Still Foolin' 'em

Still Foolin' 'em

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career

Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like "Buying the Plot" and "Nodding Off," Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live , When Harry Met Sally , and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever "test positive for Maalox"), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion ("the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac"), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805098204
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 Cryst
Characteristics: x, 272 pages : illustrations
Alternative Title: Still fooling them


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Aug 14, 2017

Nope...not even for a second.

Apr 25, 2016

slow read, but alright if you wish to know more about Billy Crystal the man -guess I expected it to be more humorous. Preferred Michael J. Fox 'My life so far'.

Mar 09, 2016

Billy is A funny man I just Like to read about Him Cool guy

Mar 26, 2015

Enjoyable, often laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes uncomfortably sentimental. Crystal's love for family and friends is touching and seems sincere. Occasionally Crystal lost me because he seemed so unaware of his own sense of entitlement. (E.g.: Joe DiMaggio politely declines to sign DiMaggio jersey in Crystal's possession because DiMaggio has made an advertising agreement with a bat company and fears that he might be violating the terms of the agreement by signing Crystal's jersey. Crystal argues that he is a very special case, has no intention of reselling the jersey, and that it's "very important" that he have the signed item to add to his collection. Crystal is unimpressed and unappeased when DiMaggio gives him a signed baseball. Most fans would be over the moon, even if their fond dream of having their jersey signed had not been realized.) Despite this flaw, which is not so glaring in the scheme of things (how many movie star comedians don't have a certain sense of entitlement?), Crystal comes across as, most of the time, a pretty good guy and someone it would be a treat to know.

deborahjohnston Jan 30, 2015

Billy Crystal has some interesting stories, but I think those closer to 65 will identify with his prose better than I.

Nov 09, 2014

First pages just cracked me up! So funny! I did find some parts of the book a bit boring, but I guess everyone's life story has a lame part. I definitely enjoyed the book. It's rare for a book to make you lough out loud to the point your kid asks you why you are laughing by yourself in the kitchen!

May 16, 2014

A terrific look back by the comedian at his life from the age of 65. Crystal recounts funny stories about life, family, getting older, and show business... and along the way relates poignant stories. His voice comes across very clearly throughout, and the end result is well worth reading.

Mar 19, 2014

Very enjoyable. Loved the essays between the major chapters.

seingdanzr Nov 04, 2013

Totally enjoyable read! Funny, heartwarming, charming, just like the man himself. I felt like he was sitting across from me & chatting.

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DanniOcean Sep 24, 2013

Billy Crystal is a name synonymous with comedy, so it should come as no surprise that his latest memoir induces snorts and other unladylike sounds of laughter at frequent intervals. Like any good comedian, Mr. Crystal knows the value of pacing, and Still Foolin’ ‘Em measures out equal doses of laughs and loving memories of his childhood in Long Island, his early career, and his adored wife Janice and their children, one after another. A Hollywood A-lister like Mr. Crystal does not shy away from name-dropping or telling tales out of school either, but he is never sordid; in fact some of his most obviously favourite people are not the actors with whom he has worked, but rather the sports figures who have been his real-life heroes, most notably Kareen Abdul Jabar and Muhammad Ali (although he dishes on a few anti-sports heroes, too). Although in a few years some of his references will be passé (like Lindsay Lohan we can only hope), others will strike readers as being terribly memorable – the all-too-personal close call when the twin towers fell on 9/11, and its aftermath, which left the native New Yorker feeling unfunny for years. And the (surreally local) turn of events that led to Mr. Crystal turning once again to stand-up after meeting with Des McAnuff – former artistic director of the Stratford Festival – and the creative process that let him find his passion for performing again, turning his standup into the Tony-Award winning one-man show, 700 Sundays. Lest you begin to think that this is just another Hollywood memoir, remember that Billy Crystal’s humour is highly visual, and readers will not only hear his voice coming through the printed word, but you’ll be able to imagine his anecdotes as Saturday Night Live sketches in your head. I’ll also drop this in – Billy Crystal just turned 65, a baby-boomer like millions of others, and he kvetches lyrically about the weird and wonderful things that happen as we age – going to your children’s weddings, holding grandchildren, taking more naps than the grandchildren, forgetting names, keys, how to have sex… it’s all in here, and it will make you laugh, and the advice he dispenses is worth it – because first and foremost, Billy Crystal comes across as a decent man, and a family guy. He’s someone to truly admire and that’s a rare commodity in Hollywood these days.

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