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"Ward Anderson flays open the perceived rock star glamour of stand-up comedy to show us how it really is."--Aisha Tyler Falling in love is like stand-up comedy. You have to be crazy to do it. . .
Spence is a stand-up comedian whose claim to fame is a one-time appearance on The Late Late Show
. Eight years ago. Since then, he's been living on the road, working in clubs like The Comedy Crib or The Funny Farm or The Laff Shack--if he's lucky. More often than not, his agent lands him gigs in country western bars. On a good night, he gets free drinks; on a bad night, he offends the audience with dirty jokes. Spence's ex-wife thinks he should find a nice girl and settle down. His ex-wife's husband thinks he should stop having his mail sent to their house. What does Spence think? That trying to have a relationship on the road is no laughing matter. Especially when he meets Sam. . .
She's smart, she's beautiful, and she's Canadian--but she's not putting up with his schtick. Sam wants Spence to drop the jokes and be himself, which is hard for a man who's funny for a living. But the closer they get, the more successful Spence becomes. Can a stand-up comic live happily ever after with the girl of his dreams. . .without it ending in a punchline?
"I'll Be Here All Week
does more than offer a window into the life of a stand-up comic. Any reader would feel like they are actually on that stage, living the life and hoping that they'll get out alive. Underneath it all is a love story that is sweet and funny." --Ophira Eisenberg, standup comic and author of Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy