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I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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The feeling of the book is a bit like the documentary The Aristocrats-- you get the feeling that the comics are not "performing" but just sitting back and exchanging their favorite crazy stories. Not all the stories are hilarious, but most of them are very entertaining and there are some that will stick in my mind for a LONG time. Some of the stuff these guys confess to is great--Chris Rock talking about call girls, Tom Arnold about murdering goldfish, many, many stories of one-night stands and drug use. I think my favorite story has to be Doug Stanhope's one about the 5-dollar streetwalker who turns out to have a couple of surprises hidden away. I also loved the one about the comic's mother and Rodney Dangerfield.
This is also a good book for anyone interested in the history of comedy--along with all the contemporary stuff, there are lots of stories about legendary comedy greats like Rodney Dangerfield, Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman (Bob Zmuda contributes a great story about the Tony Clifton character).
This book doesn't go for the gross-out humor nearly as much as The Aristocrats did, but because it shows comics talking how they REALLY talk, it is definitely PG-13 or R-rated. But if you don't need your humor to be squeaky, sit-com clean (I certainly dont) then you will really get a kick out of this book.
It will give me a lot more fodder for the next time I talk with these stand up road warriors. Buy it, and enjoy it.
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I can easily visualize this book as a weekly television series of comedian's experiences on the road.
I am sure that there are many more stories which the authors have up their sleeves, and I anxiously await book 2 which I would call "I Killed Again".
The authors are to be congratulated.
Having said that, there are some high points in the book: Heath Hyche's "The N-Word Wins"; Steven Alan Green's "Spartacus Finally Gets a Laugh"; Larry the Cable Guy's story about John Fox; Dennis Blair's "My Mom Loves George Carlin." If you think of comics sitting around a table at the Waffle House at 3:00 a.m., swapping stories, then you'll get the idea. That may be the book's weak spot: it's geared toward other comics.
The reason I gave I KILLED only three stars is because it didn't really satisfy. Emotionally, the reader goes back and forth from awe to disgust to sad to inspired. If they released the DVD of this book, with the comedians telling the stories, I'd probably buy it, because I believe that how you tell these stories is the key to making them more entertaining. It just barely worked as a book.