By Fred Stoller
Fred Stoller has performed the irritating schnook in exactly approximately each sitcom you’ve noticeable on TV—Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, Scrubs, Hannah Montana, My identify Is Earl—and used to be even a employees author for Seinfeld, yet he’s by no means discovered a high-quality gig. in terms of Hollywood, it’s a case of consistently the bridesmaid and not the bride, other than in his case he’s constantly the snarky waiter, the mopey cousin, or guy #2.
This hilarious and bittersweet rags to rags tale of the hardest-working man in showbiz follows Fred, who all started his profession as a stand-up comedian, from set to set as he attempts to discover an everlasting domestic for his oddball personality. With candor, Fred stocks tales of his nice adventures pounding the Hollywood pavement, together with a humiliating come across with Billy Crystal, a disastrous one-night stand with Kathy Griffin, and many awkward run-ins at craft carrier tables. And he continually stocks his ups and downs together with his skeptical, but loving, mom ready by means of the telephone in Brooklyn.
Everyone can relate to looking for a dream task or awaiting the following enormous holiday, and may root for Fred as he weaves his method in the course of the cutthroat international of Tinseltown.
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