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Billy Crystal On Making Memories And Memoirs

Billy Crystal joins us, on a life in comedy and being Billy Crystal.

Actor, author and perennial funny-man Billy Crystal has penned a new memoir of sorts, "Still Foolin' Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?."

Actor, author and perennial funny-man Billy Crystal has penned a new memoir of sorts, “Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?.”

Comedian Billy Crystal is 65 now, and can’t believe it.  The indignities.  The unfamiliar face in the mirror.  The sleepless nights that make every night like Yom Kippur, he says.  Long hours of regret and atonement.  Of course, being Billy Crystal, he makes it all very, very funny.  True, and even hard.  But always somehow sweet.  Sweetly, gut-turningly funny.  He was there in “When Harry Met Sally” and “City Slickers” and “Analyze This” and all those Oscar nights.  And now with us, looking back. Up next On Point:  Billy Crystal remembers.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Billy Crystal, Tony Award and five-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, director, actor, and bestselling author. Nine-time Academy Award host, and author of the new memoir, Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?(@billycrystal)

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USA Today: ‘Still Foolin’ ‘Em’ is still getting laughs for Billy Crystal (Book Review) — “He remembers all the highlights and a few disappointments in his career, which began when he was a substitute teacher and led to starring roles in When Harry Met Sallyand City Slickers. He offers only a few glimpses of the business part of showbiz and how hard he’s worked at making it look easy. Many names are dropped. As a kid on Long Island, his family doctor was Don Rickles’ cousin, ‘which is not why we chose him.’”

NPR Weekend Edition: Billy Crystal’s ‘Foolin,’ Full of Fun — And Feeling – “I went to my first game May 30, 1956, and Mantle was in the beginnings of his Triple Crown season. And he was drop-dead handsome. He was the blond-haired, blue-eyed kid that every small, dark Jewish kid wished he could be. And I saw him that day for the first time; I was 8 years old. And that day, he hit an incredible shot that went up through the clouds and hit 18 inches from going out of the ballpark. I just stood up and watched this thing go — and then I wanted to be Mickey Mantle.”

Excerpt from “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?” by Billy Crystal

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  • Wm_James_from_Missouri

    Please make another movie to let us know what happened to Harry and Sally ! Also, did you, the “white” man ever learn to dance without that overbite? Silly Billy, that is just too… funny ! Wonderful !

    PS. “That movie” may be the first and only “chick flick” that suitable for viewing in a man cave !

  • Jim

    Billy,
    I love you buddy. i will always remember “city slickers” and “when harry met sally” (for my wife). curly to the rescue!

    lastly, please remember the (good times if you are one of my kind from Boston) bad times in 2003 when the loveable Sox coming back from 0-3 down against the Yanks :)

    love you still… and love the lower east side of Manhattan.

    -jim

  • Emily4HL

    Miracle Max! I was stunned to realize, years later, how much aging makeup Billy wore in that role. Suddenly, he seemed much younger, the first time I saw him on the Oscar broadcast.

  • Wahoo_wa

    Glad this is finally on the air. I don’t think I could hear the word ‘memoir’ pronounced mem-wa during the teasers one more time. That and pronouncing ‘latino’, la-dino are pet peeves of mine.

  • 65noname

    so this overpaid, overpraised multimillionaire is becoming a right winger because a couiple of murderers are spending the rest of their life in a small prison cell at tax payer expense. Well, what I’ll do for him is I’ll skip his movies so he’ll have less income to pay taxes on.
    And, by the way, his reaction to being denied service at a resturant because he was wearing a jewish symbol on a chain around his neck was to take it off and never wear it again? How about creating a scene? how about sueing? How about a whole host of reactions that might have had some meaning? Of course, he has no problem speaking out against the fact that there are people in prison who are NOT being executed.
    Fortunately the civil rights activists (who, by the way, have not become death penalty, etc., supporters) had more moral character and fiber than he did.

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