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eBook Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top download ISBN: 0679438734
Author: Henry Alford
Publisher: Villard; 1st edition (March 14, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 240
ePub: 1413 kb
Fb2: 1108 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Category: Art and Photo
Subcategory: Performing Arts

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Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top is Alford's memoir of his attempt, at the age of 34, to become a professional actor. In it he chronicles his summer training session at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, playing an extra in the remake of Godzilla, his trip to improvisational comedy camp with his 69-year-old mother, his audition to voice Wilbur the Pig in Charlotte's Web, and his work on a phone-sex party line. Alford found success in his new career when he was cast as the co-host of the VH1 show Rock of Ages.

Contrast this book with Alford's own 1994 collection of assorted, first-person pieces, Municipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City, and Big Kiss just hangs there, a magazine-length idea stretched to fill an entire book. The "performance artist" school of humor rarely leaves much middle ground; either you love the self-absorbed approach or you don't.

A Big Kiss : One Actor's Desparate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle. It's not the way most actors get their first break, but for an unconventional guy like Henry Alford, it made sense to beg dozens of Times Square deli owners to hang his unknown head shot on their walls of fame.

Henry Alford is an American humorist and journalist who has contributed to Vanity Fair and The New York Times for .

Henry Alford is an American humorist and journalist who has contributed to Vanity Fair and The New York Times for over a decade. He has also written for The New Yorker. Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Big Kiss chronicles the irritation and exhilaration of trying to make it in the entertainment world as Alford enrolls .

Big Kiss chronicles the irritation and exhilaration of trying to make it in the entertainment world as Alford enrolls in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England (where he fails to convince the Queen to attend his final performance); auditions for the role of Wilbur the Pig in Charlotte's Web; botches an Amish hoedown dance number in tryouts for a biblical epic; and fails to make the cut in a nude Measure for Measure in the East Village.

One Actor's Desperate Attempt. to Claw His Way to the Top. By Henry Alford. From a summer session at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to his own version of street theater - wearing pajamas walking down Wall Street - Henry Alford comes off less as an aspiring actor than a grade-school prankster, desperate for praise.

2000, Henry Alford, Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle, Broadway Books (2001), →ISBN, page 65: My first class consisted of twenty-six dancers; at least a third of these appeared to be tiny Asian women, each with a waist the approximate width of . .

2000, Henry Alford, Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle, Broadway Books (2001), →ISBN, page 65: My first class consisted of twenty-six dancers; at least a third of these appeared to be tiny Asian women, each with a waist the approximate width of a spaghetto

Municipal Bondage, Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw .

Thurber Prize for American Humor. Henry Alford can be an American humorist and journalist that has contributed to Vanity Good and THE BRAND NEW York Instances for over ten years. He in addition has written for THE BRAND NEW Yorker.

"I'd like to thank the Academy and all of the little people who made Henry Alford's hilarious book possible. Mr. Alford delivers a performance that is laugh-out-loud funny and written with high style."--Christopher Buckley, author of Little Green MenHenry Alford was a well-adjusted, critically acclaimed author living quietly in New York City.        Then he decided to become an actor.        In the course of this memoir, Alford is rejected by directors, ignored by casting people, abused by a sadistic acting teacher, and educated in the finer points of Shakespearean thespianism at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England, where he fails to convince the Queen to attend his final performance.        Along the way, Alford auditions for the role of Wil-bur the Pig in Charlotte's Web, triumphs as an extra in Godzilla, and takes his sixty-nine-year-old bird-watching, chain-smoking mother to improvisational-comedy camp. Hoping to broaden his range, he takes a job with a phone-sex business, where he assays many roles on a popular party line.         Finally, Alford finds happiness and celebrity as the cohost of VH1's hit series Rock of Ages, on which he quizzes elderly Italian women, among others, about videos by heavy-metal groups.         Original, absurd, and written with true comic grace, Big Kiss captures in a new and unforgettable way the experience of being a performer.
Comments: (7)
Marelyne
Henry Alford is an author I had never heard of. I ran across a copy of this book in New York City and I'm glad I purchased it. He faithfully recreates an actors plight in going from job to job
in a very hard profession. He never seems to lose his wit or sense of humor throughout. It is an enjoyable light read. I recommend it to everyone who is in theatre or wants to know what it is like to be a professional actor. I loved the part of Henry taking his mother to Paul Sills acting camp in Wisconsin. A neat lady with a great sense of humor. In fact Henry proves the apple doesn't fall very far. Most enjoyable
Ubranzac
Having already read Henry Alford's previous book MUNICIPAL BONDAGE, I was already aware that Mr. Alford was a smart alec, and I am happy to report that in BIG KISS he still is. Hooray and halleluja! Alford's comic relections on his quixotic forays into the theater are a joy to behold. This is a light and funny book that I read in one sitting. Henry Alford should have his own adjective, and it should require special spelling! Here's hoping we don't have to wait six years until his next book.
Burisi
This book had me falling out of the settee so often I had to move my fanny elsewhere. Alford is a very clever boy and one of the funniest writers alive. I would pay good money to witness he and David Sedaris talking about anything. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a laugh. Which should be just about anyone. Bravo.
Kigul
Henry Alford is brilliantly witty, yet he displays an internal angst that resonates within the reader. You'll be right alongside him on his hilarious and occasionally pathetic journey to the promised land of stardom. A reviewer wrote of Alford's previous book that it was "dessert-like." This book is an uplifting treat, too, and reading a chapter or two shall surely brighten your day.
Tehn
The topic of this book made me a little doubtful--making fun of show business is sort of like shooting fish in a barrel. But Alford delivers: he has very unusual takes on the topic, and, on several occasions (the chapter about being in the movie Godzilla, for one) made me literally cry with laughter. Wow. Does he have a column somewhere? I'd love to read it.
Inertedub
I felt somewhat sorry for this author, despite the fact that he probably did most of these things with a book contract in hand. A lot of the funnier moments, though, come from the pain. I was truly happy for him at the end, when he got his job on the VH1 show, "Rock of the Ages."
Rainbearer
A wonderfully amusing look at actors and acting. Alford has a terrific eye for the absurd. Parts of the book will make you laugh out loud. This is as funny as his last book. READ BOTH!
I read the chapter about phone sex to my friend Bill over the phone and he had tears of laughter. Dave Barry used to be this funny.