Originally posted by Robin Parker:
I'm interested for I have the belief that this material is rather short & "hard hitting". I perform strolling & restaurants so this type of material seems appropriate. Am I mistaken in this belief?
Nope. Your assumptions are essentially correct. I think you'll be very pleased with the book and I'm almost certain that some of the material will find a permanent home in your restaurant and strolling repertoire. If you saw Brian Gillis' Tonight show appearances, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect, as Brian did a few items from the book and even delivered a Fechter line here and there.
The Mentzer expanded edition is an enjoyable read. Fechter apparently enjoyed having fun with his guests and comes across as a bit of a playful rascal. His routines certainly reflect that spirit as they contain a generous amount of unexpected (and sometimes funny) surprises. Many of his gags, lines, and other bits o' business have become classics.