If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you've seen him before.
A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day.
But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer.
The Dangerous Animals Clubis a beguiling series of stories combining biography and essay, with a tone both hilarious and introspective.
The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humour and pathos, characters ranging from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen's unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, and hospital rooms.
Told in a voice that is "wry, discursive, and full of generous spirit and curiosity" (Kirkus Reviews), Tobolowsky renders the majestic out of the mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy.
The Dangerous Animals Clubmarks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 26/09/2013
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9781451633160
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Review by TheBoltChick
I have often said I rarely read memoirs and autobiographies. I have often found them full of nothing by salacious gossip and narcissistic ramblings. I may have to amend my statement, since this year I have read seven memoirs so far, and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. The Dangerous Animals Club is no exception. If Stephen Tobolowsky ever quits acting, he can just pick up as a writer. His writing style is relaxed and inviting. As I read, I heard his voice in my head telling me his story. He talks about growing up in Texas, about struggling to become an actor, and about balancing career and family. All is told with warmth and humor.