web site hit counter I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics

Availability: Ready to download

The biggest names in standup comedy reveal the howlingly funny, completely shocking, and disturbingly bizarre moments they've experienced on the road.


Compare

The biggest names in standup comedy reveal the howlingly funny, completely shocking, and disturbingly bizarre moments they've experienced on the road.

30 review for I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    If I've got my show biz/standup comedy terminology down, then the title of this book ought to start I Died instead of I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics. Because this thing died on stage. And apparently lay there for a week or two before anybody noticed. Definitely no belly laughs here, maybe a brief flicker of a smile or two. Maybe. But overall this is not a funny book. I refuse to tag it as humor on Goodreads. It would seem that Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff, our comi If I've got my show biz/standup comedy terminology down, then the title of this book ought to start I Died instead of I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics. Because this thing died on stage. And apparently lay there for a week or two before anybody noticed. Definitely no belly laughs here, maybe a brief flicker of a smile or two. Maybe. But overall this is not a funny book. I refuse to tag it as humor on Goodreads. It would seem that Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff, our comic hosts for this little tour, think that four letter words and sex with waitresses, strippers, and whoever else might have been available to lonely comics on the road (and the four letter word for sex) are the funniest things their fellow comedians could tell us and a close runner up is how ineptly and/or forcefully said comedians dealt with hecklers and horrendous gigs. I chose this book primarily because it helped me with Clue #3 in my Super Book Password Challenge. But I also sincerely thought I would enjoy it. With promises of stories from the likes of Jay Leno, Mike Myers, Jeff Foxworthy, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Joan Rivers, and others, I expected better...and funnier. I was sorely disappointed. Not recommended. ★ is, I think, generous and I only give it one star in honor of the few funny bits--nearly all of which were by or in reference to older comedians (Bob Hope, Red Buttons, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters....). First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Neil Torquiano

    Before comedy podcasts dished out the inside baseball on stand-up, you had to comb through comedy books filed under memoirs or essays. "I Killed" is a great collection of road stories. The book has a great tie-in with the documentary "I Am Comic," and has the author Ritch Shydner returning to the stage.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Wish all the stories here were as funny as the funniest ones. Not bad but I am not sure it's worth full price.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Graham

    comedians telling stories from their time in the business. they varied a bit in quality, but overall quite good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erica Bryant

    It’s so interesting to see what life can be like for a stand up comedian (especially during the 80s, which is when a lot of these stories take place). Many of them are gasp inducing, but there are also some nice heartwarming stories. Overall a fun read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jess Kubis

    It’s rare that I can’t finish a book, but this is one I just can’t pick up again. It’s not funny, and from these stories, I can see why so many women in comedy have come forward with stories about harassment and assault. So much misogyny in these pages! Spend your time and dollars elsewhere.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Al

