Yearbook by Seth rogan
I read this through my library. I've become a bit overcome with their digital options and I have a huge wish list. I think I really create more digital clutter (is this the right term) than I should. I'm a big library fan regardless...I've tried a bunch of authors I wouldn't have normally, and I've found a few new favorites that I enjoy.
I'm not sure I'm 100% getting all of Rogan's comedy but I like some of his stuff. I like more of his later projects. Seth doesn't care about that of course; he's doing just fine without my wishy-washy movie watching habit. I figured I'd get on the hold list for his book at the library, and it finally hit my number.
Please excuse my photos. I took them from my kindle...to send to a friend because we talked about one of his stories in here for about a day...and then I realized I still had them, so I put them here. I should have made an effort to get better photos but eh.
Author: Seth Rogan
Page Number: 260 pages (hardcover)
Genre: humor, memoir, nonfiction
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Hi! I’m Seth! I was asked to describe my book, Yearbook, for the inside flap (which is a gross phrase) and for websites and shit like that, so… here it goes!!!
Yearbook is a collection of true stories that I desperately hope are just funny at worst, and life-changingly amazing at best. (I understand that it’s likely the former, which is a fancy “book” way of saying “the first one.”)
I talk about my grandparents, doing stand-up comedy as a teenager, bar mitzvahs, and Jewish summer camp, and tell way more stories about doing drugs than my mother would like. I also talk about some of my adventures in Los Angeles, and surely say things about other famous people that will create a wildly awkward conversation for me at a party one day.
I hope you enjoy the book should you buy it, and if you don’t enjoy it, I’m sorry. If you ever see me on the street and explain the situation, I’ll do my best to make it up to you.
The book begins with Seth talking about his grandparents and his first few comedy gigs (as a youngish man). He did sets based on his grandparents, who were super proud of him. It was a really lovely story.
He also talks about his run-ins with celebrities, including Kanye West. He and Dave Franco (I think) did the motorcycle bit after Kim and Kanye's music video moment. Kanye was amused by this and reached out to Rogan to let him know. Kanye also dropped by Seth Rogan's house and asked his wife if Rogan could come out and play basketball (this sounds like they're kids...but that's my retelling! In the book, it's far more normal) but introduced himself as Kanye East (to mess with them). It's dorky but it cracked me up.
Rogan has a lot of other stories in his book that I won't spoil. The one that I truly loved (from the bottom of my cold, dead heart) was the story of the movie he created called The Interview. As I've said before, I'm rubbish with movies...I still haven't seen this one because I haven't really been able to sit down without being antsy. Granted Putin's dickish behavior made me more antsy this week and I've just been watching Happy Endings on repeat. ANYWAYS!! The Interview (movie) is about two journalists who are sent by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean dictator Kim III. North Korea was not happy about this and sent a warning to Sony (who was part of the team), Rogan, et al. In response, Rogan hired a cyber security team but apparently Sony did not--even though they hired several group tank guys/gals to explain how North Korea would act.
This is why Sony was hacked! I paid zero attention to that (where was I?) So, I didn't realize this was all connected. Rogan wasn't hacked. So... you know. Anyways, I talked to my pal about this topic all night one night because they knew about it and were giving me more background. Crazy. I sent this part of the chapter to them, which is why the photo is so weird. I took it with my phone. Ha!
It does also give an idea of Rogan's writing style. It's quite nice and easy to read.
I thought that Rogan is really delightful at storytelling. It made sitting down with his book a joy. He is willing to talk about drugs and some darker subjects, so if that offends stay away.
I also think that he walks that line of being able to talk about his family and friends without invading their privacy. He mentions his wife in the book but doesn't give you more than a few anecdotes...so she has all her privacy at the end. I think that's a nice thing.
I found myself amused mostly with the celebrity encounters and the behind the scenes The Interview stuff my favorite. I wouldn't say I jived totally with the whole book, I kind of sped read between some sections (I care not one iota about Seth and drugs) others were divine. I ended up 3.5 to 4 stars...closer to 4 at the end. It's easy to read and easy to read in one day (not from simplistic writing, but from the storytelling aspect of the writing).
If you also were living under a rock...I found more stuff on the Interview/Sony hack:
The Guardian: The Interview: film at center of shocking Sony breach scandal opens in Hollywood
BBC: The Interview: A guide to the cyber-attack on Hollywood
Time: Sony Hack: Everything we Know about Sony, The Interview, and North Korea
Wikipedia: Sony Pictures Hack
The Interview seems to be streaming on Netflix...just saying. Maybe I'll finally get it together (probably not...)
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