I have known Cindy Caponera since we were both hired as writers at Saturday Night Live back in 1995. All of us were nervous and chomping at the bit, new writers and actors scanning the room to see who would rise to the top and most importantly of all: who was the funniest. And right away you couldn't help but notice Cindy. — Adam McKay
Cindy Caponera is a writer and performer who has written for TV shows including Saturday Night Live, Shameless, and Nurse Jackie. She toured with Second City as well as performed in several of her own one-woman shows. Count among her fans Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Colin Quinn, Matt Walsh, and the above mentioned, Adam McKay.
The word “triggered” as in “bully” refers to the buttons that get pushed inside us all, by insecurity, childhood trauma, or rage against an unjust world. Thanks to Cindy Caponera we can laugh about it. These hilarious and poignant essays travel all the way from the South Side of Chicago, where bar fights are sport and families large, to New York and Hollywood where you might run into Joni Mitchell at your local deli. Cindy looks both outward and inward with fearless honesty and wicked wit. Whether describing her family’s dysfunction or the perils of dating, her stories will stick with you, like those pop songs from the ‘70s she loves so much.
Cindy creates stories and characters that not only lift me but also scare the be-jeesus out of me. And for that I am truly grateful . . . and scared. — Stephen Colbert
Cindy is one of the funniest people I know. Like Studs Terkel before her, her voice is pure Chicago. This collection of short stories is a great, entertaining read. Her stories are filled with brutal self-evaluation, pure affection for the working class characters who inhabited her youth, and an insatiable drive to leave all of it behind. A little bit of pain and a ton of laughter. Three thumbs up! — Matt Walsh
I have always been a huge fan of Cindy Caponera's stories. I love hearing them and I love reading them. Her voice is original, funny, moving, and touching. — Amy Sedaris
I just finished Cindy Caponera's book. If you like your spiritual affirmations with a working class directness, this is your book. From her street fighting father in Chicago to her bullying boss in Hollywood, she's laying out her holy soul with humor and insight, and her section on Catholics refusing to get rich should be taught in schools (not Catholic schools of course). It's a gentle, brutally honest book — Colin Quinn