Are You Anybody? (audiobook)

A Memoir

7.6 hrs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 05/16/17
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Summary

It’s rare that an actor embodies even one memorable character over the arc of a career. Jeffrey Tambor has managed to create three, beginning with Hank “Hey Now!” Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, the series created by Garry Shandling, Jeffrey’s first mentor in television. He went on to find two more show creators, Mitch Hurwitz of Arrested Development and Jill Soloway of Transparent, who shared a love of actors and taught him a lot about acting along the way.

Are You Anybody? is Tambor’s chance to discuss his creative process and immense accomplishments from a life lived onscreen. Drawing from his formative childhood years, in which he describes himself as a fat Hungarian-Jewish kid with a lisp and a depressive father to how he drew inspiration from his life to create these characters, Tambor’s memoir is funny, insightful, and uplifting, touching on comedy and the enduring chutzpah required to make it through life.

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In life, on screen, and now in this illuminating memoir, Jeffrey Tambor has a stubborn incapacity for bullshit. I personally smell better and shine brighter as a result of his friendship and brave storytelling. Attaboy, Jeffrey!Jay Duplass"Jeffrey Tambor always makes me cry. And now it turns out that he is as brilliant a writer as he is an actor. The stories he spins through the rocky roads of family, career, parenthood and Hollywood are told with unparalleled charm and chutzpah. ARE YOU ANYBODY? is as hilarious as it is fearless, a tremendously touching memoir that reveals Tambor's tender artist's heart. It's monumentally honest, incredibly juicy, and so much fun to read.Jill SolowayI learned so much about my beloved friend reading this delightfully uproarious memoir. Jeffrey Tambor is a naughty, hilarious, and wise raconteur. The trans community has not seen a more dedicated and determined ally than Mr. Tambor, who has steadily used his platform to speak to our movement’s shared goals, both on and off camera. The thing that has catalyzed the trans revolution is not our fierce perseverance, vocal resistance, or increasing visibility, but the arrival of powerful allies willing to hear our stories and fight alongside us for our rights. They say you can only understand a person’s experience by walking in their shoes, and Mr. Tambor has been marching in the shoes of transness for four years and counting.Zackary DruckerEntertainment enthusiasts, readers interested in the history of TV, and, naturally, the many fans of Tambor’s work will find much to delight in here.Kristine Huntley, Booklist"An insightful meditation on adversity and how it intrinsically shapes us all, this essential read will have broad appeal.Jessica Bushore, Library JournalWorking with Jeffrey Tambor over so many years, I know well his one-of-a-kind brilliance as actor and teacher—now I know this same intelligence translates flawlessly into his writing. Why am I not surprised.Judith LightThis is unlike any other memoir you will ever read. It’s a story filled with life and life lessons, acting and show business drama, anecdotes of parents and children, friends and teachers. By use of narrative the master teacher comes searing out in words that are heartbreakingly poignant one moment and hysterically funny the next. He maintains an unrelenting honesty while revealing his infinite humanity.

“In the first few minutes of his own audiobook, actor Jeffrey Tambor lets listeners know of his ambivalence about narrating his own memoir…Never fear: Tambor is an actor’s actor…Throughout his audiobook, Tambor maps his journey with a welcoming, engaging, and always entertaining voice. He’s a seasoned pro telling stories of his career, but he remains self-effacing throughout.”

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What a great book and fun read! Jeffrey Tambor is able to distill every character and nuance of his journey right down to the telling detail of truth. His never-ending fight to kill expectancy in life and work is downright inspiring.Michael Connelly, author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye"Jeffrey Tambor is one of those unique voices that everyone who seeks to achieve that elusive Goldilocks Zone between comedic Terpsichore and dramatic honesty looks to as a mentor. To read his memoir is to be gifted a glimpse into the inner workings of a theatrical genius. Read it front to back and thank me later.Seth MacFarlane

“What a great book and fun read! Jeffrey Tambor is able to distill every character and nuance of his journey right down to the telling detail of truth. His never-ending fight to kill expectancy in life and work is downright inspiring.”

Michael Connelly, # 1 New York Times bestselling author

“An insightful meditation on adversity and how it intrinsically shapes us all, this essential read will have broad appeal.”

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