David Spade’s new memoir Almost Interesting is full of self-deprecating delights describing his life thus far, from his modest origins in nowhere-Arizona to his later life in the Hollywood big-time.
It is written with the same dry wit and pun-dropping style as his stand-up comedy. With each chapter reading like either an unedited journal entry or a late-night conversation with the “pipsqueak from L.A.” while sipping vodka and Diet Coke (Spade’s preferred cocktail), this delightful addition to the growing canon of SNL-alum biographies is difficult to put down.
Almost Interesting and throws up lots of what we knew and didn’t know about the “comic brat,” including intimate tales of life working for Lorne Michaels, hanging out with Chris Farley, and living in the shadow of his two older brothers.
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1. When David and his two elder brothers were little, they frequently traveled to the Arizona desert to collect rattlesnakes to keep as pets (using tennis rackets!).
2. David was smart as a child, not simply a smart-aleck. He won the spelling bee at his school, completed 47 books for a contest, advanced to the state chess finals, and was a Mensa member.
3. Kate is wed to Andy, David’s brother. like Kate Spade purses.
4. David bought a subpar Honda Accord with his first $6,000 cash from Police Academy which was taken an hour later. Later, he obtained a further loan of $6,000 from Bobcat Goldthwait to purchase another subpar Honda Accord.
5. David was nearly given the Full House role of Uncle Joey.
6. All sketches were written on a legal pad when David worked at SNL. no computers
7. Skippy, David’s personal assistant, made an attempt on his life one evening.
8. When someone overheard David reading People magazine aloud, they came up with the idea for his well-known regular SNL joke, “Hollywood Minute.”
9. David received a Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes as his first tattoo from Sean Penn.
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10. Even when David isn’t on a flight, a stranger greets him with “BUH BYE!” at least once per day.
11. A phony Victoria’s Secret model catfished David on Twitter.
12. David has a daughter and has appeared on the shows Just Shoot Me and Rules of Engagement. Don’t count on him to include these in the book, though.
13. David offers a funny chapter on dating advice to the readers. Perhaps the most useful advice he ever gave was, “Never tickle a girl while she has diarrhea.”
14. Eddie Murphy chastised David for making a rude remark on Saturday Night Live. Eddie did not speak to David for about 20 years.
15. The “Motivational Speaker” comedy starring David and Chris Farley was hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest Saturday Night Live spoof ever.
16. When David first began out, he used props from his mother’s blue luggage in his standup routine.
17. David’s single mother would occasionally dump her three sons off at one end of the desert, armed with firearms and a packed lunch, for a day trip because she couldn’t afford childcare.
18. David devoted a lot of his childhood to rock collecting.
19. The live Saturday episode of SNL isn’t scheduled to air until Wednesday at 10 p.m., claims David.
20. The SNL skit in which David made his debut was titled “Not Gettin’ Any.” It was based on firsthand knowledge.
21. For his performance as Dennis Finch in Just Shoot Me!, Spade garnered two Golden Glove nods in addition to an Emmy nomination.
22. Spade was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 5, 2003.
23. Spade has dated several famous people and actresses, including Heather Locklear, Julie Bowen, Teri Hatcher, and Naya Rivera. According to E! News, he is “the George Clooney of the comedy world during the bachelor era.”
24. He has a daughter with Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace.
25. Spade gave a $100,000 donation to the Phoenix police department in December 2005, enabling the officers’ access to weapons.
Spade also gave $100,000 to the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014 and $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in June 2018 in response to the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade, a fashion designer, for the Oklahoma tornado relief program on May 20, 2013, and June 20, 2018, respectively.