Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw his way to the top

Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw his way to the top

by Henry Alford


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Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw his way to the top by Henry Alford

"I'd like to thank the Academy and all of the little people who made Henry Alford's hilarious book possible. Mr. Alford delivers a performance that is laugh-out-loud funny and written with high style."
—Christopher Buckley, author of Little Green Men

Henry Alford was a well-adjusted, critically acclaimed author living quietly in New York City.
        Then he decided to become an actor.
        In the course of this memoir, Alford is rejected by directors, ignored by casting people, abused by a sadistic acting teacher, and educated in the finer points of Shakespearean thespianism at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England, where he fails to convince the Queen to attend his final performance.
        Along the way, Alford auditions for the role of Wil-bur the Pig in Charlotte's Web, triumphs as an extra in Godzilla, and takes his sixty-nine-year-old bird-watching, chain-smoking mother to improvisational-comedy camp. Hoping to broaden his range, he takes a job with a phone-sex business, where he assays many roles on a popular party line.
        Finally, Alford finds happiness and celebrity as the cohost of VH1's hit series Rock of Ages, on which he quizzes elderly Italian women, among others, about videos by heavy-metal groups.
        Original, absurd, and written with true comic grace, Big Kiss captures in a new and unforgettable way the experience of being a performer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679438731
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2000
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Henry Alford is the author of Municipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City, published by Random House in 1994. He has been a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, and a staff writer at Spy. He has also written for The New Yorker, GQ, New York, Details, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, The Village Voice, and Paris Review.

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