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Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life [Kindle Edition]

Bill Engvall , Alan Eisenstock
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What does it mean to be JUST A GUY?
--A guy doesn't think before he speaks.
--Eating and sleeping always come first. Always.
--A guy may get married, but he doesn't have to like it.
--It's tough to admit, but all guys are exactly the same.
Blue Collar Comedy Star Bill Engvall is JUST A GUY.  He's been one his whole life.  He can't help it.  He was born that way.  And that makes him an expert on the subject.   

For the record, here's the official definition of a guy:  A person who doesn't think before he speaks.  He can't.  He's not that deep.  Because a guy has only three basic needs: eating, sleeping, and sex.  That's it.  JUST A GUY chronicles a lifetime in pursuit of those needs.
In this hilarious and heartfelt memoir, Bill Engvall takes you on the rollicking ride of his life, beginning with his childhood in Texas and adolescence in Arizona, becoming a fixture in local emergency rooms, the result of massive amounts of non-thinking behavior trying to impress girls or torture his sisters; to high school in Dallas where he dabbled in an array of truly odd jobs, learned the trombone, and came of age, all strangely connected; to college and his tenure as his fraternity's social chairman, where he masterminded a series of legendary parties and attempted to rescue his pet bird while the house was burning down (not his fault, honest); to following his dream as a standup comic and, gulp, singer; to his brief stint in children's theater while sharing the stage and the back of a van with the director's dog, and as a movie extra with forked tongue and cloth claws; to his bumbling and riotous courtship, then marriage to Gail, the love of his life; and, finally, fatherhood, where he remains, to this day, a well-meaning, but flawed parent.
Through it all, Bill gamely stumbles along, struggling to maintain a façade of confidence and control.  Far from a superhero, Bill Engvall is an everyday Everyman, the poster boy for normal.  The result is JUST A GUY who is disarming, perceptive, wildly funny, and unexpectedly moving. 
JUST A GUY will make you laugh out loud and tug at your heart. 
Hopefully, not at the same time.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this rather bland attempt at the humorous sensitive-man memoir that seems to be a prerequisite for a certain type of middle-aged comic (e.g., Cosby, Reiser, Romano), Engvall tries to cram his whole life into one book rather than stick to one theme (marriage, fatherhood, etc.). The end result is 46 micro-chapters that never really deliver the same laughs that have made him a part of the successful Blue Collar comedy quartet. But there is interesting material: Engvall reminisces about starting at the bottom of the entertainment business, first as a stand-in and extra on movie sets and later playing chauffeur to some of the biggest names of comedy. But these tales are given short shrift so Engvall can focus on his childhood love of baseball, his favorite car as a teenager and his partying a lot in college. In the end, Engvall realizes that "all guys are the same," and that's why the sensitive parts of the book—Engvall's parents' divorce or the pain of leaving his family to go on the road—are the ones that truly stand out. (May)
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About the Author

Bill Engvall's first CD went platinum, and he has gone on to sell over 4 million albums, not to mention the 5.8 million DVDs and 875,000 CDs he's sold as part of Blue Collar. Born in Galveston, Texas, Bill now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, and has a daughter in college.

Product Details

  • File Size: 252 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312363117
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000V2114G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, but not particularly humorous. June 6, 2007
This book was very interesting, to say the least. Engvall wrote on his life in many subsections, making each to the point without having to add extra words to fill out a chapter. From his childhood antics, to his college antics, to his start as a comedian, to meeting his wife, this was a book that waqs hard to put down.

However, very little actually made me laugh. This is more an autobiography than an attempt at humor. You shouldn't buy this book because you want humor; you buy this book because you want to know more about Engvall.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Autobiography April 3, 2010
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Bill Engvall has a great story here that many of us can relate to. That's what probably makes him a successful comedian. But I didn't find the book funny even though he made many attempts to make it funny. This made me think that maybe even a comedian cannot make everything funny. One's own life, when explained, is profound but not necessarily funny nor is it meant to be.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Accurate Account of Life Back Then. April 4, 2008
Bill is just a (funny) guy who turned eventually into just a man, Along the way, his stories of life are well worth reading. Baby boomers won't believe any of it, thinking he made it all up -- but, hey, there are plenty of us around who remember how good life was in our good old days. It wasn't money which made us somebody but family ties and talent. Battles were won by the clever, not merely the powerful. Doxies were for the blue collar workers, but not for guys who have lives and wives. The song 'Cat's Cradle' tells it in a way every father of boys have longingly wished things had been different. CS is one example but with only two sons and the younger Charles grew up to be the best person he knew, He didn't miss as much as he bemoans. My sons are learning just how much they should have responded to family affections and duties.

