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The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir.
Gina Yashere has appeared on countless TV shows both in the UK and US. Here she was the first and only British comic to perform on Def Comedy Jam. She has performed on The Tonight Show, has been featured as the British correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, has three comedy specials currently streaming on Netflix, and is a co-executive producer, writer and series regular on the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, which she co-created with Chuck Lorre.
Michelle Buteau is an actress/comedian. She was born in New Jersey to Caribbean parents. She can currently be seen as the host of the new season of the popular Netflix series THE CIRCLE. She is also one of the stars of the TV remake of FIRST WIVES CLUB, the second season premieres on BET this June. Other film and TV credits include ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE, AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS, RUSSIAN DOLL, SOMEONE GREAT and the upcoming MARRY ME with Jennifer Lopez. Michelle’s one-hour comedy special WELCOME TO BUTEAUPIA is streaming on Netflix and recently won the Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Special. Simon Schuster published her autobiographical book of essays SURVIVAL OF THE THICKEST last December.
“Gina is one of those comedians you watch on tv and be like I want to meet her. I got the honor to meet Gina in the trenches of the LA comedy scene. Her story is funny, inspiring, and thought provoking. Her success is a testament to her crazy work ethic. This Book is a Must Read, Trust.” --Tiffany Haddish, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Black Unicorn
“Gina Yashere is always going up. Perhaps that’s because she began as an elevator repair person. After conquering the world of standup comedy, she ascended to successful standup, sitcom creator, showrunner and series costar. And now she’s an author. And like everything else she does, it’s wonderful. Hilarious. Irreverent. Insightful. Holy shit she really said that. Now of course, we all know elevators go up and down. But the smart money on Gina is up. Always up.” - Chuck Lorre
According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark—a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience’s dreams. Gina would learn to speak perfect English, live unfettered by men or children, work a man’s job, and travel the world with a free spirit.
Is she the reincarnation of her grandmother? Maybe. Gina isn’t ruling anything out. In Cack-Handed, she recalls her intergenerational journey to success foretold by her grandmother and fulfilled thousands of miles from home. This hilarious memoir tells the story of how from growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working class London, running from skinheads, and her overprotective Mom, Gina went on to become the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest elevator company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist co-workers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to become a stand up comic, appearing on numerous television shows and becoming one of the top comedians in the UK, before giving it all up to move to the US, a dream she’d had since she was six years old, watching American kids on television, riding cool bicycles, and solving crimes.
A collection of eccentric, addictive, and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class, and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina’s unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian.