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‘Better Call Saul’ star Bob Odenkirk to look back in essay book

Bob Odenkirk

“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk has nabbed a book deal to write essays about his life and comic journey from Chicago to Hollywood stardom.

Random House announced Wednesday that the still-untitled book will explore Odenkirk’s career working at Chicago’s Second City to writing and acting on “Saturday Night Live,” ”Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” ”Mr. Show,” ”Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

Random House Executive Editor Ben Greenberg said in a statement that the book will give Odenkirk’s TV fans who might not know the comedian’s past “a look at the remarkable writer and comedic mind hiding just beneath that character.” No publication date was announced.

A Berwyn native, Odenkirk grew up in Naperville and attended Naperville North High School before taking up comedy at the Players Workshop, ImprovOlympic and Second City in Chicago.

Odenkirk arrived at “Breaking Bad” in its second season as welcome comic relief, then grew Saul into a full-fledged scene stealer and has become the star in the quirky prequel “Better Call Saul.”