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What Would Susie Say?: Bullsh*t Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
IN WHAT WOULD SUSIE SAY?, Susie Essman sheds the crasser layers to reveal how she went from an anxiety-ridden, struggling stand-up comic to being one of the funniest women on television, playing Susie Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Emerging as one of the most successful performers in her field, Essman goes behind the scenes of a life in comedy with her funny cohorts ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Simon Schuster (first published 2009)
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John Scharf
Nov 11, 2009 John Scharf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Until now, I've never read a celebrity book. Mostly because there are so many other books I'd rather read and I really don't give a shit about celebrities political opinions or personal lives. So why did I read this celebrity book?

Believe it or not, Susie Essman is actually our neighbor. My wife loves that a celebrity lives on our street and I tease her saying that she stalks Susie. So I guess I read this book for a few reasons:

1. Susie Essman is a hilarious, seasoned comic and actress (she's in
Aug 21, 2010 Shelly rated it it was ok
not as funny as I'd hoped it would be...
Feb 18, 2010 Lanier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page 100
Pretty funny S***s! It reads well, like having Susie YELLING obscenities in your ear while you're trying to find the! Need I say more?
She's hilarious on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and she's almost as good in bed!

What would Susie Say? BS Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy, by Susie Essman
I had to pick up something much lighter and more truthful after trying to feel for Pelzer pact of lies, A Boy Called ‘It’!
Essman’s advice and recollections of coming up through the bus
Feb 03, 2015 HeavyReader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Susie Essman and folks who want a perspective on stand up comedy
This book isn't what I thought it would be, which means it is only good and not great.

I had high, high hopes for a book by Susie Essman because Susie Essman is hilarious on Curb Your Enthusiasm. (I crack up every time she calls her TV husband a "fat fuck!")

Maybe Essman is one of those people who are funnier in person than they are in writing.

I thought this book was an enjoyable read, but I was hoping for really, really funny, and it was only humorous.

That said, there was a lot I liked in this bo
If I was older I probably would have enjoyed this book (audiobook) a lot more. I couldn't relate to her issues with marriage and children or menopause, but it had some good moments. My favorite parts were her chapters on how/why she got into comedy and Curb Your Enthusiasm, which were the reasons I was interested in the book in the first place. I don't like self improvement books and this is what What Would Susie Say? mostly was. She talks about relationships, friendships, germs, health and so o ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this from Border's Closing Sale if I'm not mistaken. I don't watch Curb, so I wasn't previously familiar with Susie, but I judged the book by it's cover and it looked good for $1.75, so it came home with me (thankfully I don't use the same method when choosing hookers). It reads like a collection of short stories rather than a thought out memoir, but it has it's funny points, since she is a comedian. This worked out for me since I was reading it in between all 3 Hunger Games books, so I was ...more
Susie Essman is a character actress and an improvisational comedian. These two things do not make for a decent book. Considering Curb Your Enthusiasm is notorious because it has an outline of a story but not a script, she does well there.

This book is really random tidbits about her thoughts that quite frankly are rarely very funny. And she does not have significant enough thoughts to make it worth your time in my opinion. Read someone like Chelsea Handler who has more talent and can truly write
Tiffany Day
Aug 06, 2011 Tiffany Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book (as I usually always try to do when comedians write books - it's always so great to hear the words in their own voice). I really enjoyed it. Susie's funny, clever, and her "takes" on love, life, and performing are actually dead on.

I'd have given this 5 stars, but I knocked half off only because it was a little repetitive and at times the audio was a bit too "read-y," which was a little disappointing. 4 1/2 stars
Sep 22, 2011 Lainie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susie Essman rocks. You probably know her best as the fabulous Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, but before that she was a hard working NYC comic. A female comic in NYC, did you get that? This woman has strength and dignity. The book is not a laugh riot, but you learn what it took for Ms. Essman to make it, and how she got the big break that has made her Curb character famous. For the Curb fans, there are some juicy stories here.

