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Only Bill Maher, the star of Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect and a regular guest on The Tonight Show, could have written True Story...so he did. The place: New York. The time: the early 1980s. The scene: the red-hot comedy clubs, very late at night. The cast: five would-be stand-up comics, their egos, and their girls. The result: a downright hilarious novel about trying to be funny for fame, fortune, and fornication. This is Bill Maher's report from the front, a stageside table at the birth of the comedy boom. You'll laugh in all the right places.
©1994 by Bill Maher; (P)2005 Phoenix Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is the novel I would have written about stand-up comedy if I was a sick egghead like Bill Maher." (Roseanne)
"Anyone considering a career in stand-up comedy should read this book, then consider something else, because all this great stuff is over." (Jerry Seinfeld)

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  • Tony
  • Harrisonville, MO, USA
  • 09-02-08

True story - lying description

Despite what it says this is not unabridged. It just leaves out a lot of the storylines that are in the book, here they are just mentioned and then dropped unresolved

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • Cary, NC
  • 03-21-07

Sadly not that funny

I don't know what I was expecting but the end result certainly was not it. The stories of up-and-coming comedians working the lower rungs of the circuit was just slow and boring. About the most interesting thing about the book is the realization that all boring jobs are... boring.

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Original and Thought Provoking

I'm a big fan of Bill Maher and never really got around to reading this book until today. This is an awesome novel set in Omniscient view point about Buck (I believe is Bill) and a few other comedians he encountered in his early career.
If you have ever thought about being a comedian or just up for an interesting success story accompanied with a laugh, then buy this book!