Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child by Bert Kreischer (4 out of 5)

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With a cover like that? It’s going to be a book I would read. Except I missed this one somehow. Thanks to my friend Steve B. who brought it to my attention when we were discussing the void left by Tucker Max no longer writing books. It took me a while to get to it, but I tore through this one pretty quick. It’s not a big book, and once you get into it, you can’t stop laughing and wondering how the hell this dude pulled all of this shit! And then, some small evil part of you wonders if YOU could ever get away with some of this stuff…Come on, you know it’s true.

Where do you know Bert Kreischer from? He’s a standup comic, the real-life inspiration for the successful movie National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, host of the FX show The X Show, and was also formally named as Rolling Stone magazine’s “Number One Partier In The Nation” in his sixth (SIXTH) year at Florida State University, also known as a “party school”, and hosts of several shows on The Travel Channel. Check out Bert wrestling the bear on Youtube. Words cannot express how funny this guy is. So, he’s been around for awhile, in places some of would and would not have heard of him from. The book? Absolutely as funny as he is, just in more detail than he’s gone into in public domain.

This is a collection of stories, from his epic partying days as a student at Florida State University, his rise to the standup stage, partying with Russians (and his beginnings as “The Machine”, which is my favorite part of the book, by the way), meeting, courting, and marrying Mrs. Right, and the biggest challenge of all for a guy like Bert- FATHERHOOD. Those stories? Equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. Remember, this is a guy who saw nothing wrong with swimming with sharks and smoking PCP with a member of SNL (Not telling you which one- read the book!), having to adjust to a colossal change like domestic bliss. What can I tell you? It’s shocking, there is a lot of foul language, and the episode with the condom and the mattress is alternately frightening and hysterical. So if you are gifting someone with this book, make sure they have a good sense of the ridiculous and don’t mind foul language, shocking situations, and even more shocking outcomes! For there is no shortage of that. If you’re having a bad week (I was), read it, it’ll make you laugh until you cry, but make sure you have the Depends ready because you may well piss yourself. Worth it? Oh yes, do it. Have a beer and kick back for hours of enjoyment. The Machine would command it!

~ by generationgbooks on July 13, 2015.

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