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Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  565 ratings  ·  74 reviews
From the veteran comedian and actor from The Wrestler and Louie comes a hilarious book of travel essays from his time on tour through secondary markets in the US, Canada, and Israel.

Hello. It’s Todd Barry. Yes, the massively famous comedian. I have billions of fans all over the world, so I do my fair share of touring. While I love doing shows in the big cities (New York, P
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Gallery Books
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Wampus Reynolds
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Might not be for everybody, but Barry's fake bravado and focus on very specific mundane encounters and situations delighted me. I should take a star off for not mentioning the awesome time we had in Oklahoma City, but in a great gesture I gave him slack.
D.W. Anderson
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
If you're a fan of Todd Barry, you'll enjoy this book. If you love stand-up and the inner-workings of it, you'll enjoy parts of the book. However, if you're looking for something with conflict or anything that drives the narrative/entries, this isn't the book for you.

Barry's comedy is subtle and nuanced, which makes it translate well to the written format; other comedians fail in this regard. Barry succeeds. However, much of the short book is bloated with mundane notes about cafes, restaurants,
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid stand-up comedy memoir that reflects Todd Barry's brand of humor: small, warmly sarcastic jokes about mundane moments and interactions in life. Each 4-5 page chapter covers a different small city show, which really allows the reader to experience close to what it must be like to tour the secondary market: it's a baffling march of hotels and coffee shops and guest passes and mic problems and green rooms that is both exciting and boring at the same time. Includes an interesting chapter abo ...more
Karen Germain
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank You to Gallery Books for providing me with an advanced copy of Todd Barry's, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-The-Biggest Cities in the World, in exchange for an honest review.

PLOT- Comedian Todd Barry shares travel notes from his experiences playing secondary markets ( smaller cities/venues), during 2015/2016.

LIKE- Previous to reading, Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg, I had not heard of Todd Barry. I requested a review copy of his book, because I l
Dave Becker
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todd has been one of my favorite comedians, and in my opinion, one of the best active comedians, for a very, very long time. So, when his egregiously titled book "Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World" came out, I knew I had to read it right away. I was not disappointed. As a fan of his comedy, one can read the entire thing and imagine him telling you the stories in his plodding, deliberate tone, which consequently caused me to laug ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hilarious stories, many featuring chicken fingers. Read it on a plane and went to grab some chicken fingers after landing.
Noah Goats
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todd Barry has a comedy album called "Medium Energy." In this book he cranks the energy down even lower, from a five out of ten to maybe a three. He's likable and mildly amusing as he recounts his stories ("stories" may be too grand a word) of the life of a comic working small towns such as the titular Hattiesburg. He seems to like these towns and the people who live in them, and his stories of battling smelly club bathrooms, noisy hotel rooms, and rude audience members are generally enjoyable. ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
For lovers of stand up comedy, specifically Todd Barry's stand up comedy, this book will be very entertaining. Todd's travelogue of 'second-tier' comedy markets around the country was entertaining, and a funny window into the world of Todd's touring life.

If you are familiar with Todd's comedy, you'll hear his voice throughout this book, which is tempting me into trying the audiobook, as I'm sure it would be even more entertaining in Todd's dry, deadpan-ish delivery.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I saw "Hattiesburg" in the title and a known comedian as the author, I had to give this one a shot. It's a travelog with a dry wit that mentions The Thirsty Hippo. Where else are you going to find that?
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Todd's humor translates beautifully to the written word. I literally laughed out loud throughout this hilarious book of travel memories. I also learned quite a bit about sky miles, hotel reward points, and the life of a comedian on the road. Recommended!
Dave Courtney
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick, breezy, and satisfying. Comedian Todd Barry pens a (somewhat) quirky Travel memoir that follows him through an (intentional) tour of smaller cities and more off the beat towns. He colors it with plenty of jokes about being famous, and he uses the book to draw small, quirky caricatures of each place from the perspective of a performing comedian. Some of it is looking out from the stage (or backstage), and some of it follow him on pre/post performance excursions. It all goes down smooth- ab ...more
Juan J.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Todd Barry is one of my favorite stand-up comedians ever, and this book was really good, funny, and an easy read (and made me legit want to visit a handful of these small cities). The "easy read" thing isn't meant as backhanded compliment, btw.
Ryan Darcy
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny look at the life of a comedian on the road, regularly working crowds of <100, and killing it. And oregano is a pizza topping. ...more
Onwyn Stacey
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I sat at the 'entertainer's only' bar when I was covering Just For Laughs in 2013. I was guffawing and probably drinking too much and eating the same fancy bar snacks Todd fantasizes about in this book. Looking around, I noticed him about 4 stools down from me. After (relatively) careful consideration, I didn't approach. It was partly because I react to comedians the way most people do to rock stars, and partly that I knew I was too drunk and probably shouldn't. In the end, I'm sort-of happy wit ...more
Sebastian Radu
Another billion dollar success from one of the biggest names in stand-up. Todd Barry is a hilarious, sweet and mellow comedian.
Todd Barry is also very generous: instead of selling out Madison Square Garden several times in a row, he mostly does small venues around the country. With this book you can follow him around and see what a touring comedian encounters, both on stage, off-stage and around these tiny towns. It's a funny and delightful book, with many cute interactions and observations, fu
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This one might be for Todd Barry fans only. It's an interesting mix of (for him) rare earnestness and the usual trademark sarcastic bombast. I liked all of the behind-the-scenes of the business of stand-up comedy, but there was too much small-town tedium overall. Fun, quick read but by no means great.
Matthew Treya
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
And I got a coffee here...and I had a burger there...
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars, rounded down to 2.

