Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results

Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results

by Josh Gondelman
Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results

Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results

by Josh Gondelman


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Emmy-Award winning writer and comedian Gondelman's collection of personal stories of best intentions and mixed results is full of the warm and relatable humor that's made him a favorite on the comedy club circuit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062852755
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,045,035
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Josh Gondelman is a comedian and writer who has earned two Peabody Awards, three Emmys, and two WGA Awards for his work on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO. He is currently a writer/producer for Desus & Mero on Showtime. In the past, Josh has written for Billy on the Street. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, and the New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and pug.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

If at First You Don't Succeed …

Nice Guys Finish Dessert Last 3

Just Give Me a Minute 10

A Few of My Greatest Fears, in No Particular Order 22

1-800-GOOD-PORN 24

A Technicality 29

You Don't Know, Now You Know 30

Things That Make Me Feel Grown-Up (in Order of Increasing Adulthood) 47

A Worthy Adversary 48

The Present-Tense Conjugation of the Spanish Verb Nadar, Which Means "to Swim" 60

Screech 61

I Hope These Years Aren't the Best of Your Lives 68

It Was Funny at the Time 74

Don't Aim, Just Throw 76

…Try, Try Again

Weathering the Tantrums 91

The Thanksgiving Dragon 103

Some Things That I, a Childcare Professional, Was Professionally Obligated to Say to Kids 108

Good Deeds, Unrewarded 109

Have Fun 116

The Blank Postcard 123

Things I Have Tried (with Varying Degrees of Success) at the Behest of Women I Was Dating at the Time or to Whom I Am Married 142

Good Will Hunting Isn't Science Fiction 143

Sorry, Not Sorry 145

Gap Years 154

Third Time's a Charm?

The Three True Stories of How We Met 163

Fish Tacos 176

Tickle Me Fancy 179

A Good Game 185

The Unsung Virtue of Telling People What They Want to Hear 198

An Element of Style 207

Bizzy 212

A Partial List of Names I Call My Dog, Whose Real Name Is Bizzy 229

"I Also Do Michael Jackson" 231

The Best Moments of My Wedding #3-10 240

Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down 242

Acknowledgments 251

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