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A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,593 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
"If you like underdog stories told by a secret comedy superhero, Chris Gethard is your man. Each story is the perfect combination of hilarious and heartbreaking."â”Amy Poehler
"Chris Gethard is comedy in a fighter's crouch."â”Seth Meyers
"There's truly no poorer judgment than not buying this book. Except maybe diving into a swimming pool full of malaria."â”Patton Oswalt
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I bought this book after seeing the author on Jimmy Fallon and finding him absolutely hilarious. Pretty quickly on I had buyer's remorse. I even tried to return it to Amazon, only to find out I was one day past the return date. So I decided I might as well go ahead and finish reading it since I wasn't going to get my money back.

The book isn't as awful as the two atar rating would imply, but I can't bring myself to say I "liked" the book. In all fairness, some of the stories were absolutely hilar
Feb 07, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
I went into this wondering if people would care about this book and/or enjoy it if they didn't know who Chris Gethard was. (He's an Upright Citizens Brigade star) At times - like when he volunteered to visit a nearby prison as part of his school's "scared straight" program, or when he drove to a neighboring school in the middle of the night to threaten an Internet bully in person - it didn't matter. I was laughing my ass off. The stories stood on their own. BUT THEN, when I had to read about his ...more
Nancy Martira
Mar 13, 2012 Nancy Martira rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nancy by: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Shelves: kindle, essays, humor, 2012
This collection will not be for everyone, but if you come from a place like New Jersey, and a neighborhood where entire families live down the block from each other; if your family's preferred method of communication is yelling and occasionally flames; if you are willing and able to recount for your friends the story of each and every time you shit your pants as an adult; if you love a story about hitting bottom and surrendering for help; this book is for you. I sincerely enjoyed how often Getha ...more
Apr 11, 2012 K rated it it was ok
While I was reading this book, I kept trying to decide how I felt about this comedy writer/comedian. I just couldn't put my finger on it! Then I read the essay about his short time living in California while working on a television show. His Mexican friends came up with the nickname, "Little Bitch." That's exactly what this guy is: a little bitch. There were some funny parts, but I found it to be mostly a whole lot of whining. I mean, this guy was constantly crying and on the phone with his mom. ...more
Alex Firer
Apr 07, 2012 Alex Firer rated it really liked it
A book whose highs are so much more than its more middling portions, Gethard writes with such absolute honesty and star nakedness that it sets itself apart from all the carefully manicured memoirs that double as lectures from people who just kind of happened to find success. This one pretends to be nothing but itself. I kind of wish it went over his comedy career and decisions about doing the Chris Gethard show more, but what's here is good and I hope for a sequel soon.
May 16, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I had high hopes for this one. And while there are some funny moments, I was disappointed by the storytelling. Sigh.
Jenni V.
Aug 10, 2012 Jenni V. rated it did not like it
Not funny.
Jul 18, 2013 Lydia.walker rated it it was amazing
Gethard’s A Bad Idea I’m About To Do is a collection of stories chronicling awkward stories of poor judgment, my favorite of which entitled ‘My Father is not the Kindly Mustachioed Man He Seems’ is the story of a group of teenage miscreants repeated attacking of the new front door of Gethard’s father’s house. In Fletcher’s What A Writer Needs, the idea of creating a character references the tools a writer can use to allow the reader visualization and thorough understanding of a character. Gethar ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thetops
A great book of nonfiction autobiographical short stories that I couldn't put down. The first brief story in the introduction had me laughing out loud on the train and I didn't stop from there. I'm a slow reader and I read it in less than a week, meaning I spent an ungodly amount of time reading. Gethard writes conversationally, the way a friend might tell you a story at the end of a long night of hanging out, where the conversations get deeper and deeper as you run out of more shallow things to ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Chasity rated it it was amazing
This book was honestly one of the best books that told the story of ‘my life’. It was truly enjoyable .The experience is Chris went through in his life are so unbelievable and funny. He seriously chose some bad ideas and got himself into some crazy situations. I found myself laughing at some of the things he did or what happened to him. Other things like his problems with anxiety and panic attacks. I could relate to. I went through my many years of suffering at the hands of my out of control, an ...more
Mar 01, 2013 vizwrtsic rated it it was amazing
today I ate fish for the second time in my entire life and power-read this book in six and a half hours. the entire time in a state of like manic shock and joy. I have never read like that for any other book, ever. I'm now obsessed with the word 'diarrhea' as a verb. I think what it comes down to is this: chris gethard is like a colonic for all of your manic depressive/self-loathing amused self-reflection- like if you're the kind of person who kind of considers herself a huge loser right now, bu ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Maureen rated it it was amazing
A most excellent book, guys. I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard while reading but it wasn't at Bossypants or Mindy Kaling's recent book. The Chris Gethard Show, shown on NYC public access TV (but can also be seen online), is also something that needs to be checked out by those who get hard over original comedy. Pete and Pete of Adventures of Pete and Pete were on it recently! You're joking, you say! Cringe mucho over the highly realistic awkward and manic (and with that - depress ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Roadhouse rated it really liked it
Druggies, misfits, alcoholics, and social outcasts have great stories. This book, by a social outcast, is about all the wrong decisions that he has made in life so far and they are entertaining to read. If you find the following excerpts from the book enticing, you will want to read the book.

