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This audiobook is read by the author.

Risky Business. Revenge of the Nerds. Better Off Dead. Moonlighting. Supernatural. American Dad. New Girl. What do all of these movies and television shows have in common?

Curtis Armstrong.

A legendary comedic second banana to a litany of major stars, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds. A classically trained actor, Curtis began his incredible 40-year career onstage but progressed rapidly to film and television. He was typecast early, and it proved to be the best thing that could have happened.

But there's more to Curtis' story than that.

Born and bred a nerd, he spent his early years between Detroit, a city so nerdy that the word was coined there in 1951, and, improbably, Geneva, Switzerland. His adolescence and early adulthood were spent primarily between the covers of a book and indulging his nerdy obsessions. It was only when he found his true calling, as an actor and unintentional nerd icon, that he found true happiness. With whip-smart, self-effacing humor, Armstrong takes us on a most unlikely journey - one nerd's hilarious, often touching rise to the middle. He started his life as an outcast and matured into...well, an older, slightly paunchier, hopefully wiser outcast.

In Hollywood, as in life, that counts as winning the game.

©2017 Curtis Johnathan Armstrong (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Wow

If you could sum up Revenge of the Nerd in three words, what would they be?

Very well done

What did you like best about this story?

Thorough coverage of a solid career

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Curtis is sharp, articulate and I really enjoyed the book.

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Revenge of the Nerd - not bad, could be better

Mr. Armstrong’s memoir is like a mass produced light beer, if you’re really looking for something to quench your thirst, I guess it’s not too bad, but it’s not particularly satisfying, especially in a world jam-packed with better offerings. In the first part of the book, Curtis describes his formidable years at a level of detail that is just too much; you may discover a level of boredom that borders on painful. Not a lot happens and you get to hear all about it. But do not abandon hope, because the second half of the book is a vast improvement over the first. You’ll know things have taken a turn for the better when he starts dishing the dirt on Tom Cruise and detailing his experiences on the set of Risky Business. The remainder of the book has lots of insights into the back door deals and shiny/smarmy environment that pretty much defines Hollywood. The nerd portions of the book seem pretty compartmentalized, For example, either he is a nerd, like in the Revenge of the Nerds chapter, or he isn’t, like when he discusses Moonlighting. There isn’t a lot of overlap. But overall, all of the dialog about show business is enjoyable.

The only time I rolled my eyes or felt some embarrassment is when Curtis discussed politics. There were multiple times he referred to himself as a feminist; it was like he was saying, “Look, I am one of the good ones!” This is especially poignant and sad when you consider the sycophantic climate that defines the current entertainment community. He, like so many others, was silent when terrible things were happening. He also beats up on a few show business individuals strictly based on their political leanings, which, in all honesty, seems to go against the whole nerd ideology, which adamantly rejects censuring and castigating someone based on who they are or what they believe. But, between these pages, you’ll see that he does just that.

Anyway, if you are a nerd, child of the 80’s, a fan of Supernatural, or you just love B-movie actors (I count myself as all of these things) and you are looking for something to occupy 10+ hours, you could do worse, but you could probably do better too.

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A Masterpiece

Where do I begin? So much love and passion went into this book. Mr. Armstrong is one of the most underrated performers today. His multifaceted career is made bare in this memoir that's thoughtful, funny and often laced with self-deprecating humor. Not afraid to name names, Mr. Armstrong details his career and all the celebrities that came up along the way. From his love of the Beatles to his passion for the works of P.G Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this memoir will take you on a journey behind the curtain. There is so much more to Mr. Armstrong than just his oft to referred to role as 'Booger' that any true fan owes it to themselves to read this beautifully written book. Fans of his voice over work should get the audiobook as Mr. Armstrong does an excellent job of conveying the feelings behind every word in every chapter.

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Enlightened

Curtis Armstrong has enlightened this nerds view of his favorite nerd Booger. Way to go you supernatural king.

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Excellent listen!

Curtis has always been the oddball in his movies. I mean seriously, Charles Demar.... One of the strangest, and greatest, characters ever. This book reinforces the fact that in order to look THAT strange on film, your craft has to be THAT good. Curtis IS that good, and his story is very compelling.

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So worth it

It started out kind of slow but you still couldn't put it down. As he progressed through his 40-year acting career I became absolutely riveted. This book does a good job of painting what I feel is a more accurate picture of Hollywood.

I strongly suspect that the author omitted certain areas of his life and experiences while not doing so for other actors or actresses with whom he had worked, specifically in the area of infidelity. The author was incredibly honest about his drug use which was quite refreshing. If you're looking for a memoir that tries to pass drug use off as "I never inhaled" this is not the book for you.

I loved that this author was a nerd growing up. I actually never thought it was possible for someone to accurately play themselves, but in so many cases this is precisely what the author was able to pull off.

I also really like the author is classically trained. He conquered Hollywood the old fashion way. He worked for it.

I absolutely love the fact that this book is read by the author. It's like listening to a long motivational course given by none other than Charles De Mar.

Worth the money and worth the time.

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Better than excellent.

What a surprisingly charming, warm, funny, enlightening, honest and interesting book! Curtis Armstrong has made me a true fan of him as a human being. I used to cringe when I would see him on a show because I always saw him as that disgusting booger character. After reading this I discovered my own prejudices of an actor that did not deserve it. He seems to be a kind and intelligent person with depth of real character. I actually teared up when he spoke about the good people on the show Supernatural and his unfortunate "outsider" feeling in a place with people that were truly welcoming of him. If you are hesitant (as I was) to purchase this book, please, take a chance. This will not disappoint!

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Well done! Very entertaining!!

Curtis Armstrong has speaks with honesty, authenticity and humor about his journeys as an actor. I enjoyed it!

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king of the nerds

This stories Curtis tells are engaging, funny, and very interesting. Thanks for writing it.

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My childhood idol

Booger was my aspiration as a child. I now aspire to be Curtis Armstrong. I'm a nerd too. To hear his perspective on adolescence was different, not better, but different. Maybe Charlotte in the 90s was a bit different than Geneva decades before. Nonetheless, by the time I was done with the book i would pay to buy the man dinner just to chat. Booger, Snot, the "What the f***" guy".... I admire you more now than before your Audible listening. Especially when my mother found to be despicable as a lawyer on the closer (or spinoff), but I was proud to show off the man that inspired me to be able to out belch an ogre. Bravo Mr. Armstrong. Well done. I'll listen again.

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  • Hannah
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Simply wonderful!

Fantastic to have this memoir narrated by the author. Entertaining, intelligent, highly enjoyable and most definitely recommended!!