity for old people, and her adolescent experiences, including unrequited crushes and teenage crime sprees. She also details her intriguing career history — which includes a collection of weird jobs like working as an anime character in a touring children’s show — and her eventual entry into the world of The Daily Show, where she gets to make life particularly difficult for unlucky interview subjects.