STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST By Erin Somers
Fictional comedians don’t have to be good at their jobs to get laughs. “Larry Sanders” was an extremely funny TV show about a mediocre TV show produced by characters grappling with its mediocrity. So was “30 Rock.” Contrast those with Aaron Sorkin’s misguided “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” whose problem wasn’t merely that the jokes were bad, it was that none of the characters seemed to enjoy writing them.
“Stay Up With Hugo Best,” Erin Somers’s taut and incisive debut novel, combines the cynicism of “Larry Sanders” with the misplaced seriousness of “Studio 60.” It is a tender, if occasionally joyless, portrait of bizarro-world comedy writers who wish everyone would knock it off with all the joking around already.
The novel picks up where its eponymous fictional late-night talk show ends. After 25 years, the titular host — a Letterman stand-in furnished with Fairfield County mansion, menagerie of exotic cars and “Tonight Show” heartbreak — is stepping down, and neither he nor June Bloom, the show’s standoffish writers’ assistant, has much of a plan for what happens once “Stay Up” goes to bed.
Following a chance encounter at a comedy club, the 60-something Best invites his 29-year-old ex-employee to spend Memorial Day weekend with him at his Connecticut country house. Curious about a man she has worshiped since childhood, she accepts. “I’m going for fun,” June tells her roommate. “Did I tell you he has a pool?”
It’s difficult to view her professional stagnation as some sort of terrible injustice; in fact, it suggests a more meritocratic system than her insinuations of maltreatment suggest. Bloom might not realize it, but she doesn’t actually like jokes. Which is good, since she’s not very good at them. (Bloom on baseball: “It’s about as comprehensible to me as particle physics.” The shock jock responds, unshockingly, “You’re not very funny.”)
And yet, Somers is clear — exquisitely, wrenchingly so — when articulating Bloom’s lifelong fixation on Best: “The double whammy of loving him and also wanting to be him.” Bloom is in Connecticut — and in comedy — because that’s where she’s always wanted to be. And the heartbreak of being 29 isn’t figuring out how to leave, but figuring out where to go. This process can be gutting, but as most of us eventually learn, it does help to have a sense of humor about the whole thing, too.B:
