The Book Pile

Kellen Erskine and David Vance

Want to learn about books without actual books? Ever wish non-fiction could be shorter, funnier, and less accurate? Check out The Book Pile, 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, unhampered by things like “expertise" or “sponsors."New episode every Monday!

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3d ago
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Here’s a tip for any high schoolers writing essays for English. If a teacher asks you about the symbolism in a classic novel, you are never wrong to say the book is about repressed sexual desire. The classics LOVE repressed sexual desire. Try it, you’ll get an A, I promise. Plus, in this episode Dave shares too much about his high school love life, and Kellen has never finished Oh, the Places You’ll Go!(Continued story:)  I had woken from sleepwalking many times before, though not since a teenager, and never so close to daylight. In those days I had given myself frantic reassurances — that what happened while sleeping was beyond my control; that I was not accountable for unconscious actions. Of course, I know today what I knew emotionally back then. The person you are while asleep is the person you are awake. And on this night, though I had no memory of how my socks were muddied or my fender bristled with what might be hair, I knew with cold certainty who was in the grave. (To be continued…)*TheBookPilePodcast@gmail.com*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 50 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, Quebec. Kellen was named one of TBS's Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2017. 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 Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3d ago
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Here’s a tip for any high schoolers writing essays for English. If a teacher asks you about the symbolism in a classic novel, you are never wrong to say the book is about repressed sexual desire. The classics LOVE repressed sexual desire. Try it, you’ll get an A, I promise. Plus, in this episode Dave shares too much about his high school love life, and Kellen has never finished Oh, the Places You’ll Go!(Continued story:)  I had woken from sleepwalking many times before, though not since a teenager, and never so close to daylight. In those days I had given myself frantic reassurances — that what happened while sleeping was beyond my control; that I was not accountable for unconscious actions. Of course, I know today what I knew emotionally back then. The person you are while asleep is the person you are awake. And on this night, though I had no memory of how my socks were muddied or my fender bristled with what might be hair, I knew with cold certainty who was in the grave. (To be continued…)*TheBookPilePodcast@gmail.com*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 50 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, Quebec. Kellen was named one of TBS's Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2017. 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.
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit – with guest Danny Mac! – by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon
Sep 26 2022
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit – with guest Danny Mac! – by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon
Want to learn how to write movies? This book is about writing movies! We’re joined by Danny Mac, who also writes movies. Normally these descriptions have clever jokes, but it’s late on a Sunday night, and I’m beginning to suspect you don’t read these descriptions, do you? I could probably write whatever I want here, couldn’t I? I could probably confess something real dark here, right? Hahahaha. But could I?On the night of August 12, 2017, at 4 a.m., I awoke during a camping trip at Willow Lake to find myself sleepwalking through dense woods. It took me nearly half an hour to relocate the campsite, at which point I discovered blood on the fender of my car and a patch of dirt that seemed to have been freshly dug and reburied. I was unable to account for the past 6 hours. (To be continued…)*TheBookPilePodcast@gmail.com*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 50 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, Quebec. Kellen was named one of TBS's Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2017. 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.