Unlike many fans, I wasn’t aware of the defining moment of Molly Shannon’s childhood - when her father, drinking and driving, crashed the family car, killing Shannon’s mom, younger sister, and cousin. Raised by her prone-to-rage, still-struggling-with-addiction, yet loving and shockingly permissive father, along with extended family and Dad’s drinking buddies, Molly grew to become a good girl who nonetheless broke a lot of rules, even stowing away with her best friend on a plane when she was 13. I was surprised and excited to see that Shannon’s cowriter was Sean Wilsey, author of the Daniel-favorite Oh the Glory of It All. It’s an inspired collaboration. Shannon focuses a lot on the years of struggle, and not so much on the post-SNL roles, even though her work on Will and Grace led to an Emmy. But this was the right decision, giving Hello, Molly! a satisfying narrative arc for this autobiography. And hey, there can always be a sequel.— Daniel Goldin
A candid, compulsively readable, hilarious, and heartbreaking memoir of resilience and redemption by comedic genius Molly Shannon
At age four, Molly Shannon's world was shattered when she lost her mother, baby sister, and cousin in a car accident with her father at the wheel. Held together by her tender and complicated relationship with her grieving father, Molly was raised in a permissive household where her gift for improvising and role-playing blossomed alongside the fearlessness that would lead her to become a celebrated actress.
From there, Molly ventured into the wider world of New York and Los Angeles show business, where she created her own opportunities and developed her daring and empathetic comedy. Filled with behind-the-scenes stories involving everyone from Whitney Houston to Adam Sandler to Monica Lewinsky, many told for the first time here, Hello, Molly spans Molly's time on Saturday Night Live--where she starred alongside Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Cheri Oteri, Tracy Morgan, and Jimmy Fallon, among many others. At the same time, it explores with humor and candor her struggle to come to terms with the legacy of her father, a man who both fostered her gifts and drive and was left with the impossible task of raising his kids alone after the loss of her mother.
Witty, winning, and told with tremendous energy and heart, Hello, Molly , written with Sean Wilsey, sheds new and revelatory light on the life and work of one of our most talented and free-spirited performers.