"You’re not doing it right."
Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the question so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another: How did I end up here? (And also: If fat Kevin Federline succumbs to his own wasted potential, what does that mean for the rest of us?)
The answers to these questions, and others that you probably would have never thought to ask, are painstakingly detailed in You’re Not Doing It Right, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir. Darkly humorous and told with raw honesty, Michael takes on his childhood, his marriage, his children, and his career with unexpected candor and deadpan wit in this funny-because-it's-true essay collection. He shares the neuroses that have plagued him since childhood and how they shaped him into the man he is today. Stories include: How his lesbian feminist mother raised him to be a tough but sensitive New Seventies Man like Alan Alda; how his camp girlfriend dumped him for a guy nicknamed Taco; how he backed into marrying his wife by breaking up with her first; how he is completely undone by hearing a Creed song on the radio on the eve of becoming a father; and how he learned to use Santa Claus as a "bad cop" threat to control his kids year 'round.
From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black says the kinds of things you’re afraid to admit. Here he is: naked, exposed, a little chilly, and understandably shriveled.
©2012 Michael Ian Black (P)2012 Random House, Inc.
I've always been a fan of Michael Ian Black, ever since I first discovered him as a member of the hilarious comedy trio "Stella". I expected this book to be very shticky, over-the-top, and silly; much like his comedy -- and it definitely has these elements. However it's also brutally honest and a gives you look into his personal life and marriage. I was not expecting such honesty and openness, but I loved his stories/advice and found it all fascinating.
Michael gives a great read/performance, and this book definitely has some solid laugh out loud moments (for me atleast). Highly recommend this book. And if you like this book you should check out his podcast "Mike and Tom Eat Snacks".
It reminded me of Tina Fey's Bossy Pants as well as David Cross' I Drink for A Reason, mostly due to the mixture of biography and comedy as well as the intricate detail for certain stories.
I laughed through a great deal of it, and was brought to tears by one particular scene.
I loved this book. I expected it to be funny; I did not expect it to be thought-provoking (really!) and poignant. Michael Ian Black writes from the heart and will make you laugh about a range of topics, from marriage & family to pop culture and religion. Highly recommended.
I love listening to books and I despise bad narrators.
I love his dry, honest humor. If you are married, with children, you will understand every moment of this book. His voice is great and only he could read his stories to you. I cannot emphasize how much I connected to his total honesty. Some might not find this book funny, but think its so much better than just " funny". It's deeper and more raw. i had no idea what to expect, but I loved it.
I expected the book to be funny and light. It was funny but heavy. Not many authors attempt to explain the meaning of life. Especially without explicitly telling you that's what they're doing.
Some reviews called him monotone or flat. I strongly disagree. He was paced. He was not monotone at all. He uses four letter words very well both in their placement within the text and as he reads them.
I did laugh often. There was a particularly sad moment or two in the book that may bring a tear to some readers' eyes.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
The writing is, as one would expect from a comedy writer, quite funny. What was strange though is that even though it is the author (comedian Michael Ian Black) who is narrating the story, he reads it in a very monotonous way. What's more is that I am a fan of his standup, but I think he didn't bring very much of his standup personality to the reading of the book. If he had been a bit more engaging in the (...his) story I would have given this 4-5 stars.
Notably unremarkable; fairly slow; somewhat deliberate. Found myself speeding up the delivery to keep things interesting.
Yes! Which does not fit with my generally nostalgic-for-print personality, but Black's tone of voice/inflection/etc absolutely made this book for me. I laughed out loud at least an average of once per 3 minutes.
It had a David Sedaris feel in my opinion... but I hesitate to make a direct comparison between books.
Himself... or Martha.
Laugh laugh laugh. I would find it hard to believe that someone wasn't entertained by this book.
I'm a newly wed in my twenties, and both Martha and Michael had so many things about them that reminded me of either myself or my husband that there was no way for me to not love this book.
I saw this recommended at another site & thought I'd try it, although the only thing I knew about this guy was the snarky comments on the VH1 series. I really enjoyed listening to this - the unexpected honesty, humor, and insights he shares about marriage, having & raising children. Just - not what I was expecting at all!
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