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From the veteran comedian and actor from The Wrestler and Louie comes a hilarious book of travel essays from his time on tour through secondary markets in the US, Canada, and Israel.

Hello. It's Todd Barry. Yes, the massively famous comedian. I have billons of fans all over the world, so I do my fair share of touring. While I love doing shows in the big cities (New York, Chicago, Cleveland), I also enjoy a good secondary market (Rochester, Springfield, Toledo). There's something great about performing in a place where they don't expect to see you. They're appreciative. They say things like "thank you for coming to Hattiesburg" as much as they say "nice show". And almost every town has their version of a hipster coffee shop, so I can get in my comfort zone.

My original plan was to book one secondary market show in all 50 states in about a year, but that idea was funnier than anything in my act. So, instead of all 50 states in a year, my agent booked multiple shows in a lot of states, plus Israel and Canada.

Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg is part tour diary, part travel guide, and part memoir. (Yes, memoir. Just like the thing presidents and former child stars get to write.) Follow me on my journey of small clubs and the occasional big amphitheater. Watch me make a promoter clean the dressing room toilet in Connecticut, see me stare at beached turtles in Maui, and see how I react when Lars from Metallica shows up to see me at a rec center in Northern California.

I'd love to tell you more, but I need to go book a flight to Evansville, Indiana.

©2017 Todd Barry (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Todd's Delivery and Dry Wit Make This Great

What made the experience of listening to Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg the most enjoyable?

Listening to Todd tell his own story was a great choice. His delivery is flawless.

What other book might you compare Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg to and why?

Unlike some of the autobiographies of other comedians like Maron or Martin, Todd keeps his personal life mostly personal and focuses instead on the main theme of what it is like to play smaller and less famous venues--and the trials of getting to those places. Why do so many comedy clubs and venues give Todd inadequate dressing rooms with dirty bathrooms and no water? These are the questions that I hope will be answered in the next book!

Have you listened to any of Todd Barry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have all of Todd's CDs and his performance in this book felt like a comedy show made just for me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Always Ask For an Upgrade!"

Any additional comments?

If you are a comedy nerd or a Todd Barry fan, sit back and get ready to laugh.

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Todd Barry is a Legend.

Fantastic book, fantastic comedian. Hope he does more books in the future. Very entertaining and well written.

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Great read.

Good, quick read. It is a format that I assumed would be somewhat repetitive but I found the opposite to be true. It had a true feel of being "in on it" and behind the scene. Breaking the 4th wall. Most important...it was FUNNY!

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Quintessential Todd Barry

If you like Todd Barry, you'll like this book! If you don't, well that's on you.

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Smirked and snickered

Todd Barry is mildly amusing in a low key and snarky type of delivery. Welcome to Hattiesburg is like listening to Todd read his Road Diary to you. Since I like him, it was a pleasure.

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Not what I was expecting or hoping for...

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I was anticipating the wry, dryly sarcastic observations that made me a Todd Barry fan. Instead it was just whiny and boring. I suppose he is just so un-prolific that he feels he has to save anything remotely humorous for his act. Definitely disappointed.

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SLAM DUNK!

Todd Barry, once again, knocks it out of the park. Somehow managing to make to make mundane stories, from the road, entertaining and hilarious. He delivers, in his relaxed and slightly sardonic tone, tale after tale that can only be made interesting by a story telling genius. His dry sarcastic wit is unmatched and I will listen to this several more times.

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Travelogue: Casual and Unique

Memoirs of comedians generally fall into two categories: "I always wanted to get into comedy because of [insert Steve Martin/Eddie Murphy/Bill Cosby/Richard Pryor], I struggled for a while, then I finally arrived on [insert popular sitcom/film franchise]" or a "my disgusting, self-destructive, what-do-you-care life on the road doing comedy and then injecting meth into my eyes" Lost Weekend thing.

"Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg" not only avoids either one of those, it avoids being a memoir altogether. This isn't a slam or a complaint but a statement of fact: what Todd Barry has done here is write an interesting and unique travelogue but through the eyes of a stand-up comedian. You learn about Todd (always interesting) but a larger portion of the book is really about seeing "secondary markets" through the eyes of a comedian whose mugshot probably won't be on TMZ any time soon. That in itself is interesting because the book reminds you that a comedian only sees any given town for a limited amount of time, anywhere from a few hours to two or three days and much of that time is influenced by arranging transportation, lodging, thinking about the performance and venue, payment, etc. It's a little bit like speed dating for towns but instead of just zipping from table to table, you're carrying some baggage from the day into each new encounter.

Food and drink are a full third of this book. Again, not a bad thing. Todd's only in town long enough for a few meals at best and where to eat is actually a pretty important decision. Remember, he's not on a solitary visit, he's on a tour so he's away from home for a looong time in the context of this book. A good meal at the right restaurant might be the closest thing to a home-cooked meal he'll get for months.

These things, mundane as they might seem, are written in a very fresh way that makes you genuinely consider the choices and observations Todd makes. They make you aware that first impressions can be "only" impressions as well and, at least for me, made me question how much of a gamble 'giving somewhere a try' is.

Todd Barry reads his own book characteristically well but anyone familiar with his distinctive voice and delivery won't be surprised by that.

Enjoyable book and well-read. Might not exactly be what people seeking 'celebrity memoirs' are seeking but sincerely a good book.

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Funny, honest and refreshing

We buy tickets to see Mr. Barry anytime he is n our region and try to catch him when visiting NYC. This book was really 'him' and had many laugh-out-loud moments and interesting insights. I really enjoyed it and will listen again.

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Boom Boom Todd Barry.

I picture Todd narrating this book in a setting, like his scene in Louie, when he discussed his name being spelled Berry in his dressing room door, while the crowd gathers around him to find out he gets the club manager to change it to Barry. Victory! Best delivered by Todd Barry himself. He's a legend in his own mind, and mine!

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  • 10-15-18

Just terrific

Todd at his self aggrandizing best. A lovely tour of what he terms his secondary markets. Just hilarious

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  • 01-17-18

boring

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone looking for a book that will send them to sleep instantly

Has Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg put you off other books in this genre?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

no

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

how can a pro comedian write such a boring book?

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  • Stephen
  • 03-26-17

5 Star REVIEW you must HEAR this AUDIOBOOK

As the old saying goes:

Its a real "Game-Changer".

This AUDIOBOOK tells you everything you need to know, about EVERYTHING...but mostly about a great comedian touring the land of North America. Hear T. Barry TELL IT LIKE IT IS like no comedian has EVER done before, so SKILLFULLY and ITIMATELY delivered ...This is really a masterclass in something much MORE than an "audiobook" could EVER define.

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  • Kym
  • 06-12-17

for fans of Todd Barry

this was a very banal dribble mostly about food he eats. ..not very interesting

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  • John
  • 04-10-17

Not bad not great

saw some outstanding reviews so thought I'd take a punt. I found the humour amusing but subtle and the material a little thin.