I had started this book a long time ago. I remember opening it up in Barnes n Noble and cracking up at the first page. Billy Crystal was funny on paper as well as the screen? Awesome! For some reason, I never finished the book. I don’t know why. It wasn’t until I was writing my post about impulse buys that I remembered this and thought now was a good as time as any to finish it.
While I had the book on a shelf, I decided this around to listen to the audiobook version. If it’s funny reading it, I was sure that it would be even funnier listening to it. I was right. Billy Crystal, of course, narrates it, but even better, some parts of the book he does like a stand up comedy routine in front of an NYU audience. Safe to say I was in hysterics.
The book opens with Billy Crystal turning 65 and his hysterical realization of this from how his body has changed to how life has changed. Crystal proceeds to reflect on his life and how he got to where he is. The “stand-up” chapters were chapters focused on the present.
What I like about nonfiction books, especially those about celebrities, is that you learn so much about the celebrity as well as the individual behind the celebrity, if that makes any sense. For example, I never knew how big of a Yankee fan Crystal was and to the extent, nor did I know that some of his best friends were Muhammad Ali and Mickey Mantle. It was fun getting to know the personal side of Crystal. But I also enjoyed hearing about how some of his movies got made – Crystal gives the scoop on the orgasm scene in “When Harry Met Sally” and the action takes in “City Slickers – and his experiences doing the Oscars ( I wish he still hosted).
This book has all the feels. While primarily comedic – you will laugh hysterically – it also ironically has it’s somber moments and there were times I cried. Billy definitely knows how to tell a story even if its own and he lays it all out on the pages of this book. I am glad I was able to finish it… Finally…. it was so worth it.