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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159474677X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594746772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“...how can you not love a book that offers useful life lessons under chapter headings like 'So I Stole Soda From Aaron Spelling’?”—New York Times Book Review

“Part Lean In, part Saturday Night Live, Carol Leifer serves up some side-splitting work and life advice in How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying.”—Ladies Home Journal

“…a brisk, level-headed tome that skips self-aggrandizing and goes straight to the real-world wisdom.”—TheSpitTake.com 
 
“In this witty, well-written book, Leifer anecdotally explores her own career in comedy while explaining the pitfalls of adulthood.”—Edge
 
“Who needs a life coach when you have Carol Leifer?”—AfterEllen.com

"...a smart...and entertaining memoir..."—Tampa Bay Times
 
"Equal parts memoir and showbiz staying power guidebook, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying highlights Leifer’s straight-forward advice, which applies to anyone in any profession who wants to maintain genuine, civil ties with his or her peers." —Florida Times-Union

“An amusing, amiable read.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“A remarkable memoir that’s packed with anecdotes, advice and humor, all while maintaining a high level of dignity and self-awareness.”—Steve Martin
 
“The only thing more impressive than Carol’s success is how she has retained and polished all the lessons she’s learned along the way. And the fact that she has decided to throw them your way for just a few bucks is such a ridiculously good opportunity for you, I can hardly believe it! If you don’t buy this right now you’ve got to be a total schmuck.”—Jerry Seinfeld
 
“When I was 17, I read a profile of Carol Leifer. Since then, I wanted to be her. I still want to be her.”—Sarah Silverman
 
“They don’t make people funnier or more clever than Carol Leifer. She’s insightful, big-hearted, and a brilliant writer.”—J. J. Abrams
 
“Carol’s about to lay it all out for you, so pay attention, baby.”—Whoopi Goldberg
 
“The best memoir of the year (not written by the victim of a horrible crime).”—Judd Apatow
 
“Listen up to every word, because if Carol can’t help you, nobody can.”—Jimmy Kimmel
 
“Carol has seen it all and done it all—and lucky for us, she was taking notes.”—Bill Maher
 
“Carol Leifer is funny, really funny.”—Chris Rock
 
“To survive in life, you need a major trust fund and/or a sugar daddy. Carol has neither, but she’s still managed to come out way ahead. Here’s how she did it, and how you can, too.”—Joan Rivers.
 
“Funny and sage. A great read. I even loved the parts that weren’t about me.”—Paul Reiser
 
“Carol’s gift is that she sees ordinary, everyday things in a very funny way. She’s made other comics say, Why didn’t I think of that?”—Jay Leno
 
“I was sad when I finished this book. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t want it to end, or because I’m just sad in general.”—Larry David
 
“Carol is relentless, and an entrepreneur to the core. Read this book and learn! I have no doubt she will corner you if you don’t!”—Mark Cuban
 
“I’ve been in the comedy business for 30 years and thought I’d seen and heard it all…until I read Carol’s book! It’s witty, classy, and filled with real-life advice gleaned from her years of getting laughs and enjoying success.”—Caroline Hirsch, founder of the legendary New York comedy club Carolines

About the Author

Carol Leifer is a four-time Emmy nominee for her writing on such shows as Seinfeld, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show, and seven Academy Awards telecasts. She has starred in five of her own comedy specials, which have aired on Showtime, HBO, and Comedy Central. Her previous book was the national best seller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win.

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In the meantime, I am going to go out and get your other book and I’m sure I will love it.
Happy Mom
Carol Leifer (comedian and Seinfeld writer) has written a funny book with very practical advice for succeeding in the world of business, as well as many other fields.
J. Deaver
This book should be required reading for anyone who wants to make a career in show business.
George McGrath

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Finkel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2014
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I found this autobiographical self-help book full of cute anecdotes from Carol Leifer's past. I can't say I learned a ton that I will be able to apply to my own business dealings, but there are useful morsels of advice for those few who find themselves in similar situations. I thought the book was interesting and enjoyable given the perspective and style of writing.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steve Schwartz VINE VOICE on April 2, 2014
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I flatter myself that I like "smart" comedians: Bill Cosby, Nichols & May, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, Woody Allen, Robert Klein, Rodney Dangerfield, Sid Caesar, Richard Wright, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Shelley Berman, Bob Newhart, Godfrey Cambridge, Steve Martin, and certainly Carol Leifer. She has made me laugh *a lot*. However, she didn't turn out the book I expected -- namely, a show-biz memoir, although it has some of that. Instead, she has written a self-helper on what it takes to succeed in work.

