Katie's Take

Comedian Billy Crystal’s Heartfelt Observations on Getting Older

Katie Couric
Katie's Take

Memory loss, libido, sleep problems. Almost nothing is off limits in Billy Crystal’s recently published “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?”

The longtime comedian celebrated his 65th birthday in March and wrote the book as he was approaching the milestone. It’s a funny look at what the aging process is all about, from marriage to “physical things that happen” to “what gravity does to us.”

Crystal, who voiced the character of Mike in this summer’s blockbuster “Monsters University,” also takes a look at his storied career, which included memorable turns in “City Slickers” and “When Harry Met Sally,” and as a nine-time host of the Academy Awards.

Crystal shared with Katie Couric how sleep problems have racked him since he was born.

“Basically I’ve been up since 1948,” he said. “The old joke is that I sleep like a baby: I’m up every 2 hours.”

The “registered insomniac” is not above a few tricks so he has someone to talk to during a sleepless bout. Crystal admitted that sometimes he pretends to have nightmares just so he can wake up his wife.

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