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#33: When The Balls Drop by Brad Garrett

A refreshingly candid and wickedly funny look at life’s second half from Everybody Loves Raymond TV sitcom star and comic Brad Garrett.

In this no-holds-barred book of comedic and personal essays, Brad Garrett waxes hilarious—and irreverently honest—about the gaffes, challenges, and ultimately the joys of middle age as he advises us on how to best approach the dreaded “second half” of life.

Ranging in topics from genetics to genitals, weight to women, and dating to diarrhea, Brad leaves no stone unturned in this laugh-out-loud look at getting older. With pieces such as “No Scales in Heaven,” in which Brad points out the essential pointlessness of over-thinking diet and exercise, and “Celebrating Your E.D. (erectile dysfunction) During Your Mid-Life Crisis,” the star comedian encourages you to forget the overwhelming concerns that accompany middle age and to welcome the laughs—even if you have a fifty-fifty chance of throwing your back out in doing so.

Penned in Brad’s signature witty, conversational, no-nonsense style that has cemented his status as an icon in the comedy industry, this autobiographical book will teach you the most important thing: that, no matter what, we’re all in this together. So embrace it.


  • Kindle: 58663 KB
  • Print: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 5, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00LD1OPCY

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AUTHOR BIO:
Lifelong stand-up comic and writer Brad Garrett began performing comedy in the 1980s and appearing on film and television. He landed the part of Robert Barone on the iconic TV show Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) in 1996, eventually winning three Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series throughout the show’s nine-season run. After the show ended in 2005, Brad went on to appear on Broadway in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, and has opened his own successful comedy club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he performs several times monthly. Brad is also an accomplished voice actor, with parts in major feature films such as Finding Nemo and Ratatouille.


REVIEW:
Hilarious!
Having watched, Everybody Loves Raymond, I was already a fan but really didn't know anything else about Brad Garrett. This character was it. Reading the memoir, I've learned how long he has been in the business, and he actually started in stand-up comedy.
Brad states that he wrote this book so others could discover things in themselves. Specifically middle-aged men. I can't relate to that other than having a middle-aged hubby, but I did learn quite a bit about Brad and men in general and what makes then hit that crisis. Y'know, the middle-aged one where they usually do crazy things like buy a sports car. I also learned that Brad comes from a very loving family, even he treasures being a father above all else. Quite an admirable trait.
This is definitely a fun read, whether you're a fan or not. His perspective on life is funny and refreshing. It is so worth the read.

4/5


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  1. I always liked him on Raymond!

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  2. He was so funny on Raymond! I don't know anything about him either but this sounds like a funny read.

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  3. Hopping over from the Nonfiction Reading Challenge...

    Funny guy -- sounds like a terrific book.

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