What are the best audiobooks to listen to comedians reading their own memoirs?
He could have been drunk when he said that. No, wait. He definitely was, because he said so.
Either way, imagine my delight and yours this week when Audible released an audiobook version of Stanhope's Digging Up Mother: A Love Story, narrated by the author himself! It's one thing to read the exploits of the unfiltered stand-up comedian years later as he recollects them in print, but quite another to hear them retold in his own voice. Especially since he's a stand-up comedian in the first place.
Hear this clip, for samplers.
I have an Amazon Prime and Audible account, so I took advantage of my first freebie offer to download Bert Kreischer's memoir, Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child, and listened to Kreischer for five and a half hours as my podcast producer drove me up to Montreal last month. Perfect way not only to while away the time, but also to research questions to ask Kreischer for my podcast interview with him at Just For Laughs.
Also this week, Amy Schumer's first book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, came out both in print and in audiobook.
With the recent boom during this decade of comedians putting their own lives down on paper for posterity in memoirs, it's a no-brainer that you might enjoy them even more as audiobooks -- especially and particularly if the comedians are narrating their own memoirs.
Some obvious choices would have to include Amy Poehler's Yes Please, Tina Fey's Bossypants, Jim Gaffigan's Dad Is Fat, Jen Kirkman's I Know What I'm Doing - and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction, Marc Maron's Attempting Normal, and the multiple books of essays by Chelsea Handler and David Sedaris. Oh, geez. Then you cannot forget Lewis Black, Aisha Tyler, Ellen DeGeneres, or the late great George Carlin, either. So many others, too. So..
What are your favorite comedian memoirs to listen to in audiobook form? Please let me know in the comments!
And if you'd like to buy one to listen to this summer, or anytime, here's a handy place to go looking: