Whips, quips in Tom Segura’s newest book

“I would like to play alone, please”, by Tom Segura. (Grand Central Publishing)

Tom Segura is an edgelord. He’s constantly on the verge of going too far, straddling the line for the lulz. It’s effective, but it keeps the casual fan of his comedy at bay.

That is, until he wrote a series of autobiographical essays titled “I’d Like to Play Alone, Please” and gave the bookish world a window into his heart.

An absolute troll from the start, Segura speaks directly to readers and interacts with his audience as if he were on stage performing a set. Open, funny and insightful like an interview with Marc Maron if it were only an actor talking to himself.

Ideas like “use what you have” and “don’t try to prank armed bodyguards” are just a sample of the life lessons Segura has taken the opportunity to impart to the written world.

“I’d like to play alone, please” is a stereotypical male tour de force with farts, football and a third thing starting with “f” which is not suitable for printing, sometimes interrupted by sincere feelings completely disarming. Then followed by more poo jokes.

Amid musings about his life and his self-aware toxic masculinity, Segura encountered splashes of famous people, each including a selfie before you could finish thinking, “Pictures or it didn’t happen.”

Some chapters won’t be new to fans of Segura’s stand-up – he writes the story of his accidental overdose almost exactly the same way he tells it on stage. And if you’re looking to relive Segura’s highlights like his infamous immersion injury or the time he met Mike Tyson, they’re here, too.

But Segura also offers insight into his life, revealing how a kid spending wild summers in Peru and doing award-winning bad science projects becomes a podcaster and touring comedian with four Netflix specials. His essays explore his childhood, the times he was bombed and which of his sons is his favorite and why in thoughtful prose that tells each story in an original and inherently Segura way.

The book is funny, surprising and even sweet at times. Some of the more offensive sections deliver the best punchlines, though it’s up to the reader to determine if it’s worth it. Hardcore Segura fans will be at home, while others caught off guard will be demanding refunds. Segura polarizes this way. Don’t worry, though – most of the time it’s just about poking his friend and fellow comedian Bert Kreischer.

“I would like to play alone, please”

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