Gina Yashere to publish her autobiography

Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 10:58am by Jay Richardson

  • Gina Yashere will publish her first book in 2021
  • Cack-Handed traces her life from childhood through to finding success in America
  • The comedian says: "I'm excited to take you guys on this journey through my crazy life"
Gina Yashere.

Gina Yashere has written a memoir.

Cack-Handed will be published on 8th June 2021 by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins.

The comedian's first book traces her life from growing up as a child of Nigerian parents in London, to enduring the racist and sexist comments of co-workers while she was a lift engineer, to fulfilling her dream of moving to the US to further her career.

"The definition of cack-handed is left-handed, which I am, and also awkward and clumsy, which I am. It also represents the unconventional track my life and career has taken," Yashere said.

"This is a book about trying, whether you succeed or not. About wanting something and going for it, despite how ridiculous, impossible, and stupid it sounds to other people. I'm excited to take you guys on this journey through my crazy life."

Frustrated by a lack of opportunities for black comics in the UK, Yashere moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and became a correspondent for satirical news staple The Daily Show, recorded three Netflix specials and co-created, writes on and appears in the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, which returns for a second series soon.

Writing on social media at the time of the sitcom's recommission, she said: "Moved out to the US in 2007, with 2 suitcases & a dream. Only took 25 years in this business, but never too late for a dream to come true. And I didn't just dream. I PUT IN THAT WORK."


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Gina Yashere - Cack-Handed: A Memoir

Gina Yashere - Cack-Handed: A Memoir

A memoir from Gina Yashere.

First published: Tuesday 8th June 2021

  • Released: Thursday 8th July 2021
  • Publisher: Amistad
  • Pages: 288
  • Catalogue: 9780062961716

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