Jim Carrey
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Growing up, nothing could make me laugh harder than the physical-comedy genius of Jim Carrey at his peak. His off-the-wall slap-stick performances—in films like Liar, Liar, The Mask, and especially the Ace Ventura movies—were the pentacle of silly, ridiculous, fully committed comedic acting—hell, I still repeatedly quote many of his wildly delivered lines to this day. The less mature me didn't quite understand why Carrey would ever stray from playing these hilarious characters to his more serious roles in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, and The Magestic. But I still respected his range nonetheless.

And there's certainly no denying that Carrey has been through a lot in the last decade: depression, being accused by a Portland man of the death of Carrey's ex-girlfriend Cathriona White (the wrongful death suit was dismissed in 2018), some ill-advised anti-vaccine advocacy, and a popular series of political cartoons he debuted on Twitter (and which have also had proper exhibitions). Having forged a long and illustrious career, Carrey's ready to release a book based on his life.

Calling it a "deconstruction of persona," the new "semi-autobiographical" novel Memoirs and Misinformation, by Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon, tells a story "about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, our “one big soul,” Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world–apocalypses within and without."

In May, Carrey and Vachon will embark on a tour in support of the historical fiction novel, kicking off in New York on May 5 (the day of the book's release). The tour will come to Portland's Keller Auditorium on Sunday May 18, right after a stop in Bellingham, Washington.

Ticket information is still TBA, but the event is being handled by Powell's Books, so check back on their website for more information.