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NAPERVILLE | Naperville Native Bob Odenkirk Returns to Town for a Live Anderson’s Bookshop Event


Bob Odenkirk, star of Breaking Bad and Better Caul Saul, will be sharing his new memoir, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama, with fans on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm. Born in Berwyn and raised in Naperville, Odenkirk’s event marks a return to the area for the author and actor after his graduation from Naperville North High School. This will be a live in-person event held at the Yellow Box Auditorium in Naperville, and tickets are now available at

Pre-signed copies of his book are included with every ticket for this special event, which will feature the author in conversation with a to be announced moderator. Due to COVID restrictions, there will not be a chance for fans to meet Odenkirk or take a photo with him.

In addition to his television roles, Odenkirk is also known for his writing stint at Saturday Night Live, notably the famous Chris Farley character, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker. He also has writing and production credits to his name. This is Odenkirk’s third book, following 2013’s Hollywood Said No! and 2014’s A Load of Hooey.

About the Book:

“I’ve known Bob Odenkirk for more than thirty years, and yet I had to read this book to believe his stunning career arc.”—Conan O’Brien

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Parade, The AV Club

Bob Odenkirk’s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you. Charting a “Homeric” decades-long “odyssey” from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago to a dramatic career full of award nominations—with a side-trip into the action-man world that is baffling to all who know him—it’s almost like there are many Bob Odenkirks! But there is just one and one is plenty. Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City’s legendary Del Close. He somehow made his way to a job as a writer at Saturday Night Live. While surviving that legendary gauntlet by the skin of his gnashing teeth, he stashed away the secrets of comedy writing—eventually employing them in the immortal “Motivational Speaker” sketch for Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show with Bob and David. In Hollywood, Bob demonstrated a bullheadedness that would shame Sisyphus himself, and when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, the phone rang with an offer to appear on Breaking Bad—a show about how boring it is to be a high school chemistry teacher. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, and then, in a twist that will confound you, he re-re-invented himself as a bona fide action star. Why? Read this and do your own psychoanalysis—it’s fun!

Featuring humorous tangents, never-before-seen photos, wild characters, and Bob’s trademark unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale told by a determined idiot.

About the Author: Bob Odenkirk is an actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. Odenkirk got his start in improv comedy in the motley Chicago comedy scene of the mid-eighties and went on to write for Saturday Night Live. He has starred in AMC’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and written and starred in the sketch comedy cult hit Mr. Show. He has written and produced a number of television shows and directed three films.

About Anderson’s Bookshops: Bob Odenkirk’s upcoming program is part of Anderson’s Bookshops’ calendar of special author events. Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, book signings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Additional locations include Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630) 963-2665 and Anderson’s Toyshop, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville. Key to Anderson’s success has been special author events, like the March 3 program with Bob Odenkirk.


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