shitroughdrafts x funnyladyfilmclub: BABY BOOM

Paul Laudiero is a writer and comedian who studies and performs with the Upright Citizens Brigade. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, CollegeHumor, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Wired. He’s also the creator of the web series Lino At The Movies. 

Pre-Order the shitroughdrafts book here,  and watch us discuss BABY BOOM here!

For a chance to win a copy of Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been, follow SundanceTV’s Tumblr account and reblog this post.  

Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing. If selected, you’ll receive a signed copy! No purchase necessary. The deadline for entry is Mon., Jun. 9th at noon ET. See the full sweepstakes rules for more details.


Don’t miss THE WRITERS’ ROOM, Mondays at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.


Paul Laudiero is a writer and comedian who studies and performs with the Upright Citizens Brigade. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, CollegeHumor, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Wired. He’s also the creator of the web series Lino At The Movies. 

Pre-Order the shitroughdrafts book here,  and watch us discuss “Nine to Five”  with Emily Tarver and Sue Smith HERE!


Announcing the Winners of The Great Tumblr Book Search!

When we announced The Great Tumblr Book Search, we had no idea what the response would be. In just 45 days, we received 175 entries. For the past month, editors at both Chronicle and Tumblr read through all of the proposals—tears streaming down our faces in laughter—with the goal of choosing one grand-prize winner who would not only receive $300 of Chronicle Books but also be considered for publication. So without further ado, we present the winners of The Great Tumblr Book Search.

Grand-Prize Winner: Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero

We’re pleased to announce that Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero is our grand-prize winner! Sh*t Rough Drafts imagines early drafts of famous literary works and screenplays, including the Bible, Harry Potter, and Braveheart. Laudiero started his Tumblr in February and it quickly gained a following, thanks to coverage on Huffington Post Books. Paul is a 22-year-old from Virginia, a Creative Writing major at George Mason University, and a writer and comedian who performs regularly at Washington Improv Theater in D.C. Last summer he interned at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.

Sh*t Rough Drafts Coming Soon to a Bookshelves Everywhere

Additionally, we’re thrilled to announce that we have signed a book deal for Sh*t Rough Drafts!  The book will combine new material with the best of the Tumblr entries and is slated for publication in Spring 2014. Please join us in congratulating Paul—and definitely follow his Tumblr if you’re not already.


The Great Tumblr Book Search also yielded three runners-up: Twitter the Comic by Mike Rosenthal; The Awkward Phase by Tyler Gillespie and Claire Meyer; and Activitorium by The Tangential edited by Becky Lang and designed by Caroline Royce. Each finalist (or finalist team) will enjoy $100 of Chronicle Books and feedback from both Chronicle and Tumblr editors. Their Tumblrs are by turns awesome and hilarious and definitely worth following!

Short List:

Additionally we wanted to mention a short list of other entries that we admired. You should follow these Tumblrs and cheer them on because they’re doing great work: Young MonstersBad Ass Civil War BeardsBunny Ears Over the YearsMister Book, and I Work at a Public Library.

Enter Next Year:

If you didn’t win this year or you didn’t quite get your proposal submitted in time, never fear. Chronicle and Tumblr are pleased to announce that this will be an annual partnership. The Second Annual Great Tumblr Book Search will kick off in January 2014. We hope to hear from you then! And thanks again to all the creative, witty folks who entered. It was a pleasure to read your work and visit your Tumblrs.

The Declaration of Independence from My Girlfriend Meghan


When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for me to dissolve the bands that have connected me to Meghan, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that I should declare the causes that impel me to the separation. So here is why I want to break up. 

When we first started hooking up, we held these truths to be self-evident, that we weren’t going to label anything too quickly, that we enjoyed keeping things casual, and that our favorite movie was ‘The Pursuit of Happyness.’

That’s it. That’s really all we had in common. We both liked that Will Smith movie.

But somehow we became “exclusive” and slowly but surely I stopped seeing my friends Derek and Rodney, I stopped reading Game of Thrones, and I stopped wearing cargo shorts.

