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I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics

I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics [Kindle Edition]

Ritch Shydner , Mark Schiff
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In a hilarious look at real life on the comedy circuit, some of America's most famous comics share their own stories of life on the road, gigs gone wrong, and unexpected, zany moments, with contributions by Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, Jeff Foxworthy, and others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 030738229X
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; Reprint edition (21 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0024NP5DI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Killed 21 Jun 2011
By gamblor
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very amuzing read!

The book contains many anecdotes (sometimes with a bit of tragedy) about many of america's top comics. If you want to know what comics encounter on the road, you will find this book very interesting and entertaining. I'm sure that these stories are just a tip of the iceberg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun read 3 Oct 2006
By Comedy Fan - Published on
The Publishers' Weekly review on this page says this book is fantastic "bathroom reading." I guess they mean that it's perfect for people who don't always have time to sit down and read for an hour or two at a stretch. Because the stories in here are so short, it's easy to read for ten minutes, get a few complete stories and good chuckles, and then put the book down for next time. There are well over a hundred stories in here so if you read the book this way it'll last you for a while!

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning Label 4 Oct 2006
By Rik Anthony - Published on
A warning label should be posted on this book: Please allocate 4-6 hours of time before opening this book. You will not be able to put it down. I truly enjoyed this compilation of stories from the comedy trenches.

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.

Rik Anthony

National Host

All Star Radio Networks
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Not Be Able To Put It Down!!!!! 23 Oct 2006
By Joseph Schames - Published on
As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I quickly was engrossed in story after story of interesting anecdotes as to a comic's true life on the road. There are definitely some chuckles in this very entertaining book, but the reader will quickly be deeply engrossed in the faceted sides of comedy, and to the totally unknown non-glamorous side of being a stand-up comic. If I ever had illusions of being a comedian and basking in the applause and endearments of the audience, these illusions have disappeared. This is definitely not a life for the sensitive personality. By the middle of the book I felt as if I knew all of the comedians personally, and I could comprehend their varied experiences and anguishes of being on the road.

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.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An X-Rated "All in a Day's Work" 10 Oct 2006
By Kyle Word - Published on
There is very little comic insight in this book. A collection of short tales of debauchery and wild drug use that road comics would tell each other, the book makes a normal person feel like a rube who bought a ticket to the freak show. (Yes, there is just a hint of envy in that last statement.) Some of the stories are funny, in a "Porky's" sort of ashamed-that-I'm-laughing way.

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These stories elicit chuckles and Guffaws 29 Oct 2006
By Gary Tallman - Published on
This book takes you into the comedy trenches and excavates some of the greatest comedic anecdotes ever. Not only are the longer stories great but there are short segments that are really funny as well. The Tony Clifton and Kevin Pollack stories were my two favorites but I loved them all. The pacing of the book was great. I can't wait for volume 2.
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