In this memoir, Bill Engvall takes you on the rollicking ride of his life, including his childhood in Texas and adolescence in Arizona (where he became a fixture in local emergency rooms, the result of massive amounts of non-thinking behavior while trying to impress girls or torture his sisters); following his dream as a stand-up comic and, gulp, singer; and his brief stint in children's theater while sharing the stage and the back of a van with the director's dog. You'll also hear about his bumbling and riotous courtship of, and then marriage to, Gail, the love of his life. And finally, Bill talks about fatherhood and remaining, to this day, a well-meaning but flawed parent.
Through it all, Bill gamely stumbles along, struggling to maintain a facade of confidence and control. Far from a superhero, Bill Engvall is an everyday Everyman, the poster boy for normal. The result is disarming, perceptive, wildly funny, and unexpectedly moving. Just a Guy will make you laugh out loud and tug at your heart.
©2007 Bill Engvall; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
Prospective reader: "Is this an autobiography?"
What Bill Engvall might tell that reader: "Nope, just thought I'd write about myself! Here's your sign!"
That dialogue would aptly describe this autobiography of Bill Engvall's life and career to date.
Those looking for some of his great "Here's your sign!" jokes here will be disappointed, however, they will come away with a greater appreciation of the man behind them. Give great credit to Alan Eisenstock in focusing this work on Engvall the man instead of Engvall the comedian. Engvall is an excellent reader, too.
I had a difficult time forcing myself to finish this book. Far cry from when you hear him on Blue Collar TV! It was an entire book about his life from grade school on. If you were 10 years old (or younger) you might think this book is funny. This definitely is not the book to listen to if you like more mature humor (over ten years of age).
This is an okay book read by a comedian who is more experienced in front of a live audience than a sound booth. If you are a fan of Bill's work, you'll enjoy the book, if not, you won't. It's that simple.
This was a good listen when you need something that is fun, heart felt and reasonably short. I enjoy listening to him tell his own story and felt better hearing him explain why he is "just a guy". For all us dads out here, it is good to know that we aren't the only ones dealing with ups and downs while we make more mistake after the other.
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Bill Engvall writes a great book about his life. True to his style, he has so many funny stories to share with us, some are from his comedy routene while others are personal stories of hardships and trials in his life. One of my favorite things is that Bill reads his own book and as a result he knows the correct pace to share his stories. he can build up everyone the right was, making it feel more like he is there telling you his story and not listening to a book.
I really love how he can make fun of himself no mater what he is doing. not really making excuses for his stupidity but being able to laugh at himself.
Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
I have yet to see the print version, but I liked the audio edition a lot.
The story when Bill became a man was very moving.
Only when he performed as a comedian. This was very different in a way that his purpose didn't seem to be to make the reader laugh... if it happened, great, but it wasn't the point. So this book wasn't better or worse than his shows, just different.
Not really. It was a nice relaxing, light-hearted book, that I could put down when necessary, and pick right up again without loosing a beat when I was free once more.
This is a book about Bill Engvall's life, not a comedy sketch. If that's what you're interested in, you'll be happy with your purchase.
Bill Engvall's performance in reading this book is what makes it so personable and fun to listen to.
It felt more like you were have a conversation with the man over a few beers.
The book made you feel like you know Bill and his family personally...
His Dad and his wife...
This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy.... I love Bill comedy and i knew id love his book aswell... I wish i was really related to him because i feel like i am....He is awesome!!!
I found myself laughing, crying and just having a great time. Bill really is on heck of a guy. If you get this book you will enjoy it all the way to the end.
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