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Here's the Deal by Howie Mandel
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Apr 27, 12

Read in April, 2012

Howie reveals how his psycho frantic real-life has influenced his relationships, his life and his career.
As I recall his career to date, I once thought him a successor to Jerry Lewis. Now I see him more as talented comedian who has more or less abandoned his comedy roots in favour of calmed down, talk show/game show host.
I guess that happens to all the innovators: Steve Martin as "Father of the Bride"; Martin Short as celibrity judge on a talent show. I suppose the transition is inevitable as the reality of making a decent living and family life exerts itself.
The bio is self-indulgent at times and Howie unabashedly describes his penchant for cruel hurtful jokes without much shame or remorse.
At times the writing is funny and at the same time can be 'squirm in your seat' uncomfortable.
It kept me engaged from beginning to end and if you like these reveal all confessionals, you might like it.

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