Here's the Deal

Here's the Deal

Don't Touch Me

Audiobook CD - 2009
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A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host's ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD-and how it has shaped his life and career.
Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment-respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms-he's a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby's World, he's starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he's also hosted his own daytime talk show-he's one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he's never talked about publicly-until now.
Eleven years ago, Mandel first told the world about his germophobia. He's recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he has tried to integrate them into his act. If I'm making myself laugh, he writes, then I'm distracted from all the other things going on in my head that are, at times, torturous. And he speaks frankly and honestly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life-as a son, husband, and father of three.
Fans who've been dying to know the deal behind Mandel's remarkable rise through the show-business ranks will be rewarded with many never-before-told anecdotes, each one generously leavened with Mandel's trademark humor. There are tales from every phase of his colorful career-from his early days as a teenage carpet salesman and aspiring stand-up comic to his stint opening for Diana Ross, his six years on St. Elsewhere, and beyond.
As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me is the story of one man's effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places. It's sure to please Howie Mandel's legion of fans-and provide hope to the millions who strive to succeed in spite of OCD and ADHD. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, p2009.
ISBN: 9780307704481
Characteristics: 4 compact discs :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Young, Josh

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Ricegirl1959
Jul 17, 2017

First, I wish there was a rate this book as if it were TWO books. I would split the book in half. Half of the book, I REALLY enjoyed. I found it funny, poignant, at times heart wrenching. The other half, I did not care for so much (I have found some of Howie Mandel's humor funny, but I must admit I would not have been amused by some of his "shtick" that was part of his early acts - but some would say that is just a matter of personal taste. I will admit that.

However, my main reason for reading his book was a YouTube video where he discussed his OCD behaviors. I had no idea; nor was I aware he was a germaphobe. I had seen something to the effect that he did not like practical jokes, which I find interesting since he has pulled his fair share in his youth.

But I would recommend this book if you are looking for someone else who struggles as well with mental health issues, there are many of us out here; Mr. Mandel is right: the message needs to be out: we are not alone and it need not be the end of the world. Thank you Mr. Mandel.

teacupfaerie Oct 08, 2010

The life story was interesting, but the writing was awful. Howie makes no effort to have reader's like him, and this is more of a confessional than a biography.

For fans of him...

BookGurl36 Dec 29, 2009

Written in a very casual style, like he is talking to his audience. An interesting look at a side of Howie Mandel we don't always see on the big screen.

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