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Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  388 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
From comedian and writer (Parks and Recreation, Eastbound & Down) Harris Wittels comes a hysterical breakdown of boasts, brags, and self-adulation disguised as humble comments and complaints-based on his popular @humblebrag Twitter feed.

Something immediately annoyed Harris Wittels about Twitter. All of a sudden it was acceptable to brag, so long as those brags were eve
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 09, 2012 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
While I congratulate Harris Wittels on popularizing the term "humblebrag" and making it a thing to be observed and mocked because so many of us do use them, it seems a little like even he misses the point. Don't get the audiobook because him reading and commenting on hundreds of tweets is not so great a pop-culture mockery as you might imagine. Some of the tweets responded to and the responses are pretty funny, but many are off base and there's a whole chapter that seems to miss the point. His c ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Nette rated it really liked it
I'm familiar with Harris Wittels from the Comedy Bang Bang podcast, so I know how funny he is, but I wasn't sure how he could talk about fake-ly modest tweets for a whole book. But he did! And it's very funny, perfect for a quiet night or long a plane trip. You know, like when you're flying home (first class) from the Oscars, and you end up sitting next to Beyonce, and she recognizes you! #weird #cantbelievethisismylife
Eddie Villanueva
Nov 09, 2015 Eddie Villanueva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
It's so weird and awesome I was able to listen to Harris's book in just a weekend. This has got to be a record since I'm so dumb or whatever. #humblebrag But seriously, this is literally just Harris reading tweets and making funny comments about them. Sometimes the comments are hilarious comedy gold and sometimes just dumb and lazy. Nevertheless, it was very entertaining. Harris, you were the friend I never knew. RIP #harrisanewone
Aug 02, 2015 Shannon rated it liked it
"...if God is real and we have the same one, and a big priority for him is making sure you sell out a show at a college basketball arena, then I want out"

"The only problem I've really ever had with immigrants is that sometimes they come over here and tell jokes that sounds suspiciously similar to our jokes, and don't admit it, even when pressed on the issue on Marc Maron's podcast. In case I wasn't being specific enough, I am talking solely about Carlos Mencia."

Heh. (Wittels aint lying in that s
Jul 13, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Not amazing, but entertaining. It's basically just him reading tweets and then making snarky comments about them. It works. I'd listen if you're considering it, it might be too tedious to read.
I only became familiar with Harris Wittel’s after hearing the sad news about his death last year (a death that really hit close to home for me, our sharing the same unusual first name notwithstanding) but I had watched and enjoyed some Parks and Recreation and was recommend his work by my girlfriend as well. After we watched Aziz Ansari’s masterful Master of None, another work using Wittel’s writing talents, I definitely wanted to read up a little more on his oeuvre.

Humblebragging, as defined b
Jun 21, 2015 Reid rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I listened to the audiobook. Good to hear Harris again for 4 more hours.
Oct 31, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it
So, Harris Wittels wrote a book, and it's not a Deep Thoughts-style Foam Corner collection? Because that would be the proverbial shit. That would be like getting sprung off that Molly while "Harry Hood" played over the speakers at my favorite restaurant, Tapas the Mornin' to Jah. Instead, this collection of Humblebrags just doesn't have enough Wittels. Still pretty fun, though.
Jul 07, 2015 Ariel rated it it was ok
I am a huge fan of Parks and Recreation...but this book needed a lot of editing. In most of the book he assumes you know who all the famous people are that he mentions. I did not. Some parts are quite witty, and I enjoyed the Totes McGotes chapter especially because he makes clear Totes was fine with being in the book. I think humor that laughs at people (possibly?) without consent is too uncomfortable for me. I think Leslie from Parks needs to help him with sexism. Finally I feel terrible givin ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it
Good concept, poor execution. This book was also five times too long. The only reason I finished it was because my power was out and I was stuck under the covers, hugging my dog and resigning myself to a frigid death.
Rose Gold
May 12, 2015 Rose Gold rated it did not like it
Funny concept, not that well executed. There are a few funny comebacks and points that he makes but they get ruined by Harris' inability to grasp the understanding of sexual harassment, gratitude, and people actually getting hurt. Not to mention his fascination with a complete jackass named Totes Mcgotes on twitter who calls women "pets". Classy. I am glad I found this book at the Dollar Tree. It could have been great, I mean really funny but it just got lost in too many titles, changes of pace ...more
Christie Skipper Ritchotte
Mar 13, 2015 Christie Skipper Ritchotte rated it did not like it
I always feel like a jerk when I rate something this low, I do. And maybe it's not fair on this one, since I'm biased against social networking anyway, but I really thought it might have some useful thing to say about it, through humor. All it did was make me happy to have deleted my Facebook account, and glad that I never got the point of Twitter. So I've got that going for me.

