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Paul Feig
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28 Jun 2005
Lost in love and don't know much? Paul Feig knew even less...

Like any other red-blooded, straight young man, Paul Feig spent much of his teenage years trying to solve the mystery of women. Unlike most red-blooded, straight teenage boys, however, Paul Feig was sadly at a considerable disadvantage. He was tall and gangly. He had a love for musical theater. And, perhaps the death knell for his burgeoning sex life, Paul was a tap dance student. (And we have the pictures to prove it—see the front cover.)

Infused with the same witty and infectiously readable style of his first book, Kick Me, Superstud chronicles the trials and tribulations of Feig’s young dating life with all the same excruciating detail as an on-air gastric bypass—and you just won’t be able to tear yourself away. Feig’s series of shudder-to-think but oddly familiar (come on—we’ve all been dumped by someone we didn’t even like that much) anecdotes include: his first date, at an REO Speedwagon concert with the most endowed girl in school, who leaves him sitting next to a puddle of puke; his first breakup, accomplished by moving across the country; his mortifying date with his secretly bigoted girlfriend; his discovery of a new self-love technique that almost lands him in the hospital; and his less-than-idealistic “first time,” which he nevertheless elevates to biblical proportions.

In Superstud, Paul Feig tells all in a hilarious but true testament to geekdom, love, and growing up.

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  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (28 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400051754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400051755
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second funniest book ever 19 July 2005
Format:Paperback
No book has made me laugh as much as this one...except for Me Talk Pretty One Day. I don't think the author would object to coming second given that he good humouredly delves into graphic detail about his own sexual inadequacy and hang ups to bring us this hilarious book. Anyone that loved Freaks and Geeks must get this. Everyone else should buy the Freaks and Geeks box set and this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 22 Nov 2012
By S. Hogg
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A great read. Hollywood director/writer Paul Feig is brutally honest about his embarrassing and cringe inducing love life but very funny at the same time
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sex And The Semi-Geek 24 Nov 2005
By Bill Slocum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Superstud", the sequel to "Freaks & Geeks" creator Paul Feig's childhood memoir "Kick Me", bills itself as a humorous recollection of the author's struggles dating the opposite sex. For those of us who know about being a casualty of love, there's undeniable appeal to such a project, and Feig delivers with comedy and surprising poignancy on occasion.

But I've always been suspicious of people whose claims of geekdom lead to the golden lights of Hollywood, and that suspicion builds reading this book. Feig claims to suffer the shame of being a geek, but it reads more like he wasn't a jock. He not only goes out on dates with attractive girls, but takes the initiative in breaking up with a couple of them. His lack of sex is something he blames as much on a strict religious upbringing as a lack of opportunity, and his parting thought saying people should just be happy doing what they feel like doing doesn't sound like someone who really knows about suffering over love.

The real story of Feig's frustrations boils down to what he calls "dating math": "She wants me = I don't want her/She doesn't want me = I want her."

So real geeks and recovering geeks should be forewarned. Take it from me: I asked 19 girls to my junior prom before getting a yes. A woman I once declared my love for wound up bilking me out of $265 for an imaginary trip to Rhode Island. I once managed to score tickets to the Letterman show for a girl I liked, only to have her announce in the middle of it: "By the way, this is not a date."

Reading this book, I felt like a 'Nam vet listening to some ex-Coast Guarder tell me about his weekend in Grenada. Feig actually was a fairly attractive young man, as the book cover shows, blessed with a quick wit, Han Solo hair, and access to pretty females who often found him entertaining.

The funniest section of the book is an early date with a high school girl that worked much like my Letterman non-date, except the show was an REO Speedwagon concert (Feig gets a lot of early 80s references in, which entertained me) and there is much vomit. Vomit is a recurring theme in this book, along with some other bodily fluids we won't mention.

Feig's description of some auto-erotic moments are both bold and funny, getting intimate with fashion magazines much like George Costanza once did, dealing with sudden public "equipment issues" while perusing photography books, and the like. All this is funny, but a bit forced, like the self-conscious footnotes he inserts in a series of late 1981 journal entries describing one of his courtships, replete with lines like "Let the downfall begin!" and such like.

The part I was most moved by didn't have to do with love or sex at all, but rather a strange burst of homesickness Feig suffers while leaving for college, after he itemizes all the tiny things of his parents' house he has come to identify with. "It felt like the minute I left the house for California, everything was going to be incinerated or ransacked by looters who would leave these sentimental items broken and scattered all over the street in front of our house."