To my knowledge, I'd never heard of Todd Barry. I saw the book on the library shelf, thought the title and subject matter sounded entertaining, and went for it. Based on my read of the title, it seemed like this book would focus on small cities around the country. It actually focuses on Barry's tour -- the venues, the hotel rooms, the promoters, his professional friends, and what he likes to eat -- more than where he is. So really, the subtitle is more descriptive.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
never heard of him, but if he were performing quite near my house I'd go listen. He seems funny, observant, and overall a decent guy. That said, I'm not sure this was really an idea for a whole book. It's a travelogue, with each short chapter corresponding to one of the stops on his tour. Says stuff that is likely funny if you're there with him in the hotel, coffee shop, whatever, but usually not hilarious if you are not.

One of the stylistic quirks is to interject speculation about how the reade
Michael Emond
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
They say "never meet your heroes". I will add to that "Never read your comedy hero's books". Why is it so many VERY funny comedians cannot for the life of them write an entertaining book? It is why I treasure the few that can (Tina Fey, David Spade). Todd Barry, a very funny comedian, phoned this one in. This reads like the blog from a 16 year old. I had read one review saying, in effect, "he talks about coffee a lot" . This is not an exaggeration. The book is basically Todd's first (and only) t ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this just when the Coronavirus was overtaking the world and causing all sorts of stress and "social distancing." (What would Mr. Todd Barry have to say about a term like that? I must watch his career and find out. Assuming there were be comedy shows again and we aren't all stuck in our houses for the next 20 years.)

I'm a big fan of Barry's comedy style -- I loved his Crowd Work special -- and this book is written the same way. Each chapter is like a short story about some secondary market
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I was attracted to comedian Todd Barry by his film 'Crowd Work', a documentary of west coast club dates where he got up on stage each night without any prepared material. Instead, he conversationally engaged the crowd in search of interesting characters who would make humorous chit chat with him...and he succeeded magnificently. This occurred, mind you, without a bombastic stage presence. Quote the opposite, truth be told. (Think of a younger Bob Newhart in terms of voice, facial expression and ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Relatively short, but enjoyable. It's impossible to read it without hearing Todd's voice in your head; his comedy works almost as well on paper as his actual standup.

I kept wishing it was a bit more fleshed out though; so many potentially interesting topics get little more than a single sentence, or a paragraph at most. He also tends to complain about mundane things a lot (and he seemingly asks for a new room at every hotel he goes to), but I guess that's just the way life goes when you're a sup
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
As a comedian, Todd Barry is known for his low-key, deadpan sarcasm. Having at least a passing familiarity with his "voice" is pretty crucial to reading his first book- a tour diary of not-quite small town and not-quite big city America. In true journeyman comic sense, he goes from opening for Louis C.K. at Madison Square Garden to performing for less than a hundred people the next night because, well, that's the gig. In between dealing with the usual vagaries of travel and accommodation, Barry ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't super familiar with Todd Barry, but being from Mississippi originally, I got interested in this book because it mentions Hattiesburg. I listen to a lot of audiobooks of comedians reading their own work, and this seemed to be a popular one so I went for it. Glad I did. Barry's low-key but hilarious observations made me laugh. I think he thinks himself a little pretentious, but he really isn't. He seems like someone it would be cool to be friends with, hanging around in some smaller city, ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I'm not a fan of books by comics (they tend to read hokey, the jokes not having the same impact on the page as they would on stage), I'm willing to forgive some of "I see what you did there" parts ubiquitous to comedic memoirs because I'm a massive Todd Barry fan. That's my bias, and I'm sticking to it. I like Todd because of his dry, deadpan personality, his underplayed wit, which is so rare in the comedy world but freaking hilarious when done right. Todd does it right. He's a master of t ...more
Michael Francis
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Three things about me:

1) I love Todd Barry’s standup.
2) I love learning about obscure off the beaten path cities that no one visits.
3) I love learning about the details of different jobs.

For these reasons, this book immediately appealed to me. Todd’s dry delivery actually translates pretty well to the written word and you get to spend a couple days feeling like you’re hanging out with him as he tours America’s secondary market. The whole book reads like a travelogue where Todd expands on brief n
Mike Kowis
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Todd Barry is hilarious on stage, but sadly his book is not. Even though I was disappointed that this book isn't that funny, I'm glad I read it b/c it gives a real insider's view of life as a standup comedian. It chronicles the loneliness of eating alone, the hassles of traveling/staying in crappy hotels, and the constant search for decent restaurants (or coffee shops in Todd's case). I found this aspect interesting, but perhaps a bit repetitive as the chapters seems to overlap and repeat themse ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh. I heard about this book on a podcast, and I thought it was up my alley since it is about traveling to off-the-beaten-path cities for work, something I used to do a fair amount of. And his work was as a comedian, which promised to make it entertaining. Well, I didn't click with his type of comedy. It was very low-key, and it didn't really make me laugh. I appreciated the low-key nature because he left in a lot of mundane details that made the travel stories seem realistic, whereas other come ...more
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