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.



“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




“If you revel in reading about the embarrassment of others –– namely Shawn himself –– this is a fun read.”

The Toronto Star

“It takes a special kind of person to write a play-by-play description of masturbation that is simultaneously hilarious, repulsive, and sweet. That person is Shawn Hitchins … His book is at turns bawdy and beautiful … 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 ✮✮✮✮✮/5

“Each moment of sincerity or loss is sandwiched by punchlines and parody … Yet taken as a whole, there’s a gentle depth to the collection, encouraging each of us, through bumbling example, to learn to accept our own quirks and flaws…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.”

David G. Hallman’s Blog

“Hilarious and touching.”

CBC Books

“There is something quite beautiful in the bawdiness we read here.”

Reviews by Amos


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