- By Fred Stoller

Five Minutes to Kill: How the HBO Young Comedians Special Changed the Lives of 1989’s Funniest Comics (Kindle Single)

  • Title: Five Minutes to Kill: How the HBO Young Comedians Special Changed the Lives of 1989’s Funniest Comics (Kindle Single)
  • Author: Fred Stoller
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Five Minutes to Kill How the HBO Young Comedians Special Changed the Lives of s Funniest Comics Kindle Single My Seinfeld Year author Fred Stoller returns with a memoir about life death and stand up In the s and the s HBO s annual Young Comedians Special was the ultimate launching pad for emerging

    My Seinfeld Year author Fred Stoller returns with a memoir about life, death, and stand up In the 1980s and the 1990s, HBO s annual Young Comedians Special was the ultimate launching pad for emerging comics looking to break into the world of show business The Young Comedians Special produced some of the most recognizable and bankable comedic stars of all time, includingMy Seinfeld Year author Fred Stoller returns with a memoir about life, death, and stand up.In the 1980s and the 1990s, HBO s annual Young Comedians Special was the ultimate launching pad for emerging comics looking to break into the world of show business The Young Comedians Special produced some of the most recognizable and bankable comedic stars of all time, including Sam Kinison, Bob Saget, Jerry Seinfeld, and Judd Apatow But what about the ones who didn t exactly make it In Five Minutes to Kill, actor and comedian Fred Stoller the Kindle bestselling author of 2012 s My Seinfeld Year tells the story of the Young Comedians Special in 1989 He and five other talented, then unknown comics took the stage with the hopes that their five minute sets would propel them to fame and fortune Some, like David Spade and Rob Schneider, hit it big others didn t By turns hilarious and heart wrenching, Five Minutes to Kill is the bittersweet story of what happened to six of America s funniest people after their first big breaks.

    1 thought on “Five Minutes to Kill: How the HBO Young Comedians Special Changed the Lives of 1989’s Funniest Comics (Kindle Single)

    1. Funny, bittersweet trip through the lives of 6 Comedians.I wasn't sure what to expect, I expected to chuckle and learn some interesting trivia. I did not expect to be moved several times throughout the story. Very enjoyable read covering the journey of six promising young comedians on different paths. I highly recommend it.

    2. What a lovely little ebook. Fred Stoller was a stand-up comedian in the 1980s. You recognize him, I’m sure of it. Google image him; find him on Youtube. He’s been on a hundred sitcoms as the awkward friend or the well-intentioned but odd stranger. But in 1989, he was one of the five funniest up-and-coming comedians in the country, at least according to HBO. The annual Young Comedians Special was like Christmas for comedy fanatics. In the days before cable would run six+ hours of stand-up a n [...]

    3. another great mini-memoir w/ substance; Stoller is great in this role - a man who is finding peace with himself and exploring some interesting pop-cultural moments all at the same time.

    4. I feel like this could have been a much more expansive book rather than a single. I was going to give this four stars, but I've docked him a star for not trying to interview Dennis Miller. Don't be a chicken Fred.

    5. I really liked Fred's memoir and I happened to see this while looking for something new. This is short, but very interesting if you're into the inner workings of show business.

    6. Right Time, Right PlaceMaybeWhy does Success elude some and consume others? Fred Stoller (Maybe We'll Have You Back) examines this with a look back at six young comics on the cusp of their Big Break in 1989. Some would get huge, some would continue to struggle, some would tragically come full circle. This feels like having coffee at the farmer's market and hearing stories of the Old Club Days without being too dishy or mean.

    7. Having read his previous books, My Seinfeld Year and Maybe We'll Have You Back, and being a major fan of Seinfeld (and have even seen the episode of Wizard of Waverly Place featuring him alongside Selena Gomez, which he references right at the end, courtesy of having a daughter who watches it), this was an interesting insight into an HBO Special I'd never even heard of. Apart from Stoller I'd only really heard of the two breakouts from it, Schneider and Spade (sound like a gravedigger company), [...]

    8. I did not know Fred Stoller wrote a memoir until reading this book. Previously I read his other single, My Seinfeld Year, and thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I am not a fan of the show. I am a fan of Stoller, and have been since I say this comedy special many years ago. Since then I have seen him on some of the other shows he has been on and remember some of his act, it is a great routine by the way, as is his parts on some of the shows I have seen him on. This show takes us through the speci [...]

    9. Interesting, personal, quick readGreat read about the six special comedians from that famous HBO special, and their stories following that amazing night. Some find more success than others, but all have an interesting story that the reader could take something from. Stoller does a great job keeping it personal, and his background in the scene gives us an interesting behind-the-scenes perspective of someone who broke bread with some of the big names we know today. Stoller found a certain level of [...]

