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.”

David Hallman