You're Better Than Me: A Memoir

You're Better Than Me: A Memoir

by Bonnie McFarlane


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You're Better Than Me: A Memoir by Bonnie McFarlane

In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, Kelly Oxford, and Sarah Silverman, a compulsively readable and outrageously funny memoir of growing up as a fish out of water, finding your voice, and embracing your inner crazy-person, from popular actress, writer, and comedian Bonnie McFarlane.

 It took Bonnie McFarlane a lot of time, effort, and tequila to get to where she is today. Before she starred on Last Comic Standing and directed her own films, she was an inappropriately loud tomboy growing up on her parents’ farm in Cold Lake, Canada, wetting her pants during standardized tests and killing chickens. Desperate to find “her people”—like-minded souls who wouldn’t judge her because she was honest, ruthless, and okay, sometimes really rude—Bonnie turned to comedy. In her explosively funny and no-holds-barred memoir, Bonnie tells it like it is, and lays bare all of her smart (and her not-so-smart) decisions along her way to finding her friends and her comedic voice.

From fistfights in elementary school to riding motorcycles to the World Famous Comic Strip, to Late Night with David Letterman, and through to her infamous “c” word bit on Last Comic Standing, You’re Better Than Me is her funny and outrageous trip through the good, bad, and ugly of her life in comedy. McFarlane doesn’t always keep her mouth shut when she should, but at least she makes people laugh. And that’s all that matters, right?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062319494
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 803,184
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bonnie Mcfarlane is a comedian and writer who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and her own HBO comedy special, and cohosts the podcast My Wife Hates Me with her husband, comedian Rich Vos.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anthony Bourdain vii

Chapter 1 How I Failed at Being a Serial Killer, Off, Why I Am a Comedian 1

Chapter 2 Being Born: I'll Never Do that Again 33

Chapter 3 The Countless Stages Of Death 47

Chapter 4 All this Venereal Disease and No One to Share It With 65

Chapter 5 Name Your Own Chapter 71

Chapter 6 It's Not Me, It's U.S.A. 79

Chapter 7 Little Airline Bottles in the Big Apple 95

Chapter 8 Friendshit 109

Chapter 9 Screwing Up, Down, and All Over Town 117

Chapter 10 Once You've Seen One Sunrise, You're Tired All Day 131

Chapter 11 Follow Your Dreams, Especially If They Take Gower 143

Chapter 12 Nowhere to Go But Up Yours 159

Chapter 13 Laughter is the Best Medicine, Unless You Have Actual Medicine 177

Chapter 14 Working 10:00 To 10.15, What a Way to Make a Living 191

Chapter 15 Equality is for Under Achievers, Am I Right, Ladies? 199

Chapter 16 The B Team 223

Chapter 17 Midseason Programming in the Garden of Good and Evil 237

Chapter 18 F*** Censorship! 249

Appendix A How to Deal with a Reckler 261

Appendix B How to Get Representation 263

Appendix C How to Properly Give a Compliment to a Working Comedian 267

Appendix D How to Properly Receive a Compliment if Your are a working Comedian 269

Acknowledgments 273

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