How I Slept My Way to the Middle

How I Slept My Way to the Middle

Secrets and Stories From Stage, Screen, and Interwebs

Book - 2012
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Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he's a killer impressionist, a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He's done it all, and now he's ready to spill the beans. His memoir combines never-before-heard stories featuring A-list entertainers with fan favorites and Kevin's own thoughts about how he made it--From publisher description
Publisher: Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780762780556
076278055X
Branch Call Number: B POLLAK,K
Characteristics: xxii, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Goldsher, Alan 1966-

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N13m4nd
Feb 10, 2020

This is a rather amusing book made up of anecdotes from Kevin Pollak’s career. Oddly, the man does not come off sounding likable in his own book. Funny, yes, and clever. But also very egotistical. Many of the anecdotes consist of Pollak meeting some show business legend, who then (according to Pollak) goes on to tell Pollak how wonderful he is. Pollak also is not shy about including some rather harsh critcisms of people he has worked with. Whether all of these characterizations are true or not, they paint a portrait of an ingracious person. Now, I’m not recommending against the book, and do encourage others to read and be amused by it. But be prepared to have your affection for the author and subject of the book diminished by his own words.

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franzkafka
Sep 22, 2013

I stopped a few pages into this name dropping piece of merde. Dear Sir I'm Going To Burn Your Book.

mrmervis May 13, 2013

A light and entertaining read with some funny inside stories about a lot of people.

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rspanny
Mar 27, 2013

Really enjoyed this name-dropping memoir covering highlights of Kevin Pollak’s career in showbiz. Interesting anecdotes about working with stars like Warren Beatty, Belushi, Carson, Cruise, De Niro, Larry King, Lemmon, Leno, Jerry Lewis, Loren, Steve Martin, Matthau, Nicholson, Reiner, Rickles, Scorcese, Shatner, Spacey, Walken, and Willis. I learned a few practical details too about the day-to-day work of actors shooting movies in L.A. Things that were new to me, like per diems and the weekly workload of making a TV sitcom (surprisingly light).

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