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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312362676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312362676
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 has been a comedian for more than twenty years, and is a founding member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour--along with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White--and the Blue Collar Comedy television show on the WB.  Engvall's first CD, Here's Your Sign, was the #1 comedy album of the year.  He is a co-star of the movie Delta Farce and the star of the sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" on TBS. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
ALAN EISENSTOCK is the author of several non-fiction works, including THE KINDERGARTEN WARS: The Battle to Get into America's Best Private Schools, TEN ON SUNDAY: The Secret Life of Men, and SPORTS TALK.  He lives in Pacific Palisades, California. 
 

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I bought it for my husband for his birthday and it was money well spent.
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I purchased this Audio CD because I watched Bill Engvall on Blue Collar Comedy and thought he was funny, but i was terribly disappointed with this book.
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An excellent book to read and reflect about the great things in being - "Just a Guy".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Bedford Crenshaw on June 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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Format: Hardcover
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. Bill Engvall was our doctor and I worked as a nurse at the hospital with him. He was a great doctor and always had a joke. The acorn did not fall far from the tree. Dr. Engvall had a sense of humor and could probably have been a good comedian himself. I guess he was but that wasn't what he was paid for. The Engalls are a great fa,o;u ans good friends.
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By vincewest75 on May 14, 2013
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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.
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By Snoopy on January 15, 2012
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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. I was actually less stressed than just listening to the radio.
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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.)

So I had pretty high expectations for this book - something more than the book by Ron White that was simply a rehash of his comedy bits, and more personal than Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck dictionaries, and something more entertaining than a book full of one-liners by Larry the Cable Guy.

I'm happy to say that Engvall met my expectations of a book about the comedian, not a book of comedy. So if you're looking for a book full of jokes, "Just A Guy" isn't for you. That's not to say that many of Engvall's stories aren't humorous - but the book is more memoir than stand-up.

But if you want to know more about Bill Engvall the person, pick up a copy. You'll enjoy the read.
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Format: Paperback
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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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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