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How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs | [Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher]

How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Big John Montana 08-04-13
    Big John Montana 08-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome beginning, but slows down a bit."

    This would have to be one of the few audio books that I can think of that would be much better then the written book, Kevin does all the voices, and that's something he's famous for.

    At about an hour and a half in, the book was so good that I actually looked down at my progress bar thinking the book was so good, I was going to be depressed when it ended.

    About 15 min later it seemed like the book got a good bit dryer, less funny. It was still a good book, just not the "great" one that it started as. It continued and ended as a good book.

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    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-26-13
    Brian ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I REALLY LIKED THIS A LOT - GREAT AUDIOBOOK"

    I REALLY LIKED THIS A LOT - GREAT AUDIOBOOK

    Kevin Pollak is dead on with his impressions. Very goos story -- Very enjoyable listen.

    Highly recommended.

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    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 06-26-13
    Paul Gilroy, CA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Cosmic Dreamer

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    "Very funny - and you want the audible version"

    There might be some pictures in this book that you don't see in the audible version but, then again, the printed version can only hint at the impressions Kevin does. You can't imagine how funny it is to hear him do Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Paul Reiser, Christopher Walken, William Shatner and others. Besides the performance aspect of this book, which is reason enough to get this book, Pollak gives an unvarnished look at the entertainment. How hard is it to work in a movie, what is life like on a sitcom, how do (um) middling stars interact with actual stars?
    Are you in S.F. Bay area? This book might bring back memories of the long-gone Circle Star Theatre. I saw Kevin Pollok like at Rooster T. Feathers about 23 years ago so you can call me a long-time fan.
    Loved this book. Thank you Kevin.

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    Paul Chicago, IL USA 04-10-13
    Paul Chicago, IL USA 04-10-13 Listener Since 2009

    You can listen to a LOT of audible books while commuting on the I-90 tollway.

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    "Laugh Out Loud Funny and Insightful"
    Would you listen to How I Slept My Way to the Middle again? Why?

    I plan to listen to this book again. Kevin Pollack is a master story teller, mix that with his spot on impersonations and humor and this book will be good for more laughing out loud.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pollack's storyteller skills made me feel like I was truly in the story with him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the story about how Pollack got invited to be on the Tonight Show but opted to wait until he could do it his way, complete with a couch visit with Johnny Carson. Bold and


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud several times, a few while sitting on the beach which led to other people giving me a funny look. It was worth it!


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of language concerns for young ears, don't listen in the school carpool. Save it for after you drop the kids off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vern charlotte, NC, United States 01-14-13
    vern charlotte, NC, United States 01-14-13
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    "funny as f..."

    Great book. During the baseball announcer joke I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard. Only a stuffy idiot would find this anything but a great read.

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    Amazon Customer QUINCY, MI, United States 01-07-13
    Amazon Customer QUINCY, MI, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining for a Kevin Pollak fan"
    What made the experience of listening to How I Slept My Way to the Middle the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed Kevin Pollak and some of his stories, but mostly his impressions.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish he would've included some of the actual difficulties he had in the business. He did a lot of tooting his own horn.


    What does Kevin Pollak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His actual impressions


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No way this should be a film


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark United States 12-17-12
    Mark United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Story telling"
    If you could sum up How I Slept My Way to the Middle in three words, what would they be?

    Great Story Telling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How I Slept My Way to the Middle?

    Author and Celeb side note were funny and insightful.


    What does Kevin Pollak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices and enthusiasm of his story telling go far beyond what i could have imagined while reading this in the traditional way.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who complains about th language used by Kevin Pollak in his story telling needs to realize that it is all done with a sense of purpose and as part of the accurate story telling of his reactions and feelings durring his life experiences. Amazing book and anyone who listens or reads this should check out the podcast that is mentioned thoughout for more amazing stories.

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "This is a boring book"

    The stories are pointless. He isn't an interesting person. I suppose that's why he never got past the middle

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    Iris Sun Lakes, AZ, United States 12-08-12
    Iris Sun Lakes, AZ, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Kevin Pollak, but this is not a book for me"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Pollak and Alan Goldsher and/or Kevin Pollak?

    Maybe, depends on what other "readers" say about it.


    Has How I Slept My Way to the Middle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but this was just too rough around the edges regarding profanity. Talking dirty, doesn't necessarily make it funny.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Kevin has a great sense of humor and I have enjoyed his standup routine several times in person. This book was hard to follow and his trash mouth did not add to the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue listening to various "authors" but will be more selective in the content.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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