Ritch Shydner discusses and signs Kicking Through the Ashes: My Life as a Stand-Up in the 1980s Comedy Boom
Comedian Ritch Shydner is one of America's funniest and most enduring stand-up comics, a wry observer of life around him and a survivor of the 1980s comedy boom.
Besides becoming a comic's comic over the decades, he has starred on television's "Married With Children" and won awards for his writing as a member of the "Roseanne" staff.
In Kicking Through the Ashes, Shydner collects all of his 1980s life experiences -- the good, the bad, and El Brookman's -- in one hard to put down memoir. He tells stories about Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Carol Leifer, Richard Belzer, Johnny Carson, Andrew Dice Clay, Rodney Dangerfield, Tom Dreesen, Budd Friedman, Gilbert Gottfried, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, David Letterman, Bill Maher, Steve Martin, Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling, Rick Overton, Phyllis Diller, Kevin Rooney, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and more!
But don't believe his publisher; consider what some of the world's funniest people think of Shydner:
"Ritch Shydner is one of the best comedians I've ever seen. He is Seinfeld good, Kinison good, Pryor good. Ok, maybe not Pryor good, but still an absolute killer. Every time I've seen Ritch on stage, he always took the audience to a place where all the other comics in the room had no idea they could go. I'm sure this book is in a section of the bookstore with books written by other famous comedians; well, Ritch might not be the most famous but he's definitely one of the funniest." -- Chris Rock
"Ritch Shydner is one of my comedy heroes. I remember watching him kill in the '80s and thinking that he is one of the greatest comics ever. Though the years we have written and worked together many times. He is a fabulous writer. Ritch's journey as a stand-up is a fascinating story. I know, I was there for a lot of it!" -- Jeff Foxworthy, "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," host, "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"
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