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Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life by [Engvall, Bill, Eisenstock, Alan]
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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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“The sensitive parts of the books...truly stand out.” ―Publishers Weekly

“If you like Blue Collar TV or are just looking for some good comedy, this is a great book to pick up.” ―Blogcritics.org

“His folksy humor...has made him a hit in the heartland...Don't bet a little plain ol' charm won't work just as well on the rest of the country.” ―Philadelphia Inquirer on The Bill Engvall Show


Product Details

  • File Size: 252 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312363117
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000V2114G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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This book has proven that people have some great history to share. Without spoiling it for some who haven't had the pleasure of Envall's writing, suffice it to say that life has twists and turns that surprise. The trick is hanging on and going with it.
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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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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 is just a (funny) guy who turned eventually into just a man, Along the way, his stories of life are well worth reading. Baby boomers won't believe any of it, thinking he made it all up -- but, hey, there are plenty of us around who remember how good life was in our good old days. It wasn't money which made us somebody but family ties and talent. Battles were won by the clever, not merely the powerful. Doxies were for the blue collar workers, but not for guys who have lives and wives. The song 'Cat's Cradle' tells it in a way every father of boys have longingly wished things had been different. CS is one example but with only two sons and the younger Charles grew up to be the best person he knew, He didn't miss as much as he bemoans. My sons are learning just how much they should have responded to family affections and duties.

Just a guy doesn't mean any guy or even a funny guy who is dependable, loving, reliable and, especially, nice. The family remembrance called "Out of the Closet" was not a joke but real life. He tells it like it was with honesty, pride, and frankness. "Just a Guy" will make you chuckle and agree if you're open minded. If it seems too spacy and impossible to be real, share it with an older neighbor. He is funny and not Everyman at all, but a special guy.
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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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Format: Hardcover
In Bill Engvall's auto-biographicall book "Just a Guy: Notes From a Blue Collar Life," the comic's particular brand of humor doesn't translate well. The sparkling wit of Bill while he's on stage is dulled by the fact that the reader can't see the preformance. Without Bill's vocal nuances and facial features, many of the jokes seem to fall flat. So, if yo uaer thinking of buying this book for its humor, I would think again. There is, however, a good deal of information on Engvall's life and childhood here. There are even a few touching moments scattered here and there among the debris of this shipwreck of a comedic work. Still, the book has some value if for no other reason than its look at Engvall's heavier side. However, this book should be shelved in "biography," not "humor."
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