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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553807862
  • ASIN: B0058M8OZ8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this reflective autobiography, written with verve and passion, actor, comedian and game show host Mandel alternates between funny anecdotes and stories of intense personal problems, opening with a description of his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the situations in his Toronto childhood that shaped his comedy career. Despite little experience, Mandel left Canada for Los Angeles to pursue stand-up comedy, where he eventually moved from the clubs to cable specials, an album, and numerous late-night talk show appearances, success he'd parlay into film roles and a 6-year stint on NBC hospital dramedy St. Elsewhere. Mandel soon developed what he calls "Obsessive Prankster Disorder," a need to stage elaborate practical jokes, some quite amusing. Not all is fun and games, however; Mandel also describes how mental disorders and medical crises have impacted his career, and balances his triumphs with lengthy surveys of failed performances. Mandel's fans will love this book for its intimate revelations, taking readers deep inside the head of the manic star.
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“A frank and funny memoir.”
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This is a very good and funny read.
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Only Howie Mandel could make OCD funny!
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I read this book in a day and a half.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Dilena on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Howie Mandel (that's one "l" not two,) has been one of the funniest comedians to come around in over two decades. In this personal biography, Mandel entails his funniest moments throughout his professional, as well as his personal life. Mandel struggles on a daily basis with his diagnosed "OCD" and "HDHD," but he has the unique ability to find humor in the very uncomfortable situations that only he can.
Halfway through the book, the reader feels as though he knows Mandel on a personal level. The stories that he relates as a young man trying to find himself are both sincere and gut wrenchingly hysterical. The man sure knows how to spin a yarn, and we the reader are fortunate for it.
The book chronicles his career from being a young boy, until being a huge commercial success with the popular game show "Deal or no Deal," and his hidden camera show, "Howie Do It." If you don't laugh out loud reading this memoir, then you do not know what funny is.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. Gard on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I ask for this book for Christmas, because I have OCD, hoping to read about someone else and learn from their own experience with this disorder. I love Howie Mandel, but this book offers nothing on OCD, instead it is a autobiography on how Howie got to where he is today, with some shocking things that I really didn't need to know, like how he can be really vulgar at times, using the f--- word a lot, when on stage and not getting the reaction from the audience that he wants, and how he can play some really, really, cruel jokes on really good friends, taking it way to far. I still love him, but I think he needs to take responsibility for his actions, and even with ADHD, that is no excuse for bad behavior. If you want to learn about OCD, this is not the book to buy.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on December 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
About: Biography of comedian Howie Mandel, Adult ADHD and OCD sufferer, germophobe and host of Deal Or No Deal

Pros: Easy read. Funny, I laughed out loud a few times. Learned some tidbits about Howie that I didn't know: He was the voice of Gizmo in Gremlins as well as the voice of Animal, Skeeter and Bunsen Honeydew in the Muppet Babies cartoon. He also never finished high school.

Cons: I would've liked more discussion of his mental health issues as the book is mostly the story of Howie the comedian and not Howie the germophobe.

Grade: B
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Glock on April 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
To be honest, there are parts of this book that I like a lot, such as when Howie speaks about his first gig at Yuk Yuks, and you get...well, never mind...I have a definite 'verbosity' problem, so, there's no 'long-story-short' version of my little review. Stop reading now if you're in a hurry. Basically, I nearly gave up on the book after about the twelfth time that Howie apologizes to the world for the fact that he never looks past the minute he's living in, to reflect on the possible consequences of his admittedly impulsive nature. Now, from what little there is in the book to describe some of his activities as a child, it's not easy to make an easy-chair-Monday-morning-quarterback-nickle diagnosis of his ADD/ADHD problems, but, he just plain doesn't compare with the severity of MY diagnosed-during-early-childhood ADD/ADHD. I'm also one of the 8-12% of children with ADD/ADHD problems that take their problem into adulthood. I am also being treated for this. And as bad as my hyperactivity/distractability is, (and it's bad), I am well aware of the fact that you can blame the impulsivity for about the first 3 seconds of inappropriate behavior. After that, you have to take responsibility for what you're doing, and it seems to me that Howie is throwing out too many damn apologies for his behavior. Some of what he describes in his book is flat-out anti-social behavior. I'm not sure that I'll finish the book, even though it's mainly enjoyable, but I know for an absolute FACT that I have zero interest in ever meeting this guy. To me, he's very inconsiderate and thoughtless, he knows it, and he continues to blame his behavior on his 'impulsivity', which does NOT takes years of psychotherapy to ameliorate. Funny guy, (very), but I actually feel sorry for him. As successful as he is as a man, to me he _refused_ to grow up, once he found the opiate of applause...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerilynn Sessler on December 7, 2009
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This book was one of the most enjoyable autobiographies that I have read. The only fault with it is that it is a fast read and I would
like having 200 more pages of it to enjoy. He writes from the heart and you can really feel for him and his family. I actually laughed
so hard I cried in parts. I hope he will be able to control his ADHD long enough to write another book because I would truly love to
continue his stories.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Howie Mandel has written a gift of a book!! Its funny, yes. But its more than funny, its sad, maddening, frustrating because he writes about the hell he went thru as a child, into his adult years and how utterly scary it can be to be around germs and other peoples residue. And not only is he OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) but he had ADHD which would be hard enough on its own. He writes of how his humor has been a wonderful tool. He writes lovingly of how his personal issues have effected his wife and three children. Am buying extra copies for a few friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise G on December 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've always been a fan of Howie Mandel's comedy and was surprised to find that I like his serious, (game show host) side just as much. Deal or No Deal is one of my favorite shows!
Howie's life, as so honestly shared in this memoir, is proof that when we remain true to ourselves and our passion, success is likely to follow. I applaud Howie for revealing some embarrassing moments when his impulses got the best of him, and also for respecting the privacy of his children by NOT revealing many details about their own lives.
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