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Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America’s favorite comedians as he turns 65 and a look back at a remarkable careerBilly Crystal is turning 65 and he’s not happy about it With his trademark wit and heart he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt In humorous chapters like “Buying the Plot” and “Nodding Off” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach Long Island his years doing stand up in the Village up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live When Harry Met Sally and his long run as host of the Academy Awards Readers get a front row seat to his one day career with the New York Yankees he was the first player to ever “test positive for Maalox” his love affair with Sophia Loren and his enduring friendships with several of his idols including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali He lends a light touch to serious topics like religion “the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity Advil bourbon and Prozac” grandparenting and of course dentistry As wise and poignant as they are funny Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived


10 thoughts on “Still Foolin' 'Em Where I've Been Where I'm Going and Where the Hell Are My Keys

  1. says:

    Your reaction to this memoir will depend on how much you like Billy Crystal's comedy style I'm meh about him so I'm meh about this book Other reviewers who adore him liked this book a lot than I didBilly is now 65 which he will tell you over and over again and several chapters are devoted to his shtick about getting old There's nothing new here except discovering that Billy has become a cranky old man cursing about social media and teenagers and politics Speaking of cursing it was a bit shocking to hear Billy drop so many F bombs For decades now Billy has nurtured the persona of the sweet goofy schmaltzy aw shucks guy and I was surprised to hear him swear so much Despite the F bombs Billy's comedy style remains firmly stuck in the 80s and 90s Some of his jokes have punchlines that date back to then and I rolled my eyes at the preciousness of it He also relies heavily on Jewish humor numerous tired uips are about how much Jews love food and he ends several chapters with an exaggerated Oy plus there's a lot of baseball jokes Billy is a Yankees fan which he will never let you forgetBut I'm focusing too much on the negative The parts I liked were the stories of how he got started in comedy and the behind the scenes anecdotes of his movies and TV shows He talks about making When Harry Met Sally City Slickers The Princess Bride about hosting the Oscars and about visiting Russia for the comedy special Midnight Train to Moscow He also had good stories of his famous friends such as Mickey Mantle Sammy Davis Jr and Muhammad Ali One of Billy's early famous bits was his impression of Ali and the two men became close with Ali calling Billy Little Brother whenever they'd meet Billy also shared some nice family moments such as the day his first daughter got married and how much he likes being a grandfather There were some emotional chapters like when his dad died when Billy was 15 and how he later wrote those childhood memories into the Broadway show 700 SundaysI listened to this book on audio CD and parts of it were performed in front of a live studio audience Again your reaction to this will depend on how much you like listening to Billy He reprises all of his famous impressions including Ali Mantle Sammy Howard Cosell You look MAH valous and the voice of Miracle Max While I enjoyed most of the performance at times I found it tedious and wished he would wrap it up already OyRating 25 stars rounded up to 3


  2. says:

    Though I don't listen to audio books often this was a hit as it is narrated by Mr Crystal in all his splendorimitations and all Covering his life thus far from birth to the big 65 this is a delightful view into the life of one of the top entertainers who has somehow remained humble and seemingly normal I laughed out loud and choked back tears as I traveled along with this talented fortunate and grateful man One who values family and friendships above all else The way he talks of the dreams he had as a child and young man and then seeing them come true is inspiring If you didn't like him before you will after reading this Full of life witty and heartwarming and very age appropriate for many of us older folks


  3. says:

    Bullet ReviewBetter than Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen Degeneres nowhere near as good as Tina Fey Some funny parts some interesting parts but overall Billy grates on you He seems to have this obnoxious personality and I don't always find him all that funny Sometimes he's an outright arrogant His Conservative chapter in particular made me want to punch a wall smarted of Old White Man whining about getting Old WAHI think you're opinion of this will depend on 1 how much of Billy Crystal's career you've followed 2 whether you LIKE Billy Crystal to begin with and 3 whether you like Billy Crystal's style of humorMy answers where 1 almost none 2 a little 3 eh?Full ReviewThis book will make the fourth autobiographical book about a comedian I've read the third in audiobook format And since I LOVE LISTS the ranking would be as followsSeriouslyI'm KiddingIs It Just Me?This BookBossypantsSeriouslyI'm not kidding Is it just me or Bossypants is the absolute best most interesting most FUNNY autobiographical book from a comedian? Or am I still fooling 'em?ducks tomatoesAll right I'm no comedian myself so I guess I shouldn't be one to judge I'm also hard to make laugh or I laugh at incredibly stupid things so maybe I shouldn't be judging comedy It's all up to interpretationThis is one of those books that I never would have picked up in a million years had it not been for my book club My knowledge of Billy Crystal and his career begins with Princess Bride and ends with Monsters University I know he did When Harry Met Sally but have never seen it I know he has done Grammy Awards and SNL and a bunch of other things but have never seen any of them He's funny and all but I've really never felt that drive to see every last thing he's been inThe enjoyment of this book depends on how you fall in the Billy Crystal Recognition Spectrum do you follow his every movie and TV appearance? Or can you barely pick him out in a lineup?Oh and do you like Billy Crystal's humor which can tend to rely on the crowd favorite penis jokes and Old White Man Complaining about How Awful His Privileged Life Is?When Billy Crystal is focused on HIS LIFE and making some jokes that aren't just body humor we get a killer combination of funny and interesting I did like learning about his life though his life is nothing like many stars in and out of rehab married and divorced multiple times illegitimate children etc Actually Billy seems a rather stable guy and good for himBut listening to Billy is like being in a 4 hour lecture with the tenured professor who wrote the book for your class there is only so much bullsht you can deal with before you want to either club the teacher or fall asleep Sometimes he really isn't that funny Sometimes he's an arrogant And sometimes his stories really aren't that interesting his life isn't that much different than many of our lives except he's been on TV That said it really depends on where you fall on the Billy Crystal Recognition Spectrum I come from the far right Who is Billy Crystal again? So yeah it wasn't necessarily my thing from the beginning but I DID learn uite a bit that I never knew


