Originally I picked this up thinking it was a Michael J. Fox biography then shortly into the book it seemed like it was going to be some sort of book about education, it turns out it’s kind of both. Fox never finished high school but here he equates his life experiences to the education he would have gotten in school. He notes how important both a school education and real life experiences are both important and how both have (or would have) benefited him through various stages of his life. The book is pretty short, only just over a hundred pages but is highly entertaining and full of great information. Anyone that’s a fan of Michael J. Fox will enjoy this, and even if you aren’t I still think it’s a great read in general.
May 14, 2014
April 16, 2014
Crash and Burn is Artie Lange newest book, it’s the follow up to Too Fat To Fish. If you liked that one then I’m sure you’ll be reading this anyway. However if you haven’t read Too Fat To Fish yet I recommend reading that one first. Too Fat To Fish pretty much provides the bass that Crash and Burn continues to build on, it goes through his life and the start of his drug addiction. The other reason you should read Crash and Burn second is because it’s amazingly depressing. Artie’s first book was great, and the second is also great, though it’s far more depressing. Things go from Artie’s life with drugs to Artie’s life being about drugs. It gets pretty dark but it’s not all down there, the book has some upswings so it’s not completely soul crushing to read. Aside from being interesting because I like reading about people’s life it really seems to give some insight into the mind of a drug addict. I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone. It’s a great read.
July 11, 2013
I don’t think most people realize it today but Bob Newhart is pretty damn brilliant. He’s got a comedic wit which is amazingly unique. Most people couldn’t pull it off and I don’t think anyone would be dumb enough to attempt to imitate because it just can’t be done. When I came across his book I was pretty excited to read it though I don’t know if it quite lived up to my expectations. The book is around two hundred and fifty pages but it felt incredibly short. Now I guess that’s a complement to Bob but besides the fact that a lot of this stuff is great I feel that a good part of that is because he just skims across a lot of things. The book pretty much covers most parts of his career. Before he got into standup, getting into it, making it big and going through his tours various shows and movies. The problem with this is that Bob Newhart has had such an extensive career that a good chunk of this stuff is just touched on. I know that if he actually when in depth with a lot of this stuff the book would balloon to double or triple the size but I think I’d be pretty satisfied with that. Even still comedy and Bob Newhart fans should enjoy this book; as much as I was left wanting more of it I did enjoy the read.
June 22, 2013
In 2004 Jay Mohr wrote his first book, it was on what seems to be one of his favorite subjects, Saturday Night Live. Or more specifically the two years he was working on Saturday Night Live. Personally I’ve always liked Jay Mohr, I guess that would be obvious since I read (or more specifically listened to) his book. I had the audio book version, it was pretty short, it only took an hour or two to get through, from my looking on Amazon it seems the actual book version is around three hundred pages, so I guess that makes Jay a quick reader. It’s a pretty insightful and entertaining book; it goes from right before he started in SNL, to working on the show and finally getting out of it. As much as I like SNL and I’m pretty sure Jay Mohr does too, it does seem like a fucking awful place to work. There appears to be a lot of politics and corporate bullshit that comes with the job, but still, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work on Saturday Night Live, even if it has become a shell of its former self. My only real problem with the book isn’t actually a problem more of an observation I guess is I felt like I’d already heard/read this book. As a fan of Jay Mohr I listen to his podcast Mohr Stories and it seems like he’s told every story in the book on the show, not that I can blame him, the book is eight years old now and they’re good stories. So anyone who wants some insight into the world of Saturday Night Live, or is simply a fan of Jay Mohr or comedy in general will probably enjoy this one. But be warned, if you listen to his podcast on the regular, chances are you’ll hear a lot of repeat information.
June 6, 2013
Tina Fey is a comedic genius. There’s no way around it she just is. She’s a great comedy writer and I love to see her in front of the camera too. As soon as I heard she was writing a book I knew I’d be reading it. The book is pretty great, recently I’ve been reading a fair amount of comedian’s books and this is definitely the best of the bunch that I’ve read this year. It’s a great biography that dips into a lot of back end of the comedy writer’s life. I tore through this book pretty quickly. It covers her getting into comedy, her time on Saturday Night Live and on 30 Rock and everything in-between. This is a clear must read for any Tina Fey fan.
May 29, 2013
In 2009 David Cross wrote a book, it’s not a memoir or biography, though I wouldn’t say it’s a book just filled with bits either. It’s kind of a pseudo biography mixed with his thoughts on things and some things that he’s written in the past for various magazines. The problem most books written like this have is they tend to be random and don’t flow together very well, fortunately ‘I Drink for a Reason’ does not have this problem, the book is a great read (or listen) everything goes together well it doesn’t just seem like random ideas thrown together. There’s an audio book version, it’s got some guest appearances by H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schaal and the bands Les Savy Fav and Yo La Tengo. The spot with H. Jon Benjamin is particularly great. The book overall though isn’t super great. It’s good some good bits in it but there are some that are just alright. Though it does contain his open letter to Larry the Cable Guy which I’ve always found great, so it’s worth it just for that. People who are David Cross fans will probably dig this a lot, though if you’re not familiar with David already this might not be a great starting point.
October 15, 2012
Personally I’m a fan of Sarah Silverman so I was pretty excited to read this book, and I came in a little unprepared. The first part of the book is pretty fucking depressing, though it is leading up to her long bout with depression so I guess that makes sense but I didn’t really see that coming. But it’s not all downers there’s a lot of great things in this book, in fact most of it is pretty great. It covers her stand up, shows, movies, controversy she gets involved with. You get a pretty good idea of what it must feel like to hang out with Sarah for a bit. The book also has some hate mail that she’s gotten over the years, I’m glad she included this because some of the stupid ignorant shit that people have said to her over the years is so mind boggling that you can’t do anything but laugh at it. It clocks in at around two hundred and fifty pages so it’s a pretty decent read, while the book might not be for everyone it’s a must for Sarah Silverman fans and I think most fans of stand-up comedy will find a lot of this pretty interesting.