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Follow That Car!: A Cabbie's Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom Paperback – March 4, 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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About the Author

JIMMY FAILLA is a New York City cab driver turned professional standup comic who has appeared on AXS Television, and Richard Hammond’s Crash Course on BBC America. His critically acclaimed radio show/podcast "Off the Meter" is heard daily by ten thousand listeners, all of whom have become infinitely smarter for their time. He lives on Long Island, NY with his amazing wife, Jen, and his tolerable son, Lincoln.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Big Top Press (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937114074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937114077
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A funny, real and entertaining read by a great comic! I enjoyed his depiction of life as a cabbie and his experiences trying to make it as a screenwriter, comic and becoming a father. His self deprecating and sometimes brash sense of humor keep the book going; while his witty one liners have you laughing out loud.
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I read this book in a day. I couldn't put it down! I was laughing, crying from laughing, and inspired all at the same time. The stories from the cab were funny but some of them made me really think and want to better some areas in my own life. I'll be reading this book again and again. I felt like I was with Jimmy the entire book. I was in the front seat of the cab, I was with Jimmy and Jenny apartment hunting....he brings the reader along on these journeys and was thrilled to be there with him. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh and be enlightened all at the same time.
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As an avid reader, teacher and native New Yorker, I do not give 5 star reviews often, but this rating was a no brainer. I received this book in the mail this morning and couldn't put it down. The only downfall of this book was that it ended and there is no sequel. This is a guy that I HAVE to go see do Stand Up. Follow That Car is a Must Read!
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Smart, splendid, and brilliantly intoxicating!
This book is a revelation, a must read.
Flipping through these pages will act as the midwife to the birth of copious laughter.
Prose are ebulliently infested with a subtle yet celebrated acerbic commentary.
Double knot your shoes because this book will literally rock your socks off!
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This is a comedic memoir written by the hilarious New York City based comedian/cab driver, Jimmy Failla. If you’ve never seen his standup live you NEED to check it out, because it’s hysterical. Having listened to him joke about his experiences as a cab driver I knew this book would be funny, but what really impressed me was how thorough his stories were. Jimmy intertwines his life as a cab driver, comedian, father-to-be, and best friend seamlessly and with great detail.

I cracked up when reading about all of the freaks and weirdo’s in his cab; Jimmy does an awesome job of throwing in joke after joke as he rifts off of the true insanity of New York City. But he also extracts thought provoking life lessons from these nut-jobs, something I definitely wasn’t expecting. Any guy who can learn something from crack-heads, sock puppeteers, and a guy with a beer-drinking goat (yes, somebody bought a beer drinking goat into his cab once) has my vote!

Fans of standup comedy will love the portions of the book where Jimmy discusses his experiences performing. There are wild stories in here, such as opening for Jeff Garlin (and yes, Larry David was there!), performing for New York City firefighters, and even doing a set for the New York Mets during a team party! Between driving his cab and performing comedy, this guy lives a pretty crazy life and it was really fun to read about.

Jimmy also discusses life with his pregnant wife, Jenny, whom he nearly drives insane, along with his relationship with his best friend, Dean. Together they dealt with Hollywood heartbreak, the trials and tribulations of making it in the city, and trying hard to find good public restrooms.

I highly recommend this book! Check it out and laugh your head off.
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Loved this book from start to finish!
Along with some great laughs comes great advice!!! This book will not disappoint
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I knew this book would be funny and it did not disappoint, it was hilarious. I even found myself laughing out loud at some points. But I didnt expect the book to have so much insight and heart. Who would've guessed so many thought provoking ideas could come from a collection of hookers, crackheads and other hooligans? A laugh out loud read with a lot of heart and emotion behind it. A must read, especially for jaded New Yorkers who think they've heard it all.
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Looking for a book that you can't put down? This is the book for you. Laugh after laugh with a little wisdom thrown in. Will be recommending it to all my family and friends.
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