There's one authentic-feeling moment of geekhood I recognized all too well. And truthfully, it's probably a more readable book with Feig not being so much of a geek. If he was, this would read like a 300-page version of Janis Ian's "At Seventeen", and how much fun would that be?

But I would have felt more at home with it than this.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Search for lady love 3 July 2005
By Genevieve S. Gibson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a man who bares his soul in the universal quest to find love. He also shares the shame and the cringe-worthy hilarity of the all-consuming attempts at finding love especially as an adolescence. I think many will find this book screamingly funny as he tells stories of awkward attempts at luring the opposite sex and discovering his sexuality. It is strangely sweet as well because really everyone has been there, (maybe not nearly ending up in a hospital trying out something new) and he reaches the dorky romantic in all of us who just wants someone to hold our hand and love us despite being uncool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insert Witty Title Here 3 July 2005
By Chad W. Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When the dedication page of a book makes you laugh, you can assume one of two things: 1) either this is as good as it's going to get, or 2) this book is going to be outrageously funny.

Fortunately, it's option #2. I generally take awhile to get through a book, generally taking several months to several years. But this was a book I bought from the day it was released, and finished it in less than a week. Not only was this book fun to read, it made me cringe in places, and often mull over my own life. Paul Feig's life certainly put things in perspective of my own (whether for good or bad).

For all of the detail and writing that he spent on describing his past relationships, when Judgment Day finally came, it almost felt like that the author was just trying to finish off the book. Or maybe I am just waiting for the 2nd part of this story to read how everything ended up in life, between his old friends, his wife, his current life, etc. But perhaps, he might even create a more comprehensive autobiography someday to continue from the time of the early 80s, to his (varying) successes as a writer of various entertainment mediums.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexual Healing...Is Hard to Come By 7 Dec 2005
By Trevor Seigler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In Paul Feig's memoir of adolescent lust and desire, "Superstud", he regales us with his lusty tales of ripping the bodices off nubile young women and having his way with them...okay, more like getting stuck watching someone else rip off those bodices. You see, Feig was something of a "late bloomer" when it came to the art of love and sex. The fact that he's willing to talk about it, openly and honestly, makes for a good tale.

Feig starts with tales of his first initiation into the "rope-burn" club (yeah...that...I don't need to elaborate, do I?), which is almost stunted by sudden feelings of guilt over his chosen "self-pleasuring" path. Then he comes into actual contact with members of the opposite species and...where he goes, trouble follows. Not to mention disaster, disgrace, embarassment, and (in one particular adventure) skating all by himself during a "couples skate" due to his inability to find a partner.

Feig recounts all the near-misses and almost-rans of his dash to the "losing my virginity line", but with a wit and gift for narrative that takes you in and gives you a bird's-eye view of Feig's foibles. He finds one girl who wants to go all the way, but finds himself not that attracted to her; another offers to perform "a Lewinsky"; still another leds him to believe he'll have a wonderful homecoming after a sojurn in California, only to cause him indirectly to lose his lunch. And I won't even bother to hint at the self-love method that almost ruins his life.

In the end, Feig does lose his virginity, of course. The way in which he describes it (arranged like a section from the Bible) makes you feel for him, really. It's easy to see why Feig has so much cache in the world of snobby nerds like myself. He knows of what he speaks, and never more so than in his love life (or lack thereof).

It's not a perfect book, by any stretch, and there might be some people put off by some of Feig's amorous adventures (especially those with himself). But overall, the book moves at a quirky, conversational pace that allows the reader to live through all the angst of an adolescent who just wants to experience the greatest act between a man and a woman (or other, in case you're inclined that way) and all the problems that can cause. Because as anyone can tell you, the burst that you get from hormones makes for a dangerous cocktail when coupled with awkward teenager problems.

So sit back, relax, and laugh yourself silly at Paul Feig's "Superstud". If you can't help from blushing from recognition of something you yourself might've done or experienced. Love is a mystery, but Paul Feig sorta figured it out. It doesn't mean "never having to say you're sorry", but "never bending yourself into a pretzel and nearly breaking your neck".

And that's a lesson I think we can all depend on...
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad...real..wonderful 7 Aug 2005
By Robert Wellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Paul Feig is awesome...his TV show was awesome, his first good was quite good, but this book, oh this one is fantastic. It is so incredibly honest (and a bit uncomfortable) that he wins your heart. FOr anyone who has had the least bit of trouble with the opposite sex, parts of this book will ring true. It works so well because it is so focused. You can't help but laugh and perhaps even be a little touched. I will read or watch anything he does. Way to go Mr. Feig.
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