The Comedy Diva Diaries is the tale of a twenty-nine year old comedienne who gives herself an ultimatum: achieve success before her next birthday, or die trying.
Our sassy, deluded and insecure heroine endures disastrous stand-up gigs and humiliating TV commercial auditions. Her rich boyfriend, pampered pooch, flamboyant agent, dysfunctional family and back-stabbing rivals aren't much help. On the brink of emotional collapse, Diva finds inspiration in a self help book, and makes the fateful decision to move across the continent in pursuit of the Hollywood dream.
Will Diva admit defeat? Or will she find fame and fortune before turning thirty?
"Hip and outrageously funny! As a young comedian, it's frightening how much I can relate."
~ Christel Bartelse, 2011& 2010 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee
"Van Ritzen is one of the funniest humans I've ever met. Read her book, laugh, lather, rinse, repeat."
~ Mark Leiren-Young, author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen
2009 Leacock Medal For Humour
"Really, really funny."
~ Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans
2008 Leacock Medal For Humour
"You will root for Diva every step of the way."
~ Ian Ferguson, author of Village of the Small Houses
2004 Leacock Medal for Humour
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not your usual chick-lit heroine, the protagonist in this wonderfully-written debut novel is self-absorbed, narcissistic and mildly delusional...and yet somehow appealing! Hilarious, written with an insider's knowledge of the L.A. comedy scene, a must-buy for your summer beach book!
I was fascinated by the day to day thoughts and life of the character. This is obviously a tale from someone who has taken the journey. Very funny and touching.