Emmy-Award winning writer and comedian Gondelman's collection 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.
While the author’s heart is always in the right place, the outcomes of his actions are often mixed, but always charming and relatable ... Fans of Gondelman will find these stories delightful, and readers unfamiliar with his comedy will still discover a connection to a nice guy making a nice try.
... funny and sweet ... The book moves entertainingly through the stages of [Gondelman's] life ... Gondelman’s chops as a comedy writer are on full display throughout, and his observations are hilariously spot-on ... Gondelman’s fun, witty book is a marvel of emotional depth and cutting one-liners.
Throughout the book, the writing risks blandness, as Gondelman rarely aims for comedic punch, settling for gentle taps. In many ways, he brings to mind Bob Newhart of Tom Papa, a gentle man with a wry sense of humor who makes himself the butt of most of his jokes ... Gondelman describes performing as an opening act for more famous comedians, and this book could easily be read as a warm-up for a much funnier one to come.