The Book Pile

Kellen Erskine and David Vance

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! read less

Our Editor's Take

The best books in the world sometimes sit on the shelf, unread. They loom over other lesser books, but a person might still procrastinate reading these tomes. On The Book Pile podcast, Kellen Erskine and David Vance read these books for listeners. These comedian hosts put their spin on Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter synopses. Non-fiction titles get a summary, too.

Kellen is no stranger to the mic. He's performed standup comedy routines on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. When not busy reading, he's on tour. Podcast cohost David is a fellow comedian who writes advertisements. Together, the two share their love of reading so others don't have to. Listeners can return their books to dusty bookshelves and press play instead.

The works of William Shakespeare are voluminous. The Harry Potter series is almost as lengthy. Ender's Game and Frankenstein are shorter, but only some have time to stop what they're doing. Without opening the Twilight series, someone can decide whether they're Team Edward or Team Jacob. Breaking Dawn alone is hefty. David and Kellen's summary of the book may keep people laughing. The Book Pile cohosts found the book so funny that they needed two episodes to get their jokes in. Vampire weddings and falling in love with babies meant for sacrifice sound exciting. Somehow, author Stephanie Meyer makes it funny. But it's not all mockery.

In one episode, guest Dustin Nickerson joins to discuss his marriage advice book. Dustin talks about writing How to Be Married (to Melissa). Kellen and David chat about his most valuable advice. Another episode explores the life of Phil Knight, who started the Nike brand. Knight's memoir, Shoe Dog, details how he developed a company that dominates the globe. Other episodes analyze classic literary titles. These include Little Women and A Christmas Carol.

Listeners can potentially save hours and learn all about a book in approximately 30 minutes. But The Book Pile could also inspire them to open a book, as the hosts' love for reading is infectious. Listeners can hear new episodes weekly.

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Episodes

A 2nd LOOK AT: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Apr 15 2024
A 2nd LOOK AT: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES!https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile*We look at the first Harry Potter book again now that Kellen has read it a second time and Dave has continuously been listening to it since he was born. Also, we are trying to violate Harry Potter copyright as much as possible in the hopes Rowling will angrily tweet about us and send her massive audience to our podcast. So check out our 17-hour YouTube video where Kellen recreates all 8 movies by doing that trick where your belly button is a mouth and your nipples are eyes.*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! Free on Kindle to Amazon Prime members!https://amzn.to/3vIeGwR*Dave’s book / game The Starlings is here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dp*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.
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Apr 1 2024
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
JOIN OUR PATREON FOR BoNuS EPISODES and to submit the name of your favorite poem for us to discuss on a very-near-future episode with Chad Daniels!https://www.patreon.com/TheBookPile*The Three-Body Problem proves that you can take a mathematical equation and turn it into a thrilling, murder-filled story. Much like another book, And Then There Were None. Join us as we discuss science and whether or not you are smart! Plus, Dave talks more about Lord of the Rings than the actual book and Kellen hunts for the elusive real-life hoverboard..*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/4cxwXxr*Dave’s book / game The Starlings is here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dp*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.
Our Favorite Books of 2023!
Jan 22 2024
Our Favorite Books of 2023!
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 Nowhttps://amzn.to/3S55LwtMisfit: Growing Up Awkward in the 80'shttps://amzn.to/49lzecHA Room of One's Ownhttps://amzn.to/424cM5nHumanshttps://amzn.to/47KxecFProject Hail Maryhttps://amzn.to/3S6GLFcMaster of the Senatehttps://amzn.to/42aeHFfThe Gifts of Imperfectionhttps://amzn.to/4b3rb5LThe Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happinesshttps://amzn.to/3Hr3newThe Powerhttps://amzn.to/490kKypExcellent Advice for Livinghttps://amzn.to/49lzBUDThe Spy With No Pantshttps://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.
Misfit by Gary Gulman WITH GUEST GARY GULMAN!
Jan 12 2024
Misfit by Gary Gulman WITH GUEST GARY GULMAN!
Buy Gary’s book, Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the '80s: https://www.amazon.com/Misfit-Growing-Up-Awkward-80s/dp/1250777062Gary’s standup special, Born on Third Base: ​​https://www.max.com/movies/gary-gulman-born-on-3rd-base/3c80efb5-7891-463e-87b9-9e8ca7d8e6c7Gary’s standup special, The Great Depresh: https://www.max.com/movies/gary-gulman-the-great-depresh/6b6e6992-a485-42f7-b41e-ff11441da6abDave’s book / game, The Starlings: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CMBBLGXN?ref=myi_title_dpWe 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.
Re-issue: A Christmas Carol (now with a new introduction!)
Dec 27 2023
Re-issue: A Christmas Carol (now with a new introduction!)
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.