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A podcast where comedians tell you about books so you never have to read! (Now including fiction!) Kellen does standup; Dave writes ads; together they highlight lessons from the world’s best books--and some of the worst. New episode every Monday!

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Comedy

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A podcast where comedians tell you about books so you never have to read! (Now including fiction!) Kellen does standup; Dave writes ads; together they highlight lessons from the world’s best books--and some of the worst. New episode every Monday!

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English

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Episodes

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

2/19/2024
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EpiSoDEs! https://patreon.com/TheBookPile * To buy the book and support the podcast, click HERE for Watchmen https://amzn.to/3uCrELW * “Who watches the watchmen?” That is the central question of this book, asked over and over. And yet they never answer it! So what was the point of asking?! It’s like when Christopher Nolan forgot to show if the top stops spinning. Just basic storytelling mistakes. Plus, Kellen discusses his love of 1990s calendars and Dave explains anti-heroes. (They’re like heroes, on opposite day!) * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:33:20

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss with GUEST HOST Dave Nihill!

2/12/2024
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EpiSoDEs! https://patreon.com/TheBookPile * To buy the books and support the podcast, click HERE for The 4-Hour Workweek! https://amzn.to/3uFGSj7 * We would've written an intro to this episode, but we didn't have time now that I guess we're only working 4 hours a week... * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com

Duration:00:35:10

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & THE ROAST OF Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

2/5/2024
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EpiSoDEs! https://patreon.com/TheBookPile * To buy the books and support the podcast, click HERE for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! https://amzn.to/3HPkXZX or HERE for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator! https://amzn.to/3UtoNiN * Wonka is available to stream this week, and in honor of it, today we're praising Roald Dahl’s most famous book, and roasting his most infamous book. That’s right! We’re covering the Charlie books, a series with a bigger sophomore slump than Pirates of the Caribbean. Plus, Dave has a brainteaser for you and Kellen can't wait for you to hear what the "positive" reviews for the Great Glass Elevator have to say... * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:30:35

Dopamine Detox, by Thibaut Meurisse

1/29/2024
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * Today's book: Dopamine Detox: A Short Guide to Remove Distractions and Get Your Brain to Do Hard Things Ever done a detox? Did it work? Will we ever know? This book contains about 20% very useful information on how to deal with the dopamine that wants you to keep scrolling. (The other 80% of the book reads like it’s been poorly copy-pasted from better books, so just let Kellen do the job of sifting through the plagiarism for you.) * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/3HBduxq * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com

Duration:00:17:32

Our Favorite Books of 2023!

1/22/2024
Last year, Kellen and Dave both broke their personal record for number of books read, and in this episode they list their top ten picks. Plus, Kellen comes into 2024 on a mission to roast some Berenstain Bears, and Dave battles his demons (and angels) on a train. Click below to buy any or all of our favorite books from 2023 AND support the podcast at the same time! Enlightenment Now https://amzn.to/3S55Lwt Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the 80's https://amzn.to/49lzecH A Room of One's Own https://amzn.to/424cM5n Humans https://amzn.to/47KxecF Project Hail Mary https://amzn.to/3S6GLFc Master of the Senate https://amzn.to/42aeHFf The Gifts of Imperfection https://amzn.to/4b3rb5L The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness https://amzn.to/3Hr3new The Power https://amzn.to/490kKyp Excellent Advice for Living https://amzn.to/49lzBUD The Spy With No Pants https://amzn.to/3vEj3Z8 * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:34:12

On Writing (the memoir portion), by Stephen King

1/15/2024
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES and to purchase a CAMEO-STYLE video greeting from Dave and Kellen! (Gift to a friend or family member!) https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * Want to purchase On Writing and support the podcast? (Or just that first one?) Click here! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/48L68D8 * Today Kellen covers the first half of Stephen King's On Writing, which is a memoir. It's slickly written, it's funny, it's got some strong language...so pretty much the only difference between this and his novels is that his life story doesn't contain any ghosts or childrens of the corn. * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com

Duration:00:17:08

Misfit by Gary Gulman WITH GUEST GARY GULMAN!

1/12/2024
Buy Gary’s book, Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the '80s: https://www.amazon.com/Misfit-Growing-Up-Awkward-80s/dp/1250777062 Gary’s standup special, Born on Third Base: ​​https://www.max.com/movies/gary-gulman-born-on-3rd-base/3c80efb5-7891-463e-87b9-9e8ca7d8e6c7 Gary’s standup special, The Great Depresh: https://www.max.com/movies/gary-gulman-the-great-depresh/6b6e6992-a485-42f7-b41e-ff11441da6ab Dave’s book / game, The Starlings: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dp We interviewed a comedy hero of ours, Gary Gulman, about his memoir Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the ‘80s. It’s funny, sweet, poignant, and redeeming. And if you’re not a fan of any of those, this book happens at the same time as Stranger Things!! Fun! Please buy Gary’s book, so that he will come back on our podcast any time he has a new book. We would like to become a necessity to him. Gary Gulman has appeared on virtually every late night show, with some of the highest viewed stand-up clips in Conan's history, and was runner-up on NBC's Last Comic Standing. He's released specials on Netflix and HBO, and appeared in the 2019 movie Joker alongside Joaquin Phoenix. He also appeared in an episode of the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes, alongside Kellen Erskine, which is probably Gary's most important credit... * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:37:38

Re-issue: A Christmas Carol (now with a new introduction!)

