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Bob Odenkirk’s first book of personal essays has been acquired by Random House, the publisher announced Wednesday.
The essays will be a comic exploration of Odenkirk’s life and career from his discovering a love of comedy and improv as boy to working at Chicago’s Second City and Saturday Night Live and on to his starring turn as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In his uniquely quirky style, Odenkirk calls it a “comic bildungsroman,” adding “defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character’ — except, this will be more memoir and the main character, Bob Odenkirk (actor, writer, comedian, gadabout), doesn’t grow morally or psychologically.” No title or release date was announced.
Random House executive editor Ben Greenberg said in the statement announcing the deal, “I’ve been a fan of Bob’s since he ‘shook the crime stick’ on Mr. Show,” and it’s been remarkably satisfying to watch him break through as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman. This book will give Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fans who might not know Bob’s past life a look at the remarkable writer and comedic mind hiding just beneath that character.”
Odenkirk is currently up for the lead actor Emmy for playing Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul. He is the winner of two previous Emmys and a SAG Award.
Greenberg acquired the book for Random House. Odenkirk was repped by WME on the book deal. He is repped by WME, Odenkirk-Provissiero, Ziffren Brittenham LLC and 42 West.
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