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Call Me Puke by Mark Sieve
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Oct 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: funny-humor, memoir-biography, favorites, books-i-own
Read in December, 2010 , read count: 1

Winner of the Midwest Book Award and regular at many different Renaissance Festivals, Mark Sieve is half of the comic duo of Puke and Snot. A vaudevillian type of banter and humor, the show is very fun and so is his memoir. It covers his early life, his time as a teacher, his time spent at various festivals, his relationships with Penn and Teller (who got their start at festivals as well) and a great many other things. Sieve has lead a very interesting and very full life and, as a RennFest regular, I really enjoyed hearing about it.

His story was told not chronologically but in a back and forth type of way where you go from his time at the festivals in Texas to his childhood on a farm to his time as a teacher in Minnesota and then back to college. At times this worked very well and at other times it was a bit dizzying. But if the worst thing I have to say is about the structure of this book, the Sieve has done something very right.
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