Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where
the Hell Are My Keys
An Emily Blunt Review
AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER
Well, the title’s all wrong. This guy, Billy Crystal, isn’t
fooling anyone. He is the real deal. Okay. Maybe,"I Still
Got It", seemed a tad too top of the world ma poofy-headed
this audiobook of the year (!) version Crystal narrates –
and audio is absolutely recommended. His emphasis on punch lines,
his love-filled tones for some people, and his even-mad-sounds-like-a-nice-guy
annoyances, just come through beautifully to the ear. And, the
book’s essays are delivered with the comedian’s undeniable
in SFE Crystal admits and faces being an over 60 man. Often stepping
delightfully onto a borscht belt-tinged whine filled rant or two;
think circa 1956. And, Billy shares his start, his many accomplishments
and some ‘round the dinner table chat-style stories about
the very interesting friends he’s made (and how those friendships
formed) along the way.
discover Baseball is kinda big in Crystal’s life. And as
his success goes on he is allowed into their world; Mickey Mantle,
Joe DiMaggio, Howard Cosell and Muhammad Ali. He has an Antique
Roadshow find among the memories and to the listener’s delight
you know Billy as ecstatic as any of us would be if we got to
hang with those we admire (<- I very much know that feeling).
The Dean Martin roasts are spoken of, and Orson Welles palookadom;
love love him, but a palooka. Hey kids! You don't even have to
read between the lines. Crystal's tone and delivery lets you know
how he really felt...
you don’t know much about Crystal, you will after this.
It’s a biography after all. But, here, I mean, he reminds
you – without any pomp – just how much he’s
done. And he paid the dues we expect of any legend. And given
so much in return for his success. Throw Momma From the Train,
You Look Marvelous (his, Alrighty Then), Jody (Soap), City
Slickers…and that’s about 1/50 list of those
everyone sort of knows. Well, you’re in for a mind-blowing
treat. He did do that! You remark, aloud, towards the
device he’s telling his story out of, then sheepishly console
your startled snoozing dog. You’d forgotten.
you are already a fan of Billy Crysta, listening to SFE will just
make you appreciate his body of work more. SFE will entertaing-ly
remind you Billy is so much more than a great award show host
and a shell for his beloved SNL characters. Crystal is absolutely
up there among the few real American treasures.