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Hilarity Ensues [Hardcover]

Tucker Max
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Book Description

Feb. 7 2012
The New York Times bestselling author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First delivers a new collection of thirty 100% true, 100% exclusive stories of comically perverse excess.

Another installment in Tucker Max’s series of stories about his drunken debauchery and ridiculous antics. What began as a simple sentence on an obscure website, “My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole,” and developed into two infamously genre-defining books, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell and Assholes Finish First, ends here.

But as you should expect from Tucker by now, he is going out with a bang—literally and figuratively. In this book, you’ll learn:

* How to live and work in Cancun, while still enrolled in Law School

* Why Halloween is really awesome

* How to subtly torture a highstrung roommate until he explodes with furious anger over a misplaced condiment

* What really happened when a dirty pageant girl tried to sue Tucker because he told the truth

* Why you should never accept a homemade treat from a hippie with a van

As we’ve come to learn from Tucker, assholes do finish first...but everything comes with a price.

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Jason Ellis does it all. And he has excelled at everything he sets his mind to: X Games skateboarding, satellite radio, professional mixed martial arts, boxing, moto, truck racing, TV, and movies. Now he shares his jaw-dropping and inspirational life story—from the depths of addiction to the joys and ordeals of radio, fatherhood, and professional fighting—in his uncensored no-holds-barred style.

Jason was raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, and his early years were split between an alcoholic mother—who was only sixteen when he was born—and a father whose violent and unpredictable behavior taught Jason to be hard, tough, and fearless.

Before he owned the radio waves, Jason competed for twenty years alongside action-sports legends and friends like Tony Hawk. Jason was known for going bigger and harder than anyone else—both on and off the ramp. His passion to become the best at skateboarding was exceeded only by his all-night partying and relentless pursuit of sex.

After surviving a failed marriage and struggling with a rampant drug problem, all while heading toward the end of his skateboarding career, tragedy struck . . . twice. His father died of a heart attack, and a year later his younger brother died in an accident near the family's vacation home. His brother's death made Jason realize he had had enough. He quit booze and drugs, married his girlfriend, and threw his energy into being a good father. Having squandered his shot at greatness in skateboarding, he resolved to make the most of his second chance in radio.

Jason has always been a daredevil, harnessing his unique ability to endure pain to achieve what few others could, first on the skate ramp and now on the airwaves. Using this fierce determination to let nothing stop him from reaching his goals, he became the new voice of action sports in America. His story is raw, and sometimes unbelievable, but it's always true. And it proves, once again, that Jason Ellis is a fighter through and through.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tucker Max received his BA with highest honors from the University of Chicago in 1998, and attended Duke Law School on an academic scholarship, where he graduated with a JD in 2001. His first book, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, has spent over 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list over five calendar years, and has sold over 1 million copies. He has also been credited with being the originator and leader of the literary genre, "fratire," and was nominated to Time magazine's 100 Most Influential List in 2009. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, and can be reached through his website, TuckerMax.com.

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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, just not as good Feb. 8 2014
By Dr. Tim Parker TOP 50 REVIEWER
The first book (and, to a lesser extent the second) were interesting reading, often with laugh-out-loud parts, but this one is a bit of a let-down. The story approach is old by now, the actual stories themselves mostly average or weak, and the sense of humour is waning, at least for me. I wanted to enjoy this book more, but couldn't muster the enthusiasm of the earlier books. Maybe it's too many variations on the same theme, or maybe the stories are just not as strong. It's not a bad book (there are some interesting parts to it, such as the explanation of the Miss Vermont incident), but there's also some really weak bits (like his sexting pages). If you've read and enjoyed the other books in the series, definitely try this, but if you want a first Tucker Max book, go with the first instead of this one.
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This is Tuckers last kick at the can in the "fratire" genre. I have to say I didn't enjoy it as much as his previous books. Tucker admits himself in the book that he isn't living the same lifestyle anymore (i.e. he's grown up a bit), and he rehashes some stories from previous books with additional information, as well as airs out some personal vendettas against someone who wronged him in the past.

