Still Foolin' 'Em

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

Billy Crystal

Henry Holt and Co.

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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 career

Billy 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 more 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.

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Honestly, my mom always made me feel special on my birthday, March 14. When I was a young boy, she used to wake me up at the exact time I was born: 7:36 A.M. As I grew older and moved out of the house, it became the phone call at 7:36 A.M. Even after I got married and had kids of my own, I always woke up looking forward to her call—it started the day off on the right foot. I put that tradition into City Slickers, with Jayne Meadows’s voice playing my mom on the other end of the line. Mom’s been gone since 2001, but come March 14, I still get up

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"[A] wry look at aging."—The New York Times Book Review

"Still Foolin’ ‘Em … moves from one funny, strange and heartfelt moment to the next as smoothly as the best of the nine Academy Awards shows Crystal hosted." —Los Angeles Times

"Crystal is, as always, charming and wry." —New York Daily News

"Crystal gets a lot of laughs out of the indignities of aging." —USA Today

"Laugh-out-loud funny."—Entertainment Weekly

"Crystal has the charisma, humor, and down-home charm that fans have loved over the years . . . [He] delivers numerous chuckles and flat-out belly laughs . . . To quote one of his most famous characters, Billy Crystal, ‘you look mahvelous.’" —Associated Press

"A book with a thousand laughs entwined with unknown stories about some of the most popular movies of the past decades. Tender moments abound, too, as the reader winds his way through Billy’s long varied career." —Steve Martin

"This book is kick-ass funny and truly unique. A Hollywood autobiography with only one wife, no rehab, a loving family and loyal friends." —Robin Williams

"Billy Crystal is a national treasure. Thank God he wrote this hilarious and emotional book because now I don't have to and I'll still have something personal to give everyone at Christmas." —Bette Midler

"Avoiding the trappings—excess schmaltz, laundry list of famous friends, boozy party log—of so many celebrity memoirs, Crystal delivers a funny and genuinely moving chronicle of his life inside and outside Hollywood….(and) manages the extremely difficult feat of making his prose as vibrant and funny as his stand-up. He’ll always be a hard act to follow."—Publishers Weekly

"Massively laugh-out-loud funny . . . Hollywood memoirs don’t come much more entertaining than this one." —Booklist (starred)"A charming, warm, welcome read for Crystal’s legions of fans . . . the always affable author proves yet again his ability to translate his comedic chops from the screen to the page." —Kirkus

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Billy Crystal's 'Foolin', Full Of Fun — And Feeling : NPR
The comic and actor talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his insomnia, his friendship with baseball legend Mickey Mantle, and the love of his life. They're all topics in his memoir, Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys?
- The New York Times

Billy Crystal: A youthful 65, with eternity on his mind - CBS News
CBS Sunday Morning: Billy Crystal: A youthful 65, with eternity on his mind - A new semi-autobiography by the comic actor is a poignant look at a lifelong love and the absurdities of aging
- CBS Sunday Morning

Billy Crystal _ from Sha Na Na to Yankee Stadium
EW YORK (AP) — Billy Crystal remembers a show in Baltimore, around 1975, when he opened for the '50s revival act Sha Na Na. He was an unknown comic at the time, an unknown who happened to look exactly like one of Sha Na Na's lead singers, Johnny Contardo. "I'm introduced and I have no billing," Crystal says during a recent interview. "'Please welcome another star of our show and an up-and-coming new comic ...' That was the '70s. Whenever you heard 'up-and-co
- Associated Press

Billy Crystal Memoir Opens Up About Turning 65, Still Foolin' 'Em - AARP
Actor and comedian talks to AARP about his family, "Parental Guidance" and more.
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About the Author

Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal has starred in many hit films, among them When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, The Princess Bride, and Analyze This. He is the author of the Tony award-winning play 700 Sundays, about his relationship with his late father, which was later adapted into a book, and the children’s book, I Already Know I Love You. Crystal was a cast member of Saturday Night Live, is a six time Emmy winner, and recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Janice.

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Still Foolin' 'Em
Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?
Billy Crystal

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Henry Holt and Co.
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780805098235
ISBN10: 0805098232
288 pages
$14.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427229502
ISBN10: 1427229503
Audio Run Time: 8:00
$29.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427229250
ISBN10: 1427229252
Audio Run Time: 8:00
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Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805098204
ISBN10: 0805098208
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes 29 black-and-white illustrations throughout the text
$28.00

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
9/16/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250051844
ISBN10: 1250051843
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes 29 black-and-white photographs throughout
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