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The Wreckage of My Presence (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Art of Small Talk (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Casey Wilson is a podcaster, actress, director and writer. Her TV acting credits include “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Happy Endings,” “Mrs. Fletcher,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Black Monday,” and “The Shrink Next Door” among others. She has also acted in films such as “Always be My Maybe,” “Julie and Julia” and “Gone Girl.”

Casey co starred and co-wrote the movies “Ass Backwards” and “Bride Wars,” which she did with June Diane Raphael, her longtime collaborator. She also works with Danielle Schneider to host Bitch Sesh, the popular podcast. She made her directorial debut with “Daddio,” which premiered at TIFF and SXSW.

Wilson published “The Wreckage of my Presence,” her debut novel in 2021 even though she had quite the extensive screenwriting resume before this. The work is a collection of essays that reflects on her romantic and familial relationships, and also looks at all the work she has done in the past through a comedic lens.

Casey Wilson was born and brought up in Alexandria Virginia and went to TC Williams high school from where she graduated in 1998. She would then proceed to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It was here that she would win the Excellence in Acting Award before she graduated in 2002.

Wilson was born to parents with Italian and Irish roots and grew up as a Baptist. Her parents were very active in the political space even as they differed in ideology. Her father was a Republican while her mother was a hardcore democrat and their arguments on issues probably shaped her brilliant sense of humor.
Cassey got interested in the performing arts at a very young age and was first introduced to theater when her father took her to see a Broadway production that inspired her to start making her own plays.

Her father encouraged her passion as she built her a stage behind their house where she would act plays with the neighborhood children. As a teen, she got into acting and singing and took lessons on the same. Her teacher suggested she focus on comedy and after graduating from college she began working on improvisational comedy in New York.

Wilson got her big break in comedy performing and writing with the “Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.” Working with the Brigade. she became a key member of the improv teams that produced “Hey,” “Uncle Gary,” “Sentimental Lady” and “Mr. and Mrs. All Star.”

One of her most popular works during this time was “Rode Hard and Put Away Wet,” which she wrote and performed alongside June Diane Raphael, her best friend and comedy partner. The show was performed over three years between 2003 and 2006 in both Los Angeles and New York.

The two friends got acquainted when they were both studying at New York University’s clowning class. Raphael’s and Wilson’s partnership in comedy has since become an active collaboration that spans television and film.

They made their debut writing together when they co-wrote “Bride Wars,” the comedy in which they also acted in minor roles. Wilson also regularly contributes to “Funny or Die,” a very popular humor website, where she has starred and written many viral videos.

Some of her most popular writings have included several political parodies. Despite achieving much success on her own, she still continues to work with June Diane Raphel, her writing partner in television and film scripts.

“The Wreckage of My Presence” by Casey Wilson is a collection of essays in which the author bares everything that is on her mind. It is a skillfully constructed and dazzling collection full of emotion. Wilson shares her thoughts on the vagaries and joys of modern day motherhood and womanhood.

She also introduces her family which is very atypical but asserts that it is what made her who she is today. She also asserts that lowbrow popular culture is one of the best ways to explore and explain human nature.

Whether she is exploring what she believes is a pathological need to be appreciated, her father’s perm as a middle aged man which caused a lot of humiliation or the virtues of eating in bed, Wilson writes stories with candor and wit that are full of funny and poignant surprises.

She takes comedic dives into areas of personal expertise and obsessions. Some of these include reality television shows, nice guys and self help. She tempers these with heart warming meditations on identity, female friendship, motherhood and grief.

Reading this work is like spending time with a shameless, deeply passionate, compulsive, full tilt, excessive, joyous, cheerleading friend.

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