Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the '80s

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Flatiron Books
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5.7 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Gary Gulman is one of the most popular touring comics, selling out theaters nationwide including Carnegie Hall. He has been a guest on every major late-night comedy program. Gulman's four comedy specials include HBO's The Great Depresh, a highly acclaimed look at mental illness. In 2019 he appeared in the international blockbuster Joker. He has a recurring role on the Hulu comedy series Life & Beth. A product of Boston, Gulman was previously a scholarship college football player, an accountant, and a high-school teacher. Misfit is his first book.

Praise for Misfit

"The comic who laid bare his depression struggles in HBO's The Great Depresh returns with a poignant, hilarious memoir." People

"Gary is thoughtful and funny in a way few others are." ―Seth Meyers

"Having also grown up in the 80's, Misfit is the book I definitely would have written if I was a brilliant, depressed, honest, deranged, master wordsmith/storyteller like Gary Gulman." ―Judd Apatow

"This is a very special book―an exquisite, love-affirming, generous book. It is also a portrait of an extraordinary American artist as a boy, using the tools of his trade to become a peace-loving, honest man. That the American art he practices is standup comedy gives us a rare glimpse into the ideals of democracy, because Misfit invites us to see how originality survives hierarchy. I found it galvanizing." ―Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, New York Times bestselling author of Random Family

"In this book, Gary Gulman retells a story that's one of my favorites we've put on This American Life - about how a soft, football-hating kid like him ended up playing the sport - and tells lots of other stories too. One thing I especially love in here is his astonishing recall of the jokes he and others told through his childhood; he really was a little boy destined to become a comic." Ira Glass, host of This American Life

"Gary Gulman's Misfit is one of my favorite books of all time and you will feel the same. Laugh out loud funny and heartfelt." ―Amy Schumer

"Funny and poignant, this will satisfy adrift adults looking to reconnect with their inner child." ―Publishers Weekly

"A good-natured, hilarious memoir from a gifted comedian." ―Kirkus

"Gulman's stories are shared with humor but also a heartfelt empathy for his young self and many of the people in his life.... A must-read. for Gulman's comedy fans and fans of Sure I'll Join Your Cult, by Maria Bamford (2023) or The Hilarious World of Depression, by John Moe (2020)." ―Booklist

"[A] gem of a book.... The characters of Gulman's youth, from his unusual parents to the teachers and coaches who denote the best and worst of the profession, and the bullies and classmates who both tormented and inspired him, come alive with such exactitude that they leap from the pages and inspire emotional reactions." ―Library Journal, starred review