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Confessions of a Late-night Talk-show Host: The Autobiography of Larry Sanders Paperback – October 4, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067102910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671029104
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,074,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're a devoted fan of The Larry Sanders Show--the HBO program that wrapped up its award-filled run in May 1998--you've already got a copy. However, it was nice to find that this book, written by Sanders's comic alter ego Garry Shandling (assisted by the über-ghostwriter David Rensin), stands on its own as an ironic, tongue-deeply-in-cheek look at talk-showdom. Here are a few samples:

Here is a photo of Jennie Garth from Beverly Hill 90210. I had sex with her a dozen times, but she never reciprocated. Her excuse was, "I like men."

Unbeknownst to most everyone except those of you who regularly read those trashy tabloids--and that would be all of you--I have suffered through many personal tragedies: an unhappy and abusive childhood, two divorces, many empty love affairs, a venereal disease that nearly took my right leg, feuds, substance dependencies, a palimony suit from my mother, who said, "You live with me for twenty years and move out just like that? This will cost you," and worst of all, the horror of being rear-ended backstage by one of Siegfried and Roy's big white leopards.

Confessions of a Late Night Talk Show Host is an enjoyable tour through stardom with a truly sleazy Hollywood character. Anybody who relishes celebrity bios will get the joke and engage in delicious snickers of recognition. Larry Sanders is dead, long live Larry Sanders! --Michael Gerber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

In its six seasons on HBO (until May 1998), the Larry Sanders Show served as a savage satire of the ego-obsessed world of Hollywood. Walking a thin line between fantasy and reality (real celebrities appeared as some version of themselves), host Sanders (played by comedian Shandling) and his dysfunctional "staff" laid bare the peculiar institution of the late-night talk show. While this brief book contains numerous one-liners ("I had to wait until my first marriage to experience sexual abuse"; "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself," said O.J. Simpson), it does not lay down pure patter in the Seinlanguage vein. Rather, it presents a faux autobiography, with the self-deprecating and self-obsessed host recounting episodes from his youth, inventorying his sex life, commenting on his staff and even signing off with an imaginary interview with God. Captions for some 50 photos recount Larry's recollections of guests like David Duchovny and Jennifer Aniston (who refused to "tongue kiss" him). Fans should appreciate this extension of Sanders's edgy lunacy. B&w photo insert. Major ad/promo; simultaneous S&S audio; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I can't stress it enough. This book is not funny. The show was one of the funniest ever. I lived for it. The book, on the other hand, is shallow, unsophisticated, and ultimately kind of sad. It reads like a hack comic throwing out lame one-liners. Bring your own rim shot. I couldn't be more shocked. I mean, man, this book stinks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A real disappointment. I enjoy Garry Shandling's comedy, but this looks like a quickie job to cash in on the end of his show. Short, disjointed chapters with only a laugh or two throughout; a photo section with even fewer laughs. A shame that Shandling didn't really seem to really "work" on this project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "toph" on March 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Thin in every sense of the word. Don't waste time or cash on this sad excuse for a book. The Larry Sanders Show was top quality - this is the exact opposite.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bladon on April 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
'The Larry Sanders Show' was one of the best written and well made programs on TV. For year after year high quality television was produced by these guys, never once insulting the intelligence of their audience. When I saw there was a book I couldnt wait - I ordered it with great expectation and waited impatiently for it, but what a terrible surprise I got! To Shandling's great shame, this book is the exact opposite of his show - the jokes are obvious, lines are predictable, the whole thing is sophomoric and embarassing to read. Please, if you are a fan of one of the finest TV comedies ever made - do not fall for the temptation of buying, reading, or even glancing at this terrible book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Bayliss on January 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've always liked Garry Shandling as a comedian. Perhaps that's why this book is so disappointing. Though you may laugh out loud once or twice, the impression is that he dashed this off in less than a week. Unlike his show, this book IS insulting to our intelligence. Read this book back to back with a brilliant master like Dave Barry and you will immediately see how not funny it is. The premise that he had sex with every beautiful hollywood star, as funny as it may seem, is a sorry pretext for an entire book. Don't waste your hard earned money on this one -- I'm happy I read it in the library.
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Format: Hardcover
This is book which will undoubtedly delight regular viewers of "The Larry Sanders Show". Presented as an erstatz autobiography (complete with an identical dust-jacket to the book Larry wrote in an episode of the show) Larry's rambling thoughts read like an extended stand-up show, filled with uproariously funny one-liners and absurd incidents. It is neither an extensive book or a particularly detailed one, though it is loyal to its subject matter and offers plenty of entertainment.
The only thing that really disappoints is the fact that it all seems to be over too soon, with gargantuan text size and a proliferation of full-page photographs. For a book based on a show that was so obsessed with the superficial nature of the television world, perhaps it ultimately reaffirms this point unwittingly, or is perhaps is just a little too clever for its own good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Orion Pozo on March 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a strange genre - an autobiography of a fictional character. Add to this that the fictional character is Larry Sanders, a paranoid, insecure, and egotistical host of a late night talk show! Fortunately, the large print face, copious white space and 82 pages of pictures contribute to making this a quick read. The humor would be the sad type of laughing at some obnoxious, insensitive bore, except we are saved from feeling bad about this by the fact that the object of the joke is fictional. This is supposed to make laughing at him acceptable. If you can get into the premise there are plenty of funny jokes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
How could this work? What made the Larry Sanders show funny was it's cutting satire in allowing us to see the flip side of Hollywood. This book, as it is designed, could only let us see the phoney side with none of the backstage & behind-the-scenes hilarity that made the show what it was. The result is a puzzling product that will rightfully fade away while the memory of the fantastic show remains fresh.
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