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Thoughts & Prayers: America’s Worst Responders features Thoughts (Darrell Hammond) & Prayers (Julia Mattison), to take care of emergency situations.

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I have a sneaking suspicion Thoughts and Prayers are working for the National Rifle Association (NRA). Or the Russians. What I am sure of is that Thoughts and Prayers are not working for you or me.

Darrell Hammond was on NPR a while back talking about his book God, If You’re Not Up There…: Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem. And like most comics Darrell has had, well, let’s just say an interesting life. It’s on my short list of books to read. (Most of the books I’m reading these days are by guests of the Naked Diner podcast.)

Here’s the Amazon description of the book:

Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond’s groundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked—a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic genius. By turns poignant and hilarious, Hammond takes readers from the set of Saturday Night Live, where he was the show’slongest-tenured cast member, to the drug-ridden streets of Harlem and into the twisting corridors of his own unflaggingly humorous consciousness. Mingling behind-the-scenes stories from television’s best-loved comedy series with a dark look inside a world-class funnyman, God If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked is a book sure to resonate with anyone who shares a talent for performance, a love of comedy, or a desire to know how an artist can climb from the deepest despair to the very top of his profession.



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Andrew Hall escaped a childhood of religious indoctrination and is now a non-miserable human being. He's made millions of people laugh as well as angry. (He hopes he's made the right people annoyed.) Targets...