Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal - Book Review

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When you think of Billy Crystal, what is the first thing that comes to mind? He is a comedian? He is an actor? Any specific roles he’s played? In his book, Still Foolin’ ‘Em, Crystal talks about all of the aspects of his life, including his favorite role of father and husband. Crystal tells about his childhood, his love of baseball and his relationships with several of the big hitters, his early career, his ups and downs, hosting the Academy Awards, his film roles, and everything else that has been part of his reel and real life as he makes his way past the middle-age marker.


Billy Crystal is a funny man. There’s no doubt about it. I found myself laughing continually as I turned from page to page. I’d be laughing and someone would ask me, “Are you still reading that book?” It took me a longer time than usual to get through this wonderfully entertaining book because I was laughing so hard. I haven’t enjoyed something like this in a very long time.


As a fellow baby-boomer, I can relate to many of the things Crystal discusses about aging. But beyond that, Crystal dissects many parts of his life and his career. Do you remember the deli scene in the hit romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally? Billy Crystal talks about making that iconic scene and the apprehension felt by his costar Meg Ryan, until director Rob Reiner stepped in and played the scene in front of everyone.


Billy Crystal has had a long career and it’s still going strong. As he takes readers on a tour of his life, they get to know the man behind the image – the man who feels so much love and joy for his family, his work, and his life. This is a man I would love to invite to a party, not only because he is funny, but because he is an intelligent man, but, ok, I admit, it wouldn’t hurt that he can make everyone laugh with just a sly comment or a facial expression.


Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? is an entertaining and laugh-out-loud read from cover to cover. From his childhood, his love of sports, his early comedy beginnings, his move from New York to California, his family, his aging, and everything in between, Crystal lays it all out for the readers.


He is honest. Shirley MacLaine would love to hear the story of how on his first trip to Los Angeles via car, Crystal felt deep inside that he had been in the west before. He felt a connection to the wide-open spaces. This translated to when he filmed City Slickers and had to rope a calf. Perhaps this was a window into a previous life. Whatever, readers can be sure they are getting the scoop on this adorable actor/comic who has a lot to say and says it in a humorous way. You’ll laugh your way through this book. If you’re looking for a fun book that will put a smile on your face, this is it!


About the Author

Francine Brokaw has been covering all aspects of the entertainment business for 20 years. She also writes about technology and has been a travel writer for the past 12 years. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet: The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books.

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