Jesse Eisenberg has recorded quite a few audiobooks, but the words he’s read haven’t been his own until now. For his forthcoming short story collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups (out Sept. 8 through Grove Press), Eisenberg not only reads his stories in the voices of his miserably hilarious characters, but has friends read other roles. When we spoke with Eisenberg during his recording session, he said he initally wanted to get the “real people” in his book — New York Knick Carmelo Anthony and Marv Albert, for instance — to read their own roles, but it didn’t happen.
Luckily, a friend stepped in. “There’s a writer I know from McSweeney’s named Colin Nissan,” Eisenberg says. “This guy is a phenomenal voiceover actor, and also a great comedy writer, so it was so perfect for me.” Nissan reads the part of Anthony in Eisenberg’s story, “Carmelo Anthony and I Debrief Our Friends After a Pickup Game at the YMCA.”
In the story, Eisenberg and Carmelo tell their friends — separately — about a pickup basketball game they played at the Y. But it soon becomes clear that neither of them interpreted the situation quite like the other one did. Listen to the clip below.
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You can preorder the Bream Gives Me Hiccups audiobook at audible.com/bream, and be sure to check out our story about sitting in on Eisenberg’s audiobook recording session in the Sept. 11 issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands this Friday.