Leading With My Chin

Leading With My Chin

Book - 1996
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The comedian and host of "The Tonight Show" offers a collection of anecdotes about growing up, his careers as a mechanic and stand-up comic, life on the road, and success

The king of late-night television and America's hardest-working comedian delivers the monologue of his life.

Against the odds Jay Leno has emerged as the undisputed king of late night television as host of the # 1 -rated The Tonight Show. His twenty-year stand-up career; working alongside the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Carry Shandling, and David Letterman, was a long, hard, and laugh-filled battle to the top. In this entertaining, anecdote-filled book, Leno delivers the monologue of his life, leaving readers admiring his unstoppable wit and tenacity.

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The star of The Tonight Show describes his comedy career, his stint as a top-rated nighttime television host, and his relationships with friends, family, fellow stars, and professional associates. Reprint.

Publisher: HarperCollins, 1996
ISBN: 9780061094927
Characteristics: 285 p ; cm


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Feb 06, 2017

I'm not even a Jay Leno fan (always preferred Letterman) but his autobiography is amusing, eminently readable, and caused me to laugh many times. This is a very fun and funny read.

Dec 13, 2014

ANY fan of late-night TV like I am will absolutely love this book! His stories will make you laugh and gasp out loud until the very last page! He's such a wonderful storyteller, despite him claiming that it was challenging to write this, (he is dyslexic.) This tells of all of the bombed gigs and weird situations that he went through to get to where he is right now. Coming from a loving family and never going through a dark drug or alcohol addiction is a definite breath of fresh air in the world of comedy. I strongly suggest you pick this one up! You definitely won't regret it.

larryter Oct 24, 2013

excellent- well written and entertaining. pleasantly surprised. from reading the jacket i didn't expect to get such a great re-telling of his trip to early stardom.

there are several places in the book where you will be choking from laughing so hard. enjoy!

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Dec 13, 2014

"There are so many things to miss about them. But one thing I especially miss is calling home after each Tonight Show taping just to explain to my mother who the guests were: 'His name is Tom Cruise, Ma! Yes, he's a big star. Trust me!"


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