A deeply personal, deeply hilarious memoir from one of America's most beloved Saturday Night Live comedians.
With his goofy smile, sleepy eyes, and stoner's laugh, Jim Breuer might not appear to be the most introspective comedian out there. The fact that he made his mark playing Goat Boy on Saturday Night Live and a recalcitrant toker in the stoner classic Half Baked doesn't help his reputation at all. But in I'm Not High, we meet a whole new Jim Breuer: the Jim who tours the country with his whole family in tow; the Jim who cares for his ailing 85-year-old father; the Jim who considers himself a deeply spiritual person.
I'm Not High reveals the complex man behind the simpleminded persona, bringing to life true stories from a career that has spanned two riotous (yet somehow semi-righteous) decades.
Jim dishes on everything from the SNL years to his early adventures in film. The cast of characters in I'm Not High includes Chris Farley, Dave Chapelle, and Tracy Morgan - who all taught Jim lasting lessons about the high-stakes game of fame. He also chronicles the constant role his family has played in keeping him honest. Whether he's arguing with his wife about religion (Is it okay to believe in God but not believe in church?), trying to take care of his kids, or helping his father get through the day with his dignity intact, it's clear that some of his best material comes from his best moments as a son and a dad and a husband.
©2010 Jim Breuer (P)2010 Penguin Audio
All in all this was a great book. But it just seem a little all over the place story wise. I don't know if Jim was improving during this recording or not, but he wasn't I probably find actually reading this book really difficult because the dialogue was l scattered and rarely was focus
Listening to this book is like some strange combination between watching his stand up and listening to the fun uncle tell stories at a reunion. It was really entertaining though the message was occasionally strange. He wants to be a family comic now and thinks that God has been directing him towards this and has been giving him warnings his entire life. Not bad, just odd- mostly because it comes out of nowhere. If you like his stand up, this is definitely worth listening to.
And Jim you are absolutely correct about hospitals. Once you put an elderly or disabled in the hospital they keep them there forever. You are a funny and talented and wonderful person and your book came into my life at a perfect time coincidence? I think not!
Do it, you won't be bummed you spent the money or credits.
Completely funny, entertaining, insightful & told very, very well! I wish others I purchased could come even close to this!
In this category. One of the top 3.
The Joe Pesci, De Nero chapters, when he is sharing his experience with SNL and the Jo Pesci Show. A close second is when he tells his story about actually getting invited to audition and then lands his gig on SNL.
He does so many great impersonations but his comic interpretation of Jo Pesci is the most hilarious!
I loved all the references to coincidences, kismet or divine intervention, throughout his life. There is a thread that runs through the book regarding his belief in a greater power and for me, it made it all the more fun to read.
I was never bored while listening to this book. Many stories made me laugh out loud, especially because he impersonates so many celebrities and characters, which made it all the more hilarious. You don't want to read the book, you really need to listen to it. It just wouldn't be the same.
Jim Brewer's stand up is something to see. His days on SNL were historically funny. To here his first hand take on Hollywood and showbiz is an honor. Jim does a great job with this book. I you read it in paperback I would say you're actually doing yourself an injustice. Listening to him tell stories about his peers and use his impersonations is not something you get from paper, as well as the side bar comments. Hands down my favorite performance of an audio book yet.
Yes, This was a great story to read and laugh to
Less on the god stuff.
His comic and stand up
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