Lizz Free or Die

  • by Lizz Winstead
  • Narrated by Lizz Winstead
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice. In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.
Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of conservative Catholic parents, Winstead learned early in her life that the straightforward questions she posed to various authority figures around her - her parents, her parish priest, even an anti-abortion counselor - prompted many startled looks and uncomfortable silences, but few answers. Her questions rattled people because they exposed the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in the people and institutions she confronted. Yet she didn't let that stop her from pursuing her dreams.
Funny and biting, honest and poignant, this no-holds-barred collection gives an in-depth look into the life of one of today's most influential comic voices. In writing about her childhood longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show, and of her often problematic habit of diving into everything head first, asking questions later (resulting in multiple rescue-dog adoptions and travel disasters), Lizz Winstead has tapped an outrageous and heartfelt vein of the all-too-human comedy.

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Very Funny But a Difficult Listen

Hard to reconcile the paradox in the title of this review.

I found Lizz Winstead's story/stories very relatable - I empathize with her affinity for the non-traditional path for women, and, indeed, for people in general whatever their gender, and I think she is extremely funny.

Her achievements are admirable.

However, her rapid staccato sing-songy delivery in this book made me a little dizzy. It's like she needs to lower her caffeine intake or try "Sleepytime" tea instead. I have no idea what her drink of choice may be, but I definitely couldn't listen for very long segments without getting comedic whiplash.

Lizz - calm down! You're funny, amusing, entertaining, and we're not going anywhere.
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- Pamela Harvey "glam"

Loved it!

Any additional comments?

Disclaimer: Memoirs by smart funny people are my favorite kind of book. They’re easy to listen to (meaning, I can do other things while I listen), entertaining and, when they’re well done, I learn something.

Lizz Winstead IS smart and funny, she’s had an interesting life and her writing is honest and engaging. I was not disappointed.

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- Diane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio