Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
Billy Crystal is turning 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 memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on ...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
In his mid sixties now, Billy Crystal recounts his life by decade, (my twenties, my thirties, etc...), interspersed with portions set in the present which were performed in front of a live audience. What an interesting man!
Starting with his early home life, the death of his father and his first career milestones, Billy tells his story with warmth, humility, humor and poignancy. Recounting his relationships with Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell, Johnny Carson and Mickey ...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 fact it's narrated by Crystal himself. If you're a fan of his stand-up or movies, you will love this book.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed and cried in almost equal measure. This is a deeply personal piece for Crystal and you can feel the emotion and meaning in every line. You can't fail to be moved and you'll be laughing out loud despite yourself. I wouldn't s ...more
This audiobook was waiting in my Overdrive wishlist for aaaaages. Every time I scrolled through to see what I wanted to listen to next, I wondered if I even liked Billy Crystal enough to bother. In fact, I almost deleted it. I mean, sure -- I've seen Princess Bride, City Slickers and Throw Mama From the Train, but did I really want to listen to 8 hours of Billy Crystal? As it turns out, yes.
I enjoy biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. This one is now, by far, my fa ...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
Wow, this is the epitome of what I don't like about "celebrity" memoirs. Self-indulgent, smug and dull. He's friends with Muhammad Ali. He loves the Yankees. He's friends with Mickey Mantle. In case you forget ... he reminds you that he's friends with Muhammad Ali continually throughout the book. Seriously. All the damn time. Did I mention that he's friends with Muhammad Ali?
I don't want to hear about his pe ...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
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
This was classic Billy Crystal. I am old enough to remember him in Soap, and his ‘si ...more
Crystal gives us plenty of tips in a wide-ranging memoir from his early days gr ...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
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
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