14 Surprisingly Earnest, Insightful Excerpts from Novels Written by Comedians
We mostly know them for their stand up or their silly characters, but mediums like podcasts and novels allow them to speak their minds without the pressure of that laugh-a-minute pace. Comedians, whether they’ve had Ivy league educations or dropped out of high school, are usually the smartest, most aware people in the room. It usually comes out in silly ways, but we know there’s a message hidden in there somewhere. Since dozens of the world’s best comedians have novels out there in the cosmos, we wanted to find the rare moments where the message wasn’t hidden behind the punchline.
They dropped gems, and we were eager to pick ‘em up. We liked their work enough to delve a little deeper into their lives. They hooked us. And hey, novels are long. We get a little autobiographical backstory, and yes we of course get some laughs (they can’t help it), but we were more than grateful for the takeaways. If you want joke after joke, buy a joke book. If you want surprisingly earnest and insightful moments from novels written by comedians, we rounded up 14 of them right here.