    “I killed” is a boast by a comedian after he successfully performed his act to an enthusiastic audience; “I Killed” the book, on the other hand, is a compendium of stories from stand-up comedians who achieved the very opposite—a disastrous outing due to any variety of factors: being drunk or high while performing, threatening hecklers, low-rent surroundings, or an unappreciative audience. These are road stories of comedians who have run the gamut of the comedy club circuit, some famous, some for “I killed” is a boast by a comedian after he successfully performed his act to an enthusiastic audience; “I Killed” the book, on the other hand, is a compendium of stories from stand-up comedians who achieved the very opposite—a disastrous outing due to any variety of factors: being drunk or high while performing, threatening hecklers, low-rent surroundings, or an unappreciative audience. These are road stories of comedians who have run the gamut of the comedy club circuit, some famous, some forgotten. The stories themselves of greedy comedy club owners, lousy food, poor living accommodations and (sometimes) angry, violent audience members might make any prospective stand-up comic think twice before embarking on such a career. But the lure of applause and laughter as well as the appeal of easily getting laid and possible stardom will continue to supply the comedy club circuit machine. The stories told here are often very funny and ribald, not the sanitized version of stand-up you may have gotten from watching television, so be warned. Two milder examples: <[Comedian Jim Patterson met a girl after his show] who offered him a ride home. She took shortcuts to the comedy condo he never even knew. They went into the condo and she said, “You know, I’ve never done this before.” He asked, “What a one-night stand?” She said, “No. Go home with an opener.”> <[Jeff Stillson] I was working on a cruise ship with this guy who was truly terrible. Halfway through the act, an old man with a walker stood up and screamed, “Are you gonna end this or do we have to?”> Most stories are fully developed, at least a page or two. I thought stories by Jeff Foxworthy, Mike Myers and Mike Preminger were especially funny, but your reaction will likely vary. (If you saw Chris Rock’s movie “Top Five,” you’ll recognize the real life bizarre story that Rock tells here.) If you’re a big fan of live stand-up, you’ll probably be a fan of “I Killed” as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    As someone who put in 4 years in a Second City van, I was interested to see how stand-ups' road stories compared. The main differences: 1) more groupie and/or waitress sex. 2) More getting threatened by racists. 3) Much lonelier. This book will validate your choice to not become a standup comic. Some of these stories are f-in awesome. Most are super-funny, although I rolled my eyes at a couple comics who riddle their stories with hacky one-liners. Guys-- if I was interested in your material, I'd As someone who put in 4 years in a Second City van, I was interested to see how stand-ups' road stories compared. The main differences: 1) more groupie and/or waitress sex. 2) More getting threatened by racists. 3) Much lonelier. This book will validate your choice to not become a standup comic. Some of these stories are f-in awesome. Most are super-funny, although I rolled my eyes at a couple comics who riddle their stories with hacky one-liners. Guys-- if I was interested in your material, I'd go catch your act. Also, the editor/compilers, stand-ups themselves, made the inexplicable choice to end a book of funny road stories with 3 consecutive Moving stories-- literally, "That's when I realized what comedy is about-- making those troops laugh" and "My Dad saw my act one more time before he died" for the last 3 stories. Nothing against the stories in and of themselves, but how do 2 career standups not know that, sure, you can make people think near the end of your set, but then you close with your biggest laugh?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dale Zawada

    This book was very influential on me. As a stand-up comic, I read as many books on the subject as I could. This book is a simple collection of road stories from comedians you have\haven't heard of. Some stories are cute and funny while some are downright terrifying. Anything can happen in the world of stand-up comedy and that was the biggest takeaway from this book. Gigs are never the same, they are always different in some fashion, just like every day is. Always be on your toes and expect the une This book was very influential on me. As a stand-up comic, I read as many books on the subject as I could. This book is a simple collection of road stories from comedians you have\haven't heard of. Some stories are cute and funny while some are downright terrifying. Anything can happen in the world of stand-up comedy and that was the biggest takeaway from this book. Gigs are never the same, they are always different in some fashion, just like every day is. Always be on your toes and expect the unexpected.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Often obscene and pointless but just as often absurd, witty and hilarious, these tales of comics plying their craft in dive bars across the country shine the spotlight backstage, on the ridiculous circumstances they have to endure while trying to hone their acts. If you've ever performed in clubs, the laughs will be rueful; if you haven't, this glimpse behind the curtain will give you real insight into what even our most beloved comics had to go through on their way to the top.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Hauck

    Proof positive that Stand-Up comics are: 1) Pigs and 2) Tortured and 3) Not that funny If life on the road is this horrid, it's a wonder there are any stand-up comics at all. I found a few of their stories to be interesting. Not well written and little repetitive, but interesting. Proof positive that Stand-Up comics are: 1) Pigs and 2) Tortured and 3) Not that funny If life on the road is this horrid, it's a wonder there are any stand-up comics at all. I found a few of their stories to be interesting. Not well written and little repetitive, but interesting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    This book features stories of the road from a variety of comics. Many of the stories are laugh out loud funny, although be warned: language used in the stories is frequently foul and three or four of the stories I found quite offensive (and I am definitely NOT a "politically correct" type of person). Still, I think the laughs far outweighed the few unpleasant tales.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    A collection of dozens of stories from the road from some of America's best known (and lesser known, too)stand-up comics. A fun, fast read; with stories ranging from only a paragraph to a few pages, the laughs are non-stop. There was even a great, tear-jerking story from Mark Schiff. If you enjoy comedy, don't pass this one up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    Absolute crap until page 188, where it turned slightly funny but for every funny story there were at least 3 either pointless, gross or utterly uninteresting ones. I want to burn this book so no one else can go through the surprisingly bland experience of reading it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I shouldn't be surprised at the amount of misogyny in the comedy business. but whoa, this book really hits you in the face how badly women are treated by male comedians. What is up with that? Other than that, a very entertaining book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane Revevalin

