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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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    Bryan Hardester Bay Area, CA 06-11-15
    Bryan Hardester Bay Area, CA 06-11-15 Member Since 2013

    Bryan

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    "As soon as it was over, I started it again!"
    Where does How I Slept My Way to the Middle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the, no, strike that, THE funniest book I've listened to thus far. Laugh out loud funny, crying in the car from laughter funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The torture of Paul Reiser and Alan Arkin..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There's some good advice for showbiz types, but nothing particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably listen to this book many times... you should, too!

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    Lilly 05-26-15
    Lilly 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun and funny, wish there had been more!"

    Really enjoyed hearing Kevin's experiences on his own voice. I wish there had been more detail on movie set experiences as well as his entrepreneural/creative work in getting the chat show going. Overall a fun memoir and interesting Hollywood insight!

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    Graham 01-04-15
    Graham 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Virgin Princesses, Evil Lords, & Human Sacrifices"

    Beginning with eating his twin sister alive before exiting the womb; Kevin has been heralded for his blood-thirstiness and the delight he gets from taking favorite Christmas presents from 8 - year old children from around the world (say what you want about Kevin, but he believes in equality...at least with misery). He is also a stand-up comic, comedian, actor, talk-show host, and one heck of a poker player. Read all about the less interesting stuff that I have listed here, in his amazing book about some guy he met at the screening of "Juwanna Man"...

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    Peter 04-07-14
    Peter 04-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

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    "Pollak is a Gem"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of How I Slept My Way to the Middle?

    Pollak is widely known for his impressions and does not hold back with them throughout his audiobook.


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

    I'd have to imagine his impressions and hearing them mightily improves the experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though due to the length of my morning commute, it gets broken up into multiple listens.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to the Kevin Pollak Chat Show for the past two years and have been waiting to get his audiobook. Glad I finally did!

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    Terence Dahlonega, GA, United States 12-22-13
    Terence Dahlonega, GA, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny, Informative, & Entertaining"
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    Pollak is clearly a funny guy, but is also a very good story teller. Only occasionally does his shtick get a bit tiring, but most of the time his stories and anecdotes are a lot of fun. A light, enjoyable read told with pluck and verve.

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    Amazon Customer BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-13-13
    Amazon Customer BALTIMORE, MD, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Funny! Funny! Funny!"

    There are a very limited number of books that I can listen to repeatedly- but this is one of them. (And you want to get this one in audio format to get the full experience of each tale- Pollak is an expert impressionist) The stories are interesting and entertaining and even if you are a regular viewer of the Chat Show - there are stories in this that you haven't heard before.

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    Big John Montana 08-04-13
    Big John Montana 08-04-13 Member Since 2011
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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 2007

    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

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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.

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