Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How Dare You Say How Dare Me! Pat Cooper

Hysterical autobiography with amazing photographs!

This is the story of comedian Pat Cooper's life.  It's my understanding that he told the story, and then Rich Herschlag wrote the book and Steve Garrin was in charge of the photography.  If I'm wrong, hopefully one of them will post and let us know. 

I have to admit, if you'd have asked me who Pat Cooper was two days ago, I would have responded with a shrug.  Then again, the only comedians I can name off the top of my head are the two that I know personally.  Most people will remember Pat from Howard Stern or as the friar in the Friars Club episode of Seinfeld.  He's so much more than that, though!  I found myself captivated by his life, as well as the storytelling.  It felt like I was sitting in a big, cozy room with a fireplace, on a plush rug, looking up at a dear friend as he told me a story. 

If Pat's fascinating life isn't enough to make you pick up this book, you'll also be entertained by stories of Jerry Lewis, Tony Martin, Frank Sinatra and Lisa Lampanelli to name a few. 

The most interesting part of this book for me had to do with a theater scene.  Recently, I reviewed Palm Trees on the Hudson.  In both books, they described going to the movies.  Though both loved the movies, what really struck me was that the movie theaters used to give out dishes.  There were about 250 pieces in the set and each time you went to the movies, you got one.  Evidently both mothers, from both stars of both books, were collecting them!  Yes, it's a trivial little thing, but I found it fascinating that something I'd never heard of occurred in two books back to back!


  1. Both Rich Herschlag & I wrote Pat's book. I interviewed Pat in my studio over a period of 1 year and recorded his stories. We then wrote the book.
    Steve Garrin


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