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About David Peisner
David Peisner is a writer based in Decatur, Georgia. He has been writing about music, film, television, books, politics, technology, sports and world affairs for more than twenty years. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Esquire, New York magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Billboard, Spin, Playboy, TV Guide, Vibe, Atlanta magazine, BuzzFeed and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Whether it was stapling his nutsack to his leg or diving into a pool full of elephant crap, almost nothing was out of bounds. As the stunts got crazier, his life kept pace. He developed a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol, and an obsession with his own celebrity that proved nearly as dangerous. Only an intervention and a visit to a psychiatric ward saved his life. Today he has been clean and sober for more than three years.
Professional Idiot recounts the lunacy, the debauchery, the stunts, the drug addiction, and the path to recovery with bravado, humor, and heart.
"It's mind-blowing to me how utterly far gone Steve-O was, and how he looks back on it in this book with such intelligence, humor, and searing honesty. What a truly unbelievable life."-- Johnny Knoxville
"A great book to read before you get on the roller coaster to hell, if you plan on surviving to tell about it like Steve-O did."--Nikki Sixx, author of The Heroin Diaries
"This is the perfect book for people who hate reading."--Tommy Lee, author of Tommyland
The feedback I've gotten on Facebook and Twitter from those of you who've read this book has been fascinating, heartwarming, and hilarious. I'm happy to keep answering your questions on there, and I encourage more of you to join in the discussion. Hope to hear from you soon, and thank you all so much.
Few television shows revolutionized comedy as profoundly or have had such an enormous and continued impact on our culture as In Living Color. Inspired by Richard Pryor, Carol Burnett, and Eddie Murphy, Keenen Ivory Wayans created a television series unlike any that had come before it. Along the way, he introduced the world to Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Rosie Perez, and Jennifer Lopez, not to mention his own brothers Damon, Marlon, and Shawn Wayans. In Living Color shaped American culture in ways both seen and unseen, and was part of a sea change that moved black comedy and hip-hop culture from the shadows into the spotlight.
Now, the “in-depth, well-researched” (Library Journal, starred review) Homey Don’t Play That reveals the complete, captivating story of how In Living Color overcame enormous odds to become a major, zeitgeist-seizing hit. Through exclusive interviews with the cast, writers, producers, and network executives, this insightful and entertaining chronicle follows the show’s ups and downs, friendships and feuds, tragedies and triumphs, sketches and scandals, the famous and the infamous, unveiling a vital piece of history in the evolution of comedy, television, and black culture.
In der MTV-Kultserie Jackass führte er jede Menge Mutproben und Experimente am eigenen Körper durch, bei denen er nicht selten seine Gesundheit aufs Spiel setzte.
Die Sendung machte ihn berühmt, und je irrer seine Stunts wurden, desto durchgedrehter wurde auch sein Leben. Er wurde süchtig nach Alkohol, Drogen und Ruhm und betrachtete bald sein ganzes Leben als einen einzigen todesmutigen Stunt.
In dieser Autobiografie schildert Steve-O sein verrücktes Leben, seine Ausschweifungen, die Drogenabhängigkeit und seinen Weg zur Genesung mit dem gleichen abgedrehten Humor, den so viele Menschen an ihm mögen.