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I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics Hardcover – 3 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • 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)

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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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By KC on 11 Jan. 2016
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An interesting read for comics and people into comedy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not...funny. 24 Aug. 2016
By Scout - Published on
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Somewhat interesting stories from the road, Neither funny, nor particularly interesting to a guy who really enjoys humor earthiness; although, that might just be subjective. Good luck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A collection of anecdotes-Some Funny, some well...... 28 Dec. 2006
By RG - Published on
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We all sit around our office in whatever career field we choose and tell stories about what we know and are familiar with. They seem really funny since we know the people involved or the manner in which they are told jumps out at you. Writing these same stories down and reading them just loses.....something. I have no doubt that any of these comedians can tell the story and make it hilarious. But the translation to paper just reduces the stories to mere anecdotes occasionally.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Oct. 2016
By Phil D - Published on
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Packed with very funny behind-the-scenes stories from a large group of comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Killed....I laughed...a lot! 16 July 2008
By R. Durkin - Published on
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Having known Ritch for a long time and being a fan of comedy, every story he has ever told me has been entertaining. For him to have compiled a book with stories from the people he knows and then share them with the world, I truely enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gut-bustingly funny and very very real 11 Mar. 2007
By Joanna D. - Published on
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I hate to say this, but this makes a great uh, bathroom book because you really can't read it all in one uh, go. The stories are so funny that after you read one or two particularly good ones, you just have to stop and appreciate them.

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.
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