So You're A Little Sad, So What?

So You're A Little Sad, So What? : Nice Things to Say to Yourself on Bad Days and Other Essays

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With her just-right combination of sensitivity, vulnerability, and hilarity, comedian and podcaster Alicia Tobin has won fans among the biggest names in contemporary comedy, from Paul F. Tompkins to Rob Delaney. In her prose debut, the host of Retail Nightmares and Super! Sick! Podcast! takes readers through the funniest parts of sadness and the saddest parts of funniness. While tackling topics ranging from advice on how to talk to city animals to traumatic memories of Velcro shoes, from new crushes to old breakups, from her parents' Christmas obsessions to the entrenched sexism of the comedy standup world, Tobin softens a barbed wit with a gentle touch in the tradition of the best personal essayists.
This frank, tender, and hilarious collection gives one of the brightest (and darkest) lights of North American live comedy room to flourish on the page, and the results are unforgettable. Grab a tissue--for either tears or allergies--and treat yourself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 152 x 214 x 10.16mm | 204.12g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 1551527871
  • 9781551527871
  • 834,399

Review quote

In this debut collection of essays, comedian Tobin paints the Canada of her upbringing and adulthood in vivid color. She brings light to darkness by writing about the most tender spots of her existence - breakups, her parents' separation, eviction, and grief - with great humility and sharp wit ... With this collection, a bright light of the stand-up comedy realm proves herself equally luminous on the page. --Booklist "Alicia Tobin has always been funny, brilliant, silly, sharp, surprising, and kind. Now she is all of those things but written down. I am thrilled about this book." --Paul F. Tompkins "Whether rescuing injured pigeons, hijacking a Macho Man competition (with cheese slices, no less) or exposing the often brutal world of stand-up comedy and the class distinctions that lie between rolled ham and carrot sticks, Alicia Tobin is funny, sad, smart, and endearing. She is also fearless, frank, vulnerable, completely original, and did I mention funny? The world needs more Tobin!" --Will Ferguson, three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour
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About Alicia Tobin

Alicia Tobin is a comedian and writer living and working in Vancouver. She is the co-host of two popular podcasts, Retail Nightmares and Super! Sick! Podcast! and the creator of Alicia Tobin's Come Draw with Me, a live, entirely improvised comedy show that has been featured in a number of comedy festivals. She loves baked goods, animals, friendship and her miniature poodle, Hank Tobin. So You're a Little Sad, So What? is her first book.
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199 ratings
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