    10. This Kindle single by comedian and character actor Fred Stoller explores his experience on HBO's 1989 Young Comedians Special, hosted by Dennis Miller. Stoller looks back on the experience and its impact on the future careers of himself, Dennis Spade, Rob Schneider, Jann Karam, Drake Sather, and Warren Thomas. Obviously, reading through this list, some of the young comedians on that show had much bigger breaks than others. Stoller's writing is a little uneven, but obviously heartfelt, and using [...]

    11. I enjoyed this book a great deal. It provided a glimpse behind the comedic curtain and answers the question 'what if I got that one big break?'. That one big break paves a different path for each person and along the way integrity, friendship, and perseverance is tested. For those brave enough to pursue a career in comedy, it is no laughing matter. There were plenty of interesting tales about well known celebrities and established comedies Fred met along the way. I found the stories that dealt w [...]

    12. Actor and comedian Fred Stoller tells the story of his appearance on the HBO Young Comedian's Special in 1989 and how it changed the lives of the six featured players. Back in the days before Comedy Central, there were few places where an up-and-coming talent could catch the eye of agents, fans, or producers. Some of the comics were successful, think David Spade and Rob Schneider, while some were not.By turns funny and heartbreaking, this slim volume reflects the grim realities of life in the ar [...]

    13. I was slightly disappointed by this. Slightly. I expected it to be funny, even though it doesn't claim to be. Stoller was one of the 90's comedians that I found funny, and I just assumed that would naturally, unintentionally, come across on paper. It turns out comedians are not just humorous. They are human. This backstage pass that included life information about other comedians was interesting and sad. It was well-written, but I didn't find it overly enjoyable.

    14. 'Semi-retired' comedian Fred Stoller seems to have found another niche as an author of short and interesting books (see MY SEINFELD YEAR). This one traces the paths of of six comics after their appearance on a 'star-making' TV showcase. It's funny here and there (when he gives brief examples of their sets), but mostly it's just sad.

    15. Comedy and Sadness Make Life Easier to Cope With FriendsA book about real life and friendship. Fred Stoller is a true friend and an excellent writer. The book provides evidence that comedy is just not to be funny but also a road in our life's journey. Thank you for sharing your trip and your friends Warren and Drake with me.

    16. I've been reading these free Kindle shorts to help me get back to sleep when I wake up in the middle of the night. While this book served well in that capacity, not sure soporific is an adjective I'd want used on something I wrote. Stoller is just as whiny and self-centered as he was in his other short, My Seinfeld Year. It did help me get to sleep a couple of nights, so hooray for that?

    17. Superb in depth analysisI've off been an admirer of Fred Stoller's work. This book really makes you think. It really highlights how a big event in a person's career can have an effect, both positive and negative. And it's this type of insightful musings that made me much more appreciative of the stand up craft

    18. I like Fred Stoller as a comedian and remember watching the special, but I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. He has a great writing style and the book is a very easy read. In fact the only problem with it is that it's too short.

    19. A nice quick read (and a free one of you are an Prime member). Fred was one of six comedians on the the 1989 HBO young comedians special. Two went on to fame and fortune. But what about the others. What happens when your big break is not your big break after all? Nice quick read, not super dead, but still entertaining.

    20. Outstanding writing and insightAnybody that has ever seen a tv or movie screen has probably seen Fred Stoller, you just don't remember. This is the second book of his that I've read and he has great stories and a great style.

    21. Boring Brief MemoirFred Stoller sounds like a gossip most of the time and his writing just isn't that interesting. I'm not convinced that the show brought out the best comedians but I'm glad that their lives became better and famous.

    22. Interesting insights to the world of comedyIt was interesting to see how some of the big names in comedy started. Even more interesting was learning about very talented people that never made it. I recommend it to anyone interested in a behind the scenes look at comedy.

    23. New PerspectiveThis book gave a candid, backstage, albeit sometimes sad, look at the lives of comedians struggles to make names for themselves in the industry. Comedy, sadly, sometimes has a dark side.

    24. Short and Very SweetI grew up an 80’s kid, and remember so many of the names and shows in this sweet retelling of a captured moment in comic history. It’s an insightful, honest, and at times sad little read that will make you smile.

    25. A touching, honest look at being a comicStroller snags you early with his tale of the 1989 HBO Young Comedians special. He captures all the different personalities involved, and then lovingly follows each through the years. There is succ

    26. Quick but enjoyable read. Interesting behind the scenes tale of the lives of comedians who appeared with Fred on an HBO special and how their lives have changed since.

    27. The second Kindle single I've read by Stroller. Both books have been very interesting if you're a comedy fan I would recommend them.

    28. Behind the scenesA great look into what really goes on in the lives of the comedians you know and love. A quick but great read. Stoller is definitely brought out the nostalgia.

    29. NiceNice easy read with some interesting insights. If you are into comedy you would enjoy this book I think . and it's cheap.

    30. So dang goodThank you Mr Stoller, these are so!e of the greatest comedians ever. You had me reminiscing for the entire read.

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