Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg
One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World
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“With this charming, sardonic debut, stand up comedian and actor Todd Barry makes readers laugh as hard as the audiences at his shows” (Publishers Weekly) in this hilarious book of travel essays from his time on tour in the US, Canada, and Israel.
Hello. It’s Todd Barry. Yes, the massively famous comedian. I have billions 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, Philadelphia), I also enjoy a good secondary market (Ithaca, Bethlehem). Performing in these smaller places can be great because not all entertainers stop there on tour; 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 fifty states, in about a year, but that idea was funnier than anything in my act. So, instead of all fifty 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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A Working Comic's Minor Victories and Minor Defeats
Todd Barry has been doing stand-up comedy for decades. During that time, he has gained knowledge that only someone who has spent a good portion of his life on the road could have. He shares that knowledge and other funny experiences in this travelogue/memoir.
The best parts about the road life seem to be the food and making friends all over the country. He loves food and the descriptions and pictures of the food he eats made me want to visit some of these cities. Plus, the friendships he has made everywhere from Nashville to Asheville with comedians and non-comedians alike make it seem like a good idea for everyone to travel and get to know all of America and not just their tiny slice of it.
The biggest surprise to me was how many annoying things a comic has to deal with on the road. Bookers ripped Todd off, clubs forced Todd to have terrible opening acts, many clubs didn't provide Todd with a clean bathroom and/or water, and some of Todd's audience members didn't know how to behave in public.
This is a perfect book for beginning comics to not only show them what they are up against, but also what they can look forward to. Non-comics will love it to for the travel, the humor, and the insight into an entertainer's life.