12/27/2023
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES and to purchase a CAMEO-STYLE video greeting from Dave and Kellen! (Gift to a friend or family member!) https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * Dave’s graphic novel escape room: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dp * Rediscover A Christmas Carol with the wonderful Tim Curry narrating! Also rediscover this gem of a Book Pile episode (episode #114) that we dug up from 2022 (now with a new intro!). Listen to Dave whisper laugh! Hear Kellen disagree with Dave's habit of walking out of movies! Notice how Kellen tries to defend himself against what appears to be a an unequal luggage-packing relationship with his wife... * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/3NGz6fm * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:21:40

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

12/18/2023
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES and to purchase a CAMEO-STYLE video greeting from Dave and Kellen! (Gift to a friend or family member!) https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * Dave’s graphic novel escape room: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dp * Would you like to read the Grinch? Would you read it in a cinch? Listen to our podcastinch! Rhyming is so easyinch! Plus, Dave and Kellen come up with new holiday characters that you can use to make new traditions in your household, and Kellen shares when he tried and failed to give Dave a present. * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/3RxnEnp * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:31:11

The Man Who Invented Christmas, by Les Standiford

12/15/2023
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES and to purchase a CAMEO-STYLE video greeting from Dave and Kellen! (Gift to a friend or family member!) https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * So there's this book called A Christmas Carol which is about a guy trying to save money when a bunch of ghosts guilt-trip him into burning through his 401K just for a party. The book for today's episode, however, is about Charles Dickens writing that book. * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/3REVWWZ * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com

Duration:00:15:41

THE LIVE ROAST OF: Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown

12/4/2023
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES and to purchase a CAMEO-STYLE video greeting from Dave and Kellen! (Gift to a friend or family member!) https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * Dave’s graphic novel escape room: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dp * Imagine if Indiana Jones were less sexy, more wrong, and way more condescending. If that’s your cup of tea, you’ll love Robert Langdon, who’s back again with way more Catholics and way less fact-checking! Enjoy our live roast of Angels and Demons. Plus, Kellen and Dave meet a man in the crowd who's a horrible father. * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/41aH7Pg * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:30:50

Thanksgiving Mini-Episode 2023

11/27/2023
Happy belated Thanksgiving (to whom it may apply...)! Here's a mini-episode courtesy of Dave, where he covers his Top 5 book recommendations of books he loves that no one else ends up liking at all (do you agree?) We'll be back next week with a SUPER EPISODE, one of two recent live recordings, it will be The Roast of Angels and Demons (the prequel to The Da Vinci Code). * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:02:46

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

11/20/2023
JOIN OUR NEW PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * Dave’s graphic novel escape room: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dp * The Year of Magical Thinking covers the heaviest of subjects: really big hippopotamuses. No, it's grief, and do you already see how hard it is to cover a serious book on a comedy podcast? Well we tried. But it really is a beautiful and tragic volume written by the wonderful Joan Didion, who crafts this book with heart, humor, and her signature attention to detail. Also Dave clearly throws Kellen under the bus when it comes to attempting jokes on this darker episode of the podcast. * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/49FUNFz * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:26:28

Boy: Tales of Childhood, by Roald Dahl

11/14/2023
JOIN OUR NEW PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * This week Kellen discusses (with himself) an autobiography by Roald Dahl, who of course wrote Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, The Witches, and one novel that actually wasn't terrifying for children about a chocolate factory (the 1971 film took care of that...). * If this book sounds interesting to you AND you want to support the podcast, click here to purchase it in paperback, Kindle, or listen to it on Audible for free! (If you're a new subscriber!) https://amzn.to/3N6aQ6b

Duration:00:15:06

Trick Mirror, by Jia Tolentino

11/8/2023
FOR TICKETS TO OUR LIVE SHOWS ON NOVEMBER 11th! For FREE tickets use promo code "LETSIMPROV" Tickets for 7pm show: The Roast of the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/7-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-2-4 Tickets for 9:30pm show: The Roast of Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/9-30-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-1-9 * Buy Dave's graphic novel + escape room here! https://amzn.to/49udcFw * JOIN OUR NEW PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * Today's book: Trick Mirror Trick mirror? What is this, a magic show? Lol. Like what, does this book teach you how to do magic tricks with mirrors, like a magic guy? LOL. ROFL. LMFAO. No, in all seriousness. This is a book of essays about the horrors in the world. * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/3Ss4CAX * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:44:30

A Patreon BONUS Episode!

