If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s gift you might like Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People by Matt Hoyle. Fit for any comedy nerd’s coffee-table, Hoyle’s book is a collection of portraits of comedy greats from Steve Martin to Tina Fey. The images took a year and a half to shoot.
Hoyle gave each comedian several concepts for the hilarious moments captured in the portraits and let them choose and collaborate on the images. You’ll see Conan O’Brien holding a crying red-headed baby. You’ll see John Cleese playing a fish like a cello. You’ll see Tracy Morgan in tuxedo body paint. You’ll see a lot of things you aren’t expecting, and you’ll laugh.
Even better? When you pick up Hoyle’s book, you’re buying more than laughs. One hundred percent of the proceeds for Comic Genius go to support Save the Children.
In addition to the photo shoots, the project included the making of several funny videos including this iconic one of Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog dueling banjos. It’s everything you love. What a cool project!
Photo Credit: Matt Hoyle