Whenever any relationship becomes too oppressive and infringes upon my rock solid friendship with Derek and Rodney amongst other incivilities, it is my right to abolish it. I also kind of want to start seeing other people.

When a long train of abuses and usurpations reduces this relationship to absolute Despotism, one must question the limitations of the social contract he has entered. I think, “Tim, you’re only 24. What are you doing?”

Benjamin Franklin once nobly said, “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.” I think that makes sense in this context.

The history of my relationship with Meghan is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of absolute Tyranny over me.  To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

  •  She has made me stop wearing cargo shorts.
  • She has made me stop reading Game of Thrones.
  • She has made me stop watching Game of Thrones.
  • She has thrown out my Hooters T-Shirts.
  • She has made me take Yoga.
  • She has made me start flossing every day.
  • She has made me stop hanging out with my boys, Derek and Rodney.
  • She threw out my Japanese body pillow.
  • She made me read the Fault in Our Stars.
  • She made me watch the Fault in Our Stars.
  • She did not let me go to PAX Prime festival in Seattle with Derek and Rodney.

In every step of oppression I have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms. I did not want to take Yoga. I think flossing is for sissies. I also did not want to see the “Fault in Our Stars” movie. It is not as good or as sad as “The Pursuit of Happyness.” It sucked butt, just like the book.

 I therefore declare that I am absolved from all allegiance from you. I am free and independent and I have the full power to see other women, like Charlotte from Yoga. I think she might be into me.

 Also, Derek and Rodney signed this too because they SUPPORT me. They are my bros and support this declaration of independence from you.

 -Tim Jefferson

-Derek Torres

-Rodney Dunn

[Paul Laudeiro is the creator of shit rough drafts &  has written for mcsweeney’s]


Paul Laudiero is a writer and comedian who studies and performs with the Upright Citizens Brigade. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, CollegeHumor, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Wired. He’s also the creator of the web series Lino At The Movies. 

We’ve been fans of Shit Rough Drafts for ages, and our enthusiasm about featuring Paul’s work on the blog can only be described as…unedited!

Pre-Order the Shit Rough Drafts book here,  and watch the first episode of FUNNY LADY FILM CLUB HERE!

Katie Heaney and Friends


With a night focusing on “the total agony and creeping insanity of dating,” you know it’s gonna be good.

And indeed, this was one of the most hilarious literary events I’ve ever been to. Five fantastic storytellers gathered at Housing Works on Wednesday to celebrate the publication of Kate Heaney’s recent memoir, NEVER HAVE I EVER, about her life (so far) as a singleton. Chiara Atik, author of the rather excellent MODERN DATING: A FIELD GUIDE, moderated.

In order, here are the highlights:

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This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:

Try something new at Monday’s Comedy Notebook, hosted by Rob Paravonian. Established comedians test their new material on you, the audience. Mwahaha.

We’re exploring the great Midwest and its rich lit culture with curbsidesplendor and vol1brooklyn at In the Middle of Everything. ​Readings by Jason Diamond, Dmitry Samarov, Megan Stielstra, Erika Wurth, and D.Foy! 

Your worst e-mail nightmares will come true (for other people) at Shit Rough E-mails with Paul Laudiero and Friends. We promise this event will be highly therapeutic.

Storytellers will throw down Thursday’s The Moth StorySLAM. The topic? Rivalry. OoooOOOOoooh.

We’re hosting a pair of book club meetings this weekend! Fans of Billy Pilgrim assemble for Saturday’s Kurt Vonnegut Book Club. The selection is Slaughterhouse-Five. On Sunday Face-to-Face, our book club for readers aged 8-12, will meet to discuss Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee

One more note: We’re holding a second monthly sale day! The bookstore was unexpectedly closed for much of last Saturday, but we still want to offer you blazing hot deals on books, music, and MORE. Visit us on Saturday, September 13, for Monthly Sale: Pt 2