A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host's ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD - and how it has shaped his life and career.
Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment - respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms - he's a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby's World, he's starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he's also hosted his own daytime talk show - he's one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he's never talked about publicly - until now.
Eleven years ago, Mandel first told the world about his "germophobia." He's recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he has tried to integrate them into his act. "If I'm making myself laugh," he writes, "then I'm distracted from all the other things going on in my head that are, at times, torturous." And he speaks frankly and honestly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life - as a son, husband, and father of three.
As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me is the story of one man's effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places. It's sure to please Howie Mandel's legion of fans - and provide hope to the millions who strive to succeed in spite of OCD and ADHD.
I've always found Howie Mandel somewhat amusing, and he's clearly a smart guy who has carved out an interesting and multifaceted career for himself. I can't say I was anxiously awaiting a Mandel biography, because I never really thought I wanted to know more about the guy. But I often like bios and comedy books that are read by the author (it's like a long comedy special), so I gave "Don't Touch Me" a try. And I actually really enjoyed it.
First, it is a fast-paced, entertaining bio with the occasional guffaw-worthy moment (although not many, probably by design). Some of the attempts at humor are a little lame and even blatantly stupid, although Mandel has made a comedy career out of milking every excriciating drop of funny out of overtly stupid humor. I hate to admit that I find his rubber glove over the head routine funny, but it really (kinda) is. But I was surprised to find that the most compelling parts of this book were the serious segments that weren't meant to be funny at all. I learned things about him that I didn't know I cared about, and while nothing has changed in my life or his as a result of learning those things, it was a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
One of the biggest surprises was how much of a jerk Mandel was to his friends, family and fans, particularly for a guy who seems so amiable and always has a warm friendly smile on his face whenever you see him. It's one thing for celebrities to admit to some debilitating illness, addiction or challenge --- don't pity me; I've just had to learn to bear my burdens! -- and Mandel's severe OCD certainly qualifies as a challenge. But his willingness to show himself as a real tool and not go out of his way to excuse it was rare and even a bit refreshing. Most of all, it made for very compelling listening.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
OK, I can't even imagine someone else narrating this book. I bought this because I do like celebrity bios. I was not a fan of Howie's, although I was interested in his OCD. I was amazed at how candid he was. He truly was a jerk. I'm shocked that he admits this. BUT, he does have some nice sides to him, that make him more likeable. His wife truly does deserve an award! I bet if I had read this book, I would have put it down. I listened to this book all in one sitting. He was hilarious! And adding little side bits to the book, was great. I love hearing how the celebrities had to struggle early in their lives, makes them more human. I would recommend this audible book, as it is a great listen, had me laughing at many instances. Only Howie could have read this. Any other narrator would have killed the book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I have never been a Howie Mandel fan, but having heard him interviewed once about his OCD I was interested in hearing more. The book is fast paced and there are some laugh out loud moments. I was pleasantly surprised at how frank Howie is about his issues and how he doesn't use any excuses. I was also surprised that he has been with his wife since high school. One of the things I liked best about the book was when Howie stepped back and commented on what he was reading for the benefit of the listener--it really felt more like a performance than a read. I highly recommend this book.
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What made the experience of listening to Here's the Deal the most enjoyable?
Howie Mandel narrating his own story made it enjoyable - just the continued pleasure and discomfort at his own antics, and his OCD, made it very listenable.
Which scene was your favorite?
Oh dear there were a lot of them but perhaps the scene where he and his wife were in the shopping centre looking for make up...or where his long suffering friends FINALLY give him his comeuppance 20 years later! I can't elaborate without spoiling the read!
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Where does Here's the Deal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The funniest book I have downloaded so far.
What does Howie Mandel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Howie narrates so well, you almost feel like he is sitting beside you, telling his life story. He is a fantastic speaker, and as you already know, very funny.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wish I could have listened from start to finish
Any additional comments?
I am certain you will not be disappointed with this purchase. It is so light and funny, you will want to listen to it again. I did!
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Howie does a wonderful job narrating this book, one of the most enjoyable I have listened to. It was interesting to hear about his experience with OCD, however, if you are looking for a book with practical information regarding how to deal with and treat OCD, you won't find it here. I enjoyed listening to stories about Howie's life path.
Very good, entertaining and informative! As an OCD sufferer myself, I liked that Howie shared his struggle with OCD and help people understand this disorder. I loved that it was narrated by Howie Mandel himself.
Howie Mandel not only let me in the most personal time of his life but helped me see ADHD/OCD from his eyes. I now know why my son does what he does and feel I can now help. My son, he's 12 years old, also has trichotillomania and has been trying to cope with bullies and being socially outcast. Through this book I know he is going to be just fine. Thank you Terry Mandel, Howie is blessed to have such an amazing wife.
What did you love best about Here's the Deal?
Howie was so honest about his struggles, it gives insight on people struggling with mental illness. There were lots of Lol moments and even a tear or two as I could relate to the loss of a parent.
What did you like best about this story?
Howie told stories that were very funny, and although I have certainly thought living with him at times would be filled with so much laughter, there must also be times of extreme difficulties for his family as well. His stories certainly outlined just how difficult. I think it is great he too recognizes what a saint his wife truly is. Howie certainly recognizes that his mental health issues do not affect just him!
Which scene was your favorite?
Because I am such a huge fan of his, I had already heard several stories he told in the book. There was still lots that were new to me. Shopping for make-up with his wife certainly had me laughing out loud.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The one part I found quite sad, was just how far he took some of his practical jokes. Yes, I understand what he was saying, he has no filter and doesn't think of the consequences & realizes that it has cost him. However, when you have your wife, with whom he loves and respects, telling you that you are taking a joke too far, and yet you continue, you can't blame that on mental health issues! Your wife told you to end the joke and that it was real cruel to continue. Howie continued the practical joke and made a decision that his enjoyment of the practical joke was more important! That was a decision that I feel was not fully owned up to in the book. He did state to this day he really regrets what he did, but the fact is, he was told it was cruel and yet he continued. Sorry Howie, as much as I love you, you and only you made an actual decision to continue bullying someone when you knew it was wrong. You knew it was wrong, because your wife told you! That is not on mental illness, that was on you. It cost Howie the friendship and although he said he does occasionally still talk to Lou, he is not as close as they used to be.
Any additional comments?
I have always believed that a comedian plays off the audience and loves to play off of what the audience says or does. I was at one of Howie's stand-up routines and asked him a question. I can't remember what it was, however, he went with it. It was so funny and it was so amazing how he could come up with such witty comments on the fly. That is true talent! My husband was mortified that I did what I did, I think he expected me to be emberrassed by what Howie said to my questions. I knew I would likely get razzed, which was the point. So it was great hearing that Howie, although he has somewhat of a script he follows, lives for the moments when he can go off script with something an audience member says (or does). Can't wait to tell my husband "I told you so". lol
The book was a good listen, Howies story is interesting, albeit jumbled thanks to his adhd.