Bryan Bishop; foreword by Adam Carolla
Thomas Dunne Books
**A New York Times bestseller**
“If you’re reading this, it means I’m already dead. Just kidding.”
In 2009, at thirty years old, Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track. Known to millions as “Bald Bryan,” the sidekick and soundman on the record-setting podcast, The Adam Carolla Show, his radio career was taking off. He was newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancée Christie were delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma—an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was transformed into a grueling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy while facing his mortality.
In this poignant narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and hysterical, Bishop shares the surreal experiences of writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, taking chemo in a strip club, and (technically) the closest he ever got to achieving his lifelong dream of a threesome—when a physical therapist had to show his wife how to bathe him in the shower during his weakened state.
Whether recounting his search for the most aggressive form of treatment, how radiation treatment jeopardized his ability to (literally) walk down the aisle or even smile for his wedding photos, or recalling the time his wife inadvertently drugged him in a pool in Maui, Bishop’s inimitable voice radiates through his story.
As the author celebrates how treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life, Shrinkage reveals the resilience of the human spirit—and the power of laughter—during even the darkest times.
If you’re reading this, it means I’m already dead.
Just kidding. I’m not dead. (Spoiler alert.) I’ve just always wanted to say that. It’s one of three things I’ve always wanted to say with 100 percent sincerity but never had the right opportunity. The other two:
“I suppose you’re all wondering why I’ve summoned you here tonight” and . . .
“Can your casino please provide me with a security escort so I can safely transport my winnings back to my helicopter?”
Of those three
“Told in dude-style prose just waiting to be filmed by Judd Apatow…Bishop writes powerfully about the frightening reality of his disease and the desperate search for treatment. Occasionally he offers a 'Tumor Tip' that gives advice in refreshingly plain, readable language…Scene after scene is both sad and funny.”—The Washington Post
“If ever there was a book that combines laugh-aloud humor and heartbreak, Bryan Bishop’s Shrinkage is it. It will grab hold of you and it won't let go.”— T. C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author and PEN/Faulkner Award winner
“Since none of us is getting out of this alive, we are all measured, in a way, by the prospect of that mortality. Bryan Bishop has faced his ultimate truth with wit, compassion, honesty and art, providing the rest of us with what we need most—inspiration.”—Ken Burns, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Filmmaker
“In his debut, Bishop, sidekick on The Adam Corolla Show, turns the story of his inoperable brain tumor into a comedic memoir of illness, courage, despair, and hope…Still, whether he is being serious or funny, the heart of the book lays in his battle with cancer, which, though it causes him to lose his mobility, voice and masculinity, never causes him to lose hope. It is this unflinching positive spirit of survival, as well as the steadfast strength and devotion of his wife Christie, that proves true the old adage—comedy is tragedy plus time. The book provides a relatable and informative look at cancer treatment that will benefit anyone who is or knows someone living with the disease.”—Publishers Weekly
“A candid recounting of this funnyman’s navigation across cancer’s rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop’s narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Bishop delivers a moving testament to the goodness of friends, family, and strangers during times of need.”—Booklist
“Bishop's …positive attitude remains intact…It's an attitude that no doubt can inspire others…[a] very engaging and uplifting book.”—San Antonio Express-News Review
“Bryan is smart and knows it. And wants you to know it. As you read this book you’ll see just how sharp and clever he is.”—from the Foreword by Adam Carolla
“This is a must read for anyone with a pulse.”—Dr. Drew Pinsky, Loveline and Dr. Drew on Call
“Bald Bryan puts the can in cancer and the bone in boner!”—Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“Greatly supplementing the heartfelt...funny account that follows are Bishop's Tumor Tips—extremely useful nuggets of advice for anyone navigating a scary battle with a life-threatening disease.” —Penthouse
“Instead of giving up, Bryan found refuge in comedy. Within the page of Shrinkage, Bryan recounts several experiences of his treatment and recovery through a comedic lens while never losing sight of the stark reality of his diagnosis.”—Star & Lamp Review
“Cancer is not funny. But...this book about Bryan’s cancer is VERY funny. I'm so confused.”—Bobby Moynihan, Saturday Night Live
“Bryan is truly the most underrated of comedic sidekicks and talents in radio and new media. What makes Bryan's book even more special is his life journey, which will inspire all who read it.”—Maria Menounos, New York Times bestselling author and host of Extra
“Bryan's story is heartwarming, funny as hell, and as inspirational as they come.”—Jerry O’Connell, actor
“[An] insightful memoir of Bald Bryan who maintains his sense of humor and positive outlook on life while battling brain cancer. An honest, smart read...”—Natalie Coughlin, 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer
“Bryan’s book gives the reader a glimpse into how to approach one of life’s true nightmares with complete pragmatism and calm. This book is a must read.”—Jay Mohr, actor
“It’s honestly brilliant.”—Teresa Strasser, bestselling author and host of The List
"As a fan of the show, I loved the insight into a time I only had glimpses of via the podcast. Expected it to break my heart a bit, didn't expect all the funny." —John Cho, Harold & Kumar and Star Trek