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The book is a memoir about my stand-up days, a very unique time. My purpose in writing the book was to give people an idea what is was like to be a stand-up comedian back then--to experience the amazing camaraderie, what it was like to go on stage for the first time and to go through the different stages of becoming a good stand-up comic. It was the best time of my life. I never had more fun or felt so alive. I was a kid in the clubhouse with my very best crazy friends doing what we were driven and meant to do-- and boy did we have fun and lots of laughs.
My story acts as a through line that puts you in the middle of those golden days of stand-up comedy, with guys like Larry David, Richard Lewis, Gilbert Gottfried, Rita Rudner, Richard Belzer, Paul Reiser, Bill Maher and on and on. I think it's a fun, informative read, something that regular people as well as aspiring comics would enjoy. I'm not trying to pat myself on the back but I really do believe that every young comic would benefit from reading this because it's our history as comedians. There's a great book calledThe Last Laugh about comedians in the late 50's and early 60's (the original version) that we all read. It gave you a feeling of being back there. I wanted to do the same thing, except from a comic's point of view, and hopefully I succeeded.
Comedians are certainly an entertaining group of neurotics. Their lives, although much of it spent laughing with and at each other, is about transforming pain into humor and vice... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lane Russel
This is an amazing book! I absolutely loved it. It gives you personal insight into some of the greatest comedians of all time. John DeBellis is an incredible comedic writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Smith
The book was ok. He tried too hard to keep bringing up Larry David. We get it. He was friends with a guy who became a billionaire. The stories were not that great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Burg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Congrats to J D for this amazing depiction of these lives and times. I had misgivings, at the start, thinking maybe this would be a namedropping exercise conceived by a failed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim Roche
This book is absolutely fantastic. Whether or not one is into standup comedy or comedy in general (I assume they're out there..), it is a brilliant read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mandy Del Rio
Poorly written, repetitive, disorganized. Too much about the author and how much fun he had hanging out with obscure comics, with little perspective on the evolution of the scene... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Reynaldo Bo
I laughed so hard at jokes by well-known comedians scattered throughout the book, I didn’t realize how much I was learning about the history of comedy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Kipps