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by Robert Klein


Robert Klein writes with his signature intelligence, wit, and irreverence. Twice he was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the Year: Child of the Fifties (1973) and Mind Over Matter (1974)

Robert Klein writes with his signature intelligence, wit, and irreverence. This is a hilarious book, and surely Robert Klein is the Don Juan of Decatur Avenue. Twice he was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the Year: Child of the Fifties (1973) and Mind Over Matter (1974). He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit Neil Simon musical They're Playing Our Song in 1979.

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The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back. This book is about the adventures of a child who becomes a young man: how he thinks and dreams and lusts and fears and laughs and handles adversity. From the beginning of his distinguished career as a comedian, Robert Klein established himself as a pioneer in observational humor and razor-sharp routines that are infectiously funny. Now - for the first time - Klein brings his trademark humor and honesty to the printed page.

This book is about the adventures of a child who becomes a young man: how he thinks and dreams and lusts .

This book is about the adventures of a child who becomes a young man: how he thinks and dreams and lusts and fears and laughs and handles adversity.

This book is about the adventures of a child who becomes a young man: how he thinks and dreams and lusts and fears and laughs and handles adversity

This book is about the adventures of a child who becomes a young man: how he thinks and dreams and lusts and fears and laughs and handles adversity. Now - for the first time - Klein brings his trademark humor and honesty to the printed page

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I went back to the computer, and there was still no result. I could not understand why I, a creative person, was making no progress in writing this book, as I got up from my chair for another round of distractions. It was while cleaning the porcelain bidet in the master bedroom that the answer dawned on me: I don’t know a fucking thing about sixth-century Chinese pottery. The book is about the adventures of a child who becomes a young man: how he thinks and dreams and lusts and fears and laughs and handles adversity.

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The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue : A Child of the Fifties Looks Back. A funny and evocative coming-of-age memoir by Robert Klein, the beloved and award-winning comedian who has entertained audiences for more than four decades. Best known for his unique brand of observational humor-seen on Broadway and in film and television-Klein details his life from ages nine to twenty-five as seen "through the gauze of time.

Klein looks at his past through a bittersweet and wistful eye beaking out with his personal triumphs and heartbreaks in his relationships and his career. There are certain sections that are well crafted, especially the visit to the first prostitute and being mugged. There are also parts that slog along and are overdone.

The comedian traces his rise from a New York City youth of the 1950s and 1960s to a stage and film star, describing his childhood antics as a young class clown, his Jewish heritage, and his professional achievements.

The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back epub download

ISBN13: 978-0684854885

ISBN: 0684854880

Author: Robert Klein

Category: Bio and Memoris

Subcategory: Arts & Literature

Language: English

Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (May 3, 2005)

Pages: 384 pages

ePUB size: 1229 kb

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Rating: 4.2

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Marige
I am a big fan of Robert Klein! Not only is he a comedic genius but a competent harmonica player! I was blown away by seeing and hearing him play Beethoven - on one of his HBO Specials! I am getting all of his HBO Specials 1975-2005 here on Amazon for Christmas!! I love "My Leg Can't Stop Shaking!" It's a classic! With the orchestra and dancers backing him up is awesome to watch! His most recent special for HBO, “Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced” aired on June 12th, 2010 and is also available as a DVD. This special earned him a second Emmy nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

What makes the book so special to me is that Robert talks about his life at an early age in the Bronx, his parents, his sister, his grandparents, the school he attended, the neighborhood, the school teachers, the bullies, the nerds, the school girls, the hookers, and sprinkles it with his wit and humor. The photographs are a bonus!

Robert is very smart and thank God I bought this on the kindle because some of the words and vernacular he uses I had to tap my stylus on the kindle to get the definition. Like Olfactory - Ha, I knew that one from college but believe me there were many other words I had no clue. I enjoyed this a lot because I read the Readers Digest and always like a challenge of the 10 new Words to learn. Robert could score a 100%!

This is the first book I've purchased by Robert and glad I did. I was laughing out loud when reading about his mean fourth grade teacher who had gnarly fingers, sharp fingernails, and would pull your cheeks far apart like turkish taffy. She would also pull your tie until your faced turned to the school colors because hitting was not allowed in the private school. AND she would punish a boy by making him go under her desk during class which was torture because this teacher smelled terrible - her Olfactory stench would have you gagging and gasping for air underneath that dark and damp desk while see sat there. She knew she stunk, too!

If you've ever read the book Happy Hooker Xavier Hollander you'll love the chapter about Robert and his two buddies. Remember the fifties, sixties, and seventies? You are in for a pleasant surprise!

All I can say is get this book!! Click the LOOK INSIDE & FREE SAMPLE and then download Kindle version or order the printed version. I couldn't wait after reading the look inside and free sample and kept on trucking. I am getting the printed version later. Hope I can find one signed.

