Either numerous people are releasing biographies or I just need to look for more fiction news. An increase in biography publications would make sense since everybody seems so fascinated with reality shows. Comedian/actor Charlie Murphy has a new release this month. Read more:

The Making of a Stand-Up Guy by Charlie Murphy – Charlie Murphy is the outrageously funny comedian from Chappelle’s Show, whose breakout role — as himself — in his True Hollywood Stories about Rick James and Prince rank among the best sketch comedy performances of all time. A successful stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and actor, Charlie has led an incredible life of highs and lows on his way to becoming a stand-up guy. In his raucous and revealing memoir, Charlie details his life on the road with Eddie Murphy, his nights on the town with Rick James (“the first man I ever met who had a swimming pool in his living room”), and his crazy movie audition with Chris Rock. He takes us backstage with Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx; on the set with costars Denzel Washington, Vanessa Williams, and Sammy Davis, Jr.; in the studio with Stevie Wonder; and off the wall with Michael Jackson and Mike Tyson. Along the way, Murphy reveals the ups and downs of his fascinating life — growing up in Brooklyn, getting in trouble with street gangs on Long Island, doing time in jail, serving in the Navy, and supporting his brother’s meteoric rise to fame as both protector and collaborator. After selling screenplays and landing roles in seminal films like Jungle Fever and CB4, Charlie decided to get up on stage — at the age of forty-two — and give stand-up comedy a try. And the rest, as they say, is history…

Excerpt: I began my stand-up career sitting down. In the winter of 2004, as I took the stage of the Laugh Factory on Forty-second Street in Times Square for my very first performance as a stand-up comedian, I couldn’t even make eye contact with the audience. It was about ten o’clock on a Thursday night during an open mic hosted by Rob Stapleton, and the house was packed with an all-black audience. I knew what they were thinking. What makes this guy think he can suddenly show up, twentyfive years after Eddie Murphy got famous, tell a joke, and make me laugh? Impossible. I wasn’t there to argue with them.

But that night in the Laugh Factory was another step along my path to better understanding who I was as an individual, of discovering what innate talents I possessed — away from the spotlight on my world-famous brother. Part of me was taking the stage that night to prove to myself that I wasn’t afraid of performing live. But another part of me was extremely curious to find out if I could stand before a crowd, tell a story, and hear laughter in response. When I climbed onstage, I had no clue what was going to happen. I had no material. I had no idea how to structure a joke, let alone a ten-minute comedy set. I grabbed the mic, immediately sat down in a chair, and stared at my shoes. My mind was blank. I was scared shitless.

I thought, How the fuck did I get here? (Read more…)

Could be funny, but I think I’d like to read Rick James’ book first. So many books. So little time.

Happy reading, y’all!!