Paul Scheer with Adam Savage - Joyful Recollections of Trauma (Corte Madera Store & Online)

Paul Scheer
In conversation with Adam Savage
Joyful Recollections of Trauma
 Corte Madera & Online 
Sun. June 2nd 1:00PM PT

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From award-winning actor and comedian Paul Scheer, a candid and hilarious memoir-in-essays on coming to terms with childhood trauma and finding the joy in embracing your authentic self.

Paul Scheer has entertained countless fans and podcast listeners with stories about the odd, wild, and absurd details of his life. Yet these tales have pointed to deeper, more difficult truths that the actor and comedian has kept to himself. Now, he is finally ready to share those truths for the first time—but, of course, with a healthy dose of humor.

Blending the confident, affable voice that has won him a dedicated following with a refreshing level of candor, Joyful Recollections of Trauma chronicles Paul’s often shocking, admittedly tumultuous childhood and how the experiences of his youth have reverberated throughout his life. In his comedy, Paul has always been unafraid to “go there,” to play naïve, cringeworthy characters, imbuing them with disarming charm and humanity. That daring openness is on display in the pages of this memoir, but in true Paul fashion, it is also surprising, eye-opening, and side-splitting.

In this madcap journey through the inner working of his mind and creative process, Paul Scheer demonstrates once again that the truth is often stranger—and funnier—than fiction. Joyful Recollections of Trauma offers a unique perspective on universal themes: growing up, working through a challenging childhood, staying true to yourself, and finding success, fulfillment, and happiness in often strange and difficult circumstances. Throughout, Paul shares both the hard-fought lessons and the laughter that can be found in the darkest parts of life, and reminds us that what matters is not what you’ve been through but who you are becoming.


Paul Scheer is a Screen Actors’ Guild Award-winning comedian, actor, filmmaker, and podcaster known for his roles in The League, Black Monday, Fresh off the Boat, 30 Rock, and Veep. He also co-created and starred in Human Giant and NTSF:SD:SUV. He writes comics for Marvel and DC and can be heard on Big City Greens & Star Trek: Lower Decks. He cohosts the popular podcasts How Did This Get Made? and Unspooled. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.


Adam Savage is a maker. He is also a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Emmy-nominated producer/host, highly decorated YouTube creator, and internationally acclaimed science communicator, and cosplayer. After more than a decade working in special effects for Industrial Light and Magic/Lucastilm, the Matrix films, and most of the major movie studios, he began hosting Discovery Channel's flagship show Mythbusters in 2002, producing nearly 300 episodes over 13 years, and played in over 100 countries. In 2009 he started Adam Savage's Tested on YouTube, and has amassed nearly 7 million subscribers to his videos on making, film, technology, science, and creativity in general. Also a veteran stage performer Adam has toured multiple countries on 3 continents with stage shows he produced about the magic of science and engineering. An acclaimed speaker, his TED talks have garnered over 10 million views and he's done keynotes for dozens of Fortune 500 companies, and commencement addresses to many universities.

Adam has a seat on the boards of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and the Center for Policing Equity, and is an advisor to the California Academy of Sciences. He's written extensively for national publications like Wired Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Make Magazine, and in 2019 he released his book Every Tool is a Hammer- Life is What you Make It, which debuted on the NYT bestseller list. Adam has also been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, modelmaker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer, and director.


"Paul Scheer delivers a deeply funny, personal and moving account of how joy and pain are the perfect ingredients for a happy and funny life." — Amy Poehler

"Paul’s book is full of heart, humor and heartache. So proud to call him a friend and fellow author." — Phoebe Robinson

"This book is a SCHEER delight!! (Note: Patton Oswalt was committed to a low-security mental help facility after writing this blurb.)” — Patton Oswalt




Paul Scheer - photo credit Andrew Max Levy. Adam Savage photo courtesy of the publicist. 


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