Length: 256 Pages
Size: 6 X
Price: $24.95 US
Availability: November 2010
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Few comics today can say they have worked with the likes of George Burns, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Bobby Darin--but Pat Cooper can. Born Pasquale Caputo, the legendary comedian didn't break into show business until age thirty-two. But from that moment in 1963, when the young smart-mouthed Brooklynite was beamed into millions of homes via The Jackie Gleason Show, people across the country knew that they were seeing something special. Brash, irreverent, and undeniably hilarious, his view of what was happening around him has always been honest, unyielding, and colored by his "comedic anger." And now, in Pat Cooper: How Dare You Say How Dare Me he shares the amazing, often bizarre story of his life.
In his unique no-holds-barred style, Cooper begins his story at the beginning--as a child growing up under the strict hand of an Italian immigrant father. He shares memorable, typically comical moments from his youth, including his mother's pepper-and-egg sandwiches that left trails of oil on his brown bag lunches, the loss of his virginity to a middle-aged yenta, and his efforts to join the military at age seventeen--only to be kicked out for having hammer toes! A sixth-generation bricklayer by trade, Pat recounts performing his stand-up routine in small clubs and theaters at night--until he got his big break into the big time. From that point on, Pat pulls no punches in relating story after story of his life as a top entertainer, including the good, the bad, and the funny! From Las Vegas to Atlantic City and everywhere in between, it's all here.
Still every bit as brash, irreverent, and hilarious as he ever was, Pat Cooper proves in this very truthful autobiography that one can succeed in show business without being phony--just as long as you learn to duck, and you're not too surprised when you're fired. (Hey, one door closes and another opens.) Like his sold-out live shows, How Dare You Say How Dare Me will leave you roaring!
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Rich Herschlag is professional writer whose published works include Before the Glory (HCI); Jack of All Trades (Northwest); Lay Low and Don’t Make the Big Mistake (Simon & Schuster); The Interceptor (Ballantine); and Women Are From Manhattan, Men Are From Brooklyn (Black Maverick). Along with Bill Staples, Herschlag writes a weekly sports column for The Trentonian and other daily newspapers. He also writes a humor column that appears in alternative weeklies such as New York's Westsider and Our Town, as well as Buffalo's The Beast. Herschlag lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with Susan, his wife, and their two daughters.
Steve Garrin is an audio-visual recording professional and producer. He is the President of VideoActive Productions and founder of the highly acclaimed VoiceWorks® voiceover workshop. Among his many working credits are The Aristocrats with Paul Provenza; the PBS documentary Make ’Em Laugh; Carol Channing's autobiography, Just Lucky, I Guess; and Diana Krall & The London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. Steve lives in New York City with his wife, Debra. They have a son and a daughter.
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