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Publisher's Summary

This inspiring, honest, uproarious collection of essays traces Sebastian Maniscalco's career from playing boxing rings and bowling alleys to reaching the pinnacles of comedy success.

At 24, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway.

At 44, he's on the Forbes' list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime.

Stay Hungry tells the story of the 20 years in between. On the way from clueless rube to standup superstar, Seb was booed off stages; survived on tips and stolen food; got advice from mentors Andrew Dice Clay, Vince Vaughn, Tony Danza, and Jerry Seinfeld; fell in love; and stayed true to his Italian-immigrant roots. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day, you'll make it.

©2018 Sebastian Maniscalco (P)2018 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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A different perspective on success!! Good stuff!!

Thought it was exceptional. Good stories and examples of great values that can take you a long way if you let it happen.

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One of the best I’ve listened to

I was a fan before the book but now it’s solid. Great book I’ve suggested my oldest son take a listen.

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  • Dave J.
  • Minneapolis, MN USA
  • 03-23-18

Great book with some good laughs

I honestly thought the book would be more jokes and less serious, but that wasn't the case. I really enjoyed it, and I think a lot of people can identify with most of Sebastian's stories. Kept my interest throughout the entire book. Well done!

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Wonderful.

Sebastian's story is interesting and RELATABLE!
His narration is so funny and personable, it's almost like he is THE invited friend at the traditional, Italian Christmas Eve Table.
Although his experiences are obviously unique, his writing and narration tell his story in such a way that you will find yourself laughing at your own memories.
He is able to bring out all of the human emotions in each of us, primarily happiness!

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Entertainment from the heart<br />

What a joy listening to Sebastian tell his inspiring life story to success. And I thought I knew him- Wow. Now he has endeared me to appreciate his comedy even more than I thought was possible!

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a good read

I get it you got a great wife enough already.....
great story I would recommend this book

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Loved it.

Biscuit! Great Book. No mention of the Podcast or Pete? You're better than that kid!

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  • Ginger
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  • 09-16-18

Funny, engaging, worthwhile listening.

Great stories that tell behind the scenes of a hard working perfectionist comedian. Thank you.

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Great listen

Wonderful story, love the way he was able to portray the evolution of his career.

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A true road map of how to succeed in any industry

This book turned out to be the best self help book I could ever imagine! I love Sebastian Maniscalco's comedy. This book is a look into the man off stage. He tells his story and teaches you how to be a great person, and never give up on your dreams. His story connected with me on many different levels life, career, and marriage. I learned he is an amazing person off stage. Success doesn't just happen. In many ways this book was life changing. I want my son to read it, I think it will make him a better man. I went through this book in one day. I tried to get some tickets to his show but i'm in a wheelchair and the venue doesn't allow you to sit with your guest. I found this book on his website and I got much more out of this book then any book ever. Truly incredible!