• Russell Brand done with acting, says fame is worthless, meaningless

    During a recent interview with The Financial Times to promote his newest book Revolution, comedian Russell Brand explained he finds no joy in money. “I’ve come from a very ordinary background and I’ve become a drug addict, I’ve lived for years on benefits and now I live a completely different life where I experience all of the glamour, all of the things that capitalism promises— fame, pop stardom, glory, money.

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    Megan Amram, Nick Offerman get physical for Funny Or Die (Video)

    Twitter juggernaut and Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram is getting her science on in this Olivia Newton-John reimagining. To promote her upcoming book, Science…For Her!, Amram reworked the Grease star’s “Physical” into a song about ladies’ battle with science. A recent study reported that women are 45% more likely than men to leave the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) within their first year. One comedian hopes to

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    Jim Gaffigan talks ‘Food: A Love Story’ with David Letterman, explains hatred for fish (Video)

    Since Jim Gaffigan will unleash his second book upon the world in less than two months, the veteran comedian visited Late Show with David Letterman last night to drop some knowledge about food, the topic of said book. While Food: A Love Story won’t hit retailers until Oct. 21, Gaffigan gave viewers a small taste (get it?) of what we could expect. Letterman seemed puzzled by Gaffigan’s seemingly off-kilter infatuation

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    Joan Rivers biography slated for 2016 as investigation into her death continues

    As the investigation into the death of Joan Rivers continues, more positive news has surfaced— a biography about the trailblazing comedian will be written and has been slated for a 2016 release. Titled Joan Rivers: A Life, the tome will be written for Little, Brown and Company by Leslie Bennetts, a veteran journalist for the New York Times and Vanity Fair. “Joan Rivers’ life story was, in every way, a

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    Malcolm Gladwell, Dick Cavett, Dave Hill address Amazon, Hachette retail battle (Video)

    Have you heard about the war between online retail giant Amazon and publishing giant Hachette? You haven’t? Well, neither did I, because I don’t read books. Because books are for nerds, amiright? But now, because of this video from comedian, author, musician, snappy dresser Dave Hill, I totally know about said war. I also read some articles – two, to be exact – about the millions who have died due

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    ‘The Simpsons Family History’ book due Sept. 23, pre-order for huge discount

    All 304 pages of the long-awaited tome The Simpsons Family History: A Celebration of Television’s Favorite Family will arrive in stores and online retailers on Sept. 23. And although it retails for $35, you can pre-order it now on Amazon for a budget-friendly $21.50. The official book description goes like this: So you think you know the Simpsons? Well, think again! The Simpsons Family History unravels 25 years of Simpsons

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    Rob Delaney on his book, his magical child and how he’s like Toni Morrison (Laughspin Interview)

    It’s been only a year since Rob Delaney released his first comedy special – the stellar Live at the Bowery Ballroom – but the workhorse comedian has gifted the world with yet another gem: his first book, Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. The book is funny, of course, but it’s liberally infused with darkly serious recounts and ruminations on Delaney’s pre-comedy life, which found the Boston

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    Artie Lange will write about suicide attempt, drug use and more in new memoir

    Fans of Artie Lange’s raw and honest New York Times 2008 bestseller, Too Fat to Fish will be happy to hear the former Howard Stern Show radio personality will release Crash and Burn, a memoir, on Oct. 29. The book, to be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will include accounts of Lange’s near-fatal addictions to heroin and alcohol as well as his attempted suicide in January

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    Aziz Ansari will write a relationship book, reportedly snags $3.5 million advance

    If you’ve been lucky enough in recent months to have seen Aziz Ansari working out new material onstage, you may have noticed his views on relationships have become a bit more nuanced, if not darker. And those observations will serve him well as he’s just inked a deal with Penguin to write his first book— and it’s all about dating in the age of social media and hyper-evolving technology. But,

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    Twitter favorite Jenny Johnson lands book deal

    While television writer Jenny Johnson (pictured above with pal Jenna Elfman) has been a favorite among the comedy elite on Twitter since 2009, she gained a new level of fame last year when her feud with pop star and convicted domestic abuser Chris Brown got picked up by mainstream entertainment sites. And now the woman behind the tweet “I know! Being a worthless piece of shit can really age a

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    Jim Gaffigan will write a second book, signs seven figure deal (Exclusive)

    Because of the wild success of his book Dad is Fat, comedian Jim Gaffigan has just signed a seven-figure deal to write his second, Laughspin can exclusively report. The new collection of essays — as yet untitled — will hit stores and online retailers next year and will be published by Crown Archetype, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House. It will be available in the United

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    The Laughspin Interview with comedian Jen Kirkman

    Being Jen Kirkman isn’t always as easy as it looks. In fact, being Jen Kirkman often involves more than the ability to provide narration for Funny or Die’s mega-hit Drunk History, and Jen tasks certainly extend beyond the realm of cracking wise on Chelsea Lately. Indeed, the business of being Jen Kirkman can frequently be mired on scorn, pity, and even hostility, thanks to the unwanted advances of overly aggressive

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    Burning Love creators Ken Marino and Erica Oyama are making Go the F*ck to Sleep into a movie

    The success of the Web-based Burning Love franchise continues to grow! Husband-wife writing team Ken Marino and Erica Oyama – the duo behind two seasons of Burning Love and Burning Love: Burning Down the House (premiering tomorrow on Yahoo! Screen) – has just inked a deal to adapt Go the Fuck to Sleep, the wildly popular satirical children’s book, into a feature film, reports Deadline. If you’re wondering how a

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    Remember when Joan Rivers launched a protest against Costco? (Video)

    In week three of the new season of Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? — Saturday at 9 pm ET on WEtv — we finally get to see how the infamous book banning incident went down. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, we’ll break it down: In August of last year, Rivers made headlines when she and her crew descended upon a Costco in Burbank, CA to not-so-silently

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    Aisha Tyler to release new book ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds’ this summer

    I may be the only grown man in America who owns Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl, comedian and actress Aisha Tyler’s 2005 collection of essays. But I’m not ashamed. Talent is talent and funny is funny and learning about dating from a gal’s perspective is always a worthy use of your time. And it’s all the more reason I’m excited that Tyler is in the midst of writing

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