Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014
Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist - Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson - a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.
Ballsy, hilarious, and revealing, How I Slept My Way to the Middle winningly combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers with fan favorites and Kevin’s own thoughts about how he made it. He turned down his first invitation to do stand-up on The Tonight Show because he knew that he’d make a bigger splash if he sat on the couch next to Johnny. That huge risk - which paid off in spades - was just the beginning. Find out how he brought John Belushi to his knees, tortured Paul Reiser (twice), bamboozled Larry King, stole Alan Arkin’s soul, almost killed Warren Beatty, and sucked face with Robert De Niro’s girlfriend. Now a new media entrepreneur, Kevin is laughing proof that if you follow your gut and believe in yourself, you can do anything you want - except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%.
©2012 Kevin Pollak (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love that you had the balls to call people out. It's a difficult business. My son is in it. Barely a working actor. Anyway, love your humor love your storytelling. Really had fun with the book. You are awesome.
When this book was recommended to me I was skeptic. I typically don't read bios of celebrities. I am so glad I gave the book a chance. Pollack is hilarious and an amazing story teller. I spent most of my commute/listen time wiping tears from my eyes.
I'm sure I will listen to Pollak's memoir again - it is chock full of stories that are fun to relive with him, and he is just just absolutely a funny, entertaining guy.
There are two elements that are particularly excellent. First, Pollak's retelling of personal anecdotes (for example, impressing Columbo himself, early on in life) are entirely entertaining and impressive, due to Pollak's boldness and wit. Second, his adoration of his own acting idols shines through and it's fun to hear him idolize them like any other hollywood fan.
This is more a series of stories that can be enjoyed in broken up settings, though it's really well told, drawing you forward through each connected piece.
While it's true that his idol worship is fun, it's also a drawback, as Pollak is rather harsh on those who don't conform to his idea of Hollywood and its stars. They are raked over the coals (in his witty, ascerbic way) when his idols could just as easily be criticized by people who don't share his social/political leanings. It does make for a bit of an uneven read.
i would have to say that this book ranks in the middle of what i've listened to on Audible so far. Not quite as bad as Neil Patrick Harris' Choose Your Own Autobiography or Chelsea Handler's Horizontal Life but definitely not as good as Jon Cryer's So That Happened.
The most interesting aspects of the book are the stories about some of the movies that Kevin has been in - how he got them and some of the shenanigans that he got into with his co-stars. The least interesting would be just how often he would drop the F-Bombs. At times they were well placed but most times they were just inappropriate. There were also times when some of the things he was saying was somewhat mean.
Kevin Pollack is famous for his impressions. The audiobook provides him the avenue to give us a sample of some of his impressions. Most times he is bang on - Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Johnny Carson and Christopher Walken. However, there were voices where visual aids might have helped in the impression - DeNiro and Shatner to name a few.
The stories around how he landed and filmed A Few Good Men stand out in the book. Hoe in awe he was of Nicholson's effortless acting and how driven Tom Cruise was. Then there were also the stories about the antics that they got into while filming The Whole 9 Yards - Club Willis. Classic.
Kevin Pollack is not necessarily one of my favorite actors or comedians although i respect his talent and his performances in several of the films he has been in. Listening to his book - neither added nor diminished my respect for him but i do appreciate the stories that he shared.
My "take-away" from this book - Kevin worked his a** off to get to where he is and he deserves all the success he has had to date.
The book is definitely worth a listen although i didn't find it to be laugh out loud funny other than a few sections . The author has had a very interesting career which is presented in a funny and colorful way . This was a fun , light , entertaining listen. Enjoy .
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