Bob Odenkirk (Nobody) is peeling back the curtains with his upcoming Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir, set to release in 2022. The memoir will detail Odenkirk’s decades long career in Hollywood, including his iconic role as Saul Goodman in both AMC dramas Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Announced on Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter picked up a statement by the publisher describing what viewers can expect in the memoir, as it: “charts Odenkirk’s winding journey from nowhere comedy clubs to drama and acting with a capital A.” Along with various stories about Odenkirk’s time in the industry, the memoir will also include never-before-seen photos of his life throughout the years.
Odenkirk will take readers back to the beginning, detailing how he broke into show business and his slow but steady rise to fame ever since. Getting his start as a comedy writer, Odenkirk has a long resume, including writing for the improv comedy troupe “The Second City” in Chicago, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and co-creating and starring in the HBO series Mr. Show with David Cross (Arrested Development). One of Odenkirk’s most well known sketches for Saturday Night Live was writing the iconic “Matt Foley: Van Down By the River” featuring Chris Farley (Tommy Boy) as an impassioned motivational speaker.
The drama part of the memoir’s title will dive into the success Odenkirk found later in his career. Though he was a household name in comedy for many years, it was drama that served as his breakthrough to fame. After the Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) and Aaron Paul (El Camino) led crime drama Breaking Bad had been on the air for two seasons at AMC, it was already a smash hit. Enter Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in season three, a morally ambiguous lawyer who makes his money helping criminals. Goodman quickly became a fan favorite character, so much so that after the series finale in 2013, AMC created the spin-off show Better Call Saul. Depicting the origin story of Goodman set in the early 2000s, it’s also created by Breaking Bad creators Vince Gillian (The X-Files) and Peter Gould (Too Big to Fail).
Better Call Saul is on its final run, with the upcoming season six serving as its last. For his work on the series, Odenkirk has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy consecutively for his work in each season. Odenkirk is also currently enjoying box office success with his action flick, Nobody. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir will be available on January 18, 2022, with an accompanying audiobook narrated by Odenkirk himself.