A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe

A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: Tales from a Life of Cringe

by Lauren Weedman
     
 

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"Lauren Weedman is irresistible" says The New Yorker of her performance in The Five-Year Engagement. From The Daily Show to Horny Patty in HBO's Hung, Weedman is a girl gone wild, a performer who tells true, hilarious, and embarassing stories she actually lived through. In A Woman Trapped in A Woman's Body, Weedman riffs about comical and cringe-worthy

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"Lauren Weedman is irresistible" says The New Yorker of her performance in The Five-Year Engagement. From The Daily Show to Horny Patty in HBO's Hung, Weedman is a girl gone wild, a performer who tells true, hilarious, and embarassing stories she actually lived through. In A Woman Trapped in A Woman's Body, Weedman riffs about comical and cringe-worthy experiences like her time at The Daily Show, where she developed an entirely one-sided infaturation with Jon Stewart, or the time when she stomped on the sacred agreement between couples and read her boyfriend’s with disastrous results. Weedman's stories are excessive, dangerously self-deprecating, and darkly funny. Like when she confesses to having lied about being raped when she was in college and the havoc that comes from one itty bitty moment of feeling too too sorry for herself. With "relentlessly candid introspection and ferocious wit" (Los Angeles Times), Lauren Weedman serves up hilarious of essays about what NOT to do as a fully realized, functional adult. The writer and performer of one-woman show like Bust, Wreckage, and If Ornaments Had Lips, Lauren Weedman is one of the brightest comedic actresses at work today.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Lauren Weedman is godd@*m funny. For that reason alone you should buy this book. Because funny is the new beauty and so we must worship funny. Oh, and Weedman is beautiful too. It's just so freaking unfair."
—Dan Savage, author of The Commitment and Savage Love

"Relentlessly candid introspection combined with a ferocious wit."
Los Angeles Times

"Oh my god Lauren Weedman. Is the funniest most brilliant nugget of female beauty alive… The only David Sedaris comparison I can think of is that soon he'll be wishing he was the new her."
—Jill Soloway, writer and co-executive producter of Six Feet Under and author of Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants

"…unflinchingly honest comic observation…Weedman's complete surrender recalls the late Gilda Radner."
—Seattle Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
Sincerely funny stuff from a welcome new original voice on the humor-literature scene. Best known for her stint as a correspondent on The Daily Show, Weedman is a prolific multimedia performer/comedienne: NPR commentator, playwright, performance artist, regular on Comedy Central's Reno 911! In her debut collection of autobiographical essays, the author proves to be an undeniable charmer and self-deprecator extraordinaire, seemingly proud to depict herself as a goofball and unashamed to walk us though one awkward incident after another. Her attempts to make Daily Show host Jon Stewart her "new boyfriend"-joking with him about African-American male genitalia, faux-seductively pinching her own nipples for his pleasure-are, fortunately for Weedman's then-husband Michael, met with fright and/or confusion. And then there's her trip to the Emmy Awards with her Daily Show pals, the highlight of which was a self-administered enema. Weedman's essays work for the same reason David Sedaris' do: She has heart. Though told with a tinge of comedic self-flagellation, the story of her marriage's end game is filled with sincere pathos, as is the tale of her first post-divorce fling with a warm, turkey jerky-bearing gentleman named David. And though the topic of awkward adolescences is overused, Weedman's depiction of her pot-soaked Indiana high-school years is effective in part because of its brevity. The author made an interesting choice by structuring the book in reverse chronological order, but that turned out to be a canny move-she grabs readers immediately with the stories of her celebrity encounters. If Sedaris were a heterosexual woman, he might well be Weedman. $10,000 ad/promo

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570615016
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.74(d)

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