Just a guy doesn't mean any guy or even a funny guy who is dependable, loving, reliable and, especially, nice. The family remembrance called "Out of the Closet" was not a joke but real life. He tells it like it was with honesty, pride, and frankness. "Just a Guy" will make you chuckle and agree if you're open minded. If it seems too spacy and impossible to be real, share it with an older neighbor. He is funny and not Everyman at all, but a special guy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Engvall's not Really all That Funny Here February 19, 2008
In Bill Engvall's auto-biographicall book "Just a Guy: Notes From a Blue Collar Life," the comic's particular brand of humor doesn't translate well. The sparkling wit of Bill while he's on stage is dulled by the fact that the reader can't see the preformance. Without Bill's vocal nuances and facial features, many of the jokes seem to fall flat. So, if yo uaer thinking of buying this book for its humor, I would think again. There is, however, a good deal of information on Engvall's life and childhood here. There are even a few touching moments scattered here and there among the debris of this shipwreck of a comedic work. Still, the book has some value if for no other reason than its look at Engvall's heavier side. However, this book should be shelved in "biography," not "humor."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a laugh November 8, 2007
Bill Engvall says he is just a guy, the guy that might have sat by you in high school, was in your fraternity, played in your softball league. Yup! He is just like many of the guys I grew up with in Texas, good, salt of the earth hardworking, family loving kinda of guy. Don't read this book expecting any great flashes of insight, tales of torment, or sordid tales of life as an unknown comic. Engvall crafts a pleasing tale of growing up in the sixties and seventies and eventually finding his path in life. he finds humor in almost annything. Fortunately, he tells his story in a much more humerous way than the guy who actually sat by me in school (sorry, Calvin Franklin!). Will make you smile and laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Being a "Guy" is a great thing! August 16, 2010
An excellent book to read and reflect about the great things in being - "Just a Guy".

Bill Engvall does a great job of framing and bringing into focus life's little wisdoms which add a smiles to our daily lives which we overlook in our haste to live it up!

Bill if you ever read this review thanks for sharing the "mundane" story of your life... quoting the great GC "... it's all about coming home!"

By the way just like a guy I picked up your tome for a buck at a dollar store, couldn't believe my luck! Would love to see another book from you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for Engvall fans July 26, 2007
I usually try to stay away from books written by "celebrities." The only exception I make is comedians I like -- they're usually fairly adept storytellers to begin with, so I figure their writing may be worth a shot. This isn't bad. Stories from Engvall's life, some recognizable from his stand-up routines, some clearly more revealing than the stand-up routines. A worthwhile read for a real fan, but even then, head to the library rather than the bookstore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast out of the gate - fades in the homestretch January 29, 2010
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I found this book to be like a strong sprinting horse - fast out of the gate with hilarious floor-rolling stories from his youth, only to lose my interest as he entered the college and professional years. I was roaring with laughter over the stories of the misadventures of his childhood, but found his tales of college and finding his professional way to be just like a million other 'how I found my comic career' stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 24 days ago by steph
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by Amy Sorrow
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book! I recommend it to anyone
This is a great book! I recommend it to anyone, especially if you want to know Bill Engval and love to laugh!
Published 2 months ago by Renee Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! Made me laugh and cry
I loved it! Made me laugh and cry! I love when he wrote that he cries when he hears "Mandy" by Barry Manilow!
Published 2 months ago by Nigel Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book from a very intriguing guy
This book has proven that people have some great history to share. Without spoiling it for some who haven't had the pleasure of Envall's writing, suffice it to say that life has... Read more
Published 5 months ago by rosenquartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Bill Engvall's stsory is true, especially the part about his childhood...
Bill Engvall's family lived just down the street from us in Winslow, Arizona. His stories about his childhood here are true. I knew him and the others he mentioned. His father, Dr. Read more
Published 10 months ago by evanell conner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Engvall book
If you like Bill you'll love this story of his life. It's like listening to Bill tell you his life story. Fans will love this book.
Published 17 months ago by vincewest75
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This was very entertaining. Felt like I knew Bill personally after listening to the cds. It helped pass the time on my long car ride to and from work. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Snoopy
4.0 out of 5 stars A telling memoir from a funny guy!
I like Bill Engvall. Of the four Blue Collar Comedy comedians, he is probably my favorite. (Though I admit that his show on TBS is just not that funny. Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by A. Nye
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected!
this is a great book about bill's life and what he's gone through to be the man he is today
Published on July 9, 2009 by Nichole L. Neel
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