Our final piece in Publishers Weekly’s Focus on Audio 2012 is a Q&A with comedian, actor, director, and writer Michael Showalter — narrator of the audio edition of his memoir Mr. Funny Pants and host of this year’s Audie Awards.
Michael Showalter is probably best known for starring in the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer; his participation in the comedy troupe, Stella; and from the ’90s, his role in the MTV show The State. But he’s also written a memoir and recorded its audiobook, and this year he will host the Audies Gala and Awards Presentation on June 5 at the New-York Historical Society. We caught up with Showalter recently to chat about audiobooks, his experience in the recording booth, and his latest projects.
Can you tell us how you got into the audiobook world?
I wrote a book that came out a year ago or so, and it’s now just recently come out in paperback, called Mr. Funny Pants with Grand Central Publishing. And we did an audiobook for it that was a lot of fun and people really liked it. Now I’m a veteran.
Was your narrating the audio edition of Mr. Funny Pants your idea or the publisher’s?
I think my book is really humor writing. In a lot of ways it has the feel of almost a standup comedy routine. My book is written very much in my own voice and with my own vernacular, so it was pretty much a no-brainer that I would do the audiobook myself rather than having, like, Sam Elliott do it.
To read the rest of the Q&A, CLICK HERE.