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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 and Dragons, comic books, and heavy metal since he was a child; the other part is because he fills out every bit of his six-foot-seven-inch 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 and 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 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 50 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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©2018 Brian Posehn (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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"Forever Nerdy is the only book on Brian Posehn and his curious, eventful, sad, sometimes tragic, defiant, fun, loopy life that you will ever need to read. Throw away all the others on this subject matter and get this one! Joyce had his Ulysses, now Posehn has his Forever Nerdy to engage your eyeballs and wile away your hours, whether you're stuck in Omaha, or in an airport, or on the toilet, or perhaps in a toilet on an airplane over Omaha (a trifecta). Buy it, read it, commit it to memory, and you can be on my team on trivia night!" (Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, and Mr. Show)

"Everyone has an origin story. For comedians, they're usually pretty sad, tortured, and depressing. Brian Posehn's is no different, and yet he's so different. Forever Nerdy is a memoir about being brave enough to take your torture and find a way to make it your bliss, and is so fun to read you're gonna wish you took even longer poops." (Sarah Silverman, author of The Bedwetter)

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I've been a fan of comedian/actor Brian Posehn for many years. I watched the Sarah Silverman Program and he was one of my favorite people on there. Not even gonna mention the voice work he did on shows I loved as well (Mission Hill gets a special shoutout because I loved that show) or even his run in the Deadpool comics. When I discovered he had a book, I knew I had to read it, and when I saw that he narrated it I doubly knew I had to listen to it. This book made me laugh, more than I think any autobiography has ever done. I shouldn't have expected any less from such a talented comedian. Brian Posehn is a King of nerds, both in the traditional sense and the hardcore metal sense. He's one of my idols, the kind of man I want to grow up to be like. Listening to this, getting this insight into his life and what helped him become this awesome person, was a treat. I'll definitely be there if he ever writes another book, especially if he narrates it! Five out of Five Stars!

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On the fence? Get it!

Brian's life was not at all as expected. What he went through really made him who he is today. I love that he is a open book about his childhood because I was so able to relate, especially as a massive Rush and metal fan. He adores his wife and son and I love hearing him talk about them. It was all around a great book and entertaining.

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Forever Relatable

If you’ve ever felt like you maybe grew up alone and weird, and no one else did. Read this book and dry those nerdy tears. If you’re a metal fan. Horror fan. Comic fan. And most importantly a Brian Posehn fan. You need to have this book in your physical and/or audible library. I bought the hard copy to follow along to the audible narration by the man himself. I can say with complete sincerity that I not only enjoyed every minute of it. But relished in relatable topics such as life without a dad. Being an outcast weirdo growing up. Achieving your dreams. Meeting a dream girl. I could go on, but you probably stopped reading this review by now. This book is instantly and will remain one of my favorite autobiographies. Thanks Posehn.

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great story

one of my favorite comedians. love how he narrated the book himself makes it more personable. I also went through some of the same bullying and being a nerd didn't help. my people are strong and it only makes you stronger. this book made me laugh. the way he explains things and descriptions given are hilarious.

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Grandpa Metal Rocks Our Hearts and Minds.

Brian Posehn is the guy from that show/movie you love that's also been in that movie/show your mom loves. Hes a comedian, writer, actor, father and a NERD who turned a childhood full of unique experiences and hobbies into a career doing the things he loves. Listening to this book will make you love your inner nerd and laugh out loud. 🤘🤘🤘

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The best.

What a wonderful person. Extra words here. More words are needed for a review but I don't need more words.

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Forever Nerdy

I am a fan of the first few campaigns of Nerd Poker. I enjoy the gamer version of Posehn better than the man who shows up in this book. There's a saying that if you're going to share the painful things about your life to an audience, speak out of the healed scar, not out of the festering wound. Based on the vicious, bitter ways he refers to most of the adults and children in his early years, I gather Posehn's wounds are still festering. If almost everyone you talk about is a dillknob, asshole, idiot, maybe part of the problem is you. I will grant, however, that it's always nice to read a memoir in the author's authentic voice, low-grade writing level, absence of critical thought, and overly-graphic sex scenes and all, than to read a glossy, ghost-written book.

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Totally Rad

Brian, your book was so good man. I laughed so hard and then cried. thanks

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May the force be with you

Brian Posehn is great and I really enjoyed hearing him read the book. Great Book

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A Gleefully Nerdy Romp

I have been and continue to be a huge fan of Brian’s work in all arenas. I’d highly recommend Nerd Poker and his stand up if you have not yet engaged.

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It's ok but has it's moments.

there's a few holes in his story. unless I just wasn't listening he never touches on a lot of things. like how met certain people in the comedy scene, how he met his wife or even how his cool song "more metal than you" come about or how it was made. or how he got rolls on shows, a manager etc. it felt like a big story told quickly by skipping pages. Love his honesty and view on a lot of things though.