Seven years after his book about surviving prostate cancer came out, comedian Steven Dupin (a.k.a. Stevie D.) is still cancer-free and back to making audiences—and readers—laugh.
In his new memoir, CHRONICLES OF A HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLY (Headline Books, Inc.), Dupin shares true tales about youthful mischief and Hollywood hijinks.
Born Steven Dupin in Owensboro, Kentucky, this self-proclaimed hillbilly grew up in a dysfunctional but close-knit family with a divorced mom and three sisters, surrounded by friends with whom he frequently got into trouble. Though he was admittedly a mediocre student, Dupin’s talent was making people laugh. At age 22, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy, but never forgot where he came from.
“I love LA, especially now that I have created a family here,” Dupin said. “I think like a lot of people in this town I had stars in my eyes when I got here, but you see people who have achieved fame and fortune but are still miserable, I think maybe because they’ve compromised who they really are. I am proud who I am and where I’m from.”
Dupin has performed at many comedy clubs throughout Southern California, and produced the popular comedy special, Rockstars of Comedy, which also featured Bret Ernst, Steve Byrne, Dan Levy, Sam Tripoli, Bryan Callen and Whitney Cummins.
Written in a conversational style, Chronicles of a Hollywood Hillbilly reads like a script from one of Dupin’s stand-up comedy shows, in which he tells stories about such things as:
And there is more.
Chronicles of a Hollywood Hillbilly is the follow-up to Dupin’s previous memoir, The Trans Am Diaries: A Hillbilly’s Road Trip From Comedy to Cancer… and Back Again.
“My first book got a great response from people saying how much it inspired them, but I purposely did not want to talk about cancer this time,” he said. “I wanted to make the new book funnier, and I had more time to work on it, so I was able to put more thought into it. Laughter really is the best medicine, next to moonshine
More information about Stevie D. is available at www.StevieDRocks.com.
ISBN 9781951556648, 6 x 9, 176 pages, PB, $19.95