The first memoir by beloved comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn, hilariously detailing what it's like to grow up as and remain a nerd, with a foreword by Patton Oswalt
Brian Posehn is a successful and instantly recognizable comedian, actor, and writer. He also happens to be a giant nerd. That's partly because he's been obsessed with such things as Dungeons & Dragons, comic books, and heavy metal since he was a child; the other part is because he fills out every bit of his 6'7'' frame. Brian's always felt awkward and like a perpetual outsider, but he found his way through the difficulties of growing up by escaping into the worlds of Star Wars, D&D, and comics, and by rocking his face off. He was a nerd long before it was cool (and that didn't help his situation much), but his passions proved time and again to be the safe haven he needed to persevere and thrive in a world in which he was far from comfortable.
Brian, now balls deep in middle age with a wife, child, and thriving career, still feels like an outsider and is as big a nerd as ever. But that's okay, because in his five decades of nerdom he's discovered that the key to happiness is not growing up. You can be a nerd forever and find success that way. because somehow along the way the nerds won.
Forever Nerdy is a celebration of growing up nerdy and different. This isn't Brian's life story, just some bizarre and hilarious stories from his life, along with a captivating look back at nearly fifty years of nerd culture. Being a nerd hasn't always been easy, but somehow this self-hating nerd who suffered from depression was able to land his dream job, get the girl, and learn to fit in. Kind of. See how he did it while managing to remain forever nerdy.
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About the Author
Writer, actor, and stand-up comic Brian Posehn has appeared on Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, and The Sarah Silverman Program, and was a writer and performer on HBO's Mr. Show. He coproduced Netflix's With Bob and David and starred in the dark indie comedy Uncle Nick. He hosts and produces the Nerd Poker podcast and cowrote a run of Marvel's Deadpool. His next project is a comedy metal album titled Grandpa Metal, featuring members of Anthrax, Dethklok, Slayer, and Slipknot.
Table of Contents
Foreword Patton Oswalt ix
1 Posehn and Nerdy, the Early Years 1
2 Posehn and Nerdy, the Early Years: Part Deux 12
3 Posehn and Nerdy, the Early Years: 3D 27
4 KISS: Army of One 50
5 Star Wars: My Obsession with the Original Trilogy, the Unholy Trilogy, and Second and Third Chances 71
6 Sixth Grade: My Scholastic High Point 90
7 Junior High: Nerdy and Nerdier 106
8 1979-1981: The Making of a Teenage Metalhead 129
9 High School: The Worst Two Years of My Life 143
10 Junior and Senior Year: It Got Better 155
11 1982-1984: The Making of a Teenage Metalhead, Part Two 170
12 Eighteen and No Life 182
13 Metallica 188
14 Horror Nerd 193