Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians, now that he's 65, and a look back at a remarkable career.
Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to me ...more
Billy is now 65, which he will tell you over and over again, and several chapters are devoted to his shtick about getting old. There's nothing new here, except discovering that Billy has become a cranky old man, cursing about social media and teenagers and politics. Speaking of cursing, it wa ...more
The way he talks of the ...more
Better than Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen Degeneres, nowhere near as good as Tina Fey. Some funny parts, some interesting parts, but overall, Billy grates on you. He seems to have this obnoxious personality, and I don't always find him all that funny. Sometimes, he's an outright arrogant @$$. His "Conservative" chapter in particular made me want to punch a wall - smarted of Old White Man whining about getting Old. WAH.
I think you're opinion of this will depend on 1) how much of Billy C ...more
If you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work, then spend time with this book, which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrate ...more
Billy Crystal does a wonderful job of narrating some special moments of his life in Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys. If you are an older adult, (or not) like baseball, the great movie "When Harry Met Sally" (who can ever forget the infamous orgasm scene) enjoy the Oscars, and want to know about Billy's "affair" with Sophia Loren, you are in for a treat. The texting acronyms for "old...more
I loved his story and the way he told it. He made me laugh and cry and made me feel honored to be able to listen to him tell his story about his family and friends.
Billy, I hope you go on living, laughing and loving for a long, long time to come.
Favorite quote: ”…Do something special on your birthday. Wh ...more
A few things that stood out for me in this book: the people he calls close friends, who inhabit every walk of life, his love of baseball, his athleticism. There were some storie ...more
So it was refreshing to read Billy Crystal's memoir, which I flew through in just a couple of days. It was just what my literary mind needed: something lighter, but with substance.
I don't consider myself a die-hard Crystal fan, per se. He just has a knack for showing up in projects I have enjoyed over the years, like Running Scared, The P ...more
The book opens with him spewing four-letter words and talking about sex. It makes no sense. Some chapters are just unreadable. Hi ...more
It was really fascinating listening to his life and his career. He was good friends with mega celebrities like Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. (Okay Billy Crystal was friends with almost everyone) His stories abou ...more
There were some parts a little bit too raunchy for me, but the majority of the book was engrossing, reading stories about his break into comedy, his home life, family, births and deaths.
This made for one of the bes ...more
I couldn't really identify with the writer as much as I did Conway.
I said the book was performed as some of it was written to be performed by the writer. It is done in front of an audience and there are a good number of laughs (as I think we expect from Mr. Crystal).
You'll get a pretty good outline of the way his life/career have gone as the b ...more
This book was more emotional than I expected. I went in assuming Billy would be all jokes, but he shares a detailed account of his life will have you crying, laughing, and falling in love with wonderful man! Billy Crystal has interacted with hundreds of famous artists and athletes, and he mentions many of them in this book. But it never feel ...more
I liked this
First off, if you want to check out this book you MUST listen to the audio book, it is essential. The book is part autobiography part comedic essay with some of the essays being read in front of a live audience, stand-up style.
One major problem is that the humor of this book, specifically the stand-up portions, is very one note. The jokes are stale and unimagin ...more
I laughed; I got a little teary; I loved this book.
Crystal tells his life story through a set of vignettes. Some are funny, some are touching, most are both. He does a little bit of name dropping, but I was s ...more
This was classic Billy Crystal. I am old enough to remember him in Soap, and his ‘si ...more
I got it hoping to hear a lot of funny and interesting anecdotes about his showbiz and movie experiences. While there's some of that in the the book this memoir is mostly stories about Crystal's youth and upbringing, his various encounters with sports figures (which I couldn't care less about), and in the latter half of the book, anecdotes about his fam ...more
Crystal gives us plenty of tips in a wide-ranging memoir from his early days gr ...more
Few books m ...more
I'll warn you, quite a bit of this book is devoted to the Yankees - but that's who Billy Crystal is. He's the embodiment of what a real Yankees fan wishes they were. As an Indians fan, I get that - and can appreciate it.
I think that's why I really love this book - and for that matter any autobiography that's written (and in this case read) fo ...more