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Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,383 ratings  ·  815 reviews

Profane, honest, and totally real advice from comedian and director Kevin Smith - one of America's most original voices

Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four w

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Gotham (first published January 10th 2012)
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Mitch Albom
Aug 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: love
Kevin Smith is nicer than he lets on, thinner than he thinks, and smarter than almost anyone in the room. He has today’s world - and tomorrow’s – running for cover.
Sep 07, 2016 marked it as dnf
I don't like memoirs that are written as a way to settle scores and it seems that a lot of film director Kevin Smith's memoirs are either about talking trash against other celebrities (like Neil Patrick Harris and Bruce Willis) or sucking up to them (Ben Affleck, Harvey Weinstein).

I totally get that Willis can be a prima donna but isn't it your job as a director to manage that megalomania commonly found amongst "stars", get a performance out of them and achieve the movie you envision? I have a
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I "discovered" Kevin Smith's Clerks years ago on my college's cable system and immediately loved it. I've been a fan of Smith's voice ever since that time, enjoying his films and then subscribing to many of the podcasts Smith produces as part of his Smodcast network.

If you've listened to a lot of Smith's commentaries, podcasts and various question and answer DVD releases, you've probably heard different variations of the some of the stories and incidents Smith relates here in Tough Shit: Life Ad
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For someone who was around seven when Clerks premiered, I was very excited when I opened my box from Penguin Audio and saw this book. I didn’t need anyone to tell me who Kevin Smith is, what he looks like, or why he’s famous. I knew all that already thanks to my two older brothers. So I would like to half-heartedly dedicate this review to them. Brian and Blake, without you I would have been as clueless about who Kevin Smith was as all my friends
رؤيا شعبان
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

" I finally said it aloud. “I want to be a filmmaker.” I’d say that for a few weeks until my sister, Virginia, gave me awesome advice.
“Then be a filmmaker.”
“That’s the idea,” I said. “I want to be a filmmaker.”
“You don’t have to want to be a filmmaker, just be a filmmaker,” Virginia said. “Every thought you have, think it as a filmmaker. You’re already a filmmaker; you just haven’t made a film yet.”

كيفن سميت ، مخرج افلام مميز و انسان رائع
استمتعت بقراءة الكتاب كثيراً كثيراً ،
رغم اني كنت ابح
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading Kevin Smith is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. On the one hand, his humor can be base and vulgar. On the other hand, he is a very good writer, extremely intelligent, and his sense of irony and effortless wit are a joy to behold. (It doesn't hurt that I also happen to find him very attractive, and that I am a fangirl who understands the whole comic book thing.) Sometimes he hides his light under a barrel tagged with profanity, but it strikes me as more of a marketing ploy to keep his yo ...more
It's been 10 years since I watched my first Kevin Smith movie. Since then, I've seen all of his films, read all of his books and graphic novels, listened to hundreds of episodes of shows contained on the SModcast network and taken in two live shows. Therefore, it's fair to say that I'm a pretty big fan of his. With that information, it's hard to feel like I'm really reviewing this book given my massive bias. I'm going to give it a shot though.

I knew that even before I picked up this memoir/motiv
Peter Derk
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Listened to on audio, read by the author. The guy's done enough podcasting that it works pretty well.

If you're not really familiar with Kevin Smith, this is an awesome point of entry.

Do me a favor, if I ever write a book someday, don't refer to it as a Point of Entry. Sorry, Mr. Smith.

But really, he goes through his whole career here, the interesting parts, the weird parts, and some of the funniest.

One of my favorites, the oft-told tale where Kevin and friends decided to protest the churchy pro
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hardcore Kevin Smith fans
Shelves: humor, memoirs, audiobooks
Smith discusses a wide variety of topics in this book -- what inspired him to make Clerks, the Weinstein's, making Cop Out with Bruce Willis, Wayne Gretsky, Red State, the Southwest incident, George Carlin, podcasts, Quentin Tarrantino, and meeting his wife. But if you are looking for any sort of motivation or advice in any of them, you can safely skip this book. If you are looking for occasionally funny, always interesting look at Hollywood from a fringe insider, this is a decent book to read. ...more
Aistė Aidukaitė
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm going to start this by saying that my favorite film is a black and white indie from 1990s (you know where I'm going with this).
So I have no problem with Kevin Smith ranting about being too fat to fly. Or eating his wife's pussy. Also, he recorded his own audiobook and he was high while doing it. I'd say this was well worth 5:55 hours of my time.
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kevin Smith fans
If you are a Kevin Smith fan, you'll dig this book. If you have no idea who Kevin Smith is, but like intelligent hilarity even if it is overrun with profanity and bodily fluids, you'll also dig this book. Otherwise steer clear.

