A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure
Chris Gethard has often found himself in absurd, awkward situations most people would have safely avoided. Take his volunteering for the Scared Straight” program (resulting in inmates openly threatening to rape him) or his horrendously botched attempt to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a pro wrestler. Or the time he instigated a high-speed chase with a New Jersey...more
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I had heard of Chris Gethard and this book from a number of podcasts that he had appeared on (Bullseye with Jesse Thorn and maybe either Improv4Humans or Marc Maron's WTF?), but absolutely had to pick this up after seeing his appearances on IFC's fake game show Bunk and then finding his public access show The Chris Gethard Show. An...more
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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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...more
I had no idea what to expect when reading this, but I would soon learn that I'd appreciate it more than I thought I could. Perhaps it is because I have personal deep-seated issues of my own, but I feel like I could connect to Chris' feelings and experience. Though my self-loathing and depression is not as severe as is portrayed in this collection of stories, it is uplifting anyway, to see that there is possibly...more
The earliest chapters about his dad, grandfather, and neighborhood crazy person, were my favorites, and made me laugh out loud. But probably I should have first listened to the segment on This American Life excerpting one of the chapters. It'...more
Another detail of mental illness that is dangerously relatable and makes you want a small pull out questionnaire at the back that will let you know if you too...more
His essays are funny but also plenty dark in places. Many of his manic-depressive, social anxiety-fueled moments are cringe-inducingly relatable. The desperate attempt to buy condoms, without getting noticed by someone who would somehow know his girlfriend's dad (not s...more
The reason I couldn't go for it was that Gethard's voice was a little to dude-bro for me. The book has a tone of one-upsmanship that wasn't...more
I think self-deprecation can be quite funny, but the author takes it to an extreme and when you combine it with his manic depression, it can be...more
A Bad Idea I Am About To Do is a comic bildungsroman. Gethard chooses whic...more
Now, I went into this book having no idea who Chris Gethard is, but I really appreciate honest, inappropriate stories so I picked up a copy. A lot of the time I either personally related to his stories, or I was like, "Oh man, that is so my boyfriend." I think it helps that he's only a few years older than I am, so my upbring...more
Gethard is really likable, and his stories have a lot of heart. Although the stereotype that this book reinforces (the more hilarious a comedian is, the more mental problems he has -- in Gethard's case it's manic depression) is a story I've read many tim...more
great read though, and definitely made me feel better (or...more
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.