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Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  9,757 Ratings  ·  1,623 Reviews
Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America’s favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career

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
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published March 12th 2013)
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Diane
Your reaction to this memoir will depend on how much you like Billy Crystal's comedy style. I'm meh about him, so I'm meh about this book. Other reviewers who adore him liked this book a lot more than I did.

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
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Connie
Though I don't listen to audio books often, this was a hit as it is narrated by Mr. Crystal in all his splendor...imitations and all! Covering his life thus far, from birth to the big 65, this is a delightful view into the life of one of the top entertainers who has somehow remained humble and seemingly normal! I laughed out loud and choked back tears as I traveled along with this talented, fortunate and grateful man. One who values family and friendships above all else.
The way he talks of the
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

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
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Beth
Nov 22, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Just like any book, this book isn't for everyone. If you don't love Billy Crystal, then don't bother. If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian, then don't bother. If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family, friends and other celebrities, then don't bother.

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
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Carol
Listened to my very first audio book today and DID I LOVE IT!!!

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

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Char
Oct 29, 2015 Char rated it it was amazing
What an excellent audio book!

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
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Cherie
Oct 06, 2013 Cherie rated it it was amazing
I think Billy could read me the phone book and I would sit in my chair and be totally enthralled.

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.
Robin
Aug 23, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
Just started and have already fallen into a couple of fits of hysterical laughter. So crass but so funny.
Myrna
Sep 25, 2014 Myrna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Listened to the audiobook read by Billy Crystal himself. This book is touching at times as he shares personal stories of friends, family, and his career. Being a comedian though, he also does some standup comedy, impressions, and pokes fun at aging. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much. What impressed me most of all was Billy’s love for his family. It really comes through in the book.
Favorite quote: ”…Do something special on your birthday. Wh
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Amy
Billy Crystal is a man I'd like to have as a friend. Unless he's really fooling lots of people, he's a real mensch. There's nothing to date in all that I know of him to give any other indication. Caring, funny, married to the same woman since he was 23, devoted to his friends and family, and able to make the world laugh.

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
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Cedric Hendrix
Sep 16, 2013 Cedric Hendrix rated it really liked it
My reading tends to get too heavy. Books on politics, presidential biographies, history, Game of Thrones ... the weight of the words can be too much at times.

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
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Paul
Jul 16, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?
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
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Emmett Spain
Sep 12, 2013 Emmett Spain rated it it was amazing
A warm, insightful, crudely hilarious, and poignant memoir of sorts that reads like a collection of essays or comedy bits, mixed in with a loose autobiography. Do yourself a favour and pick up the audiobook - Crystal reads some sections in front of a live audience, where he is clearly most at home. It's a beautiful read of personal material, as funny as it is moving.
Allie
I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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
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Mediaman
Jul 07, 2014 Mediaman rated it it was ok
This dull "memoir" is a poorly-done Cliff Notes version of the star's life and movies which tells the reader very little. Crystal brags a lot, makes a lot of outlandish false statements (which makes the whole book seem fake), tells little-to-nothing about the behind-the-scenes of his movies, and talks way too much about Mickey Mantle and the Yankees. It's a major flop.

The book opens with him spewing four-letter words and talking about sex. It makes no sense. Some chapters are just unreadable. Hi
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Mary Sisney
Oct 26, 2013 Mary Sisney rated it it was amazing
Maybe because he's exactly one year and one day older than I am, I've always been interested in fellow baby boomer and Pisces Billy Crystal, so I knew I would enjoy his memoir. As I expected, his book was hilarious. I especially enjoyed Billy's descriptions of how age has changed him. What I didn't expect was how touching his book would be. He has written not only a comic memoir but also a love story. He expresses his love for sports and athletes, especially Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle, for e ...more
Cori
Sep 17, 2013 Cori rated it really liked it
Only on chapter 6, but I must recommend this book. So very funny! If you have the chance, listen to the audio version narrated by Mr. Crystal. Can't get any better!
Vicki
I listened to this as an audio book. It was fun and charming and whimsical. I particularly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes looks at Billy's movies, and had no idea he'd rubbed elbows with so many famous people. It was particularly nice to hear Billy read this himself, as he was able to convey every thought and emotion as he intended, that could've been lost if just reading the book for myself.
Ray Campbell
Feb 23, 2014 Ray Campbell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
This would be a straight forward autobiography/memoir, except that it is Billy Crystal. I've never laughed while simultaneously choked up as much, in fact, if ever, as I was reading this. Crystal is from Long Beach where my father-in-law grew up. In addition, my family is from Brooklyn. So, as Billy Crystal described his childhood and told stories about his youth, I knew the sites, the smells, the silly wallpaper... the ambiance of his childhood. I am more than ten years younger than Crystal, bu ...more
Jody
Jan 19, 2016 Jody rated it did not like it
I liked Billy Crystal. Then I listened to this audiobook. Now I don't like Billy Crystal.