A few chapters were genuinely funny, such as the stories about crab fishing in the arctic, but overall the book didn't have me laughing as hard as his other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funniest book ever March 17 2014
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such a great read... you need a laugh - read it.... having a bad day - read it.... need a little adventure - read it
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you like funny stories! March 10 2013
By Beto
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This is Tucker Max's third book and I can assure everyone it is just as good - if not better - than the first two. His stories are drop dead funny and his storytelling style is uncanny. What a life he's had! If you read the first two books you will not be disappointed with this one. It is worth every penny. Enjoy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tucker's vindictive side rears its ugly head Feb. 20 2012
By Thrasybulus - Published on Amazon.com
I'll give him this: Tucker entertains. His stories are for the most part well written, and his third book is a fun and easy, albeit frivolous read. As usual, a good chunk of the book is just emails to and from his friends, some dating back years. That, coupled with multiple pages dedicated to his "sexting" with his core fan base, i.e. immature and insecure teenage girls, sort of undermines his claim of being a prolific writer.

Tucker is at his best when he writes about his friends' various idiosyncrasies. The chapter about his friend Hate was by far the funniest, containing some exemplary wit.

He is absolutely at his worst when he gives life advice. The "wisdom" he imparts is shallow, hackneyed, and hardly conducive to forming good character. At one point in the book, he suggests that kids shouldn't listen to anything their parents say, that they should just follow their own rules and the hell with the norm. So, when your dad preaches the importance of virtues such as loyalty, honor, fortitude, and honesty, just ignore the old man. Very rebellious, Tucker! This is painfully cliched and unenlightened advice.

By far the most disturbing chapter is on Miss Vermont.

It reveals a vindictive, pathologically narcissistic, and petty side of Tucker. He takes extreme pride in destroying a young, innocent girl for absolutely no good reason. He comes off as border-line sadistic in challenging Miss Vermont to write her version of events. Miss Vermont didn't want stories about her private sexual encounters published on the internet (who would?), yet Tucker takes delight in revealing intimate details about their relationship. Worse, he hides under the first amendment to justify his actions. Tucker fancies himself as a champion of free speech, when the real story is Tucker's cowardice in continuing to taunt a girl, whose privacy he had already shamelessly violated. Tucker feigns indignation at Miss Vermont's hypocrisy--her preaching chastity on the one hand, and not living up to it on the other. And that is apparently good enough reason for Tucker to go after her with a religious like fervor. He almost exudes moral righteousness that comes off as incredibly petty, creepy and vengeful. In short, the Miss Vermont story makes him look really small, vindictive and cowardly.

Hilarity Ensues is a fun read--with the salient exception of the Miss Vermont chapter--but it belies Tucker's delusion that he has grown or that he is an exceptional writer. He is still petty, at times bitter, and never particularly insightful.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tucker Max Runs Out of Things to Write About March 31 2013
By Jutlander - Published on Amazon.com
Before I say much about this book, I must say that I loved the first two books Tucker Max wrote. The first book had great content and good writing, and the second book followed up with great content AND great writing. In this third book, the writing is still great, but Tucker Max is running out of content and at times it seems that he is aware of it himself.

In one instance (a story titled "The TMZ Debacle") Tucker Max even says that normally he would not have deemed the story worth telling, but because TMZ interviewed him about it, he is doing it anyway. He tells a Halloween story and mentions that there is a better Halloween story in his second book the title of which Amazon will not let me spell out. In that same book there is an amazingly funny story about an encounter between him and two ex girlfriends; in this book we get the much less interesting epilogue to that story.

The book spends two pages on a story which can be summed up as: "Guys go to look at wild horses. One guy is bit in the hand by a horse". Another two pages are spent on a story which is basically "This one guy may or may not have been gay".

