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For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys’ club—until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time.

This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way—and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, and all incredibly funny,How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying offers tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way, and opening locked doors—even if you have to use a sledgehammer.

Carol Leifer is a four-time Emmy nominee for her writing on such shows as Seinfeld, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show, and seven Academy Awards telecasts. She has starred in five of her own comedy specials, which have aired on Showtime, HBO, and Comedy Central. Her previous book was the national best seller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win.

“A remarkable memoir that’s packed with anecdotes, advice and humor, all while maintaining a high level of dignity and self-awareness.” —Steve Martin
“The only thing more impressive than Carol’s success is how she has retained and polished all the lessons she’s learned along the way. And the fact that she has decided to throw them your way for just a few bucks is such a ridiculously good opportunity for you, I can hardly believe it! If you don’t buy this right now you’ve got to be a total schmuck.” —Jerry Seinfeld
“The best memoir of the year (not written by the victim of a horrible crime).” —Judd Apatow
“Listen up to every word, because if Carol can’t help you, nobody can.” —Jimmy Kimmel
“Funny and sage. A great read. I even loved the parts that weren’t about me.” —Paul Reiser
“I was sad when I finished this book. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t want it to end, or because I’m just sad in general.” —Larry David
“I’ve been in the comedy business for 30 years and thought I’d seen and heard it all…until I read Carol’s book! It’s witty, classy, and filled with real-life advice gleaned from her years of getting laughs and enjoying success.” —Caroline Hirsch, founder of the legendary New York comedy club Carolines
"...a smart...and entertaining memoir..."—Tampa Bay Times
"Equal parts memoir and showbiz staying power guidebook, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY CRYING highlights Leifer’s straight-forward advice, which applies to anyone in any profession who wants to maintain genuine, civil ties with his or her peers." —Florida Times-Union

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Product Details

  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781594746772
  • e-Book ISBN: 9781594746826
  • Book Dimensions: 
    5 x 7½
  • Page Count: 
  • Release Date: 
    April 8, 2014
  • 18 and up
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