Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery
Title: You Deserve a Drink
Author: Mamrie Hart
Have you ever laughed so hard you started choking on the chocolate Teddy Grahams you were eating because you snorted so aggressively, and then spilled hot coffee all over yourself? Really? Never? Wow. Well, I did, while reading Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery over the course of three hilarious nights. Pants off to Mamrie for putting these stories together. (And I say ‘pants off’ instead of ‘hats off’ because I believe that’s the way Mamrie would want it.) Pure comedic genius is what this woman possesses, and I truly had such a blast reading it. I was sad it ended! I could’ve gone on with her for much longer.
I do not kid when I say that I cried laughing at least five times while I was lost in Mamrie’s world with her. I mean like full-on wheeze-laughing, couldn’t breathe, had to put the book down several times to compose myself and wipe my tears so I could read the words on the page.
The book takes us through the most random and outrageously funny experiences throughout her life from childhood to recent years, leaving no stone unturned to every minor detail of the story- in all the best ways. Having been acquainted with Mamrie’s personality through her internet presence, I can say the book is absolutely fitting to everything you’d expect her life to be. But some of her stories are so insane that if you knew nothing of who she was, you’d almost think she was writing fiction.
The first tale that made me lose my head in laughter was when she told us about the time she was asked to be the maid-of-honor in her friend’s wedding and was put in charge of the bachelorette party. Mamrie decided a great icebreaker for the girls would be to take a pole-dancing class, and though I don’t want to give too much away, let’s just say things were not quite as they seemed. But oh gosh, did it make for an incredible story.
She takes you through the first time she takes shrooms (referencing $5 Andre Champagne which killed me because that shit is special to the 19-21 year old version of myself), the time she got poison ivy on her vagina, her summers as a camp counselor, and what it was like to go from a small town in North Carolina to the big city of Manhattan.
But honestly, to me, nothing compares to the chapter she wrote about the first time she ever decided to go and get a bikini wax. This was my choking-on-my-snack moment. It was reading that chapter that sent my coffee flying while I burst into a fit of laughing tears. Mamrie is absolutely incredible at constructing one-liners and amazing puns. She comes out with these analogies that leave me in stitches, and she really brought her strongest work to the table when she wrote this chapter. I love the vulnerability behind the story. I know Mamrie is pretty damn shameless, but she deserves credit for her transparency, and her self-security in being able to make jokes at her own expense.
This woman has no fucks to give for who she is and the life she lives and that, above all, is the greatest part of this whole book. She’s a woman who owns her own shit in the rawest form. It’s obvious Mamrie’s last care is about being judged for her choices and I respect how unapologetic she is. She is certainly not afraid to be authentic, and that makes her a rare breed in and of itself. Plus, she is clearly the life of the party and who doesn’t love to see a fearless babe take over the room? I wish I could party with Mamrie. I don’t think I’d be able to keep up.
I wonder if Mamrie realizes how empowering her book actually is despite some wild stories about things she’s done that she advises us not to try at home. I’m sure comedy was her main goal in writing it, but she projects this free-spirited, I-don’t-care-what-you-think-of-me-because-I-know-I’m-dope attitude that is honestly contagious. Despite not quite wanting to follow the exact path she did on some things (no offense, Mamrie, I just can’t hang quite like you can), it did inspire me to want to live life a bit more in the moment without focusing so much on the tiny details that could really just end up ruining a good thing. She’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants type of girl and I am here for all of it.
Now, I have been a fan of Mamrie Hart’s for many years, having followed her YouTube Channel, also called You Deserve A Drink, pretty much since it began in 2011. She is truly a gem to watch and laugh with, and in my opinion, super underrated. She co-wrote, co-starred, and co-produced two movies, Camp Takota and Dirty 30, and she’s also got a podcast with her best friend Grace Helbig called This Might Get Weird. Plus, she’s got another book called I’ve Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery which I am so excited to dive into because I already miss being a part of her world.
You can purchase You Deserve A Drink here.
And here is a link to her YouTube Channel. I would urge you to get to know all things that are the hilarious Ms. Hart, and this is a great starting place.