I only really know Moshe Kasher from the two times I've heard him as a guest on Stop Podcasting Yourself
, an excellent podcast from Vancouver based comedians Graham Clark and Dave Schumka. His appearances were pretty funny, the guy has a quick wit and an interesting sense of humor.
On his most recent two appearances, he talked about writing a book that detailed his pretty sordid past involving drugs and mental health. Having gone through so much before his sixteenth birthday, there was no way this book could be anything but enthralling.
I certainly wasn't wrong.
It can be jarring listening (snagged a copy of the audiobook) to Moshe explain how one drug led to another and how serious his addictions became. The combination of drugs that he had been taking at one point was mind boggling, it's unbelievable just how much memory he retained. When you add a vicious and unforgiving attitude toward any authority figure as well as his mother, it's a wonder he came out the other end with such a positive attitude and achieved this level of success and comfort.
Oh, and this book is really funny. Kasher is now a stand-up comedian and part time actor so he knows how to entertain. While he's regaling you with stories of his troubled youth, he keeps certain topics light by infusing his unique sense of humor. It takes a special kind of person to make you laugh while trying to justify being too lazy to walk the ten feet to the bathroom, electing rather to piss in empty soft drink cups and cast iron heaters.