I'm sorry, Mr. Wittels. I probably shouldn't have picked up your book, but I did, and it made me feel hostile. I do en
Oct 03, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
This is a really fun easy read. The concept is hilarious and fresh. Humble brags are a type of statement that allows the perpetrator to boast “without shame or guilt” because they have included something "faux-humble" and often self-deprecating. Most of the book is made up of statements made by celebrities (and people that think they are celebrities) on twitter. No one is safe from being called out on their humblebrags. Harris Wittels calls out everyone from Barak Obama to Taylor Swift, even Opr ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Downward rated it liked it
this was a fun, fast, snarky read that is easy to pick up and put down at any point. going through it all at once could be pretty one note/reptetitive, but harris wittels really nailed an intrinsic part of the human personality when he coined "humblebrag". it's light hearted though, when it feels like it could have gotten mean and wittels is quick to note the seriously offensive ones from the forgivable ones. we all humblebrag but we should try to maybe a little but less.
Jul 01, 2015 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrid, 2015
Apparently the idea that women might complain about people hitting on them all the time means that they're not taking compliments and should shut up. Because harassment isn't a thing. There were some other pretty tasteless jokes in this and the whole thing got really repetitive as it was pretty much the same comeback per chapter.
Jan 17, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Though its day has passed as a Twitter phenomenon, "humblebrag" is no less relevant as a descriptor for the vapidity of 99% of social media chatter. Wittels' book is worth a read; he's so honest, so hilarious, so incisive. Succinct brilliance. RIP, man. You were a funny dude.
Daniel Tyler
Apr 13, 2016 Daniel Tyler rated it liked it
Essentially a list of tweets collected by the lovely Harris Wittels that qualify as "humblebrags". I recommend listening to the audio book for fans of Wittels' podcast appearances. It a way to hear him talk again for over 4 hours. RIP Harris Wittels.
Wes Young
Nov 01, 2012 Wes Young rated it really liked it
Harris Wittels is a funny guy. That's not a loaded statement or anything other than an opinion. In interviews, he comes off as a little shy, maybe even a tad uncomfortable, and yet I wonder if it's not just for show (He is known to whip out his dick in the writer's rooms of the various television show's he works on, as referenced in Sarah Silverman's "The Bedwetter"). But he is a comedy writer, not a performer, and behind his Twitter account, he becomes like so many other "anonymous" internet vo ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Clare rated it it was amazing
Rating it for what it is, calling out those people we all know! Fun to listen to in spurts. While not always appropriate, it was mostly fun to listen to with teenage boys. I even found a good "message" at times when he'd call out girls who complain about being fat at size 2, guys who think they're "all that and a bag of chips" when they're just jerks, etc.. ;). And the boys liked it when they knew the actors or singer.
Dec 26, 2015 Kris rated it it was ok
Clever concept; poor execution. The idea is the "humblebrag" is funny, but the examples were not great, and the commentary varied from boring and repetitive to downright clueless and mean. Parts were sexist and ignorant. There were a few funny points, so it wasn't a complete waste of time, but it was close.
Jul 17, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
I think listening to this book on audible was a bad decision. Otherwise, pretty snarky and made me giggle a few times. 2.5
Rachelle Pearson
Jul 01, 2015 Rachelle Pearson rated it it was amazing
This book is basically retweeting the worst and most annoying parts of Twitter. Parts were amusing but overall, meh.
Apr 09, 2016 David rated it liked it
I considered some self-referential humblebragging in this review, but my perspicacity prevailed.
Ricardo Rodriguez
Aug 13, 2015 Ricardo Rodriguez rated it liked it
No funny, I would've liked more commentary from the author and then just a random list of tweets.
Nov 12, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
I originally put off the book because although it seemed like an easy read, I didn't know if I wanted to waste my time on it. Only after I started, I found myself reading further not for the humblebrags them-self but for the snarky responses he added after each individual tweet. I will say not all were funny but every now and then, you would come across a comment and laugh. I also liked that not all the tweets were from famous celebrities and that he included a few non-celebrities. All in all th ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Funny, responses to humblebraggy tweets. Sarcasm so dry it needs butter.
Jun 24, 2015 Amoy rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, a few funny bits, good enough to get me out of a mini reading slump
Jun 30, 2015 Jack rated it liked it
"This tweet is somewhere in between war and famine, in terms of level of awfulness."
Emily Mulkerne
Jan 09, 2016 Emily Mulkerne rated it it was amazing
First book of 2016!
Feb 24, 2015 Chris rated it did not like it
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