  4. says:

    Listened to my very first audio book today and DID I LOVE ITBilly Crystal does a wonderful job of narrating some special moments of his life in Still Foolin' 'Em Where I've Been Where I'm Going and Where the Hell Are My Keys If you are an older adult or not like baseball the great movie When Harry Met Sally who can ever forget the infamous orgasm scene enjoy the Oscars and want to know about Billy's affair with Sophia Loren you are in for a treat The texting acronyms for older adults absurdities of doctor and dentist visits at age 65 and challenges of grand parenting are a crack upAlthough not a Yankee fan myself I am a huge baseball fan and love love loved hearing about Billy's close relationships with Mickey Mantle Ted Williams Joe DiMaggio and even Derek Jeter His experience of actually starting as lead off man for the Yankees in a preseason game uniform and all is downright hilarious I laughed often than not and decided to take a bit of advice from our narrator tooto do something special on each and every birthday that I have leftEight hours of decorating cleaning and wrapping gifts today just flew by and when the book came to an end I had a big smile on my face and felt pretty good too Listening to Billy Crystal's memoir was a positive experience for me Highly recommend


  5. says:

    Just like any book this book isn't for everyone If you don't love Billy Crystal then don't bother If you don't love learning about the amusing and most likely embellished reflections of an aging comedian then don't bother If you don't enjoy a good guy talking about his positive relationships with his family friends and other celebrities then don't botherIf you do enjoy Billy Crystal's work then spend time with this book which is even better on the audio version because Crystal narrates it and his impersonations and voices only enhance the experience Crystal's reflections of his 65 years are both touching I cried at times and hysterical a big belly laugh at the gym had people looking at me As he describes his relationships he is respectful of most everyone and you can tell how important his family and friends are to him His life for the rest of us is fairly surreal Who gets to throw themselves massive birthday parties that involve celebrities playing for your favorite baseball team etc? The answer is almost no one But Crystal can and has and his stories of them are enjoyable and heart feltI look forward to his next book


  6. says:

    So fun and made a long car trip fly by


  7. says:

    What an excellent audio bookIn his mid sixties now Billy Crystal recounts his life by decade my twenties my thirties etc interspersed with portions set in the present which were performed in front of a live audience What an interesting manStarting with his early home life the death of his father and his first career milestones Billy tells his story with warmth humility humor and poignancy Recounting his relationships with Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell Johnny Carson and Mickey Mantle this is a behind the scenes look into building a successful career and family life The live audience portions of this performance were all about the aging process they were very funny and all true Towards the end of this autobiography he addresses the big issues the loss of extended family members and facing one's own death There is a real focus here on family and I enjoyed that It also lent a sense of poignancy when he discussed the losses his family has experienced Funny and genuinely interesting I enjoyed the hell out of this audio book I laughed out loud I teared up and I learned a lot What could a reader ask for?Highly recommended


  8. says:

    Listened to the audiobook read by Billy Crystal himself This book is touching at times as he shares personal stories of friends family and his career Being a comedian though he also does some standup comedy impressions and pokes fun at aging I enjoyed listening to the audiobook I don’t think I would have enjoyed the book as much What impressed me most of all was Billy’s love for his family It really comes through in the book Favorite uote ”Do something special on your birthday Whatever you do celebrate the fact that you’re here and people love you and you love them We only do this once”


  9. says:

    I think Billy could read me the phone book and I would sit in my chair and be totally enthralledI loved his story and the way he told it He made me laugh and cry and made me feel honored to be able to listen to him tell his story about his family and friends Billy I hope you go on living laughing and loving for a long long time to come


  10. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed thisThis audiobook was waiting in my Overdrive wishlist for aaaaages Every time I scrolled through to see what I wanted to listen to next I wondered if I even liked Billy Crystal enough to bother In fact I almost deleted it I mean sure I've seen Princess Bride City Slickers and Throw Mama From the Train but did I really want to listen to 8 hours of Billy Crystal? As it turns out yesI enjoy biographies autobiographies and memoirs This one is now by far my favourite I laughed a lot I cried a bit I wanted to do something special on my birthday I reflected on my own life; I was inspired to be fun as a parent and just a better person all around I can understand that not everyone might like this There were a few jokes that didn't do much for me but they were few He uses the f word but I happen to be fond of that word He talks about the body and how it changes; I thought it was hilarious I've heard jokes on that plenty of times yet I never laughed as much or at all He is a huge baseball fan and I don't care for any sports yet the baseball talk didn't bother me in the slightest I actually think I might kind of like it now Well okay maybe not But still His love for it was so pure and so sweet His 'Conservative' chapter was pure goldI'm SO glad I listened to this and I HIGHLY recommend it although there's no way the book could compare to the audiobook Audiobook all the way