Tremendous: The Life of a Comedy Savage review

New York Times BestsellerOutsider. Misfit. Criminal. Convict. . . . Movie star. Family man. Comedy legend.Joey Diaz has been called every name in the book (and then some). Now, for the first time, he shares the story of his unlikely rise to fame in his own words—with no punches pulled.Today, he stars in hit films, headlines sold-out tours, hosts the popular Uncle Joey’s Joint podcast, and is a devoted father—but his life wasn’t always so picture-perfect. Joey “Coco” Diaz credits his success to his “immigrant mentality,” the work ethic his mother modeled for him and on which countless others have depended to survive the harsh landscape of being an outsider.Diaz wasn’t always a star, but he was always a comedian—it just took him a while to figure it out. To be fair, he was pretty busy while he was young: helping his tough-as-nails mother in her bar, holding a gun for the first time at the age of six, and later dealing drugs and serving time.Tremendous is the story of Diaz’s life, from grueling childhood and misspent youth to finding his true calling in comedy. Immigrants, fans of celebrity tales, and comedy enthusiasts alike will be enthralled by this incredibly true, foul-mouthed, and funny memoir.It’s not a story for the faint of heart, or for prudes who’ve never spent a week sleeping in a piece of playground equipment. From finding his mom’s body to high stakes crime, addiction and depression, there are plenty of dark episodes in this saga. Diaz shares it all with brutal honesty and humor, in the same inimitable voice he’d use talking to you from the stage or in a bar. He also shares the story of his improbable rise to the top and the bumpy road that led him there.An inspiration to misfits everywhere, Tremendous is storytelling at its finest—and a reminder that the direst of circumstances can change in unimaginable, unpredictable ways.

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– Unfiltered and brutally honest storytelling
– Insightful and personal, offering a different side of Joey Diaz
– Engaging and entertaining, with laugh-out-loud moments
– Provides a unique perspective on life, filled with dark episodes and eventual triumph

– Some readers may find the content too dark or explicit
– Not solely a comedy book, but rather a mix of tragedy, struggle, and comedy

Customer Reviews:
– “It’s a really good book and an easy read. His stories are beyond belief and will keep you turning page after page will after you needed to put the book down. What a crazy life…I enjoyed reading it from start to finish.”
– “I have listened to Uncle Joey for a long time and heard all the stories. This book was even more insightful in my opinion. This actually seemed more personal in a way. There were still some real laugh out loud parts that gave it a Joey feel. Overall, I loved the book and feel this book brings a different side of our favorite Uncle.”
– “I have seen Joey Diaz through the JRE podcast and his occasional appearance in films such a Spiderman 2. Many people say he is their favourite comedian and one of the best storytellers. When this book came out I figured why not here the truth from one of the best narrative comedians in the game.I have to say I am no prude, I have also been around drugs and violence, but I was shocked by the honesty. Joey Diaz pulls no stops here telling the entire story of his complex upbringing.I did not realise the amount of tragedy and struggle in his life, but I won’t give spoilers here. However death, drugs and violence are in no short supply. Along with comedy and many interesting side stories.I thought it would have been more of a comedy book, but in fact the laughter in this book comes from a well of darkness that Diaz is not afraid to shy away from. An interesting read from many points of view, psychological, sociological and as pure entertainment. I was pleasantly shocked by this work, and would be interested in a part 2 some day. I hope all the best for this man and do not regret my purchase.”
– “I’ve always been a fan of anybody who has been repeatedly punched in the mouth by life and keep going. Even more so those who are genuinely decent people after the smoke has cleared. I’ve heard snippets from podcasts and his stand up, but it’s good to hear the legend of Jersey Joe in chronological order and great detail.Whether you’re already a fan or a teen or young adult who has been through the wringer a bit, check this book out.Thank you, Uncle Joey! Stay black!!”
– “As a big joey fan and avid listener of the church, I was amazed to hear so many new fascinating, more personal details to his stories that I had never heard before. With how much this man has put out about himself over the years, the waves of new life and emotion to his stories that come out in this book were an absolutely wonderful suprise, especially when read by him in his audiobook. Whether you’re a fan of Uncle Joey like me, or just somebody that could use a good true story about a good man that will inspire you and show you another unique view of our world, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by picking up this book.”

Product Information:
– Publisher: BenBella Books (May 2, 2023)
– Language: English
– Hardcover: 280 pages
– ISBN-10: 1637742614
– ISBN-13: 978-1637742617
– Item Weight: 15.2 ounces
– Dimensions: 6.31 x 0.92 x 9.31 inches
– Best Sellers Rank: #11,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books), #7 in Hispanic & Latin Biographies, #14 in Comedy (Books), #63 in Rich & Famous Biographies
– Customer Reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars 1,068 Reviews

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