You're Better Than Me: A Memoir

By Bonnie McFarlane

In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, Kelly Oxford, and Sarah Silverman, a compulsively readable and outrageously humorous memoir of becoming up as a fish out of water, discovering your voice, and embracing your internal crazy-person, from well known actress, author, and comic Bonnie McFarlane.

 It took Bonnie McFarlane loads of time, attempt, and tequila to get to the place she is this present day. sooner than she starred on Last comedian Standing and directed her personal motion pictures, she used to be an inappropriately loud tomboy becoming up on her mom and dad’ farm in chilly Lake, Canada, wetting her pants in the course of standardized checks and killing chickens. eager to locate “her people”—like-minded souls who wouldn’t pass judgement on her simply because she used to be sincere, ruthless, and ok, occasionally fairly rude—Bonnie grew to become to comedy. In her explosively humorous and no-holds-barred memoir, Bonnie tells it love it is, and lays naked all of her shrewdpermanent (and her not-so-smart) judgements alongside her strategy to discovering her neighbors and her comedic voice.

From fistfights in simple university to using bikes to the area well-known cartoon, to Late evening with David Letterman, and during to her notorious “c” notice bit on Last comedian status, You’re larger Than Me is her humorous and outrageous journey throughout the solid, undesirable, and unsightly of her lifestyles in comedy. McFarlane doesn’t continually maintain her mouth close while she should still, yet no less than she makes humans snicker. And that’s all that concerns, right?

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Being Canadian, i used to be now not frightened in any respect. I were immersed in French for one hour per week my whole college occupation and that i knew that when i used to be in the middle of different Francophiles, it'll all come speeding again in exactly one or years. due to the fact that i used to be purely going to be in Montreal for 4 days, I didn’t attempt to dredge up any French from my adolescence vaults, even though I did get a kick out of cursing after which announcing, “Pardon my French! ” to actually each individual I encountered. I arrived on a Wednesday evening and the foyer of the resort used to be already humming with job from the competition.

They beloved me. i started my sequence of grunts and pauses and so they laughed back. after which they laughed back. via the tip I felt convinced sufficient to take the mic out of the stand yet then i spotted i used to be out of jokes so i attempted to slot it again within the curved slot and it refused to head. I saved making an attempt even whereas the emcee stood subsequent to me and watched. I eked out a couple of extra giggles with that unintended little bit of actual comedy after which passed the mic to the emcee and scurried off the level. i'll listen them applauding for me as I dipped in the back of the black curtain.

Additionally we have a tendency to jingle once we stroll simply because our funds is composed usually of cash, and we communicate at a decrease quantity in eating places. after which there’s this factor approximately race that we deal with otherwise. In Canada, race isn’t whatever we focused on. certain, there are black humans, yet out of admire, you fake they're white and one by no means mentions it. I spent loads of time describing humans in Canada like, “The man with the curly hair and brown eyes? He loves bird wings. you recognize the fellow I’m speaking approximately?

It’s bizarre what retains you going. Joe Bodolai’s trust in me used to be anything I hung on to. i wanted it. if you have such a lot of purposes to surrender, it’s great to occasionally have somebody persuade you to not. We’ll remain involved, he stated. And we did for plenty of, a long time. I hugged Lynn on the bus station and she or he gave me a few issues to make my journey extra palatable. Her strict directions have been to drink the total bottle of water and take part the Xanax she supplied. I drank part the water and took the entire Xanax and used to be again on the ny Port Authority very quickly, the place they poured me off the bus.

I wished to, yet I didn’t simply because nifty males in dear matches advised me to discuss it. So I did. ONE evening, some of these nifty males from the WMA got here to the Improv to work out me practice. There are 3 colossal golf equipment in Hollywood, the Comedy shop on sundown, the snigger manufacturing facility on sundown, and the Improv on Melrose. Of the 3, I cherished the Improv the easiest, most likely simply because they cherished me greater than the opposite did. I spent my days auditioning and my nights functioning at any variety of golf equipment within the urban yet I usually ended up on the lengthy bar within the Improv, consuming with the opposite comedians who have been putting out bragging approximately our loss of good fortune.

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