Mr. Funny Pants

  • by Michael Showalter
  • Narrated by Michael Showalter
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I was at my wit's end. I'd had enough of this job, this life, and my relationship had broken up. Should I eat chocolate, or go to India, or fall in love? Then I had a revelation: Why not do all three, in that order?
"And so it was that I embarked on a journey that was segmented into three parts and was then made into a major motion picture. Later, I woke up on an airplane with a hole in my face and a really bad hangover. I was ushered brusquely off the plane by my parents, who took me to a rehab where I tested positive for coke, classic coke, special k (the drug), Special K (the cereal), mushrooms, pepperoni, and Restless Leg Syndrome. It was there that I first began painting with my feet.
"But rewind.... The year was 1914. I was just a young German soldier serving in the trenches while simultaneously trying to destroy an evil ring with some help from an elf, a troll, and a giant sorcerer, all while cooking every recipe out of a Julia Child cookbook. What I'm trying to say is that there was a secret code hidden in a painting and I was looking for it with this girl who had a tattoo of a dragon!
"Let me clarify, it was the 1930s and a bunch of us were migrating out of Oklahoma, and I was this teenage wizard/CIA operative, okay? And, um then I floated off into the meta-verse as a ball of invisible energy that had no outer edge....
"Ugh, okay. None of this is true. I'm just kind of a normal guy from New Jersey who moved to New York, got into comedy, wrote this book about trying to write this book, and then moved to Alaska, became the mayor of a small town, spent $30,000 on underwear, and now I'm going to rule the world!!!"

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What the Critics Say

"Showalter, Michael has written a very clever book. And he has written about writing a book, cleverly. Showalter, Michael asked me to write a blurb. It was easy to do-here it is: 'I very much really really liked this Mr. Funny Pants-a book so enjoyable that blurbing about it is so very easy.'" (Zach Galifianakis)

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Six hours of verbal diahrrhea.

Wow, about the best I can say about this book is "it is tedious." I rarely start an audiobook without finishing it. This one is a rare exception, I just can't bring myself to listen to the whole thing. Absolutely the worst book I've purchased on Audible (and there are some GREAT ones). If this audiobook was on the 99 cent rack, I couldn't bring myself to purchase it. Yes, there is a chuckle or two, but after the first 10 minutes it was more like a chore than entertainment.
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- CN

Must be listened to!

I'm not saying the print version wouldn't be funny, but Showalter's delivery is exquisite. I really did laugh out loud in public, and when I wasn't laughing, I was walking around smiling, snorting, and hooting. A clever, literate, and oh so funny look at everything from publishing to being dumped to restless leg syndrome.
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- Jamie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio