Review of Hilarity Ensues, By Tucker Max

by Frost on February 20, 2012

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Rollory February 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

originally posted by a Tucker employee on the Freak Safari board:

Like Jess, I also knew a self-entitled asshole who was so arrogant he felt he was entitled to the work of others as if he had produced it himself.

For six months, I worked my ass off producing all kinds of content in hopes my work would be rewarded with money and some cool projects being thrown my way.

At three month mark, I grew concerned my paycheck hadn’t show up, so I wrote him an e-mail. He seemed to think he had never had any intention of paying me, and that I had misconstrued events. However, because he was a “nice guy” he agreed to pay me half of what I really deserved, and I took it without complaint.

Flash forward another three months. In the intervening time, my boss has told me he has heard “rumors” and I should be concerned. I don’t really know what he’s talking about, and he seems to ignore me when I offer to discuss them, so I don’t pursue it. He then tells me I should drop out of school and be a prison guard because this would fit well with his plans. I tell him thank you but no. I am treated as though I am balking at an offer of help. I sigh and ignore it.

My check is definitely supposed to be arriving this time, with all the back pay for the first three months. Everyday for a week I go down and check the mail. No check comes. I write a series of e-mails to middle management people. No answer. I wait a week and write them again. The check is coming. I wait. I wait some more. Three weeks after it was supposed to arrive it comes.

I open up the check. The amount is for $83.

I am stunned.

I wait a day to wait for the shock to wear off, and then write the boss a direct e-mail expressing my concerns.

My boss proceeds to tell me that I have a big head for daring to talk to him that way, and that he is going to leave me as the nothing he found me.

Koanic February 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I don’t agree.

There were a few try hard moments – a reasonable concession to the expectations of his base. And it was a bit dull in places. Perhaps he feels he’s outgrown the need for an editor. Or perhaps this is his way of getting in the final, comprehensive word.

But overall it was more mature and insightful. While there was a lower laugh density, the laughs that did come were just as hard. More importantly, this was the most honest and complete book he’s written. Without it and that interview, the other two are greatly diminished.

Koanic February 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

Another good post. I’ll read it and see.

Boxy February 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

A very honest review. I just got my copy of Hilarity Ensues a couple of days ago, and unlike his other books decided to put it away after the 4th chapter. Btw have you read “Sloppy Seconds” it’s much better than HE.

Frost February 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Yeah, I don’t know about ‘much better’ but it’s definitely more authentic. I think most of the stories were old ones from the website that I hadn’t read in a few years.

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