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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620877066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620877067
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comedic actor Stoller might not be a household name, but he’s been working in Hollywood for 25 years, making a living by scoring guest stints on sitcoms like Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Seinfeld. After getting his start doing stand-up in New York, Stoller made his way to Los Angeles hoping to land the holy grail of acting jobs: a regular role on a television show. The quest proved harder than he’d imagined, but the numerous guest roles he booked involved playing characters that ran the gamut from scrawny construction worker to pesky suitor to goofy waiter. Stoller gets an unexpected break when Larry David offers him a job writing on Seinfeld, but the gig only lasts a season and serves to reinforce Stoller’s passion for acting. He finally lands a regular role on an animated show called Handy Manny playing a talking tool. Stoller’s stories about his experiences on the various studio sets, as well as his brushes with fame, make his memoir an enlightening and entertaining look into the life of a working actor. --Kristine Huntley

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“Do yourself a favor and pick up [Fred Stoller’s] book. Chances are, he's made you laugh several times over the last couple decades, even if you never knew his name. ” (Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY)

“Fred is funny and unique, but still an everyman trying to get ahead we can all relate to. His outsider/insider look at showbiz makes for a fantastic funny read.” (Tom Snyder)

“Fred is as good at writing jokes as anyone in the business in any era. He's also quite an underrated storyteller. He won't be after you read this book. Great writer, great comic, exceptional friend.” (Jay Mohr)

“Freddie Stoller is smart and handsome. As a matter fact the handsomeness gets in the way of the smart and funny. While reading this book, I couldn't help but think of Freddie's good looks.” (Jeff Garlin)

“I always liked Fred Stoller. Now I love Fred Stoller. Read this book, and call me after. I want to talk to someone about it.” (Loren Bouchard)

“I've listened to Fred Stoller's stand up for years and he's always made me laugh. I just read Fred Stoller's book and I laughed even more. I eagerly await his singing debut.” (Paul Feig)

“A view from the trenches of show business by a comic actor straddling the line between success and obscurity.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Customer Reviews

He's a very funny guy.
Suzy Soro
A unique story, but also so relatable to anyone with any humanity who's doing the best that they can.
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A real insider's look behind the scenes.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on April 23, 2013
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Having read Fred Stoller's very enjoyable Kindle Single, My Seinfeld Year, I was happy to see that he was telling more of his great behind-the-scenes-in-show-business stories in Maybe We'll Have You Back. I wasn't disappointed. He offers a funny, informative and entertaining look at two aspects of show business we don't hear much about - the TV guest star and the voice over artist (with some stories of stand-up comedy thrown in for good measure). This book should be on the "to read" list of every aspiring actor, any fan of stand-up or situation comedy, anyone interested in how TV shows get made, and people who like to laugh. In other words, pretty much everybody. As evidence of how good this book is, I read it while stuffed into a cramped airplane seat and it actually made me forget that I could barely move my legs for four hours.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sigmund100 on April 28, 2013
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I just finished reading the most amazing book, "Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star", written by comedian and actor Fred Stoller. First of all, I received it from Amazon on Tuesday night and started reading it on Wednesday morning on the train. From that point on, I couldn't put it down and basically read all 250+ pages every free chance I had until I finished it moments ago. One word... fantastic.

For people who know me know that I read a lot of books about the entertainment industry and people in the entertainment industry. I especially enjoy books written by actors , comedians and comedic actors and own a bookcase full of them including George Carlin, Jay Mohr, Bruce Campbell, Matty Simmons, Steve Martin, Howard Stern, Denis Leary, etc... the list goes on and on. Fred's book is one of the funniest, entertaining and gut-wrenchingly honest biographies that I've ever read. He speaks openly and honestly about his experiences, his personal relationships and his feelings and truly makes you feel his ups and downs, his triumphs and failures, his excitement and his disappointments. He pulls no punches and wears his heart on his sleeve on every page. If anyone has ever worked in the entertainment industry (especially as an actor) or ever remotely wondered what an actor goes through to achieve his or her dream, you should buy this book. It's worth every penny.

And if you don't know who Fred is, you probably do and don't realize it, chances are he's been on one of your favorite TV shows in the past 25 years... at least once (and sometimes they even had him back).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William M. Courtney on March 31, 2013
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I first saw Fred Stoller on HBO's 13th Annual Young Comedians Show. I was certain that Fred would soon have his own show or HBO Special. He is that lovable, neurotic, New York character we can't get enough of, yet Hollywood had other plans for Fred. His book is a tribute to the struggles of the life of a character actor. Fred gives us some great Hollywood insider stories, including his season as a writer at Seinfeld. He makes reference to some good and bad moments interacting with other celebrities. I found myself rooting for Fred throughout the book. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments inside as well. In one chapter, Fred shares his exercise of writing as many ideas as he can, in a speed round, for new Seinfeld scenarios. I won't spoil the book for you with the results, which may or may not include an episode with Jerry insulting Manute Bol. Buy the book, you will be pleasantly surprised!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tom Snyder on March 19, 2013
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Fred's Stoller's most recent book is at once funny and deeply affecting. I read it in two sittings, constantly interruptinging my wife, telling her the funny parts such as his strange invention of non-jokes: "we were so poor growing up we had to get a blue car!" And then at other times I would sit quietly marveling at the honesty and depth of feeling expressed in the book even though most of it is told through the device of describing sitcom appearances. The author pulls no punches about feeling lonely, hopeless and always hopeful, somehow all at the same time. I don't usually read show business biographies or autobiographies, but this one is worth every page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eustacia Vye on April 16, 2013
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This book is so funny and so wise. Sometimes I'd laugh out loud, other times I'd get a lump in my throat. A terrific book by a terrific writer and a terrific actor. Loved it! A must especially for anyone in show business.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Krumm on May 2, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I've always wondered what it would be like to live in LA and try to find work as a TV actor. I've also been a fan of Fred Stoller for a long time, so this book was a perfect convergence. The chapters are basically organized by project (TV shows, writing gig, movie), but they tell a coherent story about starting in standup comedy and then moving to LA to pursue acting. Also developing throughout the book is Mr. Stoller's sense of himself, what he wants, and what he thinks he can do. It's fun to read about both his successes and failures. I liked the stories about other actors. I think what makes the book so enjoyable is that you can put yourself in Mr. Stoller's place and recognize how he feels. He's not (yet) a huge megastar, so you can imagine yourself doing some of the same things he does and reacting the same way in this strange, interesting environment of TV acting. It's fun to see how his real life is an inspiration for his own creations, like his Seinfeld writing and his movie. Since he's a comedian, the book is also quite funny, which makes it even more enjoyable.
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