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Rubber Balls and Liquor Hardcover – April 26, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Comedian Gottfried goes for the jugular in his first humor book. As in George Carlin's Brain Droppings, the author loves to goof on language, and he is equally outrageous, as is evident when one deciphers the transsexual pun disguised in the book's title and the suggestive cover image. Gottfried free-associates, riffing in print with an improvisatory flair as wild as his standup routines. Blowjob and masturbation jokes punctuate a mix of memoir, angst-ridden anecdotes, and observational humor. Turning to self-mockery ("I have a face for voice-overs"), he tells how he landed the one-word role as the voice of the animated Aflac duck, and his fans will eagerly skip ahead to a chapter titled "Too Soon" about his now famous Friars Club performance two weeks after 9/11. Gottfried's basic tactic is to deliver a dynamite line and top it with several surprises before reaching the end of each paragraph, building to guffaw-inducing jokes on almost every page. (Apr. 26)
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Advance Praise for Rubber Balls and Liquor
“One of the most touching, eye-opening historical accounts---one day I may even read it.”
“This is definitely the loudest book I have ever read. It changed my life. After reading it I decided to go through transgender surgery.”
“Gilbert is the funniest man alive. He is the comic genius of our generation. This book proves he is the Picasso of the cubist-dick joke.”
“Truly the funniest book ever, by one of the funniest guys on the planet!”
---Paul Shaffer, musical director, Late Show with David Letterman
“More than a national treasure, he’s a secret weapon. If we had had Gilbert Gottfried in World War II, Hitler would have given up in 1942.”
"This book crosses the line of good taste. I loved it."
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Top Customer Reviews
This is Gilbert Godfried, don't go expecting anything soul searching or something as elegant like it came from Mark Twain.
It gives you a glimpse into the (IMHO) comedic genius of Gilbert, quite a few funny moments and worth the few bucks.
But you *have to* love his live acts/work or you are going to hate this book. The writing skills are like a 12 year old, a lot of it is just to fill space/pages (but to be fair, Gilbert himself say so in the book) and some parts are really predictable.
That being said, knowing what I now know... would I buy this had I not bought it?
Yes! Because, it is laugh out loud (not silly "LOL", I mean actually laugh out loud) funny at times and exposes a mans soul a bit... a very private man who has taken the time to share a bit of himself ( for the money of course! It's Gilbert for crying out loud, he's known for being the jew's jew when it comes to money!) and that itself makes it worth it.
Pity he was not on the Beiber roast, Jeff Ross did a decent job but he is nowhere as good as Gilbert or the awesome (late) Greg Giraldo.
(P.S I thought quite hard what I should write in the title, and I finally decided on a title I think even Gilbert would approve of)
The book like Gilbert is an acquired taste.
Anyway, I recommend this book if you want an entertaining read. It's good fun.
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Some of the jokes are very funny, but he's not much of a storyteller in print!Read more