When a bipolar stand-up comic wins the lottery, anything can happen.Freddie Angel is a middle-aged lovable disaster, living in his mother’s basement and hustling for stage time at a run-down comedy club. He’s invisible to women until Lady Luck smiles and hands him a winning lottery ticket.
Everyone has an opinion on what he should do with his sudden windfall, especially the voices in his head. If anyone knows what it’s like to be an underdog, it’s Freddie. Now he has a chance to transform his life and help other people too. But as he embarks on his unorthodox philanthropic mission, Freddie soon discovers the pitfalls of instant wealth and pseudo-celebrity.
An outrageous homage to Pay it Forward with a hint of Last Comic Standing, the Funologist is an irreverent glimpse into a brilliant mind of mania and generosity.
This book is funny, serious, heart warming,and brings awareness to mental health. What do you do when you win the lottery? Take the journey with this guy. You won't be disappointed.
Simply put, The Funologist is an amazing story. It is extremely well-written and well-paced, and it tells a compelling story about a man long down on his luck, and how one single event changed his life forever. I was surprised more than once while reading this book, and I even shed a tear or two along the way. It pulls you in and doesn't let you go. You feel a connection with the characters. You rejoice in their victories and recoil from their pain. Watching Freddie Angel transform from stumblebum to superstar, literally overnight, and how he handles and mis-handles the spotlight, is fascinating. I see a bit of myself in Freddie, and I'm sure that made the book and the premise of the story all the more compelling. I highly recommend this wonderful book. Once I got into it, I could not put it down. Five stars, hands-down. Check out other books by Blair Bryan and Ninya as well. You will not be disappointed. Her writing is fun. It's riveting. It's real. It's awesome!
The Funologist takes a heart wrenching person struggling to live and makes him a funny, interesting character who learns lessons about how to love others and himself. One of the best books I’ve read in quite awhile.
"In this world, if you aren't pretty, you have to have a good personality, but more importantly, a great sense of humor. Funny is the great equalizer..." And funny he is. Freddy Angel, stand-up comic, is at his best when he's on stage and in the spotlight; otherwise he's a somewhat withdrawn, socially awkward, down-on-his-luck, bi-polar Mama's boy who literally craves attention. And is there any better way to satisfy that craving than to walk out of lottery headquarters with a big fat check? Freddie thinks there is. And so begins Freddie Angel's movement to right wrongs and equalize the playing field. Blair Bryan's cleverly written plot is at one moment euphoric, the next poignant, as Freddie's life becomes a roller coaster ride of catchy one-liners, spontaneous philanthropy, take-your-breath excitement, and psychotic depression. You're on that ride with Freddie, and thanks to the author's brilliant writing, you will want to stay buckled up until the very end. DAMN, WHAT A RIDE! A 5-star performance for sure!