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Jim Carrey: The Joker is Wild: The Trials and Triumphs of Jim Carrey Paperback – March 4, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (March 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552095355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552095355
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Despite two unauthorized biographies, the inspired star of Man on the Moon and The Truman Show is still a mystery to his fans. Knelman does a good job of recounting the circumstances of Carrey's rise to fameDfrom the times when money was so scarce that his family was forced to live in a camper to his $20-million-dollar salary for the upcoming Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The star's life is played out here, with parents, agents, producers, and friends making appearances. Unfortunately, Carrey's own voice is missing. Like Roy Trakin's Jim Carrey: Unmasked (St. Martin's, 1995), this biography doesn't give a real sense of what the star is likeDwhich, given Carrey's private nature, may always be so. Nevertheless, fans of the comic actor will want to read Knelman's in-depth account as the best snapshot available of this enigmatic genius. Recommended for all popular and film collections.DKelli Perkins, Herrick D.L, Holland, MI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Fans of the comic actor will want to read Knelman's in-depth account as the best shapshot available of this enigmatic genius. (Kelli Perkins Library Journal 2000-06-15)

The fast moving, quote-filled book will engage fans and readers interested in Carrey and show business. (Susan H. Levine VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates] 2000-10-01)

The reader earns a new found respect for what it took this comedian-turned-actor to become a household name. (Paige Smoron Chicago Sun-Times 2000-03-26)

Deliciously dark ... a must-read for Carrey-holics. (Leatrice Spevak Toronto Star 1999-11-07)

With the author's obvious access to so many of Carrey's peers from this early period, readers are given backstage passes to witness the genesis of his career. (Glenda Fordham Globe and Mail 1999-11-20)

[Knelman] has pieced together a telling portrait, and written it in a style that's accessible and articulate. He clearly appreciates great comedy and its often troubled source. He recognizes that Carrey's rubber face has always been a life raft floating on the surface of his difficult personal life. (James Muretich Calgary Herald)

The Joker is Wild digs deeper. For Carrey fans, the most compelling parts of Knelman's book will be glimpses into the booming late-'80s stand-up scene in Los Angeles. During this time Carrey was trying to shed his clean-cut image and stretch creatively, frequently performing alongside bad boy comics like Sam Kinison and Rodney Dangerfield. (Deirdre Dolan National Post 1999-11-09)

For Carrey ... it's never really been about the money. It's about comedy, fame - and demons. That's the story told by Martin Knelman in The Joker's Wild, a carefully researched new biography on Carrey. (Wayne Newton London Free Press 1999-11-06)

Customer Reviews

Jim Carrey I salute you for your wonderful acting.
Movie Buff
It's amazing what people can do with their lives with encouragement and humor.
SL Maloney
I learned so much new stuff and the book never got boring.
Kim Frank

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim Frank on March 20, 2000
I thought this was one of the best books I have ever read. I really love and admire Jim Carrey and I thought I knew pretty much everything there is to know about him. I learned so much new stuff and the book never got boring. I read the whole thing in a few days. I couldn't put it down, even for a minute. It's a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2001
Martin Knelman is a wonderful writer and of all the books I have read about Jim Carrey, his was the best written and most interesting of them all. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who either loves Jim Carrey or who would just like to know more about him and his amazing rise to fame from out of terrible hardships. Book has lots of insight, some photos and a list of films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bergenguide on September 11, 2013
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Though I learned things I previously didn't know or remember, the best part was that after I'd finished the book I really wanted to see all of his movies again.! I saw things I hadn't noticed or thought important. so for any fan of Jim Carrey - get the book, and have a good read during the week followed by a Jim Carrey marathon weekend indoors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Conlon on May 20, 2013
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Really enjoyed this book about Jim Carrey's early beginning and early career. He is really a fascinating person and a great talent. He also has a civility about him that a lot of comics don't have.
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This terribly-written book rehashes tabloid newspaper articles to put together a lengthy People-style picture of Carrey's life. The first couple chapters are the worst and you will struggle to get past the ridiculous overuse of adjectives by the author.

The writer interviewed a few old Canadian associates of Carrey, which results in way too much of the book being about people associated with Jim's early years. About 25 pages are devoted to Yuk-Yuk's history, a comedy club that no one will care about.

It does skip through his career but often provides nothing more than Wikipedia versions of his movies and TV shows. There are a couple of errors, even in the asides (the writer says someone named Katie Ford worked with Carrey as a teenager in the 1970s and at age 16 was a "regular writer" of the TV show Growing Pains--except that show didn't start until 1985!)

There are no substantive interviews with anyone of importance to Carrey's career. Instead it's mostly gossip from newspaper articles, poorly reassembled and written at a 9th-grade level. You will learn a few things you may not have known (he lived in a van with his family after he quit 10th grade) but you have to wade through the bad writing to get to it.

As another reviewer said, a decent book about the comedians life has yet to be written. This is sophomoric and don't believe the book's cover that claims the writer is "an award-winning cultural journalist." None of those words describe this book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "rhino86oo" on January 23, 2001
Wow, I just finished this great book, it is very well written, with insights in the world of Jim Carrey. Martin Knelman has written by far one of the best bios that I have ever read. He went into great detail of the feelings that where upon Jim Carrey and the people that surrounded him at the time. Through the begining to the end, you get to read a life of a born jokester, and his rise from poverty and a malnourished life, to a guy who makes a few bucks and makes everyone laugh or cry. The book is only 230 pages, but I guess if Martin Knelman, the author had dragged it on, then it would not of packed such a punch.
I have been a fan of Jim Carrey's since Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and ever since then I have been emersed in the magic that is Jim Carrey. With only "Earth Girls Are Easy" being the bad movie in his career, which was not horrible, Jim Carrey has had a great life in film in television with a lot more to come. Films like "The Cable Guy" and "Truman Show" were horribly underrated and not given much of a chance. With the dark and witty humor that the "average" Jim carrey fan would not appreciate or enjoy. So to some it all up, a great choice and a great read, "Keep on laughing"...
Thanks for reading!
Ryan
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Movie Buff on April 1, 2002
For anyone who thinks Jim Carrey led a charmed life before getting where he is today, this book is a definite read. It opens a lot of doors into understanding his acting style, why he does comedy and why he is an actor.....he lives for attention and approval, and all his fans are happy to give that to him. He came from the school of REAL hard knocks. This makes me admire him all the more for perserving in the face of multiple adversities and giving us the performances we love to watch over and over. My personal favorite of all is The Truman Show, and the Majestic is right up there too. Catching up on his old films after reading this book, and I can see where he was coming from in his life at the time. The author did a tremendous job of writing this bio and I truly thank him for shedding light on someone I thought was "just another pretty face"....a wonderful bio on Mr. Carrey. I hope he gives some thought to bringing it up to date at some point. Jim Carrey I salute you for your wonderful acting. Great book; simply great.
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