Eddie's book, Mental: Funny in the Head, is available now!
Authors' praise for Mental
"Eddie Sarfaty’s Mental made
me laugh out loud on the subway, eliciting glares from strangers. Read it in public if you don’t mind drawing attention to yourself,
read it in private if you do mind, but read it."
“Eddie Sarfaty's humor is never cruel --
or only as cruel as life itself. Whereas most humorists are so
broad, so exaggerated that no chapter is as funny as a single page
and no page as funny as a sentence, Sarfaty doesn't deal in
one-liners or cheap laughs. All his laughs are expensive --
they call on deep reserves of observation, humanity and kindness.
This is a book you will read in one sitting all the way to the end
with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes.”
"Eddie Sarfaty is a gifted stand-up
comic, but his book is not just a collection of humorous sketches
and clever one-liners. These are fully realized true-life stories,
fresh and well-observed, expertly crafted and naturally funny.
Sarfaty uses comedy not to keep his people at arm's length but to
bring us closer to them. He is not afraid to move us and he is not
afraid to be smart. And he writes beautifully, like an angel with a
wise heart and a wonderfully foul mouth."
“In this engaging and frequently
hilarious collection, Eddie Sarfaty combines humor and poignancy as
skillfully as he writes about being Jewish and gay. This book
proves that in addition to being a talented stand-up
comedian, Eddie's also a wonderful writer.”
"Eddie Sarfaty 's new book,
Mental initially seems to be a pleasingly accessible memoir of very
funny, linked stories. It turns out to be a searingly
opinionated, totally original, blowtorch of a memoir of very funny,
linked stories. Reading Mental's sorta like reaching for a
bottle of fruit punch Gatorade, and realizing mid gulp that you're
downing hot paprika-spiked Hungarian moonshine."
"Anyone who reads
this book and doesn't fall in love with Eddie Sarfaty is an idiot."
"It's very good, but I could
do without the language."
"Hilarious! If only he
were this funny on Wednesdays at 3."
author writes with the caustic touch of Austen Burroughs, creating a funny yet
poignant portrait of his world. A droll, writerly addition to the burgeoning
shelf of gay lit."
humor? Sure. And much more. Human humor."
proves that there is dignity and hilarity in what may seem ordinary. His short
episodes individually encapsulate the range of human emotion."
is hilarious, which is appropriate considering Sarfaty is in the business of
making people laugh, but also offers surprising insight into the human
"The big difference
between telling a funny joke and telling a funny story is that the latter is
more difficult for the author, but more rewarding for the reader. Sarfaty is a
good comedian, but he's an even better writer."
"Smart and original, Sarfaty doesn’t rely on shallow shtick or contrivances.
While demonstrating a command of the subtle as well as the absurd, overall his
prose seems organically channeled. He writes from his heart as well as his head,
courageously giving us permission to live vicariously inside his world, which
although distinctive in its circumstances, is emotionally universal."
is that rare comic who knows how to write. He has a light touch, and he's able
to combine humor with poignancy without being sentimental. Mental is the
sign of a fresh new talent."
"It’s not easy doing stand-up comedy. And it’s not easy writing
an engaging book that is both funny and touching. Lucky for fans of Eddie
Sarfaty, he delivers on both counts"
year there is a writer that the publishing industry pushes as the new David
Sedaris or the new Augusten Burroughs. This year it’s Eddie Sarfaty. And,
surprisingly, they’re not too far from the truth."
comedy transcends any ethnic, sexual orientation or routine convention, and his
book reveals him to be a unique and exciting storyteller."
strikes a universal chord that's both hilarious and heartfelt."
"Sarfaty’s overly-dry-in-a-good-way descriptions
had tears of laughter flowing from my eyes."
Funny in the Head is a surprisingly warm, humorous collection of short
stories from American stand-up Eddie Sarfaty."
in the hands of a born storyteller."
is a collection of connected anecdotes and stories from a life that,
summarized, seems to have been lived purely for the purpose of milking amusement
out of it."
is a new literary voice and we can't wait for more."
Sarfaty’s collection of short essays is so much more than funny anecdotes and
cocktail chatter. His writing is clear, direct, sexy, and full of personal
proves that comedy isn’t necessarily cruel. It simply comes from the absurdity
of living in a cruel world. And it reminds me how grateful I am that comedians
like him live among us."
command of language is superb and he turns each episode he tackles into a
fascinating anecdote with his dry wit and original observations."
shot of hilarity in your life? Shoot up with Mental."
"Eddie Sarfaty confronts potentially unbearable situations with
candor and insight in his warm-hearted and touching memoir."
is a master humorist; better yet, he's a gifted storyteller."