I had the chance this weekend to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. It was my first year out there, and I saw some diverse personalities, including second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin being interviewed by KPCC's Patt Morrison, as well as Pam Grier and a session on new media book publishing, which I'll likely be writing more about later this week.
My personal highlight was seeing comedienne/actress Sarah Silverman. She's out promoting her autobiography, "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee." Her self-titled Comedy Central show also just wrapped up its third, and likely last, season. Her book has a bit of her surrealist style, while also delving into all aspects of her life. She writes about her relationships, dealing with depression, and, as the title might give away, her bedwetting into her teen years.
She made an interesting point about how she thinks it's important to play both dramatic and comedic roles similarly. She noted that when dramatic actors try to do comedy, they often feel like they have to "be funny" and, in doing so, go over the top with their performances in a way that ultimately detracts. I feel like Silverman utilizes the same philosophy in her writing, writing about both the public and the personal, the serious and the funny with the same style. It makes her work feel authentic and makes her next left turn that much funnier.
You can see a promo video of Silverman talking about her book here: