Almost Interesting CD: The Memoir Audio CD – Audiobook, November 10, 2015
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About the Author
David Spade is an actor, comedian, and writer. A former cast member of Saturday Night Live, Spade has also starred in the films Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and the Joe Dirt and Grown Ups franchises. He was nominated for an Emmy, two Golden Globes, and an American Comedy Award for his role on NBC’s Just Shoot Me! He also won a participation award for being in show business. That’s the one he’s most proud of. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Being an Arizonan I also got a kick out of his Arizona youth in the slums of Scottsdale (still probably pretty nice compared to most poor kids' upbringings), running loose in the 1970s desert. His observations about Generation X and the pre-internet Instragram-less world are hilarious.
I'd like to have read more about his film career, and TV series post-SNL (we were huge fans of "Just Shoot Me" and Spade's Dennis Finch character, which are barely mentioned here) but perhaps that will be in a subsequent sequel which I will gladly buy.
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The book is easy to ready, fun and I like Spade's attitude. To quote him, Almost interesting
Mostly focused on the SNL stuff, which was great. The Eddie Murphy story was incredible, the stories about Chris Farley both funny and touching. I would say it paints a realistic picture of the behind-the-scenes of the show, touching on stuff from interacting with many hosts through the hassles of laundry and the working hours.
It is written by a male, unabashedly so. Lots of stories about models and centerfolds and hanging with the guys, but in a fun, friendly way. Nothing 'bro' here, just some fun.
I never saw 'Tommy Boy', nor watched his sitcom 'Just Shoot Me'. Familiar with 'Buh bye', but that's about it. Even with that, the book was great. If you are a fan of his movies or his show or his career overall, you will love the book just that much more.
But if that's the case, note that not everything is covered. Only the Chris Farley movies are mentioned and Just Shoot Me maybe got one or two little mentions? Police Academy 4 was brought up, but only to discuss things going on at the time. SNL is the meat of this particular literary sandwich....
As for the book, I could not put it down and had to read it straight through. The reason I did not give it 5 stars is that Spade went too long. The last two chapters were not necessary and did not add to the book. It was like a comedian that was killing it on stage but his set was two minutes too long and he lost his audience. All is forgiven as 80% of the book was really good and I laughed out loud in a couple of places and I almost never do that.
Right on Donkey Kong! Come back to Toronto and sign my kindle book!