Professional Idiot: A Memoir

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"...enjoy Steven 'Steve-O' Glover's hilarious and alarming tale of 'Jackass' mayhem, but don't follow his example and you'll keep your gray cells intact." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution "If you thought you had seen and heard it all, this is a whole new brand [of] completely uncensored." —Miami Living

Fame can be addictive. From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there was little ...

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Overview

"...enjoy Steven 'Steve-O' Glover's hilarious and alarming tale of 'Jackass' mayhem, but don't follow his example and you'll keep your gray cells intact." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution "If you thought you had seen and heard it all, this is a whole new brand [of] completely uncensored." —Miami Living

Fame can be addictive. From his early days videotaping crazy skateboard stunts to starring in the blockbuster Jackass franchise, there was little that Stephen "Steve-O" Glover wouldn't do for attention. Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg, diving into a pool full of elephant crap, or routinely risking death invading the private lives of sharks, lions, tigers, and bears, almost nothing was out of bounds. As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous. Steve-O has been a man in search of a spotlight practically since birth. Growing up all over the world, thanks to his father's career as a corporate executive, he was the kid who'd drink handfuls of salt in order to make friends. After he stole a video camera from his dad as a teenager, his future path was more or less sealed. Footage of himself skateboarding soon gave way to footage of himself setting his hair on fire or doing back flips off apartment buildings into shallow pools. After detours to several hospitals, a couple of jails, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he landed, quite naturally, on MTV's Jackass, in 2000. He took to fame like it was the very thing missing from his life, but it was never enough. He filled the void with booze and drugs, and soon began treating his entire life like it was one big—and supremely risky—stunt. In 2008, Steve-O holed up in his West Hollywood apartment, where he drank, snorted, smoked, huffed, and swallowed drugs around the clock—and began broadcasting his downward spiral on the Internet. Finally, his Jackass comrade Johnny Knoxville and seven other friends staged an intervention and forced him into a psychiatric ward against his will, ultimately saving his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years. Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction and the path to recovery and redemption with the same bravado and humor that have endeared Steve-O to so many. Hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring all at once, Professional Idiot will entertain those who've been with him on his many wild rides, as well as surprise and intrigue those who know him only as the guy willing to do anything—no matter how painful—for a laugh.

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You can gain some sense of this memoir's author from almost any random sentence of his Wikipedia write-up. For example: "In March, 2011 Steve-O brought his standup comedy tour to Canada, where he ended each show by lighting his head on fire and having fellow stuntman Ryan Stock spit a mouth full of lamp oil at his head, resulting in a huge fireball." Professional Idiot does far more than document incidents of extreme acts by the Jack-Ass star; it takes you into the head of a bipolar man's wild run through terrifying dangerous deeds, arrests, and near self-destruction at the hands of drugs and alcohol. Unforgettable; do not attempt to replicate what you read in this book.

Publishers Weekly
Raised by an alcoholic mother and a supportive but frequently absent father, Stephen "Steve-O" Glover was an imaginative boy with a serious need for attention. He fed this need by performing dangerous skateboarding stunts that he filmed and often showed to anyone willing to watch. In this honest and often graphic memoir, Glover details how this hobby turned into a career when he teamed up with the produc-ers of the dangerous stunt show Jackass. The successful show provided Glover with the fame he craved, but also allowed him to indulge in drugs and alcohol with wild abandon. Glover tells how he often stayed awake for days, hopped-up on an ever-changing cocktail of substances. While Glover comes across as a sweet person and depicts his descent into the depths of drug abuse with candor, he displays surprisingly little remorse about his drug use. Though there is a note of redemption at the end—he's been able to maintain sobriety and has even become a vegan—the focus here is more on the stunts, wild stories, and drug abuse that got him there and that Jackass fans are expecting. (June)
Johnny Knoxville
"It's mind-blowing to me how utterly far gone Steve-O was, and how he looks back on it in this book with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a truly unbelievable life."
Nikki Sixx
"A great book to read before you get on the roller coaster to hell, if you plan on surviving to tell about it like Steve-O did."
Tommy Lee
"This is the perfect book for people who hate reading."
Kirkus Reviews

Jackassfans rejoice! Everybody else, shrug politely.

Followers of Johnny Knoxville's sadistic comedy stunt crew are a loyal bunch. They've stuck with Johnny et al. through a TV series and three movies that, while often hysterical, can grow repetitive. So, would a memoir from one of the original Jackasses be a worthy endeavor? Like the show, sometimes. With an assist fromSpinmagazine scribe Peisner, Glover proves himself to be an engaging storyteller, ripping through his bumpy, trouble-filled childhood, his rise to semi-fame and his descent to drug and alcohol addiction with a train-without-brakes momentum. Friends, family and Jackass-ian characters are heard from throughout, giving the book the feel of a whacked-out oral history. This structure was a canny decision, as the differing perspectives and voices add much-needed diversity—had it been all Steve-o, all the time, it might have become redundant. Knoxville actually gets off several of the best lines—e.g., of Steve-o's need to perform all the time, he notes, "I'm an attention whore myself, but he's an attention whorehouse." Steve-o also gets points for truth-telling, describing his incessant bad behavior with unflinching honesty, and he ultimately comes across as a funny, lovable, occasionally embarrassing goofball cousin.

Lowbrow, vulgar and sometimes hilarious—Jackassaficionados will eat this up.

