God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked
Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
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Tina Fey’s Bossypantsmeets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond’sgroundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked—a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of anAmerican comic genius. By turns poignant and hilarious, Hammond takes readersfrom the set of Saturday Night Live, where he was the show’slongest-tenured cast member, to the drug-ridden streets of Harlem and into thetwisting corridors of his own unflaggingly humorous consciousness. Minglingbehind-the-scenes stories from television’s best-loved comedy series with adark look inside a world-class funnyman, God If You’re Not Up There,I’m F*cked is a book sure to resonate with anyonewho shares a talent for performance, a love of comedy, or a desire to know howan artist can climb from the deepest despair to the very top of his profession.
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Not as interesting as I expected
The book starts out moderately interesting but then quickly turns into a rambling, ego-boosting, name dropping story, reminiscent of someone attempting to give props to the celebrities he's met.
For instance, there seems to be a lot of "so and so came on the show. He was a really nice guy." There are also a fair number of references to very specific SNL skits that require the reader to know the sketch in order to find the humor or insightful meaning. Finally, he throws in a large number of f-bombs, in an attempt to keep it edgy. Instead he comes off sounding trite, much like someone attempting to take on the same attitude as James Frey in a "Million Little Pieces".
It's not the best read. I found myself getting bored and I had to push myself to finish it. There are worse reads but I'd probably say save the money buying it and borrow from a friend.
This guy is amazing...
I remember his first episode on SNL, always have loved his humor, and to hear his story is amazing... What an inspiration.
Really? I have to give this review a title?
Awesome read I couldn't put it down.