Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox
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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox

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by Greg Fitzsimmons
     
 

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PARENT S: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME

Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It’s what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child’s failures, but—lucky for us—Greg Fitzsimmons’s family has preserved each mistake in its original

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PARENT S: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME

Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It’s what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child’s failures, but—lucky for us—Greg Fitzsimmons’s family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg’s life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg’s distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Greg Fitzsimmons was the first comic to ever give me unwanted advice. I thought he was a jerk. I was wrong. Not only is he a great guy, he is also one of the best storytellers I have ever heard. I look forward to someone reading this book to me.”

—Zach Galifianakis

“Jewish guilt is well-known because Jews are loud and free to express themselves. Catholic guilt, however, is fucking bottomless. Irish to the core, despite himself, this bottomlessness oozes from Greg Fitzsimmons’ every pore and it’s raw, honest, and hilarious. This portrait of one comic’s life is funny, hard, and true.”

—Sarah Silverman, comedienne and New York Times bestselling author of The Bedwetter

“I’ve often wondered what it was that made Greg Fitzsimmons so funny. And so filled with non-specific rage. Now I know, and you can, too.”

—Andy Richter, National Treasure

“Greg Fitzsimmons thinks he’s one of the greatest comedic minds of our generation; and in the case of this book, he’s right.”

—Adam Carolla, comedian

“Greg Fitzsimmons is as funny as he is f*%ed up. And he is VERY f*%ed up.”

—Jimmy Kimmel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439182697
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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…Greg is just like sunshine. He’s so sharp, so funny, so kind of bawdy. He brings so much to the character of Grandma Bunny. He’s just the most charming performer in the whole ensemble, I think. And that’s how I feel about Greg. Actually, that’s not how I feel about Greg. It is how Sigourney Weaver feels about Betty White. I stole this quote off an audio tape of Sigourney Weaver doing a press junket for her new film. She was asked about her costar and I’m so lazy I couldn’t even come up with my own adorable quote about Greg, so I just took hers. Even though these thoughts belong to Sigourney, it really is how I feel about Greg. Now here are some of my original thoughts about Greg: A.) He is heaven on earth. B.) J. D. Salinger is a hack next to him. C.) I used to think Richard Pryor was funny until I heard Greg. Richard Pryor was so jealous that he lit himself on fire after he watched Greg…

Meet the Author

With a lethal (and improbably likeable) mix of wit and sarcasm Greg Fitzsimmons has achieved success as a stand-up, Emmy Award winning writer/producer and Radio/TV host. A regular with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jay Leno, Greg has made more than fifty visits to “The Howard Stern Show” and hosts his own weekly radio show on Sirius XM’s "Howard 101.” His bi-weekly podcast "FITZDOGRADIO" is one of the most downloaded on iTunes.

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Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Seghetto More than 1 year ago
This book was hilarious and touching all at the same time. I came to listen to Greg because of his show on Howard Stern's Sirius XM channel. I started listening to his podcast around when the book came out. It took me two years to get to this book, and wow was I missing out. What I expected was some loosely connected essays with some jokes thrown in. Instead, this is a tale of a young man who is just trying to crawl out from his father's shadow. Greg's disobedience under authority was ingrained in him as a young man and continued to make him a comedian. This was a fantastic memoir that happened to be funny.
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Joey Montalvo More than 1 year ago
Reading this book gave me an insight to who Greg Fitzsimmons is, and how he became the person he is today. His stories are well written and filled with the crude humor we all know and love. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.