马经手机论坛香港挂牌【血】【衣】【谬】【依】【旧】【爽】【朗】【大】【笑】，【这】【个】【糙】【汉】【子】，【还】【是】【有】【几】【分】【江】【湖】【人】【的】【豪】【放】。 “【天】【主】【期】【盼】【少】【主】【回】【归】，【那】【是】【盼】【的】【寝】【食】【难】【安】。【血】【屠】【若】【是】【能】【够】【将】【少】【主】【带】【回】，【天】【主】【高】【兴】【还】【来】【不】【及】，【怎】【么】【会】【灭】【了】【血】【屠】。” “【他】【期】【盼】【着】，【我】【回】【去】【找】【他】【报】【仇】？” 【范】【时】【兮】【才】【不】【信】【血】【衣】【谬】【胡】【说】【八】【道】，【想】【忽】【悠】【他】【回】【去】，【手】【段】【嫩】【了】。 【问】【题】【是】，【这】【个】【昙】【花】【落】【的】【能】
【此】【时】【的】【小】【月】，【心】【情】【非】【常】【伤】【心】，【她】【抱】【着】【怀】【里】【的】【小】【星】【星】，【抚】【摸】【着】【她】【那】【小】【小】【的】【脸】【蛋】，【圆】【圆】【的】【小】【脸】【白】【里】【透】【红】，【长】【长】【的】【眼】【卷】【毛】，【很】【是】【可】【爱】。 【小】【月】【满】【眼】【含】【着】【泪】，【望】【着】【女】【儿】【小】【星】【星】【轻】【叹】【自】【己】【的】【命】【运】，【这】【一】【夜】，【小】【月】【夜】【入】【难】【安】，【而】【此】【时】，【小】【花】【妹】【以】【经】【带】【着】【儿】【子】【聪】【聪】【和】【王】【强】【早】【以】【经】【睡】【了】。 【铁】【喜】【却】【和】**【美】【也】【回】【到】【了】【那】【个】【别】【墅】【房】，【把】【车】
【朱】【载】【堉】【来】【时】，【孔】【诤】【言】【和】【方】【丹】【都】【有】【事】【要】【忙】，【去】【了】【戒】【律】【门】【的】【山】【头】，【不】【在】【家】【中】。【待】【到】【傍】【晚】，【夫】【妇】【二】【人】【归】【来】，【跟】【朱】【载】【堉】【打】【了】【个】【照】【面】，【寒】【暄】【了】【一】【会】【儿】，【就】【由】【周】【贤】【和】【郭】【子】【衿】【引】【着】【去】【平】【南】【王】【府】【了】。 【倒】【是】【李】【桐】【光】【想】【要】【和】【师】【父】【师】【伯】【说】【说】【话】，【留】【了】【下】【来】。 【也】【是】【许】【久】【不】【见】【了】，【自】【是】【有】【好】【多】【话】【要】【说】。【李】【桐】【光】【共】【方】【丹】【一】【起】【下】【厨】，【自】【己】【备】【至】【一】【些】马经手机论坛香港挂牌【见】【诸】【葛】【志】【居】【然】【这】【么】【不】【禁】【打】，【陈】【卓】【索】【性】【放】【弃】【了】【故】【意】【败】【在】【他】【手】【中】【的】【想】【法】，【干】【脆】【直】【接】【将】【诸】【葛】【志】【擒】【住】，【然】【后】【让】【他】【命】【令】【守】【备】【军】【投】【降】。 【想】【到】【这】【里】【陈】【卓】【双】【眼】【一】【横】【双】【脚】【在】【地】【上】【轻】【轻】【一】【蹬】。 【只】【见】【一】【道】【雷】【影】【忽】【然】【在】【陈】【卓】【的】【身】【上】【划】【过】。 “【天】【雷】【暴】【击】！” 【诸】【葛】【志】【虽】【然】【负】【伤】，【但】【是】【这】【点】【小】【伤】【根】【本】【不】【足】【挂】【齿】。【见】【陈】【卓】【再】【一】【次】【施】【展】【功】【力】，
【薛】【娇】【儿】【第】【二】【日】【起】【了】【个】【大】【早】。 “【把】【前】【些】【日】【子】【老】【夫】【人】【赏】【的】【那】【只】【金】【钗】【给】【我】【拿】【过】【来】。”【薛】【娇】【儿】【在】【首】【饰】【匣】【中】【挑】【挑】【拣】【拣】【了】【半】【天】，【也】【不】【甚】【满】【意】。 “【姨】【娘】，【咱】【们】【不】【便】【太】【过】【铺】【张】【了】【吧】。”【小】【莲】【将】【金】【钗】【递】【给】【她】，【有】【几】【分】【担】【忧】【的】【说】【道】。 【薛】【娇】【儿】【将】【金】【钗】【插】【入】【发】【间】，【不】【甚】【在】【意】【的】【说】【道】：“【如】【今】【暮】【合】【院】【那】【边】【的】【算】【是】【失】【了】【势】【了】，【另】【外】【那】【个】【不】【过】
【不】【过】【好】【在】，【终】【于】【在】【最】【后】【一】【刻】，【找】【到】【了】【出】【手】【的】【时】【机】，【天】【道】【刚】【才】【就】【是】【去】【把】【白】【忆】【干】【的】【好】【事】【引】【发】【的】【后】【续】【问】【题】【给】【解】【决】【了】【一】【下】。 【现】【在】，【他】【要】【开】【始】【和】【那】【个】【男】【人】【的】【灵】【魂】【进】【行】【分】【离】【了】，【白】【忆】【站】【在】【一】【旁】，【紧】【张】【地】【看】【着】【这】【一】【幕】。 【天】【道】【大】【袖】【一】【挥】，【一】【樽】【炼】【丹】【炉】【就】【出】【现】【在】【眼】【前】，【比】【白】【忆】【大】【了】【五】【倍】【不】【止】，【上】【面】【有】【着】【古】【朴】【神】【秘】【的】【花】【纹】，【引】【人】【沉】【迷】【的】
【洁】【白】【的】【沙】【子】【像】【雪】【粒】【一】【样】【纯】【洁】，【宽】【广】【的】【海】【面】，【一】【览】【无】【余】，【望】【不】【到】【尽】【头】。【碧】【蓝】【碧】【蓝】【的】【海】【水】【轻】【轻】【地】【拍】【打】【着】【沙】【滩】，【像】【是】【母】【亲】【温】【柔】【的】【手】【轻】【抚】【着】【小】【孩】【的】【后】【背】。【沙】【滩】【不】【远】【处】【只】【有】【一】【栋】【小】【房】【子】，【四】【周】【再】【无】【其】【它】，【在】【沙】【滩】【上】【躺】【着】，【让】【人】【忘】【记】【所】【有】。 【一】【个】【任】【性】【的】【声】【音】【响】【起】：“【臭】【丫】【头】，【你】【什】【么】【时】【候】【嫁】【给】【我】【啊】？” 【一】【个】【清】【脆】【的】【声】【音】【说】：“