An exhaustive collection of every joke Jerry Seinfeld has ever thought of, written down or performed over his 45-year-long career in one place? The comedian’s new book, announced this January and set to release on 06 October, sounds like standup gold. Published by Simon & Schuster, the book (whose title has not been disclosed so far) will be available in hardcover, ebook and audio editions in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and India.
On the contents of his first comedy book in 25 years, Seinfeld said in a statement, “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders. So, I have every piece of stand-up comedy I thought was worth saving from 45 years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.”
According to Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster, the book is “a lasting work for anyone who appreciates the thrilling but unforgiving art of stand-up comedy writing.”
In the same week that Seinfeld announced the release of his third book—the host of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ has previously published the best-selling ‘Seinlanguage’ in 1993 and a children’s book called ‘Halloween’ in 2002—American stand-up comedian, Gary Gulman revealed that he was working on a memoir, tentatively called ‘K Through Twelve’, for Flatiron Books.
A lot of you may remember that Gulman shared 365 writing tips—one for each day of the year—on Twitter in 2019 (you can read them all here). These byte-sized writing affirmations were basically ready material for the first Gulman book; however, the comedian from Peabody chose instead to make his literary debut with something more personal. Perhaps, more in line with ‘The Great Depresh’ that broke the format of a traditional special by interspersing his set with interviews of Gulman’s friends and family on the comedian’s long battle with depression.
According to Deadline, the book is a collection of Gulman’s “wrought meditations” growing up in suburban Boston in the 70s and 80. On the deal, Gulman (who is currently touring his new special, ‘Peace of Mind’) said, “As a devoted reader for 44 years it is an honour to be given this opportunity to add a small piece to my favourite medium. I will write responsibly.”
And we’ll be reading these religiously.