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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Pollak Narrator: Kevin Pollak Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, award-winning dramatic actor, and an internet pioneer, Kevin Pollak has done it all for thirty years and is ready to spill the beans. Best known for performances in A Few Good Men and The Usual Suspects, he shares never-before-heard stories of film legends like De Niro, Hanks, Howard, Lemon, Loren, Lucas, Martin, Mathau, Reiner, Scorcese, Singer, Willis, and more. He turned down his first invitation to do stand-up on The Tonight Show because he knew that he’d have a bigger impact if he sat next to Johnny instead of performing onstage. When he gambled for a spot on the most coveted couch in showbiz, he had no agent, no auditions, no prospects. But his gut was right: A year later, his first sit with the king of late night led to three visits a year, every year, until Carson retired. Now a new media entrepreneur, Pollak is laughing proof that you can do anything you want, except have a rational conversation with Rip Torn, who’s an evil, paranoid $#!%.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kevin Pollak is a mastermind of smart and funny. He attacks my funny bone the way a pit bull attacks my anklebone.”

    Steve Martin

  • “Kevin Pollak is one of those guys who shows up in every corner of the Business of Show—hit TV programs, award winning movies, radio shows of every kind, and benefit dinners for worthy charities. I once saw him in the parking lot at Cirque du Soleil and hollered, ‘Hey! Kevin!’ but he didn’t hear me. Like you, I wonder how he’s made it to the Big Time. This book brings that mystery to a close.”

    Tom Hanks

  • “Kevin Pollak does it all: He does impressions, he acts, he writes, he produces. He continues to impress with his unique and unabashed ability to use his friends’ names for his sole benefit. A true Renaissance man.”

    Tom Cruise

  • “It’s great stuff…This is a very funny, real insider look at the ‘business.’”


  • “Brilliant…The shrimpy kid who started out imitating Bill Cosby grew into a funny man with a yen for acting in movies, a journey his side-splitting memoir recounts in hilarious detail. ... There's so much dirt Pollak could have dished, but he keeps it positive with feel-good, riotous stories, and fascinating Hollywood lore.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “The book is full of funny or surprising stories (sometimes they’re both) and plenty of self-deprecating humor. Pollak is a working actor, not a star, and his book is all the more likable for it. A genuinely entertaining movie memoir.”


  • “Pollak, the busy character actor and comedian, recounts his career in show business …Despite the salacious title, Pollak is unfailingly inoffensive and upbeat in this collection of anecdotes detailing his film career and friendly working relationships with such luminaries as Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, and Jack Nicholson, all of whom are lauded as wonderfully kind, supportive, consummately professional peers…Pollak is an engaging raconteur on the page.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Humor Narration

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Grier Lyall | 1/27/2014

    " This book completely surprised me. I didn't know much about Kevin Pollak before but his stories are laugh-out-loud funny and he's dished some great dirt about very famous actors. It's a quick read that I highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colin Cox | 1/17/2014

    " I think Pollak purposely sets the bar low, and he meets that low bar. I wish it had some bigger takeaways than Pollak's OMG-ish, I just interacted with this celebrity. If anything, Pollak's a model for sometimes you just have to say "Whatever, I am going to do X anyway." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 1/3/2014

    " Kevin Pollak's book is amazing. He is a master storyteller who imbues each tale with genuineness and humor. The stories he tells are from his point of view but he never gets in the way of the reader seeing what he saw. Amazing talent. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Herman | 1/3/2014

    " I love books by comedians, even more, books by comedians that can do voices and even more ones in which the comedians read the book in audio format and do the celebrity voices of all the people they write about. This is one of those books. "

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