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.
©2011 Ballbag, Inc. f/s/o Stephen Glover. (P)2011 Hyperion
Sort of deceptive. I???m enjoying the audiobook but 53 mins into it Steve-O announces he???ll no longer be reading it and then hands it over to some other narrator. What the hell?
It???s weird trying to adjust to it now that I???ve been used to hearing the actual author talk. Would this be an example of bait and switch? It does says Narrated by Stephen "Steve-O" Glover.
Steve-O, liking the book so far but sad to say as a consumer I am disappointed. (so far 5 stars for content but overall 2 for lame decision on replacement)
Everything was going great until once again the narrator, well this time the author and brief speaking man himself Steve-O left his reading and was continued on by some buster that I couldn't relate to like I did Stevo-O.
Bring Stevo back and drop the 16 year reading it.
Other reviewer hit it on the head. Great story, but the switch between Steve-O and the second narrator was a poor production choice.
The Steve-O book was a very pleasant surprise. Being a Jackass fan, I was always intrigued at what happens behind the scenes to these truly outrageous characters. Although this book isn’t exactly a “tell all” about the Jackass crew, it gives a charming and sad account of one of their biggest, most outrageous members – Steve-O.
You’ll go from being amused at his antics, to cheering for his successes, to saddened by the things he does to his body, to horrified at the things he does to his so-called friends in an effort to both maintain his popularity and his drug addiction. Ultimately you’ll root for his redemption. Steve-O and this book has much more heart than you’d think it have.
After reading this book I felt like I went on a harrowing journey through self discovery, fame, addiction, shattering loss, and redemption. Steve-O touches on both the highs and huge lows of drug addiction and you both feel a revulsion for what he did to himself along with a satisfaction of how he was able to overcome his demons.
The pranks and scatological instances can be hard to stomach – from both a gross out standpoint and a cringe-worthy “why would you do that?” aspect – but once you get through those you find a book filled with an honest explanation and simplicity that you don’t see in other autobiographies.
I love jackass and steve-o, but I can't help but give this book mixed opinions in regard to rating it. the book mainly focuses on his addiction struggles and not too much on jackass and stories related to that. despite that, my biggest complaint is that 1 hour into the book, steve-o stops reading and what sounds like a 12 year old kid takes over and narrates the remaining 11 hours. really Steve, you are so busy you can't finish reading it yourself???????? judging by reviews left by other readers of this book, I'm not the only one who felt that way. overall the book is still worth it, especially if you are a steve-o fan.
Interesting to hear how crazy Steve O actually was off camera. I thought the guest appearances in the book could have had more to say than a sentence or two though. Worth listening to if you're a fan of Jackass.
stereo's story is very interesting, had me laughing most of the time, and gave me some perspective on issues such as drug abuse and how to deal with personal demons
"fantastic honest book really happy for that stevo"
stays clean he has some fantastic story's I listened to this book in 3 days
"Really is the story of an idiot"
No I am not sure it's a story you need to hear twice. If you are listening to the book then you are likely familiar with what you are getting. Steve o is difficult to like to be honest. He has limited depth, does a lot of drugs, ducks out on his responsibilities and pushes the limits all the time. It's hard to empathise with him.
Knoxville - he made a lot of money off Steve-o and others like him. He still did the right thing in committing steve-o and he is brutally honest in his bits.
I didn't mind the fact Steve-o disappears a couple of chapters in. I was expecting though. I didn't like the way it happened though...felt like hey I have more important things to do so I am off. But that is actually fairly reflective with what you come to know about steve-o so it does make sense as the story progresses.
Very mixed actually. It is hard to feel sorry for him or empathise with him. You get the feeling that something isn't wired the way it maybe should be and you feel for the people around him. But then most of the people around him make money from his ability to be 'more insane' than others so you do think that people were either as insane as him or made money off him and his antics.
I really liked the way the book included the right to reply bits from various people in his life. It balances it nicely. People like steve-o have always existed as the book goes on I felt that he would have been a court jester and enjoys being a performing monkey for others. But that then drives a whole host of nurosis for the man himself that are found in similar personality types through history.
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