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Like a Lampshade In a Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy Paperback – February 16, 2006
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Richard Buskin is the New York Times-bestselling author of more than a dozen books. His articles have appeared in newspapers such as the New York Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Observer, and The Independent. A native of London, he lives in Chicago.
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But then, for a woman who made a comedic career out of catastrophes and disappointments, perhaps this is her way of having the last laugh. Unfortunately, these bitter remembrances just aren't funny and mar an otherwise delightful book. Instead the story is jagged and a little too hard-edged and earns a solid three stars.
Penguin, however, has produced a beautiful book for Ms. Diller with a stunning bright orange cover with raised printing while the book underneath features a three-piece case binding with foil stamping. Even the ivory-colored paper inside is high-quality stuff. And I couldn't find one typo. The presentation reflects Penguin's star-quality regard for Diller giving this book an overall four-star rating.
When Diller focuses on her successes by highlighting colleagues (like Bob Hope) or good timing (like breaking in at a time when no other female comics offered serious competition) or techniques (like ending punch lines with consonants to emphasize the mock hostility), her story really entertains. But the book just isn't worth the hardcover admission price and I would recommend waiting for and buying the paperback version of Diller's story.
Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse is the story of a woman who grabbed onto a dream and refused to let it go. Despite overwhelming odds, heartbreaking misfortune and lifelong personal insecurities, Phyllis Diller did what every one of us dreams of doing; she refused to accept her circumstances, decided exactly what she wanted to become and then became it. And best of all, she did it her way.
If you have ever dreamed of accomplishing something but allowed doubt to stop you from trying, read this book. It will touch your heart. It will make you laugh. But most important, it will help you find the strength you'll need to make your own dreams come true.
Thank you Ms. Diller. While I have admired your comedy for years, I will admire your tenacity forever.
Some reviewers have pointed to the fact that Diller never really gets down into the nitty gritty - she never dishes the deepest or possibly most insightful dirt on herself or those in her life (private or public). She gets and occasional dig in - but the book itself seems to stay on the high road. Her tone indicates - she's a grand dame who has survived some bizarre obstacles in life and now in her later years find herself in a very good place.
And I respect her decision to just keep it clean and enjoyable.
It's a smooth read - interspersed with samplings of some of her favorite work over the years.
For example: "What is the difference between and oral and a rectal thermometer?" [A: see review title]
I am passing this on to a friend immediately who could use a smile (and occasional belly laugh).
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I send books to my mother who is an AVID reader. She enjoys humor, but the trick is finding something funny, but not too over the top. She is not a prude, but.... Read morePublished 14 days ago by pleinelune
Funny Funny Lady! And a very funny bio that gives you a pretty in depth look at her life in between the jokes. I highly recommend!!!Published 10 months ago by Richard The Buying Hearted
A great conversation with a great lady. Who would guess her life story by seeing her perform. A most entertaining read .Published 13 months ago by Dale Whitehead
I love Phyllis Diller, and this book is an easy, funny read of a very interesting life. We miss you, Phyllis!Published 16 months ago by Old Southern Charm
A very insightful book into the life, facts, and feelings of the real Phyllis Diller. I enjoy almost all autobiographies and this is one of the better wones.Published 21 months ago by Sharico