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5/15/11

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: Rubber Balls and Liquor by Gilbert Gottfried

Description

Nobody ever reads this part of the book. Somebody at the publishing house explained to me that it’s actually called the book flap. That sounded dirty, so I giggled for three hours. But it says in my contract that I have to write something over here in this tiny space, even though I don’t think anyone will notice. Some people might open up to the middle of the book and start flipping through pages, but nobody will read this part. In fact, I’ll bet anything that you’re not reading this part now. And if it turns out that you are . . . well, the guy in the bookstore is probably staring at you, saying, “Stop reading that book!” I guess there’s a reason bookstores are going out of business, left and right. Cheap f*cks like you think it’s okay to stand in the aisles and read to your heart’s content. So for the sake of bookstores everywhere, buy this fucking book. I myself don’t care. I only care about the poor working man. Oh, and the sanctity of the written word. I care about that, too.

About the Author

GILBERT GOTTFRIED is a household name, having used his irritating voice and irreverent sense of humor to build an enormous following for his sold-out stand-up performances, his critically ignored motion picture career, his hardly remembered turn as a Saturday Night Live cast member, and his bestselling DVD and CD releases. Gottfried has appeared in more than one hundred movies and television shows, and has been a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Howard Stern Show. He was recently named by Stern’s listeners as their all-time favorite guest. He lives in New York, where he enjoys hanging around elementary school playgrounds in search of young talent.

Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312668112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312668112
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER

MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

I read this book in just four hours and I didn't skip any parts.  That is the biggest compliment I can give any book!

Most memoirs are recollections of a person's history and Gilbert Gottfried remembers a lot of dirty jokes.  Just to warn you, there are a lot of funny jokes and stories in this book and they do contain a few naughty words.  I have always thought Gottfried is funny and I was hoping that this book would shine a light on his personal history, but like all comedians, it seems a joke is how they deal with their life and to distance themselves.  There are quite a bit of personal asides and some laugh out loud moments in the book as well as some truly touching stories like his near death experience.  I really enjoyed the few behind the scene looks at show business and like any up and coming star, how he was ripped off by people he hired to help him.

I also haven't read a celebrity memoir where the writing actually sounds like the author and I could just imagine him delivering each line.  I should have opted for the audio version of the book since it would have saved me the trouble of doing Gilbert's voice in my head.  As weird as that sounds, I dare you to try to read this book without scrunching your face and whining just like him.  There is a nice running joke through out the book dealing with the actual writing of the book that perfectly make fun of the whole author business.

WANT TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK?
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old with a US mailing address (PO Boxes OK!)
Contest ends on 5.29.11 Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 5.30.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by St Martins and  ONE copy will be available.
Only one winner per household address.


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38 comments:

  1. I love Gilbert, annoying voice and all. I'd love to read this, thank you for the chance!

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  3. He was one of my favorite celebrities when I was younger, cause his voice just cracks me up. for some reason I like actors with loud, annoying voices. Yay for Gillbert Gottfried and Fran Drescher!

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  4. He is so funny. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. I was doing the voice thing too as I was reading this...now if I could just get it out of my head! lol
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