Comedian Shawn Hitchins explores his irreverent nature in this debut collection of essays. Hitchins doesn’t shy away from his failures or celebrate his mild successes: he sacrifices them for an audience’s amusement. Blunt, awkward, emotional, ribald . . . this overly personal cycle of stories reads like an anthology of humiliation with PTSD-like flashbacks that culminate in a greater understanding of love, work, and family. A Brief History of Oversharing promises everyone the A-ha! moment Oprah tells us to experience.
Recommended pairings: bourbon (any), Scottish wool, Humpty Dumpty Party Mix (original flavour only), Schadenfreude eyeglasses.
“Thank you, Shawn Hitchins, for oversharing. Any loss of dignity you experienced from writing this memoir is a laugh-out-loud funny gain for the rest of us.”
— Rick Mercer
“I am so glad I am not Shawn Hitchins, but I sure wish I could write like him. A Brief History of Oversharing is hilarious and heartwarming. Reading it is like sharing a warm bath with the man himself. At least I hope it’s the bath that’s warm . . .”
— Michael Urie, actor
(Modern Family, Ugly Betty)
“Hitchins has a gift for telling outwardly repulsive stories in a way that actually draws people in. He doesn’t gloss over hard times, but he does counterbalance them with a self-deprecating, snarky humor that trades tears for laughter. He’s not kidding when he says he’s oversharing, but somehow he makes the mix of raw emotion and salty hilarity work.”
— Foreword Reviews
“The humour and honesty win out, showing that, like many good comedians, Hitchins is willing to excoriate himself to amuse – and, just maybe, enrich – his audience.”
— Quill And Quire
“A hilarious, thoughtful collection of essays that ultimately offer a collective message to accept ourselves”
— CBC Arts
“There is an unanticipated poignancy that surfaces frequently in his stories. He is sharing (not oversharing) his vulnerability. There’s not a hint of the maudlin in this. It’s clear-eyed tough writing about the scars as well as the successes.”