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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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Just when you thought you knew all about Jackie...

Jackie's story is more interesting from his perspective than the one broadcast. I've never been a fan of Jackie's, but the book has funny anecdotes.

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Typical Jackie...

If you're a Howard Stern fan from way, way back, you'll enjoy this book. I actually met Jackie and stuttering John back in the 90's in L.A. doing a promotion. My favorite personality has always been Jackie. Needless to say, I was bummed when he left, and missed his laugh. It could have been a shitty show, but after listening to his laugh, it was a good show. Especially when they did the news with Jackie's laugh.

Jackie is still selling his ass of in this book and doing his self promoting. Hence the title... I wish he'd never left the show. It felt like a piece of the show was really missing. Looking forward to part two...

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Wow What A Great Storyteller Dressed as Jokeman

What did you love best about The Joke Man?

Jackie has always been a great storyteller and he didn't disappoint this time either. He was able to tell some stories from growing up to his family to the most important parts of his life working with the Howard Stern show. I am a Howard Stern fan, and though I would tell you that I was a bigger fan later in Stern's lifetime on the radio, mostly on Sirius/XM, I found that Jackie's book was so great. If you are a Stern fan you will love this book. If you are not a Stern fan you will love this book. If you just want a storybook that has some wonderful stories and can make you laugh, this is a book for you.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackie of course, there isn't any other character in a book that Jackie writes, as you would imagine everything is about him. But that being said, I do think he did a great job of telling you about behind the scenes from the biggest and most popular radio program of all time. Sharing stories about Stuttering John and Gary BabaBooey and of course Hop Along Howard. It is such a great set of behind the radio scene stories it will make you laugh throughout the book.

What about Artie Lange and Jackie Martling ’s performance did you like?

Artie was typical Artie, I would guess he read this while either sitting on the toilet or he was about to score some heroin and then shared his experiences with Jackie, who made Artie super famous because he made the boneheaded decision to leave the greatest job of all time. Jackie did a great job with telling the stories and you could tell he was not forced and it was like he was just hanging out having from beers and telling these stories on the beach.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The stories about Jackie trying to break into show business were great, and you could tell the downfall of his career was a struggle for him to come to grips with. It is still uncertain if he has really come down to earth about what he did to his career and how much these decisions he made really altered the trajectory of his life, for the worse, or better.

Any additional comments?

I strongly recommend this audiobook for anyone that wants to laugh and have a good time. If you are a Howard Stern fan, or radio fan, or comedy fan, you will love these stories.

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excellent book

I just finished listening to the audio version and have to say, as someone who never listened to Howard, but who LOVES Jackie's comedy albums, this was a pleasure. The man is smart and funny, and that's all you gotta know.

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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