Why I Picked It: Co-creator of The Daily Show and Planned Parenthood activist=my kind of humor
Quick Take: Comedian Lizz Winstead writes a series of “messays” about her life, from growing up Catholic in Minnesota, to discovering comedy and making a living as a comedian.
My Thoughts: This is a great quick read. I hesitate to call it a beach read, as I would have likely received strange glances and possible medical attention from snorting with laughter as I read Winstead’s essays, or “messays” as she calls them. “Two Dogs and a Cup,” about adopting a dog from the local shelter, had me laughing so hard I couldn’t hold on to the book.
Winstead is the co-creator/founder of The Daily Show, and Air America Radio. Interesting trivia: while preparing to launch Air America, her friend Paul sent her a tape of a local in Western Mass he though Lizz should hire. Lizz did, and thus began the rise of Rachel Maddow. Awesome.
Winstead is also a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood. She did a series of shows in 2011, the “Planned Parenthood, I’m Here for You Tour,” to raise money, and after reading her book, I’m even more disappointed I didn’t see her when she was in New England.
Winstead is a smart, funny, feminist and political satirist. I love her; she’s my favorite. Check her out.