Raucous and eloquent, You re Better Than Me uncovers one woman s journey from rural Canada to confronting stand-up comedy s misogyny. Bonnie McFarlane reinforces that women actually are funny and reminds us that bad decisions should be bold.Read more...
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Raucous and eloquent, You re Better Than Me uncovers one woman s journey from rural Canada to confronting stand-up comedy s misogyny. Bonnie McFarlane reinforces that women actually are funny and reminds us that bad decisions should be bold. I knew her when and she still is Jill Soloway, award-winning director and creator of the Amazon original series Transparent
It took Bonnie McFarlane a lot of time, effort, and tequila to get to where she is today. In this no-holds-barred memoir, Bonnie tells it like it is, and lays bare all of the smart (and not-so-smart) decisions she made on her way to finding her friends and her comedic voice. From fighting in elementary school and writing her first jokes behind the bar of a comedy club, to riding motorcycles with guy comics on the way to the World Famous Comic Strip, and trying to become besties with Janeane Garofalo, You re Better Than Me documents Bonnie s path through the good, the bad, and the ugly in her life in comedy. Honest and hilarious, You re Better Than Me is about resolving to be yourself, even if it freaks other people out."
- ISBN-13: 9780062319494
- ISBN-10: 0062319493
- Publisher: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 288
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Comedian McFarlanes memoir follows her development from Canadian farm girl to mature comic trying to make it in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early aughts. She describes the thrill of her first stand-up set as a hit of crack, followed by a less successful second time in which her boyfriend threw a beer bottle at a heckler. She bombs her first television appearance, getting rebuffed by her idol, Janeane Garofalo, in the process. After signing with the William Morris Agency, McFarlane is cast in a doomed sitcom and subsequently fired by the agency. She declares wryly, There was nowhere to go but up, before allowing that technically, you could stay at the bottom forever. McFarlane eventually lands an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, followed by a spot on Last Comic Standing, and then an HBO special. Her romantic misfortunes include flings with a Rollerblading barista, an antisocial comic with a mat of back hair resembling a hundred caterpillars... trying to get up over a wall of mashed potatoes, and a Tom Cruiseobsessed nonworking actor with erectile dysfunction. Finally she meets fellow comedian Rich Vos, who later becomes her husband. McFarlane has guts, heart, jokes, and plenty of wise words in this hilarious journey through the dark heart of the entertainment industry. (Feb.)