Thursday, November 19, 2015
"Almost Interesting: The Memoir" by David Spade
I am a total Saturday Night Live fan, so I was very excited to learn that David Spade was writing a memoir. After seeing him promote his book a couple times on morning news shows, I was even more excited to hear that he, himself, would be the narrator for the audio version. "Almost Interesting:The Memoir" is David Spade's retelling of his early life,his time on SNL, and the friendships he made with other SNL cast members.
This memoir starts at the beginning. Spade explains his life as a child. From his father leaving, growing up poor but not realizing how poor they are, being bullied at school for being so small and short, life with his stepfather, and even his quest for girls. Of course, it's all told in his sarcastic, smart-ass, no nonsense tone of voice which makes it even more hilarious. I really do feel like autobiographies and memoirs should always be listened to if the audio version is by the subject themselves. It just adds so much more to the experience.
We are then told about his early days of trying to break into the comedy scene. He tells of his time on SNL and how he watched his friends rise to stardom while feeling like he wasn't getting the same caliber of recognition. We do hear stories about Chris Farley and his movie making time during Tommy Boy. Spade always seems honest and willing to address most rumors.
Then the story kind of fizzles out. He doesn't really get into his years after SNL on sitcoms, which was surprising since he confessed that sitcoms were his goal when first getting into comedy. The book ends with the infamous "Skippy Attack", but has absolutely no mention of the last 15 years of his life.
I would have loved to hear about why he chose to leave SNL, his struggles landing roles on sitcoms, and of course what he has been up to since 2000. This book was interesting... almost interesting. Funny stories about the past but I wish he also talked about his present life.
I give 4 stars for the first 2/3 of the book and 2 stars for the last 1/3, which I will average to a 3 star rating.