Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781982178284 Category:

Not Funny

Jena Friedman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 11/05/2023 ISBN: 9781982178284 Category:




For fans of the perceptive comedy of Hannah Gadsby, Lindy West, and Sarah Silverman, Academy Award-nominated and acclaimed stand-up comedian Jena Friedman presents a witty and insightful collection of essays on the cultural flashpoints of today.

Jena Friedman’s life in comedy began with her senior thesis on inequity in the Chicago comedy scene. It was, in short, not funny, but it anticipated her career as a writer and comedian with acerbic wit and a keen, cutting eye for social observation. Now, she brings her trademark whip-smart humor and cultural criticism to this brainy and laugh-out-loud funny essay collection.

Friedman effortlessly takes us just beyond the edge of the uncomfortable with explorations on everything from why some celebrities get buried for their indiscretions while others get a second (third, and fourth…) chance, how we should think about lines of appropriateness crossed decades ago, living in the post- (post-) #MeToo world of today, and the power we hand to silence when we’re told not to joke about reproductive rights, gender, privilege, or class.

Not Funny is a witty and bold collection, challenging us to deeply consider why we do and do not laugh, from a rising star of comedy always ready to call out hypocrisy wherever she finds it. And knows how to get a laugh while she does it.

Publisher Review

"I feel misled. Not Funny is in fact extremely funny! And smart and thoughtful and even a little offensive, just like Jena" -Sacha Baron Cohen, actor, writer, producer, and creator and star of Borat "Not Funny feels as if you're having a direct conversation with Jena. A mix of lethal deadpan delivery and biting sarcasm with impressive intelligence not only makes this book phenomenal, but announces the arrival of a singular voice." -Phoebe Robinson, New York TImes bestselling author of You Can't Touch My Hair "Entertaining and soulful... this is a blast." -Publishers Weekly "From her sharp and fearless comedy specials, to the deadpan interviews in which she expertly skewers a fine array of sexist miscreants, Jena Friedman is actually not funny--she is hilarious and brilliant." -Merrill Markoe, New York Times bestselling author of Walking in Circles Before Lying Down "A funny but critical look at the depradations of life as a woman comic [...] A serious memoir with jokes, self-deprecating yet rarely self-diminishing." -Kirkus "Jena dares you to laugh at things we're told not to laugh at, perhaps because that's how they keep us from seeing the truth. A page-turner through and through: Just when I'm thinking 'it can't be!' Jena tells you it is. And I'm laughing through it. Jena proves with her writing that not only is laughing at dark truths important, it's revolutionary." -Atsuko Okatsuka, comedian, actress, and writer "I've skimmed this book and it seems pretty funny. I have every intention of reading it as soon as I finish The History of The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire." - Larry David, writer, actor, and co-creator of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm "Jena's always been fiercely honest both onstage and off, and this book is no exception. If you want to laugh and scream, give NOT FUNNY a read." -Naomi Ekperigin, comedian, actress, and writer "Jena Friedman is brilliant at mining the darkness for a joke you'd never dare say, that makes you jealous you didn't think of it yourself. I am here for every word of this hilarious and much needed book." - Samantha Bee, Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, commentator and author of I Know I Am, But What Are You? "Jena's comedy is and has always been radical. She's dark, unapologetic, and biting. It's really funny and a little frightening." -Ilana Glazer, actor, writer, and co-creator of Broad City

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