On Sale: May 10, 2012
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Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of
today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social
critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her
In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead
vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both
as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most
powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.
Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of
conservative Catholic parents, Winstead learned early in her
life that the straightforward questions she posed to various
authority figures around her-her parents, her parish priest,
even an anti-abortion counselor -prompted many startled
looks and uncomfortable silences, but few answers. Her
questions rattled people because they exposed the
inconsistencies and hypocrisies in the people and
institutions she confronted. Yet she didn't let that stop
her from pursuing her dreams.
Funny and biting, honest and poignant, this no-holds-barred
collection gives an in-depth look into the life of one of
today's most influential comic voices. In writing about her
childhood longing to be a priest, her role in developing The
Daily Show, and of her often problematic habit of diving
into everything head first, asking questions later
(resulting in multiple rescue-dog adoptions and travel
disasters), Lizz Winstead has tapped an outrageous and
heartfelt vein of the all-too-human comedy.
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