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Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star
 
 

Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star [Kindle Edition]

Fred Stoller , Ray Romano , Ray Ramono
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“I don’t know why Fred was never a regular on a show.  Maybe because he’s annoying . . . just kidding!”--Ray Romano Fred Stoller has played the annoying schnook in just about every sitcom you’ve seen on TV—Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, Hannah Montana, My Name Is Earl—and was even a staff writer for Seinfeld, but he’s never found a solid gig. When it comes to Hollywood, it’s a case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride, except in his case he’s always the snarky waiter, the mopey cousin, or Man #2. This hilarious and bittersweet rags-to-rags story of the hardest-working guy in showbiz follows Fred, who started his career as a stand-up comic, from set to set as he tries to find a permanent home for his oddball character. With candor, Fred shares stories of his great adventures pounding the Hollywood pavement, including a humiliating encounter with Billy Crystal, a disastrous one-night stand with Kathy Griffin, and plenty of awkward run-ins at craft service tables. And he always shares his ups and downs with his skeptical yet loving mother waiting by the phone in Brooklyn. Everyone can relate to searching for a dream job or their next big break, and will root for Fred as he weaves his way through the cutthroat world of Tinseltown. 15 color photos

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 813 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (1 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGYIS84
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,050 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a fan of Fred's since he was on Dr. Katz back in the 90's. His stories about doing comedy and doing bit parts on hit shows are incredible. I was on a coach from London to Bath when I first got the book and it was the first time in my life that I've ever read over 200 pages of a book in one sitting. Fred is a hilarious comedian, an excellent actor, and a brilliant writer. I know he has a lot more stories to share and I hope he follows this up with another book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique View Of Show Business 24 April 2013
By R. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read Fred Stoller's very enjoyable Kindle Single, My Seinfeld Year, I was happy to see that he was telling more of his great behind-the-scenes-in-show-business stories in Maybe We'll Have You Back. I wasn't disappointed. He offers a funny, informative and entertaining look at two aspects of show business we don't hear much about - the TV guest star and the voice over artist (with some stories of stand-up comedy thrown in for good measure). This book should be on the "to read" list of every aspiring actor, any fan of stand-up or situation comedy, anyone interested in how TV shows get made, and people who like to laugh. In other words, pretty much everybody. As evidence of how good this book is, I read it while stuffed into a cramped airplane seat and it actually made me forget that I could barely move my legs for four hours.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Heartfelt... A Must Read 29 April 2013
By Sigmund100 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading the most amazing book, "Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star", written by comedian and actor Fred Stoller. First of all, I received it from Amazon on Tuesday night and started reading it on Wednesday morning on the train. From that point on, I couldn't put it down and basically read all 250+ pages every free chance I had until I finished it moments ago. One word... fantastic.

For people who know me know that I read a lot of books about the entertainment industry and people in the entertainment industry. I especially enjoy books written by actors , comedians and comedic actors and own a bookcase full of them including George Carlin, Jay Mohr, Bruce Campbell, Matty Simmons, Steve Martin, Howard Stern, Denis Leary, etc... the list goes on and on. Fred's book is one of the funniest, entertaining and gut-wrenchingly honest biographies that I've ever read. He speaks openly and honestly about his experiences, his personal relationships and his feelings and truly makes you feel his ups and downs, his triumphs and failures, his excitement and his disappointments. He pulls no punches and wears his heart on his sleeve on every page. If anyone has ever worked in the entertainment industry (especially as an actor) or ever remotely wondered what an actor goes through to achieve his or her dream, you should buy this book. It's worth every penny.

And if you don't know who Fred is, you probably do and don't realize it, chances are he's been on one of your favorite TV shows in the past 25 years... at least once (and sometimes they even had him back).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Feel Good Book of 2013 31 Mar 2013
By William M. Courtney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first saw Fred Stoller on HBO's 13th Annual Young Comedians Show. I was certain that Fred would soon have his own show or HBO Special. He is that lovable, neurotic, New York character we can't get enough of, yet Hollywood had other plans for Fred. His book is a tribute to the struggles of the life of a character actor. Fred gives us some great Hollywood insider stories, including his season as a writer at Seinfeld. He makes reference to some good and bad moments interacting with other celebrities. I found myself rooting for Fred throughout the book. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments inside as well. In one chapter, Fred shares his exercise of writing as many ideas as he can, in a speed round, for new Seinfeld scenarios. I won't spoil the book for you with the results, which may or may not include an episode with Jerry insulting Manute Bol. Buy the book, you will be pleasantly surprised!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Moving 20 Mar 2013
By Tom Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Fred's Stoller's most recent book is at once funny and deeply affecting. I read it in two sittings, constantly interruptinging my wife, telling her the funny parts such as his strange invention of non-jokes: "we were so poor growing up we had to get a blue car!" And then at other times I would sit quietly marveling at the honesty and depth of feeling expressed in the book even though most of it is told through the device of describing sitcom appearances. The author pulls no punches about feeling lonely, hopeless and always hopeful, somehow all at the same time. I don't usually read show business biographies or autobiographies, but this one is worth every page.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He should be back on everything! 17 April 2013
By Eustacia Vye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is so funny and so wise. Sometimes I'd laugh out loud, other times I'd get a lump in my throat. A terrific book by a terrific writer and a terrific actor. Loved it! A must especially for anyone in show business.
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