The stories about his friend Hate are kind of funny, but mostly they can be summed up as "Hate got angry, Tucker Max and Credit laughed". The Cancun stories started out really good, but they sounded surprisingly preachy at times when Tucker Max recounts events that he was not even present for.

And then there is the sexting... let me just say that it gets old really fast.

He is a great writer and I loved his first two books, but in this book his is clearly running out of stuff to write about. I cannot imagine what was left for the fourth book, "Sloppy Seconds", which is supposedly the stuff that was not good enough for this book.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just not funny July 7 2012
By just write well - Published on Amazon.com
One of my college students gave me a copy of IHTSBIH and I laughed myself silly. (Yes, I am a professor. I maintain discipline but I also try to keep my class amused and entertained while larnin' their lessons) It was one of the funniest books I had ever read. I could not wait to get a copy of the next book and see the movie. Then I read stories from people who worked on the movie who were lied to and generally abused by His Royal Highness. Rudius authors started to disclose that they were getting paid little to nothing while Tucker raked in millions. I read a story about him eating and throwing his empty peanut shells on the floor. I realized this wasn't just an act, but it was the story of a truly miserable man who hated himself very badly and was truly f**** by his awful parents, who raised him to be a feral child posing as a mature, scholarly, young man sowing his wild oats and writing funny stories about them.

Anybody who would start a movie with a scene where his character is encouraging a naive young woman to KILL THE FAT GIRL because FAT GIRLS AREN'T REAL PEOPLE at the bar......well, we all know what happened to that cinematic masterpiece, don't we? Tucker Max won't eat lunch in Hollywood again, I tell you. And the more he pretends he doesn't care, the more he cares so very desperately. But it is too late. How do I know? I went to law school and then moved to California to temp by night and audition by day and yeah I crawled back home and pulled out the Bar books. But I still have friends out there.

Anyway, the book was not funny. It was well written. Tucker can spin a good tale. But they Just Are Not Funny. One small example of humor--Some crab boat fisherman told him that his granny pulled out his rotting teeth with pliers and whiskey. Why I rolled in the aisles!!! And Tucker sprayed a man's butt with bear mace! Oh hold me, hold me, I'm laughing so hard....

Tucker, very simply, thoroughly enjoys inflicting pain upon people. And lying his non bear maced ass off. Anybody who would believe the story of HotNurse and Hollywood whore uniting for a threesome needs to be sent back to middle school.

He's a sad man. His friends are telling him that the greatest joy of their life is holding their newborn child; Tucker's greatest joy is spraying bear mace in the ass of a total stranger. Please write an essay comparing and contrasting th.........Oops, I forgot I'm not in class.

At least he is finally getting the psychological help that he needs and I wish him well. Maybe in 10 years he will write about holding his newborn child born to him and his cool, hot, funny, intelligent wife. I hope so, I really do. P.S. I am not fat.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The end. March 4 2012
By Jorm - Published on Amazon.com
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Very obviously the last of his books, Tucker Max pulls out the last of his stories, tying up loose ends and providing a few chuckles. For fans of Tucker Max, this will be an interesting read showcasing some of his later life and tamer stories. For people new to Tucker Max, I'd suggest starting with his first book, because without backstory new readers won't find this very funny.
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor manuscript devoid of any indication of talent Aug. 8 2014
By Apollinaire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the man-child's equivalent of pornographic writing: even they know it sucks, but they just can't help the addiction.

The mark of an unedited, unprofessional text: Block paragraphs with indentation to boot. Only someone completely clueless would format a text like this, which tells you how much attention was paid to the manuscript. But hey, screw it, because if this is the cheap crap you want to read, nothing is going to stop you from rating it five stars and declaring, in whatever jargon modern partiers use, that this is edgy material.

What it really is? A fantastic way for the talentless Mr. Tucker to make some serious money. I congratulate him.
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