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Baby, Don't Hurt Me

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Having just read Colin Jost’s own book, I found this Chris Kattan’s memoirs much more insightful, especially as they provided a more in-depth look into the inner workings of Saturday Night Live and how memorable sketches came to be. Chris Kattan comes off as quite likeable in the first half of the book, and even presents his own #Metoo moment that gives a dark look into Hollywood and the powers that be. However, the back half of the book presents a less favorable image of the author as he confirms his cheating ways; one does feel pity for the women who crossed his path. Overall, an entertaining read from a talented performer.
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Fans of Saturday Night Live, fans of television in general and fans of comedy will find Chris Kattan's memoir entertaining, amusing and somewhat sad.  Mr. Kattan's book showcases his SNL experience beginning three-quarters of the way through its 21st season.  He intersperses these recollections with stories of his unconventional childhood, his love of old school comedy which he shared with his father and fine tuning his craft as a member of  The Groundlings with fellow comedians Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri.   The rigors of physical comedy and a Golden Girls sketch brought on his painful and untimely exit from SNL, then there's the culmination of lost loves and addictions.  Sadly and unfortunately, some SNL cast members were unable to overcome the power of addiction but on this note Kattan's memoir comes to a hopeful conclusion.  
Thanks to  NetGalley, the author and publisher for allowing me to read and review this engaging e-Galley.
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I have a deep and abiding love for celebrity memoirs.  I can't begin to tell you what it is that fascinates me so much about them. This one is definitely controversial.  How true it is...? No idea.  But a different look at the life of the comedian you thought you knew.
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I have been a fan of Chris Kattan for years. I enjoyed him on SNL and also The Middle.  Being a fan I was drawn to this book. I was intrigued by the behind the scenes stories that were promised. That was a promise that was delivered.

Chris covers behind the scenes at SNL, some of his most beloved characters. He also covers his quest to become part of the groundlings and just his pure determination to follow his dream. I did like that the book is told in stories and not in chronological order. I enjoyed reading about his parents and just about him.

In this book we see the vulnerability and insecurity that Chris suffered and we also learn things about him that he had previously kept private.  I am a huge fan of biographies and this one does not disappoint.
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Have you ever read a book about a person you really look up to and then learn about them only to be disappointed by them has a human being? That's me reading this book. I was so excited to get this book. I have always been a fan of Chris Kattan. This book give me a totally different perspective to who he was as a person and quite frankly I'm very disappointed. First off I hated the double spaced writing of this book. I felt like I was reading a report from when I was in high school and they would make you double line everything. Why why make a book like this it's difficult to read and it makes the book appear longer than it really is. Second it really bothered me that he didn't address Tracy Morgan's book about how he treated him so terribly. Actually Tracy Morgan was barely mentioned in this book to spite them working together for years. I know that he's a famous person and so he works around famous people but it felt like every paragraph included a quote from someone famous about how he was a good person. So quite frankly that was weird and came off a little bit pretentious. I guess I just expected so much more and that's the sad part about going into an autobiography of a person's life. We just see this fraction of them as a human, these characters they put out for us and we assume they're upstanding people because they're in Hollywood and there's someone for us to look up to. Unfortunately we read a book like this that proves otherwise it shows us their demons and their Shadows who they really are as a person, and it's always such a let-down. I really wanted to give this book a higher rating. I really wanted to love this book. I just can't. For me Chris Kattan didn't come off a very good person. He never believed in himself so I guess it's obvious that I don't have to believe in him anymore. 

Thank you so much to the publishers and Netgalley for giving me the chance to read this book early.
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What a great story teller! Loved reading this one. Chris was always a favorite SNL player for me and now I can say I’m a bigger fan now. As you read, you can hear the stories in his voice. Thanks NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.
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I read Chris Kattan's Baby Don't Hurt Me.  It is a stunning book.  There are all the things you want in a book about a comedian that the world knows from SNL.  There are personal anecdotes, the story for how he got on SNL, his characters, why he left and where he is now.  The writing (not done by Kattan alone) is amazing.  The descriptions took me to a moment as if it was part of my own memory; I could hear the songs in the book enough to start singing along.  (I didn't put together a playlist, but the book is deserving of one.)  While it's not a book filled with laughter, it is filled with beautiful honesty.  I recommend this book to anyone that likes SNL, comedy, and a some people that don't.
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I don't usually read biographies of actors, but as a fan of Chris Kattan, I couldn't pass this one up. There were a few parts that kind of made me scratch my head as they felt a little disjointed from the rest of the book, but it was mostly well written. While I didn't watch SNL regularly, it was still fun to learn different tidbits about what was happening during those particular skits. He also touched base on some of the hardships he had to deal with and how he overcame them. Overall, this is a good book for fans of Chris Kattan.
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After having watched Chris Kattan on SNL  and finding him to be hilarious, I was looking forward to reading this book about his life adventures and his time on SNL. It didn’t disappoint! With humor that I expect from him, as well as heart, I enjoyed this book a lot.
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I enjoyed this book. I wasn't super familiar with the author but I appreciated how be took an honest approach rather than just telling funny stories. He had such an interesting life growing up. the behind the scenes bit were fun too and felt very real and grounded. It didn't come across as name dropping
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Thank you NetGalley for the free ARC. I should state right off that I have always been a huge fan of Mr. Peepers and the Mango. My favorite memory of SNL is Garth Brooks falling for the Mango. So , of course, this book was a hit with me!
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First of all, I'm going to admit that I've been a big fan of Chris Kattan ever since he first appeared on Saturday Night Live. Right from the beginning, I thought he was very funny and incredibly talented. In addition to his work on SNL, I also loved his performance in the very funny and underrated movie, A Night At The Roxbury. It's very silly, but I liked it a lot and I thought Kattan was hilarious in it.

