Billy Crystal publishes a new memoir this week, Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?, so you either have been and/or will continue to see quite a bit of the comedian in the days and nights to come.
Will you still need him, will you still feed him and his needs, when he’s 65?
That’s not necessarily the subject of his tome, but as Crystal publicizes it — CBS Sunday Morning profiled him over the weekend, as did The New York Times, and an NPR interview to cover the old-media bases — he has prospects both old and new on the horizon. A revival of his one-man Broadway show, 700 Sundays; an FX pilot, The Comedians.
So it’s a time to look back on a rich career, making people laugh on TV (from Soap to Saturday Night Live), in the movies (When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers), and on TV about the movies, with multiple stints as host of the Academy Awards. As well as a time to start a new chapter. Or two. Or more.
You’ll have the chance to see Crystal appear on your TVs more this week with appearances Tuesday on Late Show with David Letterman, and Thursday on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
In between, he’ll offer a free reading Wednesday night at the Barnes & Noble in NYC’s Union Square.
If you cannot get into the bookstore for that, please sit back and enjoy this reading of Crystal from his book at an event this summer. Here, he reads aloud from a chapter in which he acknowledges that his own appreciation of live theater has changed as he has hit his 60s.
You can pick up a copy of Billy Crystal’s “Still Foolin’ ‘Em” at Amazon.com, iTunes and a bookseller near you.