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

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Three Rivers Press, 2007 - Humor - 262 pages
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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.

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Amusing stories of "the road" from many, many comedians. Some funny, a couple poignant, an interesting read. Read full review

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Stand-up comedian, comic television actor, advertising pitchman, and author, Jerry Seinfeld makes a seamless transition from one role to the next. He earned the 1992 and 1993 American Comedy Award for Best Actor in a comedy series and an Emmy award for outstanding comedy series for the hit television comedy that bears his name. The show completed its prime-time run with a media blitz in 1998, but appears regularly in syndication. Based very closely on Seinfeld's real-life circumstances and experiences, Seinfeld's show is, according to the actor himself, "about nothing." In some respects, however, it is autobiographical: what happens to a comedian living in New York City as he passes time with friends between shows. He is single, thin and neat, and loves baseball, fast cars, Superman, and cereal. Seinfeld's books, Jerry Seinfeld: Stand-Up Confidential (1987) and Sein Language (1993), follow the same themes. Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 29, 1955. He has a degree in theater communications from Queens (N.Y.) College. Seinfeld is single and still calls New York home.

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