I have been a Kevin Smith fan ever since I saw Clerks in a tiny Budapest art movie theater. I like dude-humor, the honesty of it. It is odd because I am not a fan of pointless cursing. But Kevin Smith and his bros have a way of twisting that language in creative, hilarious
If you are interested in reading this book, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version that Kev himself narrates. Yes, @ThatKevinSmith narrates his own book, but are you surprised? The man just has such a way with words, and anyone who is familiar with SIR! or any of his podcasts will know what I am talking about. He's mesmerizing as a reader, or narrator, and I could not help but being fully transfixed to his narration of his own story. No one could have read it any better than he di ...more
Avery (ThePagemaster)
By now, everybody has probably heard of Kevin Smith, to some degree. He's the guy that made Clerks, and even refers himself, a couple of times, as "The Guy that did Clerks". One of favorite movies, as well as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; not movies that I go to all the time. Just some that I watch every now and then to keep the humor alive and are fun to quote.

What I liked the most about this book was the book itself. It reads like Kevin Smith really wrote this, and it does have his humor, bo
Joe Barlow
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
The infuriating thing about Kevin Smith is his determination to hide his intelligence and sensitivity behind a cloud of vulgar profanity and fart jokes. CLERKS and CHASING AMY were the films that prompted me to start writing screenplays and making my own short movies, and for years I held him up as an indie role model, although I lost a bit of faith when Smith squelched his unique voice and began churning out mainstream-ish comedies like COP OUT and ZACK & MIRI. Smith feels my pain -- he's a ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
You seem to either love or hate Kevin Smith. I have yet to find someone who is ambivalent about the director (unless they literally have no idea who he is). And that's OK; someone like Smith who turned filmmaking on its head with "Clerks" deserves to be revered or reviled.

This is an interesting, if expletive-filled, book. Yeah, there's a lot of swearing here, so if you've got delicate ears - or eyes, I guess - this may not be something you want to pick up. Smith writes exactly the way I imagine
Callie Rose Tyler
If you are easily offended or not a fan of crass, crude, and expletive ridden humor do not read this book!

This book, written and narrated by Kevin Smith, is the genuine article and very....well Kevin Smithish.

This is not the traditional chronological from birth to now memoir but is more event focused and will very often jump back and forth in time. The events that are discussed are chosen based on their importance and impact on Smith's life and creative process.

The major topics dis
Mike Crews
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Kevin Smith and his work. I've found myself at times feeling bad for him for not receiving the critical acclaim I feel that his work is worthy of. It's all too easy to cast aside something that is different or look past the depth of one's inelegance because they chose to use crude humor to illustrate their point. After reading this book, I no long feel sorry for Kevin Smith because, for better or worse, he did things his way.

This book is an inspirational text about chasing d
This biography about Kevin Smith, narrated by Kevin himself, was incredibly inspiring and exciting to me in ways I can't even begin to describe. It easily has escalated as a late runner in the year towards being a heavily favored choice for my #1 Favorite Book of the Year! I have been a fan of Kevin Smith's movies since the beginning of his career making CLERKS. So to hear him tell essentially his film life story, I was highly interested and intrigued by the stories he told! I especially liked t ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
That was great! Although most of the stuff in this book I heard during one or another Q&A recordings it was really interesting and inspirational to read it all at once.
Kevin Smith is a great story-teller and he takes you to a whole new level of entertaining. I think I could listen to him reading some restaurant menu and he still would find a way to make it funny and interesting.
I just don't agree with his description of himself. I think Kevin Smith is really talented man. You can see it no
BAM The Bibliomaniac
3.5 stars
I'd like to rate it a 4, but I know it's because I listened to Smith read his own book, and that was totally worth buying. He read it from his house after smoking pot. Never out of character that guy.
So I didn't really see this book as a life advice book. Rather it was a book about his movie career, his wife, his idol, George Carlin, his humiliation on Southwest Airlines, etc., which was all interesting. At least his storytelling prowess made it interesting. He had sidebars, he used v
Veronica Lara
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay I picked this book up and put it down and finally in a April managed to read it all the way through.
If you are not a fan of blatant honesty, nerdisms, and profanity, this shit ain't for you.

