Friday Video: Allie Brosh, “Hyperbole and a Half”

Allie Brosh’s immensely popular blog, Hyperbole and a Half (, is an Internet phenomenon which has been named one of the Funniest Sites on the Web by PC World and winner of the 2011 Bloggies Awards for Most Humorous Weblog and Best Writing.

In her debut book, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened,” Brosh brings her artful, poignant, and uproarious self-reflections to the printed page, giving her legions of fans even more tales about her rambunctious childhood, life as a “real adult,” and many misadventures along the way.

A full-color, illustrated collection of essays featuring more than fifty percent new material, as well as reader favorites from the blog, the book chronicles the many “learning experiences” Allie has undergone as a result of her own character flaws, the horrible incidents that other people have had to endure because she was such a terrible child (quite possibly the worst child), the highs and (mostly) lows of owning a smart, yet neurotic dog and a mentally challenged one—and includes moving, honest, and darkly comic essays tackling her struggles with depression and anxiety, among other anecdotes from her life.

About the author:

Allie Brosh has enjoyed writing ever since her mom tricked her into writing a story to distract her from her immediate goal of wrapping the cat in duct-tape. That first story was long and ramble-y and almost entirely comprised of climactic battle scenes with very little context or continuity, but over the next eighteen years, Brosh wrote more and got better at it. She also went through a preadolescent phase where her singular goal in life was to become the best person ever at drawing wolves. Normally, that is not the type of skill a person would expect to rely on at any point in their adult lives, but Brosh managed to find a way.

Brosh started blogging during the summer of 2009, and at first, it was just a hobby — something used to distract herself from unemployment and the possibility of a future as a hobo. But then, in April of 2010, the internet serendipitously discovered her blog. In 2013, Advertising Age named Allie one of the 50 most influential creative figures in the world. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband Duncan, her two dogs, and seven pet rats.

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