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

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ISBN13: 9780307341990
ISBN10: 0307341992
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The biggest names in standup comedy reveal the howlingly funny, completely shocking, and disturbingly bizarre moments they've experienced on the road.

Review:

"Some of the funniest — and most outrageous — stories a comedian has don't get told onstage. They're passed around after hours and derive from the bizarre intersection of travel, intoxicants and the colorful characters on the fringes of the comedy world. (A little poverty can't hurt — the best stories from 'top comics' often come from the early days.) In this collection, Ron Shock tells of being goaded by outlaw comic Bill Hicks into dropping acid before a show, infuriating the audience and escaping just in time. Jay Leno recounts how he accidentally left a groupie tied to her bed overnight — and she loved it. Black comic Alonzo Bodden recalls ripping into a redneck from the stage and having audience members tell him later that his target ran the local Klan. Shydner, early in his career, performed regularly at a variety of bars around Washington, D.C., and found himself opening for a riled-up audience eager to see the Ramones. He suffered through a 'beer shower,' and one of the Ramones thought that was his act: human beer sponge. Jerry Seinfeld, in his foreword, calls comedy 'one of the Great Jobs'; this volume makes for excellent bathroom reading — and that's a compliment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"I Killed is hilarious. It is also inspiring. If you are considering stand-up as a career, it will give you pause." New York Times

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Carole, January 28, 2007 (view all comments by Carole)
I've never been a comedy club fan; I've always thought that humor which occurs in day-to-day life is funnier than any made-up joke or comedy skit. However, it turns out that the humor which occurs in the day-to-day life of a stand up comic is much funnier than what happens in my day-to-day life. The authors, old-time veterans of the comedy club circuit, interviewed over 200 performers about their experiences on the road and performing in clubs. Some of the anecdotes are unbearably funny, like the two comedians getting into fistfights over their club pay... on a regular basis or the comedian who didn't realize he'd been booked to appear at a nudist resort. Other stories are less humorous but weirdly gripping, like the female comedian doing a weeklong stay at a club in the sticks who made the mistake of sleeping with one of the cocktail waitress's boyfriend on the first night. She then had to stick the week out afraid of getting poisoned or stabbed and unable to get any food service.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307341990
Subtitle:
True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Foreword:
Seinfeld, Jerry
Author:
Schiff, Mark
Author:
Shydner, Ritch
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Stand-up comedy
Subject:
Form - Anecdotes
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.48x7.00x.99 in. 1.15 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Comedians
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Anecdotes
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General

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Product details 264 pages Crown Publishers - English 9780307341990 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Some of the funniest — and most outrageous — stories a comedian has don't get told onstage. They're passed around after hours and derive from the bizarre intersection of travel, intoxicants and the colorful characters on the fringes of the comedy world. (A little poverty can't hurt — the best stories from 'top comics' often come from the early days.) In this collection, Ron Shock tells of being goaded by outlaw comic Bill Hicks into dropping acid before a show, infuriating the audience and escaping just in time. Jay Leno recounts how he accidentally left a groupie tied to her bed overnight — and she loved it. Black comic Alonzo Bodden recalls ripping into a redneck from the stage and having audience members tell him later that his target ran the local Klan. Shydner, early in his career, performed regularly at a variety of bars around Washington, D.C., and found himself opening for a riled-up audience eager to see the Ramones. He suffered through a 'beer shower,' and one of the Ramones thought that was his act: human beer sponge. Jerry Seinfeld, in his foreword, calls comedy 'one of the Great Jobs'; this volume makes for excellent bathroom reading — and that's a compliment." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "I Killed is hilarious. It is also inspiring. If you are considering stand-up as a career, it will give you pause."
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