Sunday’s season finale of the Showtime comedy ‘HAPPYish’ was bleak—but also enlightening. We talk with creator Shalom Auslander about why we need to stop pursuing happiness.
Kathryn Hahn has long excelled in supporting roles (Girls, Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation), but at last she's front and center in Showtime's Happyish. Created by novelist and This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander, Happyish follows disgruntled advertising exec Thom Payne and his artist wife Lee, played by Hahn. Show More Summary
It’s impossible to review Happyish without noting that the series was created as a showcase for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – and that he helped develop it with creator Shalom Auslander. It almost didn’t happen after Hoffman died, but when Steve Coogan agreed to sign on, it was tweaked for him. Sadly, it might … Continue reading Happyish is Badish! ?
With Mad Men about to end its 7-year run, the new dark comedy from This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander is debuting at 9:30 PM on April 26 to try to skewer the advertising industry and almost everything else. However, unlike...Show More Summary
Shalom Auslander lives in a bubble, and he likes it that way, thank you very much.
It’s rare to encounter a half-hour dramedy on a premium network that is as misconceived, off-putting and impenetrably shrill as Shalom Auslander’s “Happyish,” which will have its official premiere Sunday night on Showtime. (The network...Show More Summary
Shalom Auslander, creator of the new Showtime series Happyish, is a gloomy, guilt-ridden, miserable man. Professionally. That’s his schtick. Raised an Orthodox Jew, the fortysomething Auslander now makes his living peddling angsty personal essays about his tortured relationship to pornography, or to defecation, or to humanity in general. Show More Summary
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Showtime comedy Happyish was given a ten-episode order today, the network announced. The show, created by author Shalom Auslander, stars Hoffman as a vaguely miserable 42-year-old hoping to find more, well, happiness in his life. Kathryn Hahn plays his wife, and Rhys Ifans plays his boss. Let... More »
The finalists for the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor include Shalom Auslander for his darkly funny novel "Hope, A Tragedy." But all is not grim: The other finalists are Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel for "Lunatics," a madcap story of soccer dads, and Dan Zevin for his comic memoir of fatherhood, "Dan Gets a Minivan."
Hoffman will also executive produce the comedy from "This American Life" contributor Shalom Auslander and Ken Kwapis. read more
Here’s how funny it is: It’s funnier than A Confederacy of Dunces. It’s funnier than Money or Lucky Jim. It beats Shalom Auslander to a bloody, chuckling pulp with his own funny-bone. It is certainly the funniest book I’ve ever read. Related...Show More Summary
Shalom Auslander just won the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize for Jewish Literature, for his book Hope: A Tragedy. You can watch his acceptance speech below, but be warned - he has some harsh things to say about the Almighty, althoug...
They've announced that Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander has been awarded the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2013 (though, sigh, not yet at the official site, last I checked; but see, for example, the Picador weblog mention). I haven't...Show More Summary
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Shalom Auslander grapples with the news that his favorite rabbi from high school has fled the US, accused of molesting students: [T]hat’s what makes this whole sordid tale so personally difficult. Because while my other rabbis encouraged me to be...
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Shalom Auslander, Hope: A Tragedy (New York: Riverhead, 2012). 304 pages.Is it possible to be a Jew through literature? Every other alternative to the Jewish religion and the Jewish state has failed to sustain Jewish identity, but for...Show More Summary
“Where, more importantly, is the story? David simply is. He does nothing, desires nothing. He exists, if that, and nothing more.” Shalom Auslander judges the prestigious Three Under Three prize. Related posts: Hello, Shalom. Shalom Auslander believes. Show More Summary
Shalom Auslander believes. He can’t really seem to help it. Related posts: So, Nu?: Shalom Auslander’s Hope: A Tragedy And therein lies the brilliance of Auslander’s novel: Hope: A... Upcoming Books: Daniel Alarcon, Shalom Auslander,...Show More Summary
Don't forget to peruse installments one and two! Foreskin's Lament, Shalom Auslander – Maybe my favourite book of the last five, ten years? So weird. I mean, it's an odd thing to hang your hat on the memoir of an angrily non-observant,...Show More Summary