Funny, Real, and Enjoyable
4.5 out of 5 stars
Another book that I threw into my giant TBR pile in for myself, Comedy Sex God reads basically in that order. If you’re unfamiliar with Pete Holmes – he’s a former youth counselor, turned stand-up comedian. He had a 100+ episode run of a late night show on TBS after Conan. He’s also had 3 specials/albums. He’s easily one of my favorite working comedians today and I picked this one up without even thinking about it. I know I’m not the comedian friends that he’s had reading it, but damn did I enjoy this.
There were some parts of this that I thought were just part of his comedy, but after reading this I found out that it actually happened to him. He does a bit about in every other dimension – he’s a youth pastor. I thought that was a bit, but he really went to school to become a youth pastor.
The book was real and deep. Holmes goes into his first marriage – then his subsequent divorce. He talks a lot about god (and spirituality) first from the perspective of a religious man going to a Christian College. Then from the point of view of an atheist. It was fascinating to me.
If you’re a fan of Holmes you’ll love this. If you are unsure of where you are in your life spiritually – you’ll probably enjoy this as well. Holmes is a fascinating guy and having him read this book to you really made it more enjoyable.
Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes
Narrator: Pete Holmes
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Published by HarperAudio on May 14th 2019
Genres: Comedy, Memoir
Part autobiography, part philosophical inquiry, part sacred quest - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck for the spiritual seeker - a hilarious, profound, and enlightening romp around the fertile mind of standout stand-up comedian, host of the hugely successful podcast You Made It Weird, and star of HBO’s Crashing Pete Holmes.
Growing up as evangelical Christian outside Boston, Pete Holmes was taught that drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex were serious transgressions. Faithful to the tenets of his faith, Pete did not swear, did not drink, did not smoke, and did not fornicate. He did devote himself to one woman, married her, and moved to the country to start a simple life and build a family. Then the wife he pledged himself to cheated on him very publicly. Thanks for nothing, God.
When his attempt at a picture-perfect life failed, Pete was forced to reexamine his beliefs. But neither atheism, Christianity, nor copious bottles of Yellow Tail led to enlightenment. Longing for a model of faith that served him and his newfound uncertainties about the universe - you know, the little things - the scorned believer embarked on a soul-seeking journey that has become the foundation of his work today. Comedy Sex God is his funny, thoughtful, straight-from-the-heart mediation on life, creativity, love, God, and the things that matter to him - and to us all.
Pete ponders the most valuable spiritual truths he’s picked up in his post-religion life and shares a few personal stories - of professional success, failure, and the pain in his balls. Comedy Sex God is celebration of losing something to find something else - a void that became a door to spiritual exploration - a glorious journey into the mind-blowing unknown that never would have begun if your wife hadn’t cheated with a guy named Rocco.