Synopses & Reviews
If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, youand#8217;ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from andlt;Iandgt;Deadwood andlt;/Iandgt;to andlt;Iandgt;Gleeandlt;/Iandgt;, from andlt;Iandgt;Mississippi Burning andlt;/Iandgt;to andlt;Iandgt;Groundhog Dayandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer. He has earned a devoted base of fans for his original stories, told in front of live audiences as well as in a popular podcast. Now, for the first time, he has assembled those stories here. The result is creative mitzvah, a work of art, and a narrative feat that combines biography and essay, ranging in tone from the hilarious to the introspective. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;To read these pages is to enter an astonishing world that, like all art, is universal yet individual, familiar yet disquieting. A dangerous world, indeed.
"You may not recognize his name, but you'd definitely be able to pick Tobolowsky out of a crowd from his character roles in movies like Groundhog Dog and TV shows like Heroes. Tobolowsky puts his tales into his first book. The result is autobiography told in vignette-style chapters delivered in somewhat chronological order. From his childhood growing up in Texas through studying and teaching acting and theater to his ups and down in love and Hollywood, Tobolowsky recounts stories that are quirky, funny, and sentimental. Whether he is remembering simple pleasures like the joys of chasing snakes as a kid or repeatedly getting kneed in 'the nuts' by Bridget Fonda in the film Single White Female, Tobolowsky always ends on an educational or uplifting message don't lie on a first date, 'one should never underestimate the lasting power of kindness.' Each chapter may not be a star in its own right, but taken together they add up to a curious account of an interesting life. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From celebrated character actor and uncommonly talented storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky, The Dangerous Animals Club
is a series of stories that touch on life's great mysteries with a cast of characters that include legendary film directors, physicists, ghosts, pygmy hippos, and hostage takers.
The Dangerous Animals Club is a beguiling series of stories that woven together form the story of a man in the middle of his life reflecting on life's many mysteries. Parents raise children and then pass on, a girlfriend embarks on a theatrical career with Stephen and then breaks his heart, animals — dangerous and docile — come and go, toes are smashed and necks break, and children are born. Small incidents are later revealed as momentous turning points. Woven through these tales are lessons in quantum physics, Jewish mysticism, and stagecraft. Told in a unique voice and with a spiritual inquisitiveness, these tales have charmed live audiences and podcast listeners — and will charm a whole new audience on the page.
From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;I andgt;The Dangerous Animals Clubandlt;/Iandgt; by Stephen Tobolowsky is a series of stories that form a non-linear autobiography. Each story stands on its own, and yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book's beginning to end. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters that range from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen's unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, French trains, and hospital rooms.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Told in a vivid, honest, and wondrous voice, Tobolowsky manages to render the majestic out of the seemingly mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. This book marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.
About the Author
The quintessential character actor, Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and more than 200 television shows in his career (USA TODAY recently noted that he was the ninth most frequently seen actor in film today). Along the way his roles have spanned almost all aspects of being a working actor, from the big-budget and Oscar Award-worthy (as head of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi Burning), to the cult phenomenon (Groundhog Day), to the buzzworthy (Glee). But despite a lifetime devotion to the craft of acting that also includes a classical theater training and a Tony Award nomination, you probably wouldn't recognize him if you saw him on the street. He lives in Los Angeles.