I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics

I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics

5.0 3
by Ritch Shydner, Mark Schiff

Editorial Reviews

Peter Keepnews
Compiled by Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff, veteran road comics whose own recollections are part of the mix…I Killed is neither very well organized nor very carefully edited…But mostly, I Killed is hilarious. It is also inspiring. If you are considering stand-up as a career, it will give you pause. It will also give you ample reason to admire the brave men and women who night after night battle unscrupulous promoters, unsanitary living conditions and unruly audiences, just so the rest of us can have something to laugh at.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Some of the funniest and most outrageous stories a comedian has don't get told onstage. They're passed around after hours and derive from the bizarre intersection of travel, intoxicants and the colorful characters on the fringes of the comedy world. (A little poverty can't hurt the best stories from "top comics" often come from the early days.) In this collection, Ron Shock tells of being goaded by outlaw comic Bill Hicks into dropping acid before a show, infuriating the audience and escaping just in time. Jay Leno recounts how he accidentally left a groupie tied to her bed overnight and she loved it. Black comic Alonzo Bodden recalls ripping into a redneck from the stage and having audience members tell him later that his target ran the local Klan. Shydner, early in his career, performed regularly at a variety of bars around Washington, D.C., and found himself opening for a riled-up audience eager to see the Ramones. He suffered through a "beer shower," and one of the Ramones thought that was his act: human beer sponge. Jerry Seinfeld, in his foreword, calls comedy "one of the Great Jobs"; this volume makes for excellent bathroom reading and that's a compliment. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.99(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

I Killed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This shows the side of the business that most of us don't think about. At times I cried with laughter and at times I was amazed that they survived the 'road' in one piece. I often found myself laughing aloud - even when alone. The pieces are well told and were compiled well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was as fun a read as I have ever come across. If you like standup comedy, want to be a standup comedy or even prefer laughing to crying, this book will do the trick. The biggest names in the comedy business share their tales of triumph and, more importantly, failure in some of the funniest stories ever told. Do yourself a favor. Buy this book.