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For the first time, Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling opens up about his life as a cast member and head writer for the comedy powerhouse The Howard Stern Show. In The Joke Man: Bow to Stern, Jackie tells of his beginnings as a working comedian and writer and his climb to the top on The Howard Stern Show. Jackie saw it all, and in The Joke Man: Bow to Stern he shares personal stories as well a look from behind the scenes at one of the highest-rated radio shows of all time. You'll also get his take on his falling out with Howard and the show, and plenty of the raunchy, laugh-out-loud humor that Jackie "The Joke Man" is famous for.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy as "The Joke Man" riffs on his one-of-a-kind career in show business, Howard Stern and the gang, and his very unique life - an American success story like no other.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Jackie Martling (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Chris
  • 25-01-2018

Waste of time, and I returned it...

Jackie, Jackie, Jackie... I think this is only the second time I've left a review on audible. Half way through this book I felt like I had a gun to my head with a voice telling me it was my civic duty as a retired Stern fan to inform the public of this mockery of a tell all.

Let me be clear, I very much enjoyed Jackie with his time spent on the Stern show, and as the years have passed, I've lost all respect for the PC Marci Turk years, and no longer even subscribe to Sirius (thank god for podcasts).

Jackie had a chance to really open up and and cast a light on Stern and inform fans about the bipolar, hypocritical, fascist dictator that once ruled the air ways.

Through out this entire book their are only TWO stories that remotely suggest Howard is chemically unbalanced in any way.

1) Howard used the delay button to remove a compliment Jackie gave Fred for writing the lyrics to the Elton John "Why isnt Howard Stern on TV?"

2) Howard didn't have his back during Jackies final contract negotiations. 

THATS IT... the book is titled Bow to Stern! Yet it reads more like a fluff piece attempt of getting his job back some day opposed to a tell all.

If you listened to the Stern show during the Jackie years, you already know about 85% of what's in this book. Theirs a little back story on Jackies early life that is about as interesting as listening to Howard interview a Kardashian, and chapter on him and Dangerfield, which is more self-glorifying than intriguing.

If you want dirt on Stern or his show don't waste your time with book. It's repetitive, boring, unfunny, and if you were annoyed at hearing Jackie laugh when Stern read one of his jokes it's even worse when he laughs at his own... over, and over, and over, and over again.

I wish I could have given this book negative 5 stars.

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  • mike margotta
  • 26-10-2017

not a bad read

it wasn't horrible it just wasn't what I expected. When I heard he was writing a tell-all book I thought we were going to get some behind-the-scenes Stern Show information. there was very little if any of that and this was more of a book based on the life of Jackie Martling. Again not a bad book just not what I expected

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 08-03-2019

Howard jumps the shark

loved it .when Jackie left the show Howard jumped the shark . it would be nice if Jackie came back to the show

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  • Glen Caplan
  • 10-09-2020

it was really bad!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-2020

It was a great listen

Jackie is really funny, and great to listen to. Being a long time fan of the stern show it listeningwas like spending time with an old friend. Great job jackie!

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  • Brett
  • 28-11-2017

Jackie is the BEST!

I always loved Jackie and the Stern Show. Now that I have a better understanding of what really happened, I respect Jackie as well. Not to mention he is truly a great guy who is very approachable and sincere. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2004 at Les Paul’s, Iridium Jazz Club. Hiya! Jackie still remembers me and go buy this great book!

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  • M_D
  • 19-08-2021

love the joke man

Jackie Martling always brings a smile to my face. Glad life was good to you.

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  • Der Oberst
  • 14-08-2021

More than I expected

Having been a Stern fan since Day One, I was waiting for one of the "inner circle" to write an autobiography. Knowing Howard and his penchant for secrecy I did not expect much in the way of serious revelations. While there was nothing earth shattering in this book, there were some surprisingly intimate details. After a rocky introduction with Artie sounding like he recorded his part in the toilet on lots of Schedule 1 controlled substances, the book got down to talking about Jackie starting with some of his genealogy. It turned out to be more interesting than I thought. Things moved quickly through his childhood, college and start of his career with a generous portion of Dangerfield. Given what we had heard on Stern about this for many years, this was interesting and a distinct contradiction from Stern's spin. The book naturally spends a considerable time discussing the Stern years. The thing that really gets on my nerves is the way he continually compares the show with the Beatles and he was one of the Beatles of radio. While I was a big fan (no longer since Jackie left-the show is terrible today and basically a limousine liberal show), you can't compare a crazy morning show with a band that changed music, the industry, songwriting and western society in a few short years. In any case without going into details and spoiling the story, there are some interesting behind the scenes revelations but no real bashing of any of the major characters. Towards the end there are some pretty sharp elbows thrown at Stern. Based on what I have heard over the years, pretty accurate observations and well deserved elbows. Interestingly enough the only regular who got somewhat (and rightly) slammed was Benji. There were only a few mentions of Billy West and nothing in depth about him which is pretty sad considering how extraordinary the show was with Billy and Jackie together. The Jackie Puppet would have been nothing without Billy's voice as would many classic sketches. Billy and Jackie were a great team, even better than Jackie and Fred who he pays a great deal of homage to. Ultimately it is a sad tale despite Jackie telling typical Jackie jokes throughout. It seems there were a few missteps on Jackie's part to enter the inner sanctum of Howard, Fred and Robin. Because of those missteps Howard seemed to have soured on Jackie as the years went by. That is too bad because the show is a shadow of its former self without Jackie. Still I enjoyed the book, listening to Jackie read it was great too and it brought back some great memories. You have to read between the lines in many places and I appreciated that because Howard keeps such a tight lid on everything despite what he plays on the radio. And he is not a great guy to work for if you want to have any say in things and be a team contributor not just a Sternbot. Get the book, it is worth the read. You aren't going to get a funnier or more honest book from Baba Booey, Fred the Martian or Madame Quivers.

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  • Allen Dunn
  • 04-02-2021

Jackie never disappoints us

So glad I got this book. I’ve been a fan of The Joke Man since he started on the Stern Show and have loved him since. Such a positive book and am glad to hear him and his positive attitude tell some great jokes and stories about his life. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-12-2020

I expected nothing less from the joke man and I was not disappointed

I’ve always been a fan of Jackie, and I regret that it took me this long to get his book. It was a great story, from his family history right up until the end. I will be listening again.

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