QUICK HIT: Diary of a Jackwagon is a fun-filled collection of comedy vignettes. Maybe you read one every night before bed, like a devotional or something…or maybe not. Maybe you just straight up read the book in one sitting and then go spend five hours watching Tim Hawkins YouTube videos. Your choice.
Tim Hawkins is a funny guy. If you don’t know who he is, go YouTube him immediately (that’s FOUR LINKS, PEOPLE. NO EXCUSES). Tim has made his living in standup for a while now, and he’s probably best known for his parody songs. As a longtime fan, I’ve seen almost all of Tim’s shows and he just keeps getting better.
Diary of a Jackwagon scared me. I didn’t know what to expect. I know that Tim rules the stage, but how would he fare in the literary world? And if I’m going to be objective, the answer is pretty average. So let me begin with the criticisms:
It’s difficult to transfer his physical brand of comedy into the printed word. That’s not Tim’s fault. But it does shine through in some places, most notably when he shares the lyrics to one of his parody songs. Unless you’re already in the know, the funny foot just doesn’t have the same amount of kick. Despite that, Tim does his job well and keeps the laughs coming.
It’s filled with stuff we’ve already heard. I didn’t expect Tim to write up a whole book’s worth of new material, but I’d wager that I recognized about 99% of the material from his previous standup. I wanted to hear the bits that didn’t make to stage, the old stuff he tried out as he was getting his start, and so on.
But the good to all this is that it’ll appeal to Tim’s fans. I, for one, found myself glued to the page—even when I knew the punchline. It was like I had a little Tim Hawkins in my head, performing a personal show for me…whether that sentence makes you preorder ten copies or flee in abject terror is up to you. I’m not judging either way.
Diary of a Jackwagon is a fun-filled collection of comedy vignettes. Maybe you read one every night before bed, like a devotional or something…or maybe not. Maybe you just straight up read the book in one sitting and then go spend five hours watching Tim Hawkins YouTube videos. Your choice. Whether in person, on the screen, or on the page, Tim has proved himself to be a master of comedy that continues to delight and entertain.