Originally published with Paste Magazine on June 23, 2015.
It takes a certain kind of personality to get up onstage and talk about life. Whether from personal experience or general observation, stand-up comics produce valuable and necessary insight into the oftentimes ridiculous moments that comprise a life. Those who succeed at it do so not because of pleasant childhoods or positive life choices. Stand-up comedy’s legends are exactly that because they’ve managed to stare down life’s dark moments and somehow come out laughing. Here are nine autobiographies that examine the lives and careers, both painful and comic, of some of stand-up’s greatest comics. [Full article available at Paste]