Non­fic­tion

Nice Try: Sto­ries of Best Inten­tions and Mixed Results

Josh Gondel­man

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2019

Emmy-Award win­ning writer and come­di­an Josh Gondelman’s col­lec­tion of per­son­al sto­ries of best inten­tions and mixed results.

Josh Gondel­man knows a thing or two about try­ing — and fail­ing. The Emmy Award-win­ning stand-up com­ic — dubbed a patho­log­i­cal sweet­heart” by the New York Observ­er—is known through­out the indus­try as one of comedy’s true nice guys.” Not sur­pris­ing­ly, he’s endured his share of last-place fin­ish­es. But he keeps on bounc­ing back.

In this col­lec­tion of hilar­i­ous and poignant essays (includ­ing his acclaimed New York Times piece What if I Bombed at My Own Wed­ding?”), Josh cel­e­brates a life of good inten­tions — and mixed results. His true tales of roman­tic calami­ties, pro­fes­sion­al mis­for­tunes, and even­tu­al tri­umphs rein­force the notion: we get out of the world what we put into it. Whether he’s adopt­ing a dog from a sus­pi­cious stranger, mit­i­gat­ing a dis­as­trous road trip, or try­ing MDMA for the first (and only) time, Josh only wants the best for every­one — even as his attempts to do the right thing occa­sion­al­ly implode.

Full of the warm and relat­able humor that’s made him a favorite on the com­e­dy club cir­cuit, Nice Try solid­i­fies Josh Gondelman’s rep­u­ta­tion as not just a good guy, but a skilled observ­er of the human condition.

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