Way to Go, Smith!

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Rob Weisbach Books, Morrow, 1999 - Humor - 284 pages
In his award-winning first book, Bob Smith offered up a witty dose of nineties reality with his observations as a happily adjusted gay man. Now, after breaking up with his longtime boyfriend, Tom, Smith takes us back to his painfully normal childhood to see where all the trouble really began. In these hysterical pages, Smith introduces readers to his comically unsympathetic grandmother, who makes light of his carsickness ("Bob only throws up because he's near the window and he can"); his first teacher crush, whose "five-o'clock shadow could plunge a room into darkness"; and his first brush with fame, when he fainted from his chair during a health filmstrip. Moving, ironic, and tinged with recognition, this acerbic collection offers bittersweet, nostalgic fun from a highly original and talented comic author.

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Bob Smith was born in Buffalo, New York on December 24, 1958. He was a comedian and writer. He was the first openly gay male comedian to star in his own special on HBO, which aired in 1994, and to perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He also appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and MTV's Wisecrack. He wrote several collections of essays including Openly Bob, which won the LAMBDA Book Award for humor; Way to Go, Smith; and Treehab: Tales from My Natural Wild Life. He also wrote novels including Selfish and Perverse and Remembrance of Things I Forgot. As a television writer, he wrote for The MTV Video Music Awards, Dennis Miller, Roseanne, and MADtv. He died from complications of ALS on January 20, 2018 at the age of 59.

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