The advice she gives is solid stuff I already know but wish I had learned earlier. I'd sum up most of it as variations on "Love what you do" and "Work really hard at it, because you love it so much." She's trying to save people time, confusion, and heartache. I know it takes relentless drive to succeed in show business especially, because you compete with a lot of people who have at least as much talent, but the lessons are transferable to almost any other profession. Nevertheless, the level of Leifer's dedication and passion for work surprised me. She's been at it for forty years in a business which has a short memory, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Meanwhile, she's done it while keeping her friends. Clearly, she's doing many things right. Learn something. If I make this book sound like a chore, I'm misleading you. This is still a funny book. The girl can't help it, to quote Little Richard.

She's now mainly a writer and producer, so I don't get to see her standup, except on Youtube (it still holds up, by the way). If she went on tour near my house, I'd buy a ticket in a minute.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zoeeagleeye VINE VOICE on March 8, 2014
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I've always liked Carol Leifer even as I thought of her as a B-List stand up comedian. While she doesn't have the charisma of Bill Cosby, or the clever cuttingness of Joan Rivers or the unpredictability of Jerry Seinfeld, she is steady and consistent in her work onstage. I would not hesitate to see her show again. And so it is the same with her book, "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Crying." I will admit the subtitle threw me: "Lessons From a Life in Comedy." It led you to think you were reading an autobiography, rather than a business self-help book. Oh, there are several anecdotes and a vague tracing of her jobs over the years, and in the last chapter she pens a few words about her parents, but nothing extensive or too specific.

Her style of writing is clear, smooth and amusing, like her comedic delivery. For example, on being late, she writes: "In my experience, those really unavoidable reasons happen about one percent of the time. The other ninety-nine percent, lateness boils down to bad planning . . . If that dreaded one percent does happen to you -- once, the electric gate of the parking garage in my apartment building wouldn't open, holding me hostage for two hours -- be prepared. Do you know the office number so you can call and tell them you're trapped under a boulder? . . . Know this info in advance so you can act before you black out."

Most people who buy this book will not be comedians -- at least not professional ones. So the book could use some straightening up with a mind to clarification. Put the reader in the picture. We will not make jumps in logic that someone "in the know" or "in the biz" would make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Payne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2014
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This was a smooth read from start to finish. I have to be honest though, and say that I never really felt "hooked." I read the book because I thought it was more of a self help type of book with a witty twist and perspecive on life, work and family. I thought it really would be able to help me to succeed in business, as a woman, without all the tears that I sometimes choke back.

It read more like an autobiography. I am sure for some people, they would be extemely interested in the life Carol Leifer lived, however I enjoy books I can relate to more. I think I am more of a Chelsea Handler reader...gasp for some people that may not find her "comedy" comedy and hope that they never relate to the stories she tells!

Overall, it was a good read...just not my favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books VINE VOICE on May 13, 2014
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(Note: This review is based on a galley/advanced reader’s copy.)

Carol Leifer wrote this book as a memoir about all the struggles, failures and disappointments she endured before she found success and fame as a stand-up comedian and as a comedy writer.

But, this book is more than a memoir about being a stand-up comedian. It’s a book for everyone – a workbook that simplifies the steps for living your dream and finding your passion. I think it is an excellent resource for teenagers, high school graduates, college graduates, adults trying to find their way and/or trying to reinvent their lives. It’s an easy-to-read memoir/guide with many valuable concepts and important lessons. Some of the information is very encouraging which can be highlighted, underscored and kept handy to be remembered when doubts and fears show up.

One of Carol’s life suggestions is to find out what you really want to do. Carol knew she wanted to be a comedian at a young age and she never gave up trying to succeed. A person should ask this question: “What would I do even if you didn’t get paid?” Your answer to the question is your passion! Knowing this will help survive the failures and disappointments that are sure to occur on the long road to success.

Carol’s father worked day and night as an Optometrist but had a dream of being a comedian. In those days, many people could not follow their dreams. Most people had to find jobs to feed and sustain their families. Still, in Carol’s home, comedy was welcome.
Thirty years ago, females in stand-up comedy were basically unknown so Carol had to work extra hard. She was determined to fulfill her dream. She surrounded herself with friends and acquaintances who, like she, were also struggling.
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Carol Leifer is an accomplished stand-up comedian and an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for her work on such television shows as Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and the Academy Awards. She has starred in several of her own comedy specials, which have aired on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Her 'big break' came when David Letterman unexpectedly showed up one night at the Comic Strip in New York City and caught Carol's show. His visit led to her making twenty-five guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. Carol has also been seen on The Tonight Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She starred in and created the WB sitcom Alright Already. She lives in Santa Monica with her partner, their son, and their seven rescue dogs.

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