Home » On The Line

Elizabeth Imus Zero

23 September 2013 | Email This Post Email This Post | Print This Post Print This Post

The author and comedian Elizabeth Imus Zero discusses etiquette, being a parent and wife, her famous father, and her new book, Etiquette for Idiots and Other Stupid Stories (Whiskey River Press, 2013), with Joseph Planta.

Etiquette for Idiots and Other Stupid Stories by Elizabeth Imus Zero (Whiskey Creek Press, 2013).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Etiquette for Idiots and Other Stupid Stories

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

A really funny book out now is Etiquette for Idiots and Other Stupid Stories. Its author, Elizabeth Imus Zero joins me now to talk about it, its contents and more. If you don’t know how to act when you’re invited over for dinner, or you lack social grace on Facebook, or in public, this is the book for you. Mrs. Zero dispenses advice, tips and general manners in a no-nonsense, humorous and inimitable way. I bought the book for stories on her famous father, and for some laughs, but there’s some practical advice. For example, if you spill something at someone’s house, or God forbid you break something, don’t ask the host if they’d like you to pay for it–leave a check or some cash which they’ll find later, because of course they’ll say they don’t want you to pay for it. Or if you leave a bathroom stall ‘and none of your Lincoln-logs have flushed down, making someone look at your lunch-dung is like giving grandma the finger.’ Elizabeth Imus-Zero is a writer, producer, and comedian. She is a graduate of The Groundlings and Second City, and has done a lot of radio work, at KABC and KUCI in California, among two stations. Visit www.elizabethzero.com for more. This book is published by Whiskey Creek Press. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Elizabeth Imus Zero; Mrs. Zero, good morning.