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Quick shots of false hope : a rejection collection
Kightlinger, Laura.
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Publication Information:
New York : Spike, 1999.
Physical Description:
173 pages : 21 cm
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"An Avon book."
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PN6231.R39 K56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Nobody ever promised Laura (except maybe her high school Spanish teacher, and she never understood what he was saying anyway) that life was going to be easy. And sure enough, it wasn't. From her high school talent competition where she performs a stunning syncopated "funktastic" dance to "Car Wash, " to her first job and subsequent dismissal at the local all-you-can-eat steakhouse, to the ultimate revenge fantasy of a stand-up comic who has been heckled one too many times, this is a sardonic look into the everyday workings of a performer and her not-so-stellar life. Wildly irreverent and darkly comic, these stories will make you laugh, cringe, and ultimately identify.

Author Notes

Laura Kightlinger is a writer and performer. This is her first book.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Comedienne Laura Kightlinger's disjointed early memoirs place her in a tradition of sad clowns as she describes the sometimes funny, but usually painfully humiliating, growing pains of a performer. Remembering her adolescence as an illegitimate child in a small town (from which she and her mother were occasionally spirited away for secret vacations with her married father, who lived in the same town), Kightlinger lingers over the "lower-middle-class comfort" she shared with her mother. As the narrative moves leisurely through junior high and high school (a waitressing job at an all-you-can-eat restaurant, an exchange-student trip to Spain), Kightlinger relates how she found herself making people laugh, often inadvertently, and found her true calling in a college comedy troupe. She recounts unsuccessful attempts at acting, various stand-up gigs, a happy stint as a writer for Roseanne and her miserable tenure on Saturday Night Live. Amid the blurred sequence of impressions with which Kightlinger chronicles her own fear and anxiety is a horrific and confusing scene in which she is beaten and raped by three hecklers she embarrassed during one of her shows. Luckily, that horror turns out to have been a fantasy. In the dark and funny final sequences, Kightlinger returns to her family and discusses their underlying pain with her mother. Although this is not a writerly account, it provides insight into the single-minded impulses that can drive a performance artist's life, as well as a glimpse of the camaraderie and professionalism that exists among comedians. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Carwashp. 1
Ponderosap. 19
Internacionalp. 31
La Ganadorap. 37
Good Moneyp. 55
Smiles All Aroundp. 67
This Is Patheticp. 73
Bigp. 85
Jimmy Archerp. 99
The Customer's Always Rightp. 105
Strawberry Swirlp. 115
Building Dorothyp. 123
You Always Hurtp. 139
Lock-Upp. 151
Live from P.A.p. 159
The Death Dreamp. 167
A Reason for Livingp. 171