It was the end of June, 2019 that I finally found and purchased this book, Stay Hungry, by Sebastian Maniscalco at The National Comedy Center. I had searched online for it previously, but could not find anywhere to buy it. I was overjoyed to finally have the opportunity to read the background of my new favorite Italian Comedian, Sebastian Maniscalco. I had already read the first chapter or so free online, but was dying to read the rest. And after having watched several of his Comedy specials on Netflix, I was excited to learn more about him. This book is an autobiography of sorts, written in a very conversational and engaging story telling style. I identified closely with Sebastian's comedy based on his Sicilian roots, and his comedy centered on growing up Italian/Sicilian American in Chicago Illinois, and around the partial acculturation of his father who immigrated to the US at about age 15. While Sebastian has come across at times in his comedy routines as a very angry person at times, it was very illuminating to read his biography, and observe the intense warmth, love and support that he has for and that he receives from his family throughout the entire book. I took notes while reading the book, and found some details of his life fascinating. He knew and worked with Andrew Dice Clay. He is now pals with Tony Danza and Jerry Seinfeld, much to the amazement of his beautiful wife. While he can come across as uneducated and rude at times during his comedy routines, Sebastian actually has attended college and earned a Corporate Organizational Communications Degree. On Sept 12, 2006, he left his day job at the Four Seasons Hotel to do comedy full time. He talks a lot about being in the service industry, and being a waiter, and then running across town on lunch breaks to do stand up comedy, and then come back to the Four Seasons in time to get back on the clock and serve people again. As a result of his humble roots, he is now a generous tipper. Sebastian devotes several pages to how much to tip and whom to tip, and when to tip. He also talks about the power of tipping with a hundred dollar bill, which he fondly referred to as a "hunge" which usually ensures the very best service and getting a table when a restaurant is already full. After achieving much success in his profession of comedy over many years (about twenty years) of hard work, Sebastian appreciates fines wines and he introduces the reader to his knowledge about wines such as the Sommelier is like a priest and the Wine Book is the Holy Bible with a tassel bookmark. He expresses deep gratitude to his father in law Scott for introducing him to such things, and also for teaching him things like "The best year for California Cabernet is 1996 baby!" Sebastian got married on Aug 14, 2013, four and a half years after his first date. The wedding was in Napa. It was a destination wedding. He was 40, she was 30 at the time. The book only takes us up to the birth of the first child, but I continue to follow Sebastian on social media and I realize he now has a second child. Some of the vignettes taking care of his pregnant wife and especially warm and funny in this book. Making popcorn during her pregnancy with a whirly popcorn popper, and gaining weight with her are some of the very heartwarming vignettes that he includes in this auto biography. He is living in wedded bliss currently, with his wife and two children. He is on a comedy tour right now, and will be in Jamestown NY on Aug 10 at the Northwest Savings Bank Ice Arena, performing for two sold out shows. His first show sold out the first day tickets went on sale, so a second show was added. I am very glad to have my ticket purchased and ready, and am greatly looking forward to seeing my favorite Italian Comedian perform in my own hometown. I also donated my copy of this book today to the Lakewood Library, so other people can read and enjoy the book.