Synopses & Reviews
Fred Stoller has played the annoying schnook in just about every sitcom youve seen on TV—Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, Hannah Montana, My Name Is Earl—and was even a staff writer for Seinfeld, but hes never found a solid gig. When it comes to Hollywood, its a case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride, except in his case hes always the snarky waiter, the mopey cousin, or Man #2.
This hilarious and bittersweet rags-to-rags story of the hardest-working guy in showbiz follows Fred, who started his career as a stand-up comic, from set to set as he tries to find a permanent home for his oddball character. With candor, Fred shares stories of his great adventures pounding the Hollywood pavement, including a humiliating encounter with Billy Crystal, a disastrous one-night stand with Kathy Griffin, and plenty of awkward run-ins at craft service tables. And he always shares his ups and downs with his skeptical yet loving mother waiting by the phone in Brooklyn.
Everyone can relate to searching for a dream job or their next big break, and will root for Fred as he weaves his way through the cutthroat world of Tinseltown.
"Fred is funny and unique, but still an everyman trying to get ahead we can all relate to. His outsider/insider look at showbiz makes for a fantastic funny read." Tom Snyder
"Fred is as good at writing jokes as anyone in the business in any era. He's also quite an underrated storyteller. He won't be after you read this book. Great writer, great comic, exceptional friend." creator of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
"Freddie Stoller is smart and handsome. As a matter fact the handsomeness gets in the way of the smart and funny. While reading this book, I couldn't help but think of Freddie's good looks." Jay Mohr
"I always liked Fred Stoller. Now I love Fred Stoller. Read this book, and call me after. I want to talk to someone about it." Jeff Garlin
"I've listened to Fred Stoller's stand up for years and he's always made me laugh. I just read Fred Stoller's book and I laughed even more. I eagerly await his singing debut." Loren Bouchard
"A view from the trenches of show business by a comic actor straddling the line between success and obscurity." Paul Feig
"Do yourself a favor and pick up [Fred Stoller’s] book. Chances are, he's made you laugh several times over the last couple decades, even if you never knew his name. " Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY
“I don’t know why Fred was never a regular on a show. Maybe because he’s annoying . . . just kidding!”--Ray Romano
About the Author
Fred Stoller was raised in Brooklyn and started out as a stand-up comedian, known for his dating woes and his thrill-seeker persona (I drank milk that expired yesterday!). He appeared on many late night shows and has guest-starred in more than seventy TV shows and films such as Dumb and Dumber. Fred & Vinnie, the indie feature he wrote and starred in, won the Audience award at the Austin Film Festival. He chronicled his experience writing for Seinfeld in the bestselling Amazon Kindle Single My Seinfeld Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California.