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)
Other reviewer hit it on the head. Great story, but the switch between Steve-O and the second narrator was a poor production choice.
Inspiring. Resiliant. Surprising.
(other than Steve Glover) Johnny Knoxville. He just came across as someone Steve really looks up to and an all around class act.
He only voiced his own.
It made me want to bungee jump off bridges (If you listen you'll know why).
I've seen maybe one episode of Jackass, and I didn't watch or read any of the press about Steve-o, so I was probably more surprised by most of the book than others would have been. I don't want to say it's basically a recovery book, because its not basically any one thing, but being a recovering addict is a huge part of the book.
Steveo is basically a hyperactive entertainer, who was a performer and professional clown before being drafted into Jackass. He viewed drugs as another way to up the ante, and because of his really amazing immune system, he was able to do a lot more than most people could handle. That's the ride "up" so to speak.
The ride "down" (or up, depending on how you view it), begins with the end of jackass, the alienation of his family, and the spiraling of his drug use. His friends intervene on him, and after many months in rehab, he really does decide to change his path. The book is written once he is clean, and when talking about the past you can feel the regret and shame in his voice (Steve avoided his mother to some degree when she was dying a slow death).
One thing is, a few hours in Steveo says that he is going to stop narrating at that point and someone else is going to take over. I was like- wth, if he isn't even interested in his own story, why should I be. It is later explained that he didn't want to "relive" the drug years because he is new to recovery and it is too painful for him to talk about. Which is understandable. But wierdly enough, it seems like after like 20 mins, he resumes reading for the rest of the book. I was confused, but glad to have his voice back.
"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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