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
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Marla
Jul 02, 2013 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big Billy Crystal fan. I've always thought he has been one of the few stars who seemed grounded and real. This book shows how much he is a family man and. I love that he and Janice have been married for over 45 years and have lived in the same house for that long. He still gets start struck and he hasn't let fame blow his head up. I enjoyed the live audience sections of the audio book. There were times in this book where I was laughing so hard I was snorting and had I been drinking I would ...more
Jess
Jan 23, 2014 Jess rated it it was amazing
I was born in the mid 80’s right when Billy Crystal was becoming big. So I missed out on his comic genius when it was occurring, which makes me very thankful that I picked up this book (well listened to it on audiobook, because seriously you need to hear a comic read their own material)

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
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Sumos_Mom
Nov 16, 2013 Sumos_Mom rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I thought I found Billy Crystal funny...until I picked up this book. I'm on page 44 and so sick of him talking about his peni$ (are we allowed to write that word on Goodreads?), that this is going back to the library today. If I could rate it <1, I would.
Callie Rose Tyler
3 1/2 Stars

I liked this read listen but it did have the occasional patch of boredom and there were more than a few thing that annoyed me.

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
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Donna
Feb 17, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
The audio is the only way to go with this book, because it is Billy himself. This contained some live bits and some of that was absolutely hilarious. There were some bits that were just him with a microphone (no audience) for what he called ‘his essays.’ As Billy Crystal began his memoir, he started out as a boy. It turns out that he was pothead perv. Thankfully he grows up, but not necessarily out the perv part.

This was classic Billy Crystal. I am old enough to remember him in Soap, and his ‘si
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Dick Reynolds
Sep 28, 2013 Dick Reynolds rated it liked it
Early in Billy Crystal’s career as a standup comic, and after a performance at Catch a Rising Star, his performance was critiqued by manager Jack Rollins. Rollins told Crystal that he didn’t like what he did that night and added, “You didn’t leave a tip.” When Crystal asked him to explain himself, Rollins said, “I have no idea what YOU think about anything. What’s it like to be married, to be a father. Leave a tip.”
Crystal gives us plenty of tips in a wide-ranging memoir from his early days gr
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Mike (the Paladin)
What can I say????? I got started reading/listening to these when I picked up Tim Conway's bio. I got this one read/performed by the author Billy Crystal.

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
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Jake
Jul 29, 2014 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't have a very long commute. Still, when the misery that is American broadcast news gets to be too much, I take a break from my car radio to listen to an audio book. This is why I decided to listen to Billy Crystal's memoir/exploration of aging. And let me just say, I cannot imagine reading this book. Experiencing it as an audio book seems both obvious and mandatory. Only listening in 15 minute commute segments proved too slow. A couple of CDs in I yanked the case out of my car and gorged o ...more
Kara
Jul 07, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Billy Crystal, then I think it's safe to say you'll love this. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Crystal himself, and that made it for me. I might not have enjoyed it so much as a regular book. He even read chapters in front of a live audience which really added something.

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
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April Hamilton
Sep 22, 2013 April Hamilton rated it liked it
I was almost 80% done (audiobooks go by % instead of page count) with Billy Crystal's memoir, Still Foolin' Em, when I decided not to finish it.

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
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William Jacob Crystal is a Golden Globe Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actor, writer, producer, comedian, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Richard Mulligan's & Cathryn Damon's TV son, Jodie Dallas, on the ABC comedy-drama, Soap, and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the box office successes When Harry Met ...more
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