Excerpts from Billy Crystal's "Still Foolin' 'Em”

  • Updated: October 19, 2013 - 2:00 PM

On his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” in 1975: “I heard Johnny introduce me, the curtains parted, and then, as if I were a bull rider in a rodeo, I was let out of the stall and into the ring, trying to hold on for dear life. I walked to my mark on rubbery legs, feeling like I had to cough up a hairball. Wow, there’s Doc and the band, I see Johnny to my right — it was very surreal. I had been watching this show for so long, and now I was on it. The piece played very well, and when it was done the audience gave me a big hand, and I looked over and son of a bitch if he wasn’t waving me over. I tried not to run, to act like I did this all the time, but inside I was a parade.”

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