11/6/2023
Our next official episode will come out tomorrow when we cover the book Trick Mirrors by Jia Tolentino. So for now, enjoy last week's BONUS episode (Mini-Episode #12) from the Patreon! And consider joining the Patreon for access to ALL of our bonus episodes! Join here! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile FOR TICKETS TO OUR LIVE SHOWS ON NOVEMBER 11th! Click here! Tickets for 7pm show: The Roast of the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/7-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-2-4 Tickets for 9:30pm show: The Roast of Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/9-30-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-1-9

Duration:00:14:30

Start Ugly, by David DuChemin

10/31/2023
FOR TICKETS TO OUR LIVE SHOWS ON NOVEMBER 11th! Click here! Tickets for 7pm show: The Roast of the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/7-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-2-4 Tickets for 9:30pm show: The Roast of Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/9-30-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-1-9 * JOIN OUR NEW PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * In this episode, Kellen shares his thoughts on the book Start Ugly, which is about how each human begins their life...Kidding! (Mostly...) It's about the creative process and accepting imperfection out of the gate in order to move forward. Also, if you haven't heard the first draft of Star Wars, it's bonkers, and it's all here. ALSO, join the Patreon to hear the first 6 minutes of Kellen's newest (unreleased!) comedy special! Vote on what joke he should place first in his act! Click the link above for access, it's up right now! * If you want to read Start Ugly and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/3MnuppT * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:15:07

Sphere, by Michael Crichton

10/23/2023
FOR TICKETS TO OUR LIVE SHOWS ON NOVEMBER 11th! Click here! Tickets for 7pm show: The Roast of the novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/7-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-2-4 Tickets for 9:30pm show: The Roast of Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown https://www.improvbroadway.com/events/9-30-pm-improv-comedy-special-live-taping-at-the-hive-collaborative-not-the-improvbroadway-theater-1-9 * JOIN OUR NEW PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile * In 1987, Random House commissioned a series of picture books to help preschool children learn their shapes. Fledgling children’s author Michael Crichton kicked off the short-lived series with his beloved “Sphere”, an innovative children’s book designed to strengthen memorization through the use of pure terror. Utilizing vivid imagery and accessible science, Crichton taught kids that a sphere is a three-dimensional round object, which will cause squids to come and kill everyone around you, as you find a naked dead woman in a submarine and survive multiple murder attempts. A sphere can be a ball, a globe, or a scuba helmet filled with pulpy innards and brains! Yay for spheres!! But seriously, this is Kellen's favorite Crichton book (possibly tied with The Great Train Robbery), and also in this episode, Dave and Kellen perform the world's first long-form Michael-Crichton themed improv game (for reals). * If you want to read/listen to this book and support the podcast in a fun way, click here to buy the book! Free on Audible to first-time subscribers! https://amzn.to/3Fs33LF * Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:34:36

4 Big Announcements! (7 total!)

10/17/2023
JOIN OUR NEW PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile Kellen lists off 7 big announcements (three BIG big announcements).

Duration:00:06:51

RANKED: The Top 7 Scariest Books (to Kellen...)

10/9/2023
JOIN OUR NEW PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES! https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile Today Kellen lists the books that have scared him the most from the time he was a child up until this year (please don't make fun of him...). It's Halloween month! Or "pumpkin harvest month" or whatever it is you're most comfortable saying about October...At the very least, we can all agree that it's the tenth month of the year, so it's only fitting that we talk about ghosts. * If any of the books on this episode spark your interest AND you want a fun way to support the podcast, use the links below! (Most of the books are free (one-time-only) on Audible for new subscribers! BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA: THE PICTORIAL MOVIEBOOK https://amzn.to/3rMHUbX GARFIELD’S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE https://amzn.to/48UIsgr JANE EYRE https://amzn.to/45wesEB JURASSIC PARK https://amzn.to/3FqWclm SKELETON CREW https://amzn.to/48RqD1T THE SHINING https://amzn.to/3rY2yWA SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK https://amzn.to/3tzLzu2 Kellen Erskine has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC's America's Got Talent, and the Amazon Original Series Inside Jokes. He has garnered over 100 million views with his clips on Dry Bar Comedy. In 2018 he was selected to perform on the “New Faces” showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He currently tours the country www.KellenErskine.com * David Vance's videos have garnered over 1 billion views. He has written viral ads for companies like Squatty Potty, Chatbooks, and Lumē, and sketches for the comedy show Studio C. His work has received two Webby Awards, and appeared on Conan. He currently works as a writer on the sitcom Freelancers.

Duration:00:19:20