I love Kevin Smith's podcasts, movies, tv shows etc. This guy is your best friend who is obsessed with comics and Star Wars. He's a relatable human who just happens to be famous.

This book just further cements him into my mind as an amazing human being who is also very inspiring and encourages people to
xTx xTx
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Literally LOL’d at Smith’s clever turns of phrases and his lovely self debasement. Happy for him and the life he’s cultivated. I see big things for him in the future. Heh
Leigh Clemons
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't recommend that everyone live his/her life according to the wit and chronic wisdom of Kevin Smith. For me, however, Smith's work in film, podcasting, and now in print have been a literal and figurative lifesaver. I had followed his films and the maiden voyage of SModcast for a long time, but Smith's dive into the full-blown world of podcasting corresponded with a time in my life when I had, well, WAY too much time on my hands. I listened hardcore, and I was hooked.
Smith book reveals t
Sam Quixote
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since I saw a headline on my RSS feed - "Fat Director kicked off flight" - and clicked on it, then (after reading the brief article surrounded by many ads) going to the Smodcast website, I've been hearing about Kevin Smith's life ever since. For a solid 2 years and change I've had Smodcast and its many, many attendant podcasts whenever I've had a long drive with myself or a walk to work or washing up and needing something non-musical. But having listened to the many entertaining stories Kevin ha ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, memoir
I remember watching Kevin Smith’s Clerks and Chasing Amy back in the day – I was big into slacker movies in the 90s. I think those are the only two of Smith’s movies I’ve seen – now I’m more of a romantic comedy kind of girl. Still, I remember the two films fondly; they introduced me to Smith’s humor, and in turn led the way to me listening to this audiobook. Now I know Kevin Smith more as a personality, as well as an annual public speaker at Hall H at Comic-Con. Based on all this I knew I was s ...more
At times hilarious, disturbing, insightful and inspiring the one thing this book wasn't was boring. For those who want an in-depth, detailed biography of Kevin Smith's life look elsewhere. This isn't that book. Instead Smith looks at the key moments in his life, both good and bad, and how they influenced his philosophy and life decisions.

Told in the typical Kevin Smith manner it is irreverent, filthy, funny but at times a bit of a rant with a touch of fanboy thrown in. A lot of what he said reso
Really more of a 2.5-star book than a 3-star book for me, this was an enjoyable autobiography of sorts from the man who brought us Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and other great and not-so-great flicks. There were some great stories in here, including the "full story" of the Southwest "too fat to fly" incident. There were a lot of war/film lover/film industry stories, as well. I admit I'm not much of a movie buff. I sometimes watch them, but really only on the order of a handful each year...I suspe ...more
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you know me, you know I love this man and his sense of humor. This is a brilliant extension of his podcast that I have enjoyed over the last 5 years. This book is a retelling of many stories I have heard many times but put together this is a gem of a book. Ironically, this is also a great motivational book told by someone who never strove for greatness but has achieved it many times over by just being himself and doing what makes him most happy. It has a great message as well as being stinkin ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having watched multiple times his Q&As and heard some of his podcasts....and read some of his blog posts.....and seen all of his movies I can say that I had already read at least half of the book before I even read the title.

The audiobook is read by Kevin Smith and I really suggest that you try it first instead of another format. I couldn't imagine a better narrator for this book.

I thought I had gotten over Kevin Smith and his pompous cocky attitude but I guess that deep down I'm still a fa
Sandra Rebholz
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Very funny and perverted. Made me laugh out loud many times. I mean who doesn't like silent Bob?
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Kevin Patrick Smith is an American screenwriter, director, as well as a comic book writer, author, and actor. He is also the co-founder, with Scott Mosier, of View Askew Productions and owner of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash comic and novelty store in Red Bank, New Jersey. He also hosts a weekly podcast with Scott Mosier known as SModcast. He is also known for participating in long, humorous Q ...more
“Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love to get stoned watching, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever.” 126 likes
“In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life.” 32 likes
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