The book is described as a comic exploration of the actor’s life and career, from early days discovering his love for sketch and improv, to working at Chicago’s Second City, to writing and acting on “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Mr. Show,” “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”
According to Odenkirk, the book will be, “A comic ‘bildungsroman,’ if you will – defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character,’ – except, this will be more memoir and the main character, Bob Odenkirk (actor, writer, comedian, gadabout), doesn’t grow morally or psychologically.”
Added Random House Executive Editor Ben Greenberg, who acquired the rights: “I’ve been a fan of Bob’s since he ‘shook the crime stick’ on ‘Mr. Show,’ and it’s been remarkably satisfying to watch him break through as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman. This book will give ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ fans who might not know Bob’s past life a look at the remarkable writer and comedic mind hiding just beneath that character.”
Odenkirk is currently nominated for a 2016 Emmy Award in his lead actor role of Jimmy McGill in AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” Odenkirk has previously won two Emmys, a SAG Award and a Critics Choice Television Award. He is represented by WME, Odenkirk-Provissiero, Ziffren Brittenham LLC and 42 West.