Finishing ‘And Here’s the Kicker’


We finished the book! How do you feel? Well-read? Inspired? Gassy? But (haha, “gassy but”) seriously, I really enjoyed the thing. Some thoughts:

- The book definitely was much more of a writer’s guide than a storytelling party, which was fine by me since I am an aspiring writer. Did any of you non-writers have a problem with this?

- My favorite chapters were Marshall Brickman because that guy has had the coolest career ever and Larry Wilmore, who beyond having a really great career, was also  just a really funny, giving interview.

What did you think? I’m interviewing the author of And Here’s the Kicker, Mike Sacks, later this week, so if you have any questions for him, please include them in the comments or e-mail me at

Below are my absolute favorite quotes/passages. If you have your own, please share them in the comments.

Buck Henry, p. 6:I think all writers should have a voyeur nature. You have to look and listen. That’s why some writers might run out of material; they’re not looking, they’re not listening.