Musings: Monday, February 4, 2013

After collaborating with Ridley Pearson and then Alan Zweibel on several fiction books, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dave Barry is back with Insane City, his first solo written book in more than a decade. Set in present day Miami, Insane City is the story of a wedding gone wrong South Florida style as the underachieving yet […]

Poehler Latest ‘SNL’ Alum to Get Book Deal

First Tina Fey, then Rachel Dratch and now Amy Poehler. It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, and HarperCollinsCanada announced it has acquired the rights to the first book by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Amy Poehler. The untitled inspirational biography is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014 and follows releases by […]

Musings: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Like you, we enjoy TV commercials that make us laugh out loud. An Eighth Muse favorite right now is Geico’s “Do Dogs Chase Cats?” and All State’s “Mayhem Man”, which The Chicago Tribune recently wrote about.  Hey, who knew insurance could be funny? Or creative – actually, the ad agency behind the spots are the […]

Bossypants A Loose-Fitting, Fun “How I Got Here”

To appreciate Tina Fey’s Bossypants, one needn’t be familiar with the rules of improvisation (they’re in the book) so much as the Second City approach, which encourages students to pull strings every which way until an idea takes shape. Fey, the former Saturday Night Live head writer who learned her craft at Second City, practices […]

Musings: Monday, March 14, 2011

Print is dead. – Dr. Egon Spengler. More than 25 years after a ghostbuster falsely declared it’s passing, print is alive and well, particularly in comedy form. Another beat of the art form’s heart registered last week, this time thumping strong enough to be seen on more than just the industry’s EKG. As first reported […]

Books That’ll Unwrap Laughs This Holiday Season

If you’ve ever watched America’s Funniest Videos with a group of people, you know just how varying senses of humor can be. Such was the challenge of compiling this list of gift recommendations. But other questions popped up, too. For example, there are two books written by Steve Martin (Born Standing Up; The Pleasure of […]

By All Accounts, “Unscripted” is a Wonderful Account

With respect to Bernie Sahlins and Sheldon Patinkin – two Second City dignitaries who each have published books about the famed comedy theater – The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater, by Mike Thomas, is perhaps the most insightful book about the Harvard of Ha-Ha. Published by Random House’s Villard […]