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Varsity Center


Who: Steve Falcone
What: Ben Falcone’s Being a Dad is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours (book signing and author roast)
Where:
When: 2017-06-17
Carbondale native Ben Falcone, writer/director of The Boss and Tammy, and husband to superstar comed
Chris Wissmann
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Carbondale native Ben Falcone, writer/director of The Boss and Tammy, and husband to superstar comedy actress and SIU alum Melissa McCarthy, is on a tour to promote his new book, Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours (Dey Street Books, 240 pages, hardcover, $25.99).

And Ben’s book tour will not take him through his hometown.

Instead, his father, local theater legend Steve Falcone, will fill in Saturday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Varsity Center.

“He told his side— damn well— in the book,” the Falcone patriarch tells Nightlife, laughing. “The trouble is, it’s all the truth. It’s his mother’s fault— she gave him a terrible streak of truth-telling.”

Now it’s a proud dad’s turn to roast his son in absentia. “Should be a lotta fun,” Steve says.

Steve has stories about how Ben met Melissa while at the Groundlings School for improvisational and sketch comedy, crazy roadtrips he took with Ben and his older son Flynn (himself an actor, screenwriter, author, and director), and the Halloween when a fourteen-year-old Ben went out dressed like Alex P. Keaton— and in case anyone missed the point, Ben wore a sign saying, “I am a Republican asshole.”

“He was so proud of himself, he made a political statement at that age,” Steve says. “He was feeling his oats and getting there.”

Being a Dad Is Weird began, Steve says, as Thirty Things I Learned from My Father— a collection of stories Ben bound up and presented to Steve for Christmas. Then it grew, a publisher became interested, and it turned into a contrast between Steve’s and Ben’s parenting styles. Career choices necessitated those differences— Steve was largely a stay-at-home parent who spent a lot of time with his kids, while Ben’s Hollywood career sometimes forces him away from his own brood.

The whole family— Steve, matriarch Peg, Ben, and Flynn— loved Being a Dad Is Weird so much they came together in a little Los Angeles recording studio to read their parts for the audio book. Steve calls it “a great family fun day.”

The Varsity, Steve says, is a natural place for the signing— Ben and Flynn used to go to the Varsity Grill, which was located on the southeast corner of the present-day Varsity Center, to play pinball.

Admission is free but limited to 150 persons. The Bookworm will sell copies of Being a Dad Is Weird, and Steve, who’s pictured on the book’s cover with a young Ben, will happily sign them.

who: Steve Falcone

what: Ben Falcone’s Being a Dad is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours (book signing and author roast)

where: Varsity Center

 

when: Saturday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m.

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