Hey Robert - Thank you for the entertainment and laughter! Much appreciated! I wish you and your family continued success, health, and happiness.
Marige
I am a big fan of Robert Klein! Not only is he a comedic genius but a competent harmonica player! I was blown away by seeing and hearing him play Beethoven - on one of his HBO Specials! I am getting all of his HBO Specials 1975-2005 here on Amazon for Christmas!! I love "My Leg Can't Stop Shaking!" It's a classic! With the orchestra and dancers backing him up is awesome to watch! His most recent special for HBO, “Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced” aired on June 12th, 2010 and is also available as a DVD. This special earned him a second Emmy nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

What makes the book so special to me is that Robert talks about his life at an early age in the Bronx, his parents, his sister, his grandparents, the school he attended, the neighborhood, the school teachers, the bullies, the nerds, the school girls, the hookers, and sprinkles it with his wit and humor. The photographs are a bonus!

Robert is very smart and thank God I bought this on the kindle because some of the words and vernacular he uses I had to tap my stylus on the kindle to get the definition. Like Olfactory - Ha, I knew that one from college but believe me there were many other words I had no clue. I enjoyed this a lot because I read the Readers Digest and always like a challenge of the 10 new Words to learn. Robert could score a 100%!

This is the first book I've purchased by Robert and glad I did. I was laughing out loud when reading about his mean fourth grade teacher who had gnarly fingers, sharp fingernails, and would pull your cheeks far apart like turkish taffy. She would also pull your tie until your faced turned to the school colors because hitting was not allowed in the private school. AND she would punish a boy by making him go under her desk during class which was torture because this teacher smelled terrible - her Olfactory stench would have you gagging and gasping for air underneath that dark and damp desk while see sat there. She knew she stunk, too!

If you've ever read the book Happy Hooker Xavier Hollander you'll love the chapter about Robert and his two buddies. Remember the fifties, sixties, and seventies? You are in for a pleasant surprise!

All I can say is get this book!! Click the LOOK INSIDE & FREE SAMPLE and then download Kindle version or order the printed version. I couldn't wait after reading the look inside and free sample and kept on trucking. I am getting the printed version later. Hope I can find one signed.

Hey Robert - Thank you for the entertainment and laughter! Much appreciated! I wish you and your family continued success, health, and happiness.
Shakanos
Klein's ribald and raucous recollections about his early life and career make for amusing and entertaining reading. I wish he had done a bit more name dropping--he does mention Fred Willard and David Steinberg--and a little less describing his sexual escapades. The insight into the old Pocono resorts with their Jewish comedians speaking Yiddish was enlightening, especially to a gentile raised in the Midwest. A nice feature is that Klein includes a map of his old neighborhood with locations of incidents clearly marked. Clearly, the New York of Klein's boyhood is not the New York of today and we should be glad that things have changed.

Easy to read; fun to read and--if you like edgy (think SNL, Second City, Curb your Enthusiasm) the you will probably enjoy reading this book.
Shakanos
Klein's ribald and raucous recollections about his early life and career make for amusing and entertaining reading. I wish he had done a bit more name dropping--he does mention Fred Willard and David Steinberg--and a little less describing his sexual escapades. The insight into the old Pocono resorts with their Jewish comedians speaking Yiddish was enlightening, especially to a gentile raised in the Midwest. A nice feature is that Klein includes a map of his old neighborhood with locations of incidents clearly marked. Clearly, the New York of Klein's boyhood is not the New York of today and we should be glad that things have changed.

Easy to read; fun to read and--if you like edgy (think SNL, Second City, Curb your Enthusiasm) the you will probably enjoy reading this book.
nadness
I love Robert Klein and was really looking forward to this book. But I felt this good book - could have been a great book if not for too much time spent on the same topics - and not enough on others. Very quick, interesting read - but I thought Robert spends too much time on his college years - and not enough time talking about his show biz career - specifically, stand-up, broadway - and in general - his thoughts on celebrities, comedy writing - and all the comedy albums he has done. Maybe too much time in the Bronx, Alfred University, Yale and Second City - and not enough time spent on TV appearances, college concert tours - and his very varied show biz career. Perhaps - he has a book two planned? I think he needs it - because a lot of career was not covered in this book - and I was interested in learning more.
nadness
I love Robert Klein and was really looking forward to this book. But I felt this good book - could have been a great book if not for too much time spent on the same topics - and not enough on others. Very quick, interesting read - but I thought Robert spends too much time on his college years - and not enough time talking about his show biz career - specifically, stand-up, broadway - and in general - his thoughts on celebrities, comedy writing - and all the comedy albums he has done. Maybe too much time in the Bronx, Alfred University, Yale and Second City - and not enough time spent on TV appearances, college concert tours - and his very varied show biz career. Perhaps - he has a book two planned? I think he needs it - because a lot of career was not covered in this book - and I was interested in learning more.
Quemal
After reading a number of chapters, I didn't know if I was reading about the life or Robert Klein or Alexander Portnoy. Robert Klein was one my favorite stand-up comedians when I was in may late teens and onward. He was one of the first observational comics ala Seinfeld. I remember seeing him first on the replacement show for Dean Martin, Comedy Tonight or something like that. It was a relief to see young comedians who didn't do dope and sex jokes (or like older joke style comedians, one-liners) but who could describe the very funny things in life. For instance, his Our Gang routine is still gut-busting hilarious. I found the book overall interesting even with Klein's insistence on recounting virtually every one of his sexual experiences during his young adult years. Now if you were about to read a book about a comedian whose work you've enjoyed enormously over the years, would you like to hear more about the comic describe how he came about his original style or would you like to hear page after page about his sexual conquests? What was that?...you'd like to have read more about his learning his comedic style. How he did it.

