Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is not your typical audiobook. It's more like listening to your most entertaining friend share their perspective and experience over several awesome conversations (OK, it's not a conversation, but it almost feels like it -- he doesn't sound like he's reading a book, though!). This is the only audiobook where I would mute my GPS navigation so I wouldn't miss anything he said. Kevin notes off the bat that his goal is to give audiobook listeners a little something different since it is, after all, a distinct experience from reading. He throws in some asides that aren't in the book, and tells you when there's something on the page that we as audio listeners can't see (like a picture), and gives some context for us to understand what it is, why it's there, etc. I'm waiting for the sequel!
What other book might you compare Tough Sh-t to and why?
I read (as opposed to listend to) Sarah Silverman's Bedwetter... and this has some similarities. Tough Sh-t is funnier.
Which character – as performed by Kevin Smith – was your favorite?
I was not a Kevin Smith fan before this and had only cursory knowledge of his career in showbiz, but the title jumped out and the audio sample sold me. The Bruce Willis story had me laughing out loud (not an easy feat).
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
His whole take on life moves me, even though he's vulgar and outrageous and I wouldn't repeat most of the things he says (at least not with the same words).
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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.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. I wanted to like it, but I found myself getting bored. I got this because I like Kevin Pollak and heard he does amazing impressions, so it seemed like the audiobook would be fun. His impressions are good, but they are not of people I am particularly interested in (Peter Falk, Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, to name a few). I'm 34... it's possible I'm a bit on the young end as far as being able to appreciate stories about the celebrities he met during his career. Also, I get annoyed with autobiographies that are too self-congratulatory.
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