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A Load of Hooey

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,918 ratings  ·  260 reviews
Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and many other seminal TV shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues (“Martin Luther King, Jr’s Worst Speech Ever”) to intentionally bad theater (“Hitler Dinner Party: ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by McSweeney's
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Fred
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
(in the spirit of "Didn't Work For Me", p.25) First of all, let me say that I'm a HUUUUUUGGEEEE fan of Barb Okiedirk. I've read every one of his books. Literally. This is his one book. So, when everyone in my "book club" said I absolutely "had to" read this "classic", I splurged on a library card and went for it. SPOILER ALERT-IT'S TERRIBLE. Page after page filled with words arranged in sentences then grouped in paragraphs. Each chapter is a different "humorous" (spelling?) story with different ...more
Mariah Roze
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
My boyfriend and I started listening to this and got halfway through and stopped. It was boring and not funny :( disappointing because we love comedy books.
Mike
A book that insists on telling you it's funny is a bit like a used-car salesman who calls himself Honest John. ...more
Caroline Bertaud
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fair warning: in order to fully enjoy this work, you should fit in one of the following categories:
1) You're in love with Bob Odenkirk,
2) You're a fan of Bob Odenkirk’s sense of humor,
and/or 3) You don't take things at face value and you appreciate sarcasm and satire.
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Lily
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5☆ quick read, pretty funny stuff. If you like absurdity there's plenty to enjoy. I laughed out loud at one part about chocolate cake. This book was published in 2014, but I couldn't help thinking of "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you've ever seen." ...more
Wesley
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 4 Saul Goodmans (It's all good, man)
Audio sktch comedy. funny stuff.
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ElphaReads
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
(originally reviewed at elphareads.tumblr.com )

A good book makes you laugh to yourself as you read it. A REALLY good book makes me and my husband stream tears of laughing on the bed as I read it out loud. A LOAD OF HOOEY by Bob Odenkirk is a really good book. So Bob Odenkirk is probably best known for co-creating MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVID with David Cross, and his role as Saul Goodman on BREAKING BAD and BETTER CALL SAUL. All you need to know about him is that he is a very funny guy, and al
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Leah Weyandt
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
All silliness and a well-needed diversion in these difficult times.

“I thought the bush was on fire, but in a moment I heard a rustling, then a bright light pierced the sky above and a soft wind fluttered as though the universe had whiffled a fart right in my face—a gentle poot, pleasant of smell, a waffle of heaven’s intestinal deliverance.”
Anne
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This isn't the sort of book I would typically gravitate to, but I received it as a gift. I found the stories to be somewhat repetitive, but I laughed out loud regularly, which is, I think, the point. ...more
Corey
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
A few chuckles, but mostly quite painful. It’s a shame, because I loved Odenkirk’s work in ‘Breaking Bad’.
Michael
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This quick read is a combination of witty pieces that remind me of the writings of folks like Woody Allen and Groucho Marx, as there is a little Mr. Show edginess but a lot more whimsical, silly and funny writing. Unsurprisingly, some of the pieces are more in a sketch form -- there is a piece about Paul McCartney playing "Blackbird" for his fellow Beatles for the first time that had me laughing out loud many times. Indeed, Odenkirk's batting average is pretty high. There are a few just okay pie ...more
Chris Rutledge
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Meh
Lauren
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quick, easy book I actually laughed out loud while reading. Which really, hardly ever happens, especially when a book claims to be funny.
Dan Fuchs
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
In choosing this (audio)book, I purposely looked for something light, as my last two books were "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead and "Night" by Elie Wiesel, a novel about American Slavery and a memoir about the Holocaust, respectively.

So I needed something light and airy, and this was perfect. Makes a really good audiobook, too, with the voices of Odenkirk, David Cross, Paul F. Tompkins, and others. It reminded me of an early book by Woody Allen that was on my parents' shelves in
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Bonnie G.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays, humor, memoir
Listened to this on a long car ride with my teen. We are both big Odenkirk fans. There were some flashes of brilliance here, but mostly this was just a series of ideas that had not yet been polished or edited. The whole audiobook is less than 3 hours long, and we got a few laughs, but I can't say I am urging anyone to read this. ...more
Erica Zimmermann
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Listened to the audio version. Despite the amount of talent assembled to perform various characters, this managed to be truly terrible. It felt like a notebook filled with ideas for sketches that no one bothered to flesh out. I did laugh a handful of times; plus you can do worse than to listen to Bob Odenkirk talk about just about anything. It's also very short. Hence the 2 stars instead of 1. ...more
Martin
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Some inspired bits, others feel pretty lazy...
Susan Howson
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The parts that are funny are very funny and some parts have to be imagined in an extremely clear way because really they are Mr Show sketches.