Oh yes, Klein tells us how he did it...to the point where after a while when he starts excitedly discussing his plans to have carnal knowledge with yet another bimbo, I simply skipped those sections. I think probably quite a few other readers groaned (no sexual insinuation here) as Klein would begin another what seems like endless forays into sex with some tart. Did Klein think that readers would be enthralled by his constant, overwhelming desire to boink every woman he came (and came) in contact with? And much of his young years involved serious situations including almost being killed by hoodlums and getting into fights with quasi-Nazi idiots.

Much of the book is funny and interesting as Klein cannot not be funny in a variety of situations. Like his summer as a busboy at a Jewish resort, Klein recounts serious situations with the solemnity necessary but still like the great comedian he is, leaves you laughing at his descriptions of the various weird (and sometimes dangerous) people he worked with. But why does he think the people who would be reading his bio would want to hear him recount in excruciating detail his sexual adventures? I don't get it. Was it something his shrink told him to do? I don't know. But like I said, after a while, I simply skipped two or three pages of heavy breathing. And the book ends naturally, with Klein boinking a married woman after suffering the humiliation of being turned down for a tv audition. But eventually Klein did host a summer tv program. Why didn't he talk about that? There's a lot in the book that Klein gives you that's a real page turner, but then he leaves out basically the section of his life when he was successful. I think the hundred (or so it seems) pages of bedroom gymnastics could have been left out and the more interesting details of his professional life substituted.
Quemal
After reading a number of chapters, I didn't know if I was reading about the life or Robert Klein or Alexander Portnoy. Robert Klein was one my favorite stand-up comedians when I was in may late teens and onward. He was one of the first observational comics ala Seinfeld. I remember seeing him first on the replacement show for Dean Martin, Comedy Tonight or something like that. It was a relief to see young comedians who didn't do dope and sex jokes (or like older joke style comedians, one-liners) but who could describe the very funny things in life. For instance, his Our Gang routine is still gut-busting hilarious. I found the book overall interesting even with Klein's insistence on recounting virtually every one of his sexual experiences during his young adult years. Now if you were about to read a book about a comedian whose work you've enjoyed enormously over the years, would you like to hear more about the comic describe how he came about his original style or would you like to hear page after page about his sexual conquests? What was that?...you'd like to have read more about his learning his comedic style. How he did it.

Oh yes, Klein tells us how he did it...to the point where after a while when he starts excitedly discussing his plans to have carnal knowledge with yet another bimbo, I simply skipped those sections. I think probably quite a few other readers groaned (no sexual insinuation here) as Klein would begin another what seems like endless forays into sex with some tart. Did Klein think that readers would be enthralled by his constant, overwhelming desire to boink every woman he came (and came) in contact with? And much of his young years involved serious situations including almost being killed by hoodlums and getting into fights with quasi-Nazi idiots.

Much of the book is funny and interesting as Klein cannot not be funny in a variety of situations. Like his summer as a busboy at a Jewish resort, Klein recounts serious situations with the solemnity necessary but still like the great comedian he is, leaves you laughing at his descriptions of the various weird (and sometimes dangerous) people he worked with. But why does he think the people who would be reading his bio would want to hear him recount in excruciating detail his sexual adventures? I don't get it. Was it something his shrink told him to do? I don't know. But like I said, after a while, I simply skipped two or three pages of heavy breathing. And the book ends naturally, with Klein boinking a married woman after suffering the humiliation of being turned down for a tv audition. But eventually Klein did host a summer tv program. Why didn't he talk about that? There's a lot in the book that Klein gives you that's a real page turner, but then he leaves out basically the section of his life when he was successful. I think the hundred (or so it seems) pages of bedroom gymnastics could have been left out and the more interesting details of his professional life substituted.