The Dangerous Animals Club (Unabridged)
by Stephen Tobolowsky
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If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day. But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer. He has earned a devoted base of fans for his original stories, told in front of live audiences as well as in a popular podcast. Now, for the first time, he has assembled those stories here. The result is creative mitzvah, a work of art, and a narrative feat that combines biography and essay, ranging in tone from the hilarious to the introspective. To read these pages is to enter an astonishing world that, like all art, is universal yet individual, familiar yet disquieting. A dangerous world, indeed.
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Laugh, cry, be inspired and awestruck. I lucked out and discovered Stephen Tobolosky's gifted story telling because of his terrific performance on Glee and the Gleeful podcast promoted The Tobolosky Files podcast. I was hooked all the way through. I am buying this book to revisit all those wonderful moments that spooled out for me over the last 2 years and support this amazingly talented storyteller. Thank you Stephen, for all the wonderful hours you have shared with us.
Garrison Keillor for the Next Generation
Stephen has nailed the art of telling a good story, and he always has a message at the end worthy of contemplation. My favorite story is the one he tells about his triumph over a teacher set out to seek his removal from the acting program in college. A tale of survival like no other. A struggle of identity, and victory over not only others, but one's own dedication to their craft and life.
Stephen follows in the tradition of David Sedaris, Garrison Keillor, and David Foster Wallace. Telling stories that make us laugh, cry, sigh, and remember. That's what a good story is all about.
Too Much Cute, Not Enough Funny
I had the feeling I was listening to a parent tell me how very funny his children are, or what the dog did that was "hilarious" or other "sweet" stuff that's cute enough but doesn't get high up on the funny scale. I was relieve when I had a chuckle and thought that here's where the funny stuff starts.
I was wrong.