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If The Raindrops United

Drawings and Cartoons

Judah Friedlander

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Hachette Books
20 October 2015
You know Judah Friedlander from his role as Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock and from appearances in films like American Splendor and The Wrestler. But long before he became a celebrity and stand-up comic Friedlander drew stuff.

Now, in this quirky, hilarious, and profound collection of drawings, Friedlander shows a new side to his terrifically entertaining (New York Times) comedy. Whether imagining George Washington in Las Vegas, plastic surgery for imperfect triangles, or the Keystone Pipeline as a sex act, Friedlander's Joodles push boundaries, exploring the absurdities of American life, sex, even history and human rights. IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED is a milestone in the career of one of America's most inventive comedians.
Imprint:   Hachette Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 193mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   366g
ISBN:   9780316306959
ISBN 10:   0316306959
Pages:   176
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Judah Friedlander won international acclaim for his portrayal of Toby Radloff in the award-winning movie American Splendor. He was a series regular on the Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock for seven seasons (SAG Award for Best Ensemble). He can be seen in a cameo in Sharknado 2. He is the author of the bestselling instructional karate book How To Beat Up Anybody, featuring his photography and art work. In 2015, he will release a stand-up comedy album and a stand-up comedy documentary concert film. He lives in New York City.

Reviews for If The Raindrops United: Drawings and Cartoons

Visual jokes that make you think.... Where [Friedlander's] stand-up sets jab at things like gentrification, sexism, and gun control, If the Raindrops United punches those same issues right in the gut. --Refinery29 To compare Judah Friedlander to a great cartoonist like Jim Davis would be a compliment to Jim Davis. --Wyatt Cenac, Comedian, Actor, and Writer The book's drawings run the gamut between The Far Side and The New Yorker, offering plenty of belly laughs. --Bedford + Bowery Some people meditate. Some people masturbate. But if you don't have the time or patience for either of those, I recommend reading If the Raindrops United to calm down, have a little laugh, or a big think. --Susan Sarandon, Actor Reading Judah Friedlander's new book is a lot like hanging out with Judah himself: occasionally baffling, frequently thought-provoking, but, most of all, consistently hilarious! --Mick Foley, Semi-Retired Wrestler, Author, Comedian and Actor No one has replaced the brilliance of The Far Side ... but Friedlander's skewed jokes evoke that landmark comic's better than any strip does today.... It's something of a surprise to find this new work so whimsical, sly and modest ... He creates little cracked worlds with a simple image and a few words. --The New York Times Book Review Judah's drawings are deceptively simple, yet they become more compelling with every page. His talent as an actor/writer/comedian is further conveyed in ANOTHER medium. He's a Quadruple Threat. He wears many hats. Literally. --Janeane Garofalo, Actor and Comedian Judah Friedlander is pretty amazing. Not only is he a brilliant comedian, karate world champion, and accomplished actor, but he's a very thoughtful guy. When he's not busy making people happy on stage and on screen, he's often putting some serious consideration into the woes of those around him. And luckily for us, all that humor and all that thoughtfulness is on display in his latest book If the Raindrops United. --The Interrobang Judah thank you for writing a funny twisted book. It is such an easy read. Even dum dums like me can enjoy it!!! Buy this book. --Dave Attell, Comedian Judah has drawn a weird and funny book in the grand '70s tradition of B. Kliban! I think this book will probably fix the world. --Tina Fey I've known Judah for many years and I still don't understand how his mind works, but it sure works. Seriously strange. Seriously funny. A National Treasure. Sadly, I need to get a restraining order against him. --Paul Giamatti, Actor Another hit from The World Champ tackling the signs and symbols you frequently question while dropping hot lava in your American Standard VorMax. --Eddie Huang, Restauranteur, Chef, Food Personality and Writer An exercise in brilliant efficiency. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever drawn. --J.J. Abrams, Director, Producer, and Writer

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