A fast fun read.
Jul 22, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2010
I picked this up at the library and rolled my eyes, because I anticipated something on an obnoxious Kathy Griffin-scale. But I flipped it over and read a testimonial from Larry David saying that reading this book was the next best thing to having her tell you to fuck off in person. Nice! I was sold.

I am SO glad I read this book. Susie Essman is hilarious, insightful, practical, and brilliant. I want to be her best friend.
Jun 15, 2011 Hedlun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Impulse grab at the library. Susie does not offer a lot of new wisdom here, and some of the topics felt a bit worn out. It was interesting to learn about her life, though, and the process she went through to become a comic. She does not get to Curb Your Enthusiasm until the last couple of chapters, and the mere mention of Larry David made me chuckle, reminding me again why I picked this book up in the first place.
Dec 30, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am SUCH a fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm and of the Susie Greene character. It was so much fun listening to this book, which was read by Susie herself. I had no idea that she had been in the business so long and it was fun to hear about her life before the show. However, my favorite part was the stuff she had to say about the show and her current life.
Sep 08, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the last couple chapters were the best.. I loved when she was talking about Curb and Larry David and how that show operates. after all, that is why we love her! the rest of the book was interesting but certainly not riveting and it could've probably been done jb half the space. I picked it up cheap at Borders when it was going out if business so I was satisfied with what I got.
Who doesn't love Susie Greene (sp?) on Curb Your Enthusiasm? This book is more about lessons learned than dropping F-bombs. It's another interesting look at how stand-up comedy works and coming up through the ranks. I also appreciated her candor about finding love later in life and her chapters of advice to her stepkids are funny and touching.
Tara D-K
Nov 21, 2010 Tara D-K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was really boring. I couldn't finish it. It's a shame because I think she was hysterical on Curb so I expected the book to be funny. It just wasn't. Now I know why I got it on the bargain table at B&N.
Dec 07, 2009 Amie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Susie Essman on Curb Your Enthusiasm you'll really like this book. When I watched the last remaining episodes of CYE after reading this book I had a new appreciation for Susie. She's great.
Jan 28, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I barely got through the first couple of sections...I know this is her perspective but as soon as she got to commenting on lesbians...I just couldn't get through the generalizations. I think I'll just stick with watching her in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Oct 31, 2009 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Susie Essman's stand-up comedy, but the written version doesn't stand up. I feel like I've been disappointed by most of the comedy writing I've been reading lately. Goes to show how difficult writing comedy can be.
Feb 23, 2010 ette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some of it was funny. Some of the biographical stuff about being a comic was boring, but that was because I was reading it for the more funny chapters. I wasn't that interested in her life. But, not a bad read.
Jan 21, 2010 Bgamble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who susie essman is.. I don't get HBO. She made me laugh.
Funny---recommend to grown women who need a good laugh!
Angela Lintner
A funny yet a times very serious look at life. . .for anyone who is a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan. . .a great read and a f*ck you.
Mar 17, 2010 Darcie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I cheated and got the audio book read by the author for a trip to Ikea.)
Nov 05, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For some reason , I expected more...But it was an interesting look into a talented person.

Always do enjoy extending my reading into other genres.
Matthew Roy
Not for guys, but the part about how she go into comedy was pretty interesting
Marilynn Balcauski
She is such a hard working comedian. It was very interesting to find out her back story.
Apr 18, 2011 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny book by an extremely funny woman. Although it did start off slow it had me laughing on the train. A tip of the hat to you Ms. Essman
Oct 31, 2009 Penina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kinda want to be her best friend. So funny.
Jan 20, 2014 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
She's a fantastic stand up comedian, but the book was more autobiography and less funny, which wasn't what I was hoping for. Like others said, it might be better as an audiobook.
Renee Porter
Aug 23, 2010 Renee Porter rated it it was amazing
This book had it all - great humor, a soft touching human side and great anicdotes about New York and LA. I just love Susie on Curb and really loved this book.
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Susan "Susie" Essman is an American stand-up comedienne and comic actress in television and films. She is best known for her role as Susie Greene, the verbally abusive wife of Larry David's manager on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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