A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade.
David Spade is best known for his harsh “Hollywood” Minute Sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy, 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” tells his story in Almost Interesting.
First Taking fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounting his excruciating road-tour to fame—when he was regularly mistaken for a ten year-old, Spade then dishes about his time crisscrossing the country as a comedian, for low-paying gigs and dragging along his mother’s old suitcase full of props. He also covers his years on SNL during the beloved Rock/Sandler/Farley era of the 1990s, including his close working relationship and friendship with Chris Farley and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, including the constant fear of being fired, a crazy ex-assistant who attacked him while he was sleeping, a run-in with Eddie Murphy on the mean streets of Beverly Hills, and of course an endless supply of hot chicks.
Sometimes dirty, always funny, and as sharp as a tack, Almost Interesting reminds you why David Spade is one of our generation’s favorite funny guys.
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About the Author
David Spade is an actor, comedian, and writer. A former cast member of Saturday Night Live, Spade has also starred in the films Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and the Joe Dirt and Grown Ups franchises. He was nominated for an Emmy, two Golden Globes, and an American Comedy Award for his role on NBC’s Just Shoot Me! He also won a participation award for being in show business. That’s the one he’s most proud of. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Table of Contents
1 Growing Up 1
2 Mama's Boy 13
3 Losing my Virginity 19
4 Mini Spade 27
5 Joining a Fraternity 37
6 Getting Some Heat 49
7 Losing My Heat 61
8 HBO Young Comedians Special 79
9 Getting On SNL 87
10 SNL 1990-1991 99
11 SNL 1991-1992 117
12 SNL 1992-1993 129
13 SNL 1993-1994 139
Being Valuable 149
14 Eddie Murphy and Me 153
15 Tommy Boy 161
A Few More Things about Chris 175
16 Skippy 179
17 My First Hooker 187
18 My Housekeeper 191
19 A Victoria's Secret Party 199
20 Chick Tricks 209
Epilogue The Time I Did Too Much Coke 221
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A good book on David Spade by David Spade!
If you are a fan of David Spade's style of comedy, you will enjoy this book. This memoir focuses on his childhood, the start of his career as a stand-up comic and his years with SNL mostly. When I read this, I needed something that would make me laugh and it did. I was not expecting it to also share insight into the challenges he faced growing up, the difficulties of getting established on SNL, and the humbling process that seems to be the entertainment industry. I have to say I walked away from the book thinking he was way less of a jerk than I'd previously thought. OK, I didn't think that but I didn't expect him to be as endearing as the book reveals. I'd never thought of the hard work involved in writing comedy, just enjoyed the laughs. But I have a new appreciation and respect for how much effort goes into making people laugh. It's refreshing to read about a celebrity that has kept a sense of humility and can speak of the bad moments as well as the good, I would have given this another star, catapulting him into the Very Good rating except for two things. The final chapter felt like an abrupt ending,. You turn the page expecting there to be more and go straight to Acknowledgments. It felt like he was writing away and then suddenly remembered he was late for an appointment, so wrote two more sentences and hit Send. And there were many typos. Commas in, completely, wrong places. All, over, the, place. Overall, an enjoyable book. I look forward to reading his next book.
Didn't think I'd like it, but I did
A quick read at 213 pages. Mildly entertaining and somewhat enlightening on the world of showbusiness and some questionable thought processes.
I found myself laughing outloud while reading this book and have always been a fan--
I think it would have been better as audiobook
Sure, I picked it up on sale, but it turns out to be amusing, better than anticipated.
David Spade fans will enjoy this book, extremely funny
I have enjoyed David Spades work for many years, loved his honesty and if it were not on my NOOK I'd ask him to sign it but that sounds dirty :-) Hilar .
The review by PixeFurious has got it right! Although there's plenty of interesting things in the book, and I enjoyed it, there was not much after a certain point. There seems to be a narrative leads up to Black Sheep that is followed by several disconnected incidents/chapters after that to round out the word count in the book. Nothing about his personal life. I've haven't been a close follower of David Spade's career, but this inspired me to take a look at the "Best of..." DVD for SNL.
SUCH A GOOD BOOK! It was a super funny, really interesting, can't-put-book-down type of memoir. Best recollection of behind the scenes SNL stories I have ever heard and a ton of other very intriguing stories. David Spade is a really great, hard working comic that I respect 10 times more now. So great to hear him talk about Chris Farley and the early years, so many things I did not know! Its a DEFINITE MUST READ if you want to laugh hysterically and hear a bunch of fantastic stories.
This book is funny, engaging and reads perfectly in David Spades voice. It's full of interesting stories and your heart breaks for this guy in more than one place. That being said, it's shockingly incomplete. If you've been a fan of David Spade's, you realize that there's not much in this book about *anything* after Black Sheep, which came out in '96. He details the attack with the stun gun by his former assistant "Skippy," which happened in '98, but the book sort of ends there. Missing from this book? Anything at all about Just Shoot Me, Lost & Found, Joe Dirt, his HBO special Take the Hit, The Emperor's New Groove, 8 Simples Rules, Rules of Engagement, and the birth of his Daughter. What gives? That's over half his career! I can understand the lack of a chapter on the death of Farley, because he's already given half a million interviews about that since it happened, but the fact that nothing past '98 is detailed in this book is a huge question mark. Honestly, this book should have been twice as long. Especially since Joe Dirt was so hugely popular. Small nitpick as well, Spade has nothing good to say about any woman he's ever met besides Jan Hooks and his mom. Yikes!