When the Balls Drop
Publisher: Gallery Books (May 5, 2015)
Hardcover: 288 pages
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 overthinking 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.
This truly a book written for men but I loved Brad Garrett on Everybody Loves Raymond and most everywhere else I have seen him on television. After the past few months I seriously needed to read something that would make me laugh. The book delivered that within the first few paragraphs.
I enjoyed him talking about his start in comedy and appearing on the Tonight Show and opening for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. He also shares growing up taller than everyone around him and being bullied. Funny, he weighed the exact same at birth as my son that recently passed away. Kris’ height was pretty normal, his little brother only weighted 7 lbs. 14 oz. and he is the one that is over 6′ 4″. 🙂
It seems no topic is off limits for Garrett,his Jewish roots to erectile dysfunction to finding gray hairs in unexpected places. He writes just the way he talks during his comedy bits and tries to make everything funny. He also throws in a couple of rants about politics and A.A. Garrett now sober for quite some time has his own way of staying on the wagon.
I will warn you though he pulls no punches and his humor is not for everyone. There is foul and graphic language. But with a title like When the Balls Drop you probably already knew this. For me it was just what I needed, to laugh and smile and forget even for just an evening. I will be sharing this book with my husband because he needs to escape and laugh a little too. I know he will like the book even more than I did.
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