Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Review: Dying to Do Letterman

I received a free copy of this ebook on I am participating in a NetGalley Read-a-Thon for the month of October and you can check out more on that here.

About the Book
Steve Mazan's someday was to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman. In his early thirties Steve was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer that spread to his liver. Doctors told him he might have only five years left to live. So Steve did something strange: he started living. In a literal race against time, he decided to chase that childhood dream and turn someday into today—he would perform his act live on The Late Show with David Letterman . . . even if it killed him.
With his confidence in a rut and his healthcare bills mounting, Steve finds himself filing for bankruptcy, receiving rejection after rejection, battling death, and questioning his dream.

About the Author
Steve Mazan. Man? Myth? Legend? Some people say he's none of these. Steve is, however, one of the hottest comedians and speakers in the country and a veteran of the US Navy. Critics have described his act as 'brilliant,' 'goofy,' and 'exceptionally clever.' That reputation has landed him on the most coveted stages and numerous television shows, including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Steve's journey to try and get on the Letterman show has been made into an award-winning documentary that's been called 'inspiring' and 'side-splittingly funny.' A former writer for Ellen Degeneres, Steve has also appeared on Last Comic Standing, Byron Allen, and The Bob & Tom Show. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Denise, and his dogs, Wrigley and Kuma, and currently travels the country to film festivals where his documentary is racking up critic awards and audience acclaim. For more information on the movie Dying to Do Letterman and about Steve and his latest book, visit and

My review:
I had no idea who Steve Mazan was when I got the opportunity to review this selection. However, I am a huge fan of memoirs and I was anxious to learn about someone new. I was pleasantly surprised by the book as I was afraid it would be more comedy and jokes than it was. I liked that there was a mixture of comedy throughout and that it wasn't over the top. The comedy didn't take away from learning about Mazan as a person and I think that added to his likability and caused me to continue to root for him to get on Letterman. The writing was good, yet at times, it was a little slow moving. I attribute the slow moving areas to certain selections where Mazan goes through a short comedy routine and it just didn't have the same affect on paper as it would to watch it live and the book lost a bit of its lustre for me then. Yet, I am still glad I read the selection.

You can check out info about his documentary below.

Dying to do Letterman - IndieGOGO from Joke and Biagio on Vimeo.

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