- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Crown Publishers (3 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307341992
- ISBN-13: 978-0307341990
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.5 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,520,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics Hardcover – 3 Oct 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
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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If I was in the industry, this book might have been funnier. There were times I was reading this I had tears coming to my eyes from laughing so hard. Other times I was reading through some of the stories wondering when I would get to the punchline.
Life on the road is difficult, and the life of a road comedian is truly harsh. Wondering if the next gig will result in a paycheck, insulting the wrong audience, rooming with two other strangers for a long weeekend are experiences I have never been through. But many of these stories caught my eye and my funny bone.
If you are thinking about being a comic, you have to read this book. I learned what some of the names we now know had to go through to get their names out there. It isn't all visits to Caesar's Palace and Johnny Carson.
When you get to the part of the whipped cream and Richard Belzer, you'll just ROTFLMAO. Trust me, it is funny.
These are tales of comedians on the road. Tales of being stiffed by the club manager, of bombing in front of audiences, of nearly missing being clocked by the mob for ridiculing the don's mother, of making an ass of yourself in front of Johnny Carson, trying to get that big break. There are stories from every top comedian including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.
You will almost feel as if you took a tour of the clubs yourself, learning about pernicious heckling, poor pay, no pay, bad food, bad hotel rooms and strange women. And there are the stories of Rodney Dangerfield, who bombed so bad in life he ended up selling vinyl siding to support his kids before he went back and "killed" bigtime. He never forgot and extended a generous hand to so many.
If you love love love comedy and admire some of our great artists as I do, you will absolutely want to read this book.