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

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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...more
ebook, 256 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...more
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...more
Robin
Just started and have already fallen into a couple of fits of hysterical laughter. So crass but so funny.
Beth
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...more
Cherie
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.
bookczuk
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...more
Cedric Hendrix
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...more
Mary Sisney
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
Emmett Spain
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.
Sumos_Mom
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.
Dick Reynolds
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...more
James Thatcher
This is a great book. I love the insight that he gives (yes, I listened to it on audible - and hearing Billy talk about his own life... it's mesmerizing).

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
Brenda Osborne
Did you know that Charles Bronson almost played the Jack Palance role in City Slickers? Want to find out what famous Hall of Fame baseball player punched Billy Crystal in the stomach? This book is full of amusing tidbits about Billy Crystal's ups and downs in show business. If you are a fan, it is worth a look.
Susan
I love Billy Crystal. He has such a wonderful sense of humor and interesting stories to tell. His narration was brilliant, and at times, very funny. I don't think the reader would get the gist of the story simply by reading, as he puts his own unique inflection into his written words.

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
Donna
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...more
Ray Campbell
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
Theresa
This is going to sound strange. After all, Mr. Crystal is a very funny man. This book was...boring. It read like any old person's biography. The man has no juicy tidbits in his past! Which is refreshing, but certainly doesn't make for an interesting biography. I liked the in-between bits, that focused more on his stand-up and humor, rather than the history of himself.
Amanda
Wow! This started off a bit slow and, perhaps because I'm not 60+, I had trouble relating to the "old person" jokes. But as Billy's story progressed, it morphed into a poignant introspection on his coming to terms with his own mortality. At times he made me smile and laugh, but at other points I was in tears. It is beautiful and heartfelt.
Krista
Billy Crystal's autobiography, Still Foolin' Em, is a wonderful read, especially when consumed in audio book format as the author does the reading. Several chapters throughout the book are performed in front of a live audience. The first couple of chapters deal with the aging process and had me laughing so hard my eyes watered. He has lived an extraordinary life, with a successful career that has opened doors to his childhood love: baseball and the New York Yankees. His personal friendship with...more
Jess
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...more
Steve
Full disclosure. I don’t recall ever seeing Billy Crystal in a movie, (at least more than one scene), a sitcom or on stage, live or recorded. I certainly didn’t see any of his Saturday Night Live sketches. I may have seen him on the guest couch on a TV talk show. I do remember seeing at least one of his legendary nine appearances as a host of the Oscars. That’s about it. So reading Crystal’s 2013 memoir is a little bit like rediscovering someone for the first time. As Yogi Berra allegedly noted,...more
Cori
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!
Trevor Price
The profanity and raunch levels were sometimes too much for my comfort, and he did take a swipe at soccer, but overall I find Billy Crystal to be a uniquely affable and warm guy. That personality works well with his artful sense of humor and made this book pretty enjoyable.

Getting old, baseball, and celebrities feature heavily in this book, which caused me to wonder whether I'd find it forgettable, but Crystal still usually pulled it off and I even appreciated his numerous anecdotes in these are...more
Ken
Billy Crystal seems to be one of the few upright, sincere, and trustworthy celebrities in Hollywood. He had led an incredible life without being sensationalist, as we learn in this biography, from his time on the stand-up comedy circuit to his break into TV and movies and his unlikely friendships with childhood heroes Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. Interspersed are some opinionated tangents on social, political, philosophical, and familial topics, which break up the narrative neatly.

Few books m...more
April Hamilton
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...more
Jay
I found this to be an interesting book to read, but not quite what I was expecting or hoping for, I guess. Maybe I was looking for more jokes, I'm not really sure. I found that I really don't have a lot of interest in knowing about the famous people that Billy Crystal knows, and that his sports fanaticism really doesn't hold a lot of interest for me. On the other hand, the sections that discussed his family -- not what I would have expected to be my favorite -- were my favorite. I also really en...more
Penny Peck
Crystal is funny, even when he is discussing something serious, but he isn't foolish. In fact, he can be quite philosophical and "deep." This biography has a nice balance of chapters on his life, interspersed with chapters that are really more humorous essays on getting older. Having just turned 65 years of age, he looks back on his interesting life - his TV and movie experiences, his family, hosting the Oscars, his friendships with sports figures (especially M. Ali and Mickey Mantle), etc. Even...more
April
I listened to the audiobook Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going And Where The Hell Are My Keys by Billy Crystal, also narrated by Billy Crystal because I was feeling so burnt out on secret audio project books that I needed a change. I chose this audiobook specifically because I love Billy Crystal something fierce and I was curious what it would be like. Also, because Tony and I had a two hour trip to the mall for Christmas shopping and I wanted to make progress on my Goodreads ch...more
Joni Daniels
I'm a fan and there were a few laugh-out-loud moments. The reflections on getting older are good, and spot on too. The autobiographical parts are interesting, but other than one or two admissions about less-than-great- movies, the reader isn't going to hear about the misses - mostly just the hits. And after getting 50% of the way through - I realized that Billy Crystal doesn't seem to know anyone who isn't also famous or employed in the Entertainment or sports industries. No childhood friends, o...more
Paula Margulies
Absolutely hilarious! I laughed out loud through so much of this book. A really fun (and interesting) read, especially for those of us of a certain age.
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