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For the first time, Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling opens up about his life as a cast member and head writer for the comedy powerhouse The Howard Stern Show. In The Joke Man: Bow to Stern, Jackie tells of his beginnings as a working comedian and writer and his climb to the top on The Howard Stern Show. Jackie saw it all, and in The Joke Man: Bow to Stern he shares personal stories as well a look from behind the scenes at one of the highest-rated radio shows of all time. You'll also get his take on his falling out with Howard and the show, and plenty of the raunchy, laugh-out-loud humor that Jackie "The Joke Man" is famous for.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy as "The Joke Man" riffs on his one-of-a-kind career in show business, Howard Stern and the gang, and his very unique life - an American success story like no other.

©2017 Jackie Martling (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Jackie is the BEST!

I always loved Jackie and the Stern Show. Now that I have a better understanding of what really happened, I respect Jackie as well. Not to mention he is truly a great guy who is very approachable and sincere. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2004 at Les Paul’s, Iridium Jazz Club. Hiya! Jackie still remembers me and go buy this great book!

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not a bad read

it wasn't horrible it just wasn't what I expected. When I heard he was writing a tell-all book I thought we were going to get some behind-the-scenes Stern Show information. there was very little if any of that and this was more of a book based on the life of Jackie Martling. Again not a bad book just not what I expected

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Waste of time, and I returned it...

Jackie, Jackie, Jackie... I think this is only the second time I've left a review on audible. Half way through this book I felt like I had a gun to my head with a voice telling me it was my civic duty as a retired Stern fan to inform the public of this mockery of a tell all.

Let me be clear, I very much enjoyed Jackie with his time spent on the Stern show, and as the years have passed, I've lost all respect for the PC Marci Turk years, and no longer even subscribe to Sirius (thank god for podcasts).

Jackie had a chance to really open up and and cast a light on Stern and inform fans about the bipolar, hypocritical, fascist dictator that once ruled the air ways.

Through out this entire book their are only TWO stories that remotely suggest Howard is chemically unbalanced in any way.

1) Howard used the delay button to remove a compliment Jackie gave Fred for writing the lyrics to the Elton John "Why isnt Howard Stern on TV?"

2) Howard didn't have his back during Jackies final contract negotiations. 

THATS IT... the book is titled Bow to Stern! Yet it reads more like a fluff piece attempt of getting his job back some day opposed to a tell all.

If you listened to the Stern show during the Jackie years, you already know about 85% of what's in this book. Theirs a little back story on Jackies early life that is about as interesting as listening to Howard interview a Kardashian, and chapter on him and Dangerfield, which is more self-glorifying than intriguing.

If you want dirt on Stern or his show don't waste your time with book. It's repetitive, boring, unfunny, and if you were annoyed at hearing Jackie laugh when Stern read one of his jokes it's even worse when he laughs at his own... over, and over, and over, and over again.

I wish I could have given this book negative 5 stars.

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Warning; language may be inappropriate for morons

I found this book astounding, especially the use of big words. I didn't know Jackie knew them.

This book is a warm and honest retelling of his life story, an interesting one at that.

And you don't have to be a Howard Stern fan to enjoy it.

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classic Jackie!

F Jackie! such a good listen! miss you Jackie! Stern show classic, baba fn booey

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entertaining

Very easy to listen to and pick back up. Never a dull moment. Great stories. Loved hearing about your two weeks with Rodney

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Joke Man hits this out of the park!

Great listen! It was a pleasure reliving the Stern Show antics and boy, I miss Jackie in the chair!

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Good behind the scenes info

Jackie is a favorite, from back in the day when Howard was listenable. His insights of those days, his departure from the Stern show, and revelations about an icon's motivations are worth the listen.

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Listened to it in two sittings, two days

Finally, we get to hear the other side of the story. A lot of truth in there. It’s an honest story. A story told by a master storyteller. It’s genuine, human and I can’t wait to listen to it again. Good for you, Jackie.

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For Diehard Howard Stern Fans Only

This book starts out with a bad mic in a living room. The quality is barely audible. From there, Artie enters a studio and JAckie takes over.

The story is somewhat boring. There is a considerable amount of Rodney Dangerfield talk, but it seems to go nowhere. His jokes are decent, as always. Along the way he does give a little behind the scenes of the Stern show, but waiting for the exit discussion was not rewarding.

If you love the Stern show and listened for 20+ years, this book is worth tolerating. Otherwise, I would pass it up and read an Artie Lange book. That guy can tell a story. Jackie should stick to telling jokes.

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