From the Publisher
"It's mind-blowing to me how utterly far gone Steve-O was, and how he looks back on it in this book with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a truly unbelievable life."—Johnny Knoxville

"A great book to read before you get on the roller coaster to hell, if you plan on surviving to tell about it like Steve-O did."—Nikki Sixx, author of The Heroin Diaries

"This is the perfect book for people who hate reading."—Tommy Lee, author of Tommyland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401324339
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 521,096
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen "Steve-O" Glover has made a career of doing crazy, dangerous, unhealthy, ill-advised stunts for the amusement, delight and occasional disgust of audiences around the world. Besides being one of the breakout stars of Jackass' three-season run on MTV, Steve-O starred alongside fellow Jackass alum Chris Pontius in the extreme travel show Wildboyz, which ran on MTV for four seasons and his own Dr. Steve-O series on the USA Network. In 2009, the newly sober Steve-O lasted six weeks on the ABC reality series, Dancing With the Stars, despite the fact that he couldn't dance to save his life. He figured prominently in the first two Jackass feature films, both of which debuted at #1 at the box office, and will be a main player again in the third installment, Jackass 3D, which hits theatres in October 2010. He's also been a frequent guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Howard Stern Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Loveline. Professional Idiot is his first book.
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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    JUST READ IT! <3

    Steve-O Is Amazing! And So Is His Book! In My Opinion This Book Is A MUST READ! <3

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Great book, im glad to see his life has turned around

    More engaging than i thought steveo could be

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    for sure a must read!!

    this book is about turning ones life around and makeing the best of it. steve-o did a great telling his whole life story and what actually happended in it. for those who like or even dislike him, its still a must read! press buy now ^^^^

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

    BEST BOOK IN THE HISTORY

    biographys are really boring.... BUT THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER JUST CAUSE ITS STEVE-O, BEST BOOK I EVER READ A MUST READ, IF a fan of jackass bam margera and brandon novak also have books check them ALL out they are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Totally Unexpected

    I started reading this thinking it would be a good laugh, Steve-O has always been my favorite "Jackass". I had no idea how raw and honest this book would be. It is incredibly well written and in some parts, like when he wrote about his mother, I actually cried. It gives a glimpse into what drugs and fame can do to a person and Bravo to him for writing about it all. If everyone could be this honest with themselves and others, the world would be a much better place!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    I thought i did some crazy s&%$


    Insane

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Inspiring

    Breathtaking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    Perfect balance of hilarious and serious.

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I read it straight through in two nights. It tells an in depth story of Stevo's addiction. Anyone struggling or knows someone who is struggling with addiction should pick up this book. I have a professional and better understanding of Stevo and the jackass world. Whether your a Jackass superfan or just looking for something new you should read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Epic

    Steve-o is kinda my idol :) i yelled at my mom when she told me he was on drugs.. i didnt beleive her untill this book and his documentary I LOVE YOU STEVE-O we all make mistakes sometimes

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Great read

    Steve-Os is interesting to watch & read. Great insite as to what happened off screen..... I recomend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    I loved this book. An inspirational story from some one who gave everything to achiege his dreams. RIP Ryan Dunn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Good+book

    SteveO+is+very+inspirational+to+come+back+so+strong+from+rock+bottom.+Jackass+is+a+great+show%2C+and+I+hope+they+make+more+movies%2C%2C+though+they+are+getting+older+and+wiser.+Knoxville+needs+to+write+a+book%2Ctoo.+God+bless+all+of+the+Jackass+guys%21

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Amazing, inspiring and interesting

    I've always loved Steve-O and to learn about him was awesome. Im glad he wrote a book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    I usually don't enjoy reading, but with Steve-O's Professional I

    I usually don't enjoy reading, but with Steve-O's Professional Idiot Memoir, I couldn't put the book down. There is even a quote on the back of the book from Tommy Lee that says, &quot;This is the perfect book for people who hate reading.&quot; The book tells about the famous Jackass star's crazy adventure to hell and back. He battles with alcoholism, drug addiction, family problems, and the constant need to have the spotlight on him. In the book he looks back on his life with complete honesty and humor, while telling his story of how out of control his life had become. I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. One of them being I have been a fan of Steve-O since they created Jackass. I like how he just tells everything how it was, and is blatantly honest about everything. I liked how when he tells the story I can picture some of the stuff that he is talking about because I have either seen it on TV or in the movies, but I like it even more because I had no idea what was going on behind the scenes of everything. I would have never imagined Steve-O was in that bad of shape by watching the show. The only thing I didn't really like was the way some of the events skipped around and were out of order. It made it a little confusing. Also some of the situations became repetitive and started blending together with each other. This book explains why Steve-O acts the way he does, and in some way apologizes to the people he treated like crap. I think a major message in this book is that anyone can turn their life around if they really want to. It takes work, but it is possible get out of bad habits and live a clean lifestyle. I would definitely recommend this book. It is so entertaining and really makes you understand Steve-O and the affects that fame can have on someone. Steve-O compares himself to Artie Lange in this book because they were going through similar problems. I would also recommend reading Artie Lange's books. I give this book an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Best book ever!!! Whoever is reading this , it is amazing!!!!!!!

    Steve-o is from jackass!!!!

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

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    Steve-O does a great job telling the story of his life. This was

    Steve-O does a great job telling the story of his life. This was a very interesting read and I would recommend it. It details both the highs and lows of his life in a very honest in depth story. Wonderful read. Keep up the sobriety Steve-O, I've always enjoyed watching you and reading your story was awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Loved it

    Couldn't put this book down!! Steve-o is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    My bad

    I read only 60 or so pages and gave this book an unfair low rate ing After reading the entire book I must say to is fair to give this book a 3 Star So go ahead and read the dam thing..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Very good

    Great!i learned alot.he is awwsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Amazing book and very well written. Great story with many lesson

    Amazing book and very well written. Great story with many lessons to be learned. I suggest it as a good read.

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