    It is funny. Hilarity in its truest sense. Maybe it's because it has no thought-out story line. no recreated punchlines or ice breakers. It's just true stories from people whose job is to ease up our lives.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Ikram

    This is a fun collection from lots of great comedians who tell short stories about their lives on the road. You laugh out loud at several parts. Some hits, some misses (like any compilation). It definitely gave me perspective on the fascinating, (and sometimes very dangerous) life of a road comic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rory Toohey

    Quantity over quality here, as there's a ton of comedians contributing their most boring stories (and, in some cases, other people's stories). There's no through-line, no point made, and nothing memorable here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brian Butts

    One of the best books I’ve ever read about Kenny G taking a dump.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Let me caution you: this book is NOT for everyone. This book was barely even for me. That three stars is more like a 2.5 stars. Most of the stories here are fine. A few are utterly hilarious. A few (packed in at the end) are quite moving. And some I wish I had never read and I would like to bleach my brain. Memory repression is already in progress. I've learned that not being a standup comedian was definitely the right life choice for me. I've learned that booking agents are lying liars. And I've Let me caution you: this book is NOT for everyone. This book was barely even for me. That three stars is more like a 2.5 stars. Most of the stories here are fine. A few are utterly hilarious. A few (packed in at the end) are quite moving. And some I wish I had never read and I would like to bleach my brain. Memory repression is already in progress. I've learned that not being a standup comedian was definitely the right life choice for me. I've learned that booking agents are lying liars. And I've learned that it is a truth universally acknowledged that any comedian who finds themselves in a lull will reach for a "bitches, amirite?" joke. Sigh.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zach Freeman

    Great collection of stories from the road - the title is a bit misleading since “killing” has a specific connotation in stand-up parlance and many of the stories actually involve “dying” but that’s just me being pedantic. The subtitle is more accurate: “True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics.” Still, it’s a mixed bag - there are some great stories and there are some really lame ones. There are also some that aren’t road stories at all... but overall it’s a quick read - each story tak Great collection of stories from the road - the title is a bit misleading since “killing” has a specific connotation in stand-up parlance and many of the stories actually involve “dying” but that’s just me being pedantic. The subtitle is more accurate: “True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics.” Still, it’s a mixed bag - there are some great stories and there are some really lame ones. There are also some that aren’t road stories at all... but overall it’s a quick read - each story taking around a page - and it offers some great insight into the life of a stand-up comic.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellison

    Wide ranging tales from wide range of comedians about the road, getting paid, medical use of products, hecklers, and much more. At times laugh-out-loud, other times heartbreaking and unsure if it is true. Would give five stars but fair amount of swearing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Harrison Rip

    Even though most of the comics in this book aren't very clever or funny, their stories are really ridiculous and probably couldn't happen today. Very interesting for people who enjoy interesting anecdotes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Frey

    Fun, even though I probably only knew a quarter of the comics. After lots of sexual hijinks, heckling horror stories, and savage comebacks, it ended with a few more poignant accounts, which was a nice touch.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erinn

    Short stories of comics on the road. Some were amusing. None were uproariously funny. In fact, this allowed me to catch a glimpse of debauchery from comics I'd have preferred not to know about.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian K Thibodeaux

    Highly entertaining If you like stand-up, you will love these stories. Funny, provocative and sometimes it will make you go, "huh". Don't miss out on this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Newly Wardell

    True road stories is a great glimpse into the life of the American Troubadour aka the Road Comic. Pretty funny and strange world is that of the mirth makers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kurt Weber

    Quite funny, and the stories are just the right length.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    A few of the stories were a little...rape-y?

  30. 5 out of 5

    wildct2003

    Worth reading for the shared experience, but I would not want that lifestyle.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.