When I heard about this autobiography, I was immediately interested in it. Even though I've liked Kattan for years, I really knew very little about him. I'd heard that he'd had some personal and professional hardships over the years, but I really didn't know any specifics, so I thought it would be interesting to read about them from Chris himself.

And I was right. There were quite a few fascinating stories shared in this book. As soon as I started reading it, I got totally wrapped up in it. Kattan had a very unique childhood that was part showbiz in Los Angeles with his father, yet part very isolated on a mountain with his mother and stepfather. His later growth into a comedic actor was also fascinating to learn about, especially his days with The Groundlings and his early years on Saturday Night Live. It was especially fun for me to read the behind-the-scenes stories of some of his classic sketches and characters from SNL.

And it certainly doesn't stop there with SNL. The book covers a lot. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone and I'm reluctant to share too much of what Chris talks about other than to say that his good times, both on and off the screen, have definitely been mixed with some very hard times that I was unaware of.

If I have any complaint about this book, I'd say that I wish it had been longer. I'm not saying that in some sort of nerdy, super-fan way, like, "Ooooooh, I LOVED it!!! I wish there were a thousand more pages to it. More Chris! More Chris!! More Chris!!!"

No.

What I'm saying is that I wish it had been longer because it seemed that some of the stories in it were actually a little too short and should have been expanded upon. For example, without giving anything too major away, there was a story about a romantic relationship of his that had ended badly. It was told in less than a page and I feel that a few more details on how it had affected him would have made it even more compelling to read about.

In the same vein, I would also liked to have learned a little bit more about some of his more recent projects since he left Saturday Night Live. But I feel like I'm sort of nit-picking there. I don't like to review things on the basis of what they do not include. That would be sort of like me giving a horrible review to a Blue Oyster Cult song because it didn't have enough cowbell in it. Only the cowbell that is actually there in the song should be reviewed, right?

My point is to say that I very much enjoyed what is here in this book. I'm very glad I read it and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Chris Kattan.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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"This is not a comedy book; it’s a book about a comedian," the author tells us right away before sharing his craziest, funniest and most painful moments on SNL with us. This makes "Baby Don't Hurt Me" a truly unique memoir: not just a collection of memories and anecdotes you come to expect from a legendary comedian, but something much more - a touching and hilarious volume you can actually learn lots of stuff from. #BabyDontHurtMe #NetGalley #MoreCowbell
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For fans of Snl &Chris Kattan Grab this book.A behind the scenes look at his time on Snl gossipy juicy  delicious stories of his life on & off SNL .Some If his stories will make you laugh the end of his friendship with Will Ferrel will make you sad.A great honest wild ride of a read.Highly recommend, #netgalley#benbellabooks,
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I enjoyed reading this book. It is a good bio book about Chris Kattan. I liked the roles he played in Saturday night live and when he acted in movies too. It was a well written book.
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Saturday Night Live has led to the success of many of its stars, but there are also tragic turns that some of their lives took.  Chris Kattan was really popular for awhile and he wrote a memoir that perfectly captured the highs and extreme lows of life as a star on Saturday Night Live.
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I didn't think that this book made Kattan come across as particularly likable, which is always concerning for a memoir. I also felt that he wasn't really sure what he wanted the book to be - a memoir about SNL, an apology to people he's hurt, a story about his injury - and this meant that he didn't go particularly in depth on anything and the book was structured in a way that made the timeline unclear. Overall, I'd say this is pretty much just for SNL superfans.
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This was a quick read.  I was not a big fan of his work when he was on Saturday Night Live.
However, the book was interesting and I learned more about him and his journey.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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Zipped through this fantastic memoir of SNL by one of the guys I always thought was the funniest and never failed to crack me up. What I didn’t know was that he was a great storyteller and a helluva writer.  Full of stories I’d never heard about backstage at SNL(and Ive heard and read plenty of them)—and some interesting personal stories about Kagan,himself, this is a great piece of TV history. Highly recommended.
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