Book Review: Baby, Don’t Hurt Me by Chris Kattan

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From the publisher:

You may know him as Mango, Mr. Peepers, the gibberish-spouting Suel Forrester, or one half of the head-bopping brothers in A Night at the Roxbury. Maybe you remember him as the forlorn gothic kid Azrael Abyss, Gay Hitler, or the guitarist in the “More Cowbell” sketch. Whichever it is, Chris Kattan has earned a spot in the hearts of a generation of comedy fans.

Chris Kattan has defied comparison, expectations, and sometimes gravity with his inimitable style of physical comedy. By creating some of the most memorable Saturday Night Live characters, as well as his many roles in film and television, Kattan has remained one of the most fearless and versatile comedians in the world.

Not long after Chris was labeled one of the improv group Groundlings’ “must-see” performers in the company, he was cast on SNL—and within the first six weeks, Chris’s film career also took off.

Now, for the first time, Kattan opens up about eight seasons on SNL, performing alongside friends and future legends including Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey, and guest hosts from Charlize Theron to Tom Hanks to David Bowie. He also shares stories of his unusual childhood (involving a secluded mountain with zen monks) with Leonard Cohen and Alan Watts. Baby, Don’t Hurt Me offers an unprecedented look into Chris’s life, from his fascinating relationship with Lorne Michaels, a private Valentine’s Day dinner with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, an unforgettable flight with Beyoncé, and even breaking his neck on live television.

Baby, Don’t Hurt Me is a candid, revealing memoir from a timeless comedian and a window into the world of millennium-era SNL, from the rehearsals to the after-after parties, as narrated by your hilarious and inspiring friend—who just so happened to be there for all of it.

From me:

First of all, I’m going to admit that I’ve been a big fan of Chris Kattan ever since he first appeared on Saturday Night Live. Right from the beginning, I thought he was very funny and incredibly talented. In addition to his work on SNL, I also loved his performance in the very funny and underrated movie, A Night At The Roxbury. It’s very silly, but I liked it a lot and I thought Kattan was hilarious in it.

When I heard about this autobiography, I was immediately interested in it. Even though I’ve liked Kattan for years, I really knew very little about him. I’d heard that he’d had some personal and professional hardships over the years, but I really didn’t know any specifics, so I thought it would be interesting to read about them from Chris himself.

And I was right. There were quite a few fascinating stories shared in this book. As soon as I started reading it, I got totally wrapped up in it. Kattan had a very unique childhood that was part showbiz in Los Angeles with his father, yet part very isolated on a mountain with his mother and stepfather. His later growth into a comedic actor was also fascinating to learn about, especially his days with The Groundlings and his early years on Saturday Night Live. It was especially fun for me to read the behind-the-scenes stories of some of his classic sketches and characters from SNL.

And it certainly doesn’t stop there with SNL. The book covers a lot. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone and I’m reluctant to share too much of what Chris talks about other than to say that his good times, both on and off the screen, have definitely been mixed with some very hard times that I was unaware of.

If I have any complaint about this book, I’d say that I wish it had been longer. I’m not saying that in some sort of nerdy, super-fan way, like, “Ooooooh, I LOVED it!!! I wish there were a thousand more pages to it. More Chris! More Chris!! More Chris!!!”

No.

What I’m saying is that I wish it had been longer because it seemed that some of the stories in it were actually a little too short and should have been expanded upon. For example, without giving anything too major away, there was a story about a romantic relationship of his that had ended badly. It was told in less than a page and I feel that a few more details on how it had affected him would have made it even more compelling to read about.

In the same vein, I would also liked to have learned a little bit more about some of his more recent projects since he left Saturday Night Live. But I feel like I’m sort of nit-picking there. I don’t like to review things on the basis of what they do not include. That would be sort of like me giving a horrible review to a Blue Oyster Cult song because it didn’t have enough cowbell in it. Only the cowbell that is actually there in the song should be reviewed, right?

My point is to say that I very much enjoyed what is here in this book. I’m very glad I read it and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Chris Kattan.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Karma Police: Karma Police, Book 2 by Sean Platt and David W. Wright

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THE THRILLING NEW SERIES CONTINUES!

“EveryDay” meets “Quantum Leap’ in “Jumper,” the thrilling new series from the bestselling authors of “Yesterday’s Gone.”

I am a Jumper — someone stuck waking up in a new body every day or so.

I don’t know why this is happening. Nor do I remember anything of my life prior to this.

But when I begin to hear strange staticky messages, I run into someone from my past. Someone who not only knows who I am, but WHAT I am.

And now I find myself waking up on the same street every day in a different neighbor’s life.

The one thing they all have in common: their proximity to an abusive man who is a threat to the woman and child living with him.

What if the only way to save them is to kill a man in cold blood, before he’s even committed a crime?

“Karma Police” is the second novella in the “Karma Police” series by Sean Platt and David Wright. Each book is a standalone story in the series, with three books coming out in the first half of 2016 and another three planned for later this year.

MY REVIEW

I loved the first book of this series, so I was cautiously optimistic about this new one. Would it give me the same excitement that the first book gave me? Would I love it as much?

The answer to both questions is a very big YES.

If you enjoyed the first book, Jumper, then do not hesitate in reading The Karma Police. If you haven’t read the first one yet, go check it out. It’s a great read!

Personally, I enjoyed this book even more than Jumper, which surprised me since I loved that book so much. I found this new one to be even more exciting and more entertaining.

As for the ending of the book, I’ll just say this…

I’m already ready for Book #3!

Bring it on, Mr. Platt and Mr. Wright!

Click here to purchase Karma Police on Amazon.com.

Have a great day!

FTC DISCLAIMER:
This book was reviewed outside of the request of the publisher and/or author.