And also there’s some “wow gay people and trans people aren’t they something else??” that feels a little dated. GenX, you know?
Ryan Fohl
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I couldn’t get enough. Usually that would be a positive but come on give me more! Too short. Maybe two over gilded bits, but everything else is a winner. Really loved the MLK unprepared to give a speech bit. The unabridged famous quotes will stick with me. “When I made mistakes I was standing on the shoulders of giant fuck ups.” Lots of great cranky humor. Like Versailles for home owners and the gluten free future. It solid as an audiobook. I laughed at loud at “my hometown New York city, look i ...more
Owen Kurtz
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Occasionally funny, too high of a miss count to be great. But can confirm there is indeed a load of hooey to be found in this.
Katrina
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
audio sketch comedy...a few sketches mildly amusing. It was just "ok". ...more
Jordan Wright
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book contains an extremely specific style of comedy that isn’t for everyone. It’s maybe the funniest thing I’ve ever read.
E. C. Koch
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Individual tastes being what they are, you're advised to take this with all due incredulity, but I just didn't find these sketchy-vignettey-stories funny. Many, even most, of them had funny premises (e.g., a dinner party in Hitler's bunker, MLK Jr.'s worst speech, Jesus talking to Lazarus after being reanimated) but didn't function on the page. I have a hunch that this is close to what sketch comedy writing looks like, for which the humor derives from the eventual performance of visual, circumst ...more
Rich
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The bottom ab on the left is harder to explain, but I believe that this ab is simply self-aware. It quivers with tension at all times, even more so when I am supposed to be relaxing, and I believe it is searching for a sense of purpose for itself and no answer is forthcoming. Nothing works this ab like a vacation. The aimless uncertainty, the absence of all deadlines, tightens and sculpts like nothing else. After ten days in Hawaii, this ab looks amazing." -111

The Second Meeting of Jesus and La
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Chip Carman
Nov 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have indicated that I am finished. That is because I read about a hundred pages and this book is so stupid and vacuous I simply can't contemplate going any further. I have read probably a hundred books cover to cover before reaching this impasse so that tells you how bad I believe this book to be. And the hard part is, I really like Bob Odenkirk. He is a brilliant comedian and a terrific actor to watch. I'm looking forward to seeing him in his new show based on Breaking Bad playing that slimy ...more
tinabel
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
An amusing collection of skits from a gifted writer and actor. Some definitely better than others, amongst my favourites were: "Unabridged Quotes" from famous people throughout history; "Her Laughter"; "I Think I Just Met God" (a Moses, or similarly, Joseph Smith, parody); "What I'm Looking For in Another Man"; and "Shakespeare in the Park." All in all, A Load of Hooey is a nice, light diversion. ...more
Jean
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I hate giving bad reviews. I got this book because I love Saul on Breaking Bad and on Better Call Saul and know he is a writer for the latter. However, the book only made me laugh a few times. There were some very witty things, but overall I think I just didn't get some of it. My book group just did short stories and they didn't get/like the collection we read, now I know how they feel. It's probably me, not Mr. Odenkirk. I was excited and expected so much funnier. ...more
Chris G Gillotti
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun, extremely quick book of humor in the style like Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes or Jon Stewart's Naked Pictures of Famous People. Too short, really. I wish there was more in here. I got the hardback and it's really well put together, worth getting it in your hands. The cover and some inset illustrations by Tony Millionaire were a pleasant surprise to this Maakies fan. ...more
Sarah
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, entertaining, and short audiobook. My favorite piece is the prisoners voting to perform Shakespeare in the Park.
Jessica
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is appropriately named.
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Robert John "Bob" Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. He is best known for being the co-creator and co-star of the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David and for his role as criminal lawyer Saul Goodman on the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad and its upcoming spin-off series Better Call Saul.
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