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Friday, March 14, 2014

Cabby-Turned-Comedian Pens Book


I got a copy of FOLLOW THAT CAR! A Cabbie’s Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom by Jimmy Failla, a New York City cab driver who turned into a professional standup comic. It looks funny but I didn’t have time, beyond skimming through it, to really sink my teeth into it.

I’m going to give the book to someone I know who works for the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and see if she likes it.

Failla has written for Maxim and has a podcast, Off the Meter, that boasts 10,000 listeners a day. The Long Islander has also appeared on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, America’s Got Talent, and BBC America’s Richard Hammond’s Crash Course.

The press release to promote this book said:

“Standup comedian Jimmy Failla drove a cab in New York City to earn some extra money. What he got was an earful from racist sock puppets, drug-addled celebrities, military counterfeiters, beer drinking goats and more. He wrote it all down and dispenses this insight in his upcoming book.

FOLLOW THAT CAR! Reveals the secret to a lasting relationship (hate) and to making a good first impression (8 seconds). In addition, Failla counsels readers on everything from where to find the best restrooms in NYC, how to find an apartment and move in less than 24 hours, and how to navigate message parlor traffic- all written in his trademark comedic style.”

after I got the book, I read in the New York Post how he made some viral videos of scaring people who got into his cab. He had a live snake slither around the car's interior, freaking passengers out.  No word on whether he was tipped generously.


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2014

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