"Doing diarrhea onto another person's hands.."


"My goat's name is Jeffry Timmons, World's Foremost Goat"
Lauren orso
Jan 27, 2012 Lauren orso rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2012
We're from the same placed, went to the same school, both lived across the street from TaTas AND went to the same gay men's health clinic in New York! IT'S KISMET.

But, I never considered TaTa being sad before, and then that made ME sad, so in the spirit of irrational internet reviews, I am removing a single spited star.
Jul 04, 2016 laura rated it it was amazing
dear chris gethard i'm sorry it took me almost a year to finish your book because it was great and you are a fav comedian of mine but a) i lost it for about six months (my bad) and b) well.. i got lazy (also my bad). brb rewatching episodes of the chris gethard show to make up for this atrocity.
Sep 01, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
Probably the whitest thing I've ever read. Entertaining in spots, but not that funny, and at no time does he really exercise SERIOUSLY poor judgment. The whole affair is rather tame, unremarkable, and milquetoast.
Ben Dugas
Mar 04, 2012 Ben Dugas rated it really liked it
One of the few memoirs I've read that actually reminded me of my late teens and early twenties. Not all of it but mainly the part about driving down the highway with the 3D cardboard Inspector Gadget display - that part was great.
Feb 14, 2012 Gabe rated it really liked it
The early stories about his family and growing up are funnier than some of the later ones. The early ones were good enough to make me crack up on the bus and look like an insane person, so I have to give it a 4th star for that.
Nathan Dern
Dec 22, 2016 Nathan Dern rated it it was amazing
Chris Gethard is a hilarious storyteller with a unique perspective on life that comes through in each of his stories. If you like the funny and painfully awkward, read this book.
Mar 12, 2012 Margo rated it really liked it
Chris Gethard is an insane story-teller. Very funny if you like dry, nerdy, self-deprecating humor. I really enjoyed it.
Mar 02, 2012 Becca rated it did not like it
Definitely does not live up to it's blurbs. Over and over he tells us he's got these crazy stories but they never materialize. Sad and boring.
Jan 14, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not very funny.
Lisa P
Jan 29, 2012 Lisa P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Laughed out loud.
Jan 24, 2012 Meghan-Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awkward tales of a guy from Northern New Jersey; I've laughed out loud a couple of times so far.
Jan 05, 2017 Paige rated it liked it
Shelves: books-that-i-own
The chapter about working at the movie theater and driving on the highway with the giant Inspector Gadget cardboard cutout made me giggle out loud the entire time.
Nov 10, 2016 Henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever laughed as hard in my entire as I did while reading Gethard's chapter in this book about getting a colonic.
Sarah Walz
Dec 31, 2016 Sarah Walz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Gethard is a magic combination of honest and weird, and he's a great storyteller.
Jun 14, 2012 Cassie-la rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads

Comedian and writer Chris Gethard has led a colored existence. This comedic look at his own life details his experiences from childhood to adulthood, with all manner of wacky adventures in between. From raising a goat for college credits to pursuing amateur wrestling, leading police on high-speed chases, and volunteering for “Scared Straight”, Gethard explores the best and worst of himself for our amusement.
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Sep 21, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
Gethard is not a writer in the traditional sense. His usage and word choice are odd, and sometimes incorrect. But he is funny as all hell, and so is this book.

It could have used a good editor, but otherwise it was all I could hope for from a comedic memoir.
Ian Mathers
Mar 31, 2015 Ian Mathers rated it really liked it
As my wife and others who have heard me talking constantly about it know, I'm in the middle of a pretty significant marathoning of The Chris Gethard Show, which I love. I love it enough I bought Gethard's book! So why not five stars? It IS very funny and it does touch on some of the stuff I really love about TCGS and Gethard's approach to life in general, but there's one thing that bugged me a bit and another thing I think I missed. Gethard is clearly a pretty welcoming/all-embracing dude, but t ...more
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Chris Gethard is an actor, comedian, and writer, who most recently starred in Comedy Central’s series Big Lake. Longtime performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, he lives in Queens, New York.
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“I'm unable to tell you what it feels like to be "a little" mad. My emotions work as if controlled by a light switch. I'm either fine or I'm out of control. I once spilled a container of thumbtacks and got as angry at myself as I did when I screwed up my relationship with my high school sweetheart. If I'm under the impression that there are Golden Grahams in my cupboard, then realize that there in fact are none, there's a high probability I'll be as sad as I was at my grandfather's funeral.

In other words, my reactions aren't in proportion to the things I'm reacting to. It's something I've been working on with a very lovely shrink for the past few years.

But against the 4Skins one day, all that hard word went out the window.”
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