A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian, and Saturday Night Live alumnus.
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 14-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 Beverly 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.
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David Spade's complete self deprecating honesty. Let me note that I have never been a Spade fan, in fact, I pretty much loathed him to the point that I refused to watch most sitcoms or movies he was in simply because he was in them. It was only after I saw one of his stand up specials (I believe his most recent one) that I came to realize I actually love David Spade the person (or the person he portrays himself to be, I mean we all show a different self to the public, some are just a lot closer to our true selves than others) it's been the characters he's played that I've never liked. I know actors are separate from their characters but he played that type so often that I guess I mistakenly believed he WAS all those d-bag, ridiculously obnoxious types we all associate with him. What I took from this story was that while in the past he may have teetered insanely close to "being" that guy in real life, I think he always had a good heart & with time he has not only become a decent human being but is also able to reflect on his past behavior & ignorancy with a shudder that most of us can relate to when thinking back on our own youth.
The first few chapters when he discusses his early years. While his childhood was a bit crazier than most, I could relate to so many of his stories about growing up with a single mom as well as the cringe worthy things so many of us do when we're young in an effort to be cool.
Also, when he talks about Chris Farley, you can tell he had a genuine love for the guy & is truly heartbroken over losing his friend.
While some may prefer a word for word narration, I personally enjoy the way Spade sort of speaks the book almost as if he's reliving a funny story with his buddies.
Also, as a woman especially, I could never for the life of me figure out how he was able to score such hot chicks but after listening to this book, I now know! He truly comes off as a genuine & incredibly charming guy. Combine that with his unarming self deprecating wit & humor & a girl will fall for that every time over a guy that's cocky & "too good looking." Well, any woman over 25 anyway.