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I'm Not High: (But I've Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior) Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405756
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Funnyman Breuer, best known for his portrayals of Goat Boy and Joe Pesci on Saturday Night Live, shows that he is more than just a goofball in this engaging memoir. In incidents described with equal parts humor and solemnity, Breuer illustrates the important role that spirituality has played in his life: for example, he temporarily lost his memoir notes after daring the devil to take them; he kissed a friend the night before she died in an accident; and he felt strangely compelled to reach out to Chris Farley shortly before his death. Comedy has been another constant, and numerous SNL anecdotes will appeal to fans of the show. Breuer's memories of realizing as a child that he had the ability to entertain have a cinematic quality: "Pretty soon a crowd would gather around...cheering me on like it was a real boxing match." More interested in conveying himself as a multi-faceted man than fishing for laughs (though readers will still chuckle), Breuer succeeds in demonstrating groundedness, humility, and gratitude.
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About the Author

Stand-up comedian Jim Breuer was part of the Saturday Night Live cast from 1995-1998. He now hosts Sirius/XM radio show "Fridays with Breuer". In 2009, he headlined a one-hour Comedy Central special call "Let's Clear the Air," and he will appear in the Kevin James/Adam Sandler feature film The Zookeeper (2010). He lives in New Jersey with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fun, easy, interesting read that I highly recommend.
A Mother and Avid Reader
Jim is a great story teller with a lot of funny and serious tales about his life.
impalaballing64
I really like him as a man and appreciate what he's doing.
Christopher H. Winkel

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By impalaballing64 on October 22, 2010
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Just a great read. Jim is a great story teller with a lot of funny and serious tales about his life. Jim proves to be a true family man despite hanging out with big stars such as Lars from Metallica and Dave Chappelle. Breuer also reminisces about one of the most memorable skits in SNL history where Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro make an appearance. Jim brings his stories to life while on air on The Howard Stern Show and Opie and Anthony on Sirius/XM which is where I discovered the genius of Jim Breuer
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Greg Shepard on October 7, 2010
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If you're like me, you've probably read a few of your favorite people's biographies, and probably found them lackluster. You feel you might as well have just read their wikipedia page, and when they do get to dish on something new, they are constantly kissing other people's asses. "Working with so and so was so wonderful, I have nothing else to say." Alright then.

And nothing is worse than you can tell it wasn't actually written by the person in question, rather by someone else as relayed to them.

Breuer's book is nothing like those wastes of trees. It's honest (stories about him almost being aborted and cleaning up after his father are right from the get-go,) funny, and incredibly well written.

Have you ever read the Harry Potter novels, where despite their length, they are so well crafted that the words almost read themselves and the pages fly by? The same is with Breuer's book: it's like you've sat down with him and are hearing the stories from his mouth.

Forget all you know about books written by comedians or celebrities. This is a damn good read.

P.S. I don't work for the publisher, by the way, and don't personally know Breuer. My 5 stars is honest. I've heard him on Opie and Anthony over the years, and found his story telling to be amazing. Definitely youtube clips of him if you're still on the fence. Anything involving Pizza Man.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PJA273 on November 3, 2010
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I have been a fan of Jim Breuer since his SNL days. I am a SiriusXM subscriber as well. I always laugh hysterically when he is interviewed by Howard Stern. I have always thought Jim was funny, but after reading his book I now know he not only funny but a great person. Jims seems to be the everyday guy grateful for his success and appreciative of everything he has in life. When I was reading the chapter when he was in LA doing a pilot I was actually rooting for him and felt as though I was going through the struggle with him. You can't help but become emotionally invested in this book. I am glad I bought and I have recommended to several people. You will not regret purchasing this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nixon08 on October 13, 2010
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As somebody mentioned above, I too am often tempted to pick up memoirs written by my favorite comedians, actors, and/or musicians. Aside from a select few, most of them...well...suck. They are poorly written, loosely conceptualized, and often times feel rushed to completion. With that said, Jim Breuer's seems to break the mold.

I must say that I have not yet finished the book. In fact, I haven't even finished half of it. But it's been such a refreshing experience for me that I just had to tell somebody. It's made me laugh, it's made me cry (not literally, but you know what I mean), and it's made me think. Jim is such a great story teller, and more importantly, he's got interesting stories to tell. His take on the whole "spirituality vs. religion" idea is quite poignant and his reminiscing of old childhood memories is done with an almost aspergers like level of detail.

I want to end this review so I can get back to reading, but let me just tell you it's a surprisingly well written book (no co-author to my knowledge) with a sharp wit, powerful message, and a level of honesty and self realization most of us could only dream of one day achieving. I would proudly display this book along side authors like David Sedaris, Chuck Klosterman, and Augusten Burroughs. I'm not saying he's as good a writer as those guys, but he's made a valiant effort here.

Oh, one last thing. This book is funny - both chuckle to yourself funny, and even laugh out loud funny at times - without using the common "setup/punchline" technique most comedians often resort to when attempting to translate their stand up routines to paper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Greer on September 11, 2011
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This is such a hard book to review. I think I was expecting it to be filled with humor and it was not. It was really just Jim Breuer telling you stories about his life. They were fairly interesting, but not necessarily entertaining. He seems like a nice guy, but these are the kind of stories that I would find interesting if they were coming from a close friend, not from someone I've never met. The other thing that got old fast was how many times he was "smoking hot", how many times he "totally smoked a room", how many times "the crowd roared", how many times he "killed it", "nailed it", was "awesome".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Metalmat on January 20, 2012
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I think Jim is a great comedian and is an awesome person in general. I was looking forward to reading the book when it came out and I gotta say that I am so-so on it. It is basically summed up into a few parts. He talks about his early life, when he got into standup, his on screen years and finishes it off with his family. I think he went into his family life wayyyy too much in the book and skipped out on alot of his years in the 90s with SNL and half baked. In fact in the grand scheme of things he just glances over the stuff I wanted to hear about the most and goes over the face that he is now a family man and had to clean up his comedy.

Come on Jim, it feels like you had to keep the book clean for the family and I don't like that. I want to hear the nitty gritty and it was skipped over.

If you want to delve into Jim's earlier childhood (which I liked) and into his now present life then I would recommend this book. However, if you want a no-hold's barred look into what was really going on then I would stay away. Decent read, I would give it a C.
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