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

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

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by Ritch Shydner, Mark Schiff

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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.

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I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I found these stories rather dull. Most of them were from the days when the big name telling the story was a nobody. When something odd happens to a nobody, how interesting is that? I expected something much more entertaining and as I turned the pages I kept hoping the next story would be great. Never happened. I'm not even sure this thing was good for a smile, much less a laugh. Don't waste your money.