Listen to the former 'Mindy Project' writer read an exclusive excerpt from his new book, 'My Life as a Goddess'
Before he’d written for shows like Awkward and The Mindy Project, Guy Branum was a panelist on Chelsea Handler’s long-running E! series Chelsea Lately.
As the comedian-actor, 42, reveals in his new memoir My Life as a Goddess, Handler was a “generous” boss who really “saw” Branum, and gave him the opportunity to shine on a bigger stage. She’d also throw around $100 bills for staffers under the age of 30, recognizing the need to provide a little support. “She wasn’t just financially generous,” Branum says. “She was a level of emotionally aware that I’d never experienced in a male boss.”
Branum tells his life story in My Life as a Goddess, an alternately inspiring, hilarious, and deeply touching book about his coming-of-age as an overweight gay man, and his struggles to break out in popular culture amid discrimination and feelings of self-doubt. As the official synopsis teases: “Guy talks about finding a sense of belonging at Berkeley — and stirring up controversy in a newspaper column that led to a run‑in with the Secret Service. He recounts the pitfalls of being typecast as the ‘Sassy Gay Friend,’ and how, after taking a wrong turn in life (i.e. law school), he found stand‑up comedy and artistic freedom. He analyzes society’s calculated deprivation of personhood from fat people, and how, though it’s taken him a while to accept who he is, he has learned that with a little patience and a lot of humor, self-acceptance is possible.”
The author has exclusively shared an audio excerpt, in which he talks about his time on Chelsea Lately, with EW, which you can listen to below.