The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz by Ron Jeremy with Eric Spitznagel

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The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz by Ron Jeremy with Eric Spitznagel

Category: Autobiography
Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Jill Murphy
Reviewed by Jill Murphy
Summary: Ron Jeremy is as happy to tell a joke at his own expense as he is anybody else's. In this light and amusing, if a little repetitive (in out, in out, in out) autobiography he comes across as a nice guy. The more unpleasant side of the porn industry is simply ignored.
Buy? No Borrow? Yes
Pages: 320 Date: February 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment
ISBN: 978-0007252626

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If you're looking for a serious, warts and all story of a life in the porn business, you won't find it here. Ron Jeremy's The Hardest (Working) Man In Showbiz is a light celebrity memoir, full of name-dropping, self-promotion and gossipy anecdotes. And a lot of those anecdotes are exceedingly funny. Never let it be said that Ron Jeremy doesn't know how to please.

Ron Jeremy has appeared in almost two thousand porn films. He's directed several hundred more. He says he has slept with almost four thousand women. In a book full of cocks and pussies and boners and anals and pop shots, there's something rather sweet but rather desperate in that euphemism "slept with". Ron Jeremy may have penetrated almost four thousand women, but he's actually slept with very few.

Famous for the rather dubious ability to autofellate, the size of his tallywhacker (my favourite new penis euphemism and I shall use it always) and that startlingly long list of credits, Ron Jeremy comes across as a rather good-natured man, as happy to tell jokes against himself as against anyone else. The book reads rather like an interview without the questions and if this kind of transcript ghostwriting irritates you, you won't like it. I don't mind it at all. It makes for an easy read as you skip merrily from name-drop to anecdote and from sexual exploit to porn title pun.

Ron is at his strongest when telling stories. He's also done a few turns as a stand up comedian, and he does know how to deliver a punchline. You can't help but enjoy a prurient interest in the number of A list celebrities who enjoy a dabble in the porn and swingers social scene. It's less enjoyable when he's detailing his failed attempts at getting in on the mainstream. We don't want to read about you failing, Ron, we want to read about you and your enormous schmeckel (that's another good slang term for penis I've picked up, but not as good as tallywhacker) conquering all that lays in your path.

The nastier side of the industry is also largely ignored. Since retiring from acting in porn, Ron's made a bit of a name for himself on the college-speaking circuit. The Oxford Union loved him. Apparently, he makes an excellent case for pornography in these debates. There's nothing of that argument in this book and much as I enjoyed Ron's stories, I'd have liked to have seen his brain in gear for a few pages too. I think this book is perhaps underestimating its readers, which I find vaguely annoying.

Still, The Hardest (Working) Man In Showbiz is a riot. I laughed out loud dozens of times. Ron Jeremy seems to be a grounded, friendly, pleasant everyman kind of chap, and perhaps that's the real secret of his undoubted popularity in porn. Well, that and his tallywhacker, of course.

I'm afraid I have no next direction in which to point you this time. I haven't read any other porn star autobiographies. Sorry!

Thanks to the publisher, Harper Collins, for sending the book and with it, the chuckles.

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Kerry King said:

Jill, this review makes me want to read the book. I find Ron Jeremy aesthetically repugnant, regardless of the size of his Whanger however, I can see how his tales (tails?) would be a compelling read. I would never have sought out this book - you've done Senor Tallywhacker and his publishers a real favour with this review.

Jill replied:

Ha. If you could draw a picture showing the ubiquitous male, hirsute, moustachioed pornstar, it would be Ron. The book has lots of pictures, but his tallywhacker is obscured in all of them!

Kerry King said:

Further, I saw Mr. Jeremy on a documentary last night about porn films that spoof actual Hollywood Blockbusters and even the director of the movie said that he and his fellow directors preferred Ron to keep his clothing on whenever possible!

Jill replied:

He um... likes his food quite a lot!

natkisson said:

I really enjoyed your review and look forward to reading Ron's book...and the schmuck better send me a free copy since I might even be in it, as we "dated" for two years back in the early 90s!!! Great review, Jill.