If it seems like to you in the last few years there’s been an amazing increase in the amount of comedians publishing books, it’s probably more than just a feeling. And for the most part, they’ve been quite successful. Comedy Central, always looking to be ahead of the curve, is now launching it’s own book imprint. And Denis Leary will kick off the network’s book game.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Leary will write a “holiday themed novelty book,” scheduled for an October release. Leary will also star in a holiday comedy special on Comedy Central to help push book sales. The network’s book imprint will live alongside Running Press, which operates under the banner of publisher Perseus Books. Comedy Central will produce memoirs, joke books and novelty titles and will likely spin off projects from existing hit shows on the network into books– to get things started.
“I am truly delighted to be in business with Running Press and deliver a funny Christmas book based on a special I did for Comedy Central seven-and-a-half years ago,” says Leary. “Sorry for the delay but I was a tad busy with Rescue Me, two teenaged kids, two Red Sox World Series victories, the 17th Boston Celtic NBA championship, the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup and online porn. Mostly the porn.”
Leary has already published two books– one, based on his Twitter feed. titled Suck On This Year: LYFAO @ 140 Characters or Less and Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.