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Nice Try

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Summary

Emmy-Award winning writer and comedian Josh Gondelman’s collection of personal stories of best intentions and mixed results. Josh Gondelman knows a thing or two about trying - and failing. The Emmy Award-winning stand-up comic - dubbed a “pathological sweetheart” by the New York Observer - is known throughout the industry as one of comedy’s true “nice guys.” Not surprisingly, he’s endured his share of last-place finishes. But he keeps on bouncing back. In this collection of hilarious and poignant essays (including his acclaimed New York Times piece “What if I Bombed at My Own Wedding?”), Josh celebrates a life of good intentions - and mixed results. His true tales of romantic calamities, professional misfortunes, and eventual triumphs reinforce the notion: we get out of the world what we put into it. Whether he’s adopting a dog from a suspicious stranger, mitigating a disastrous road trip, or trying MDMA for the first (and only) time, Josh only wants the best for everyone - even as his attempts to do the right thing occasionally implode.  Full of the warm and relatable humor that’s made him a favorite on the comedy club circuit, Nice Try solidifies Josh Gondelman’s reputation as not just a good guy, but a skilled observer of the human condition.

©2019 Josh Gondelman (P)2019 HarperAudio

Narrator: Josh Gondelman
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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You Blew It!

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A hilarious examination of faux pas for fans of Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Humankind is doomed. Especially you. It's already too late. From overstaying your welcome at a party to leaving passive-aggressive Post-its on your roommate's belongings to letting your date know the extent of the Internet reconnaissance you did on them - you're destined to embarrass yourself again and again. In You Blew It!, Josh Gondelman, comedian and cocreator of the Modern Seinfeld twitter account, teams up with Joe Berkowitz, an equally wry and ruthless social observer, to dissect a range of painfully hilarious faux pas. Breaking down the code violations of modern culture - particularly our fervent, ridiculous addiction to technology - Gondelman and Berkowitz will keep you laughing as they explore how social blunders are simply part of the mystery that is you.

©2015 Josh Gondelman and Joe Berkowitz (P)2015 Recorded Books

Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Everything's the Best!

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Drawing from his experiences as a preschool teacher and a pretty good guy, Josh Gondelman charms audiences with his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. Josh's comedy touches on topics from rainbows to gangsta rap and makes them all equally hilarious thanks to his terrific writing and performing. In 2010, Josh traveled to Atlanta for the inaugural Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, where he turned heads and captured first prize! A portion of that performance was aired on the G4 cable network, much to the thrill of the networks viewers and Josh's grandmothers. Since then, Josh has become an in-demand performer on a national scale at clubs and colleges and was hand-picked at the Great American Comedy Festival by the talent booker from Late Night With David Letterman. In early 2010, he was also the only featured male standup performer at the Women in Comedy Festival in Cambridge, MA. In the past, he has competed in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition, been named among the Best of the Fest at the Boston Comedy Festival, and won the Chosen One Comedy Contest run by Heeb Magazine. Josh honed his improve skills as a member of the Family Show cast at Improv Boston, and has had his writing featured on McSweeny's Internet Tendency. He has appeared on the popular web series Quiet Desperation and ROFL. He is pleased to meet you!

©2011 Josh Gondelman (P)2011 Rooftop Comedy Productions

Narrator: Josh Gondelman
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Available on Audible