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You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman is a meticulously researched book that gives a clear and affectionate although unbiased look at Phil Hartman's life.
I was especially taken with his early days and could relate easily as another California kid growing up surfing and hanging out--with the knowledge that Hartman managed to have a ringside seat and know a lot of the musical icons of the end of the 20th century personally.
Mike Thomas hits the nail on the head in his narrative about Hartman's learning to inhabit his characters as he grows up. Hartman is ultimately another one of those successes who are only really alive when they become someone other than themselves.
Listening to this book was like being there in many ways, Hartman was always the good looking glue of whatever he was involved in and gave 100% to his work. His personal life could never match his romantic expectations and that comes across clearly. I would have liked to know more about his personal life but this book focuses extremely well on how his work life and career developed in the unforgiving arena of comedy and television.The book builds a portrait of a complex man who never could quite figure out what the rainbow was that he was chasing until the night it all came apart with his murder.
Narrator Corey Snow does an excellent job of delivering a plethora of voices that are believable from Paul Rubens to Jan Hooks to Dana Carvey. He never dips into imitation but uses nuance and shading to make his voiced characters believable.
Recommended to anyone who is fascinated by the comedy/television industry and talent factories of the 1970s to the 1990s, an excellent insider look. My only kvetch is that at times there are almost too many details provided which can derail the narrative instead of providing the provenance they are intended to do.
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The book laid out a lot of information about Phil's life.. at times it felt cold.. like the way you steel yourself and deliver factual information rather than break out crying over the loss of some one so special. This seemed oddly appropriate. I feel much closer to Jon Lovitz after reading this even though I already liked him a lot.. just hearing how much he cared for his friend really touched my heart. Great work Mike Thomas and excellent performance Corey Snow.
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