Almost Interesting

Almost Interesting

The Memoir

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni.David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood" Minute Sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir. Spade takes fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounts his excruciating road-tour to fame--when he was regularly mistaken for a fourteen year-old. He dishes about his time on SNL during the beloved Rock/Sandler/Farley era of the 1990s, and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, including a crazy assistant who attacked him while he was sleeping, being threatened on the street in Beverley Hills by Eddie Murphy, and being one of the shortest guys at the Playboy mansion (the views weren't bad).Sometimes dirty, sometimes just plain silly, David Spade reminds us what made him one of our favorite funny people.
Publisher: [New York] : HarperAudio, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062419965
006241996X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (06 hr., 32 min., 09 sec.)) : digital
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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 11, 2017

This title is quite apropos. I love David Spade, so I enjoyed learning a little about his personal life in this quasi-memoir. Dry, snarky and super raunchy – exactly what you’d expect from this SNL legend. I definitely recommend the audiobook, as Spade narrates it himself.

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aliciamarie
Nov 19, 2015

I am a total Saturday Night Live fan, so I was very excited to learn that David Spade was writing a memoir. After seeing him promote his book a couple times on morning news shows, I was even more excited to hear that he, himself, would be the narrator for the audio version. "Almost Interesting:The Memoir" is David Spade's retelling of his early life,his time on SNL, and the friendships he made with other SNL cast members.

This memoir starts at the beginning. Spade explains his life as a child. From his father leaving, growing up poor but not realizing how poor they are, being bullied at school for being so small and short, life with his stepfather, and even his quest for girls. Of course, it's all told in his sarcastic, smart-ass, no nonsense tone of voice which makes it even more hilarious. I really do feel like autobiographies and memoirs should always be listened to if the audio version is by the subject themselves. It just adds so much more to the experience.

We are then told about his early days of trying to break into the comedy scene. He tells of his time on SNL and how he watched his friends rise to stardom while feeling like he wasn't getting the same caliber of recognition. We do hear stories about Chris Farley and his movie making time during Tommy Boy. Spade always seems honest and willing to address most rumors.

Then the story kind of fizzles out. He doesn't really get into his years after SNL on sitcoms, which was surprising since he confessed that sitcoms were his goal when first getting into comedy. The book ends with the infamous "Skippy Attack", but has absolutely no mention of the last 15 years of his life.

I would have loved to hear about why he chose to leave SNL, his struggles landing roles on sitcoms, and of course what he has been up to since 2000. This book was interesting... almost interesting. Funny stories about the past but I wish he also talked about his present life.

I give 4 stars for the first 2/3 of the book and 2 stars for the last 1/3, which I will average to a 3 star rating.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 11, 2017

FYI, this book is not that serious. This is meant to be read when super bored, then forgotten fifteen minutes later. It could be read cover-to-cover during one medium-to-severe case of diarrhea.

Spade recalling the regrettable decision to wear a t-shirt (with his own picture on the front) to school in sixth grade:
“So come Monday, I’m about to go skipping off to school (not even a total exaggeration, to be honest) and then somehow, at the last millisecond, my male chromosomes somehow woke up and said to my brain, “Wait a second, can we just throw a shirt on this? I mean, maybe just a little button down? Just something in case, worse-case scenario, a selfie on your t-shirt isn’t the coolest thing on the planet. Just some sort of coverage. Just for me, the male part. I only pop up once a year – throw me a chrome.’

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