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What's Steve Solomon reading?

Today is the last day you can catch Steve Solomon in My Sister's an Only Child at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. His show My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy! holds the record for the longest running solo show in off-Broadway history.

What is on your nightstand?

I love Michael Crichton, rest his soul. I've got his State of Fear.

If I want to be funnier, what should I read?

First of all, if you don't have the funny gene, you're not going to be funny.

But I think I have the gene.

When I first got started, there were some books by comedians that I read. There's The Myron Cohen joke book, by Myron Cohen, and I also think of Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints. She was very funny for that time. You know, I'm an author too. I'm working on a book on growing up to be a comic, how I got from being a 3-year-old on my funny uncle's lap to Broadway, and my published book is My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy! Cookbook.

Do you recommend your cookbook?

Well, Martha Stewart liked it, and she doesn't like anything.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

What's Steve Solomon reading? 11/22/08 [Last modified: Saturday, November 22, 2008 3:30am]

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