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.
October 15, 2012
September 12, 2012
Informative, funny, depressing. This book is all these things and more. Personally I’m a big fan of biographies and comedians, and one of those comedians happens to be Artie Lange, so it’s no surprise I enjoyed this book a lot. It’s pretty much a biography; it starts off with Artie as a little kid and goes all the way to the end of making ‘Beer League’. It has its ups and it’s very low downs. It gives a lot of insight on movies, TV, and unfortunately drugs. Like I said before I like Artie Lange but it’s amazing that he’s still around with all the falls that he takes in here. There are some really great things in the book, the stories he tells about going to World Series games with his father, and the stuff during the making of dirty work had me laughing pretty hard. Unfortunately the swing goes the other way too and you hear really in depth about Artie’s drug problems from a cocaine problem to pain killers to heroin, it’s pretty fucking scary. If there’s any positive thing about that side of the story it’s that maybe it’ll keep some kid off that shit, it seems like a life destroyer, and fast. I dug this so much I’ve got both the hard copy of the book and the audio book. The book is about 320 pages, the audio book I think came in around seven hours, both are very enjoyable. Though much like the story it tells the audio book has some down sides. A few chapters in Artie comes in and announces he won’t be finishing it because of heroin withdraw and that some friends will take over the rest of the reading. The chapters with Artie are by far the best, I don’t think anything really compares the author reading the book but the guys that filled in did a pretty good job for the most part. Fans of comedy, biographies or just good stories should be checking out Too Fat To Fish.
June 20, 2010
Autobiographies and Biographies, Books, Reviews, Sports Bernard Hopkins, biography, book reviews, boxing, Floyd Patterson, Gene Tunney, George Foreman, Jack Dempsey, Jake LaMotta, James J. raddock, Joe Calzaghe, Joe Louis, John E. Oden, Max Schmeling, Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya, Sports, vatali klitschko, wladimir klitschko Leave a comment
John E. Oden takes on the task of writing a boxing book, sure this has been done hundreds of times over but this time it’s a different kind of book. There’s a few things that make this book unique, first off it isn’t focused on the tragedy of the sport as so many now a days do. What this book does is take on a biographical stance on multiple boxers, telling some of their history, how they got started and in many cases the fight that made their careers. In just over 170 pages we take a look at Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya, Jake LaMotta, George Foreman, James J. raddock, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Patterson, Bernard Hopkins and the Klitschko, Vitali and Wladimir. The author also gives us a look at Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling and their career defining fights. While there may be a lot of repeat information that you’ve heard before if you follow boxing or boxing history you may be surprised to find a lot of information you didn’t know. Each chapter is around five pages which help make this a page turner but none of this seems rushed. This book is a must read for any boxing fan.
January 28, 2010
Ah Jackie Chan, one of the greatest martial arts actors of all time, but you may wonder how he got to be that way. Well Jackie is here to answer that question with a book written by the stunt hungry always smiling man who seems to be made of rubber. Clocking in a 416 pages it starts you out with Jackie as a kid going to the Peking opera because his family thought this would be the best direction for their son to go. We go through his life at the school, how at times it seemed to be too brutal that anyone would survive but eventually he graduated. We go from there to seeing how Jackie started out in stunts and movies with his brothers Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. You get some great stories about things like how Jackie had to make his own furniture in his apartment because he couldn’t afford to buy any to his brushes with organized crime, and his fight to get films made in both Hong Kong and America. The book ends around the time that “Rush Hour” comes out so it’s somewhat current even at this point. Includes a list of his films, top stunts and injuries. A must read for any Jackie Chan fan, fucking great book.
January 18, 2010
The Rock Says….well, not much. This was written in I guess what you would call the first craze of wrestler biographies and really seems like the WWF’s attempt to cash in on that with one of their biggest stars. It’s been up for question more than once how much input the Rock actually had on this book and how much was just Joe Layden but through these 304 pages the Rock had to have some touch. It’s not all bad in fact there’s a lot of good stuff in here, a good amount of how great Owen Hart was some stories of the Rock starting out in wrestling sleeping on mattresses he found outside hotels and remembering his first match. While this isn’t the best wrestling book written it’s not quite the worst either.
October 28, 2009
(stolen from the first page)
Two guys meet on the street.
“You read Rickles’ Book?” asks the first guy.
“What’s the title?” asks the second.
“You told me. But what does he call it?”
“He calls it Rickles’ Book.”
“He Couldn’t think of a title – that’s why.”
I fucking love Don Rickles, a lot of people feel the same way, a lot of people disagree. His jokes are mean and bitter and that’s why I love it, he’s just mean to everyone across the board. And while I’m on the subject of his jokes, a lot of people say Don Rickles is racist, I disagree. I’ll admit a lot of his jokes are racist, but the man himself doesn’t seem to have a genuine mean bone in his body. Plus I’m not sure how much you can call a guy a racist when he’s giving it to everybody equally. But enough about Don’s act, onward to the book. It’s not the longest book I’ve ever read, 239 pages, but I’ll take a short Don Rickles’ book over no Don Rickles’ book any day. Written by the man himself and David Ritz it actually covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time without seeming like it skips a lot. Don tells how he started out in comedy and climbed the ladder through the years making friends and playing clubs. You not only get incite to his career but you really get a sense of who Don Rickles is here, he truly seems like a good guy all around, the kind of dude that will do anything for a friend. The book brings the laughs too, by page three I was laughing out loud. If you like Don Rickles at all you should own this book, if you like comedy you should own this book, and if you just like to hear about how things were in the 50’s in Vegas you should own this book.
(stolen from the book jacket)
Why you need to buy RICKLES’ BOOK immediately:
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you win friends and influence people.
RICKLES’ BOOK will introduce you to all of his famous friends, from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Carson.
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you lose weight.
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you gain weight.
RICKLES’ BOOK will improve your love life.
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you cry. (If your love life doesn’t improve.)
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you laugh. (If your love life doesn’t improve.)
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you love one of the great Americans of our time, Don Rickles.
RICKLES’ BOOK will give you something to talk about at parties. (If you’re ever invited to parties.)
RICKLES’ BOOK, along with the Bible and War and Peace, will grace your bookshelf and upgrade your literary status.
RICKLES’ BOOK will keep you up at night.
RICKLES’ BOOK will put you to sleep at night.
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you rich (If you treasure great humor.)