May 23, 2013


MGM has picked up the rights to Ben Karlin‘s humorous anthology, Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me.  The book is collection of essays from celebrated comedians including Stephen Colbert, Patton Oswalt, Larry David, Will Forte, and Andy Richter as well as best-selling authors/columnists Dan Savage, A.J. Jacobs, and many more.  It’s a very funny and surprisingly touching book where the authors’ talent for self-deprecation and insight shines through.  According to Deadline, Kyle Pennenkamp & Scott Turpel (the upcoming Get a Job) will write the script, which will cull the book “for the ingredients to a male-oriented comedy.”  That phrase has me a bit worried since the essays aren’t misogynistic and can appeal to both genders.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.  Karlin co-wrote and produced the upcoming comedy A.C.O.D. (click here for my review from Sundance), and is currently a co-executive producer on Modern Family.  He previously worked as an executive producer on both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Here’s the synopsis for Ben Karlin’s Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me:

The Emmy award-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report has assembled a stellar lineup of men who have one thing in common: all have been dumped…and are willing to share their pain and the lessons learned.

Relationships end. And in most cases, even the most callow among us, even men, learn something from the experience. Now in this smart, funny, and insightful anthology, some of our most impressive comedic and creative (male) minds, including Stephen Colbert, Nick Hornby, Andy Richter, Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt, Dan Savage, and Adam Schlesinger, share with us what they’ve learned from that all-too-universal experience: being dumped. Whether it be major life lessons, like “The Heart is a Choking Hazard,” simple truths like, “A Dog is No Reason to Stay Together,” or profound realizations like, “Persistence is for Suckers,”THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM WOMEN WHO’VE DUMPED ME is about that salient something men take away from failed relationships.

Not a touchy-feely, self-help book, this extraordinary collection is packed with stories often painful, sometimes poignant, but always entertaining, from men you probably thought never got dumped — or if they did, would never admit it.


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