Naked Pictures Of Famous People Paperback – Sep 22 1999
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Sometimes it seems like every standup comedian worth his or her salt just has to do the book thing, and you might feel that yet another warmed-over stage routine is the last thing you need taking up valuable bookshelf space. Jon Stewart's book will come as an extremely pleasant surprise. He eschews the standard standup patter and instead gives us 18 short comic essays in a variety of styles that recall the prose work of Woody Allen, only with a few more references to genitals. Stewart proves himself a remarkably nimble humorist with a sharp eye for parody, whether he's writing "A Very Hanson Christmas" or "Adolf Hitler: The Larry King Interview."
HITLER: ...Larry, look, I was a bad guy. No question. I hate that Hitler. The yelling, the finger pointing, I don't know ... I was a very angry guy.
KING: And this ... new Hitler?
HITLER: I get up at seven, have half a melon, do the jumble in the morning paper and then let the day take me where it will.... Me!! The inventor of the Blitzkrieg... When you stop having to control everything it's very freeing.
Stewart is not afraid to flirt with bad taste, in fact, some of the pieces in this collection do for "flirting with bad taste" what Bill Clinton did for "not having sexual relations." But it's wonderful to see an edgy comedian taking on the traditionally cozy genre of the humorous essay, creating work that combines the wit of Robert Benchley with the energy and attitude of the best modern standup. Naked Pictures of Famous People proves that Jon Stewart is as comfortable, and accomplished, in front of a word processor as he is in front of an audience. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Brutally witty... On a par with Woody Allen's Without Feathers and Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes..." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Terrific night table reading for lovers of intelligent satire... smart... refreshingly offensive... unapologetically un-PC... a gift for just about anyone." -- Austin Chronicle
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Anyway, this book is amazing. Jon once said that this book is the thing he's most proud of, and well he should be. The piece on the Kennedys is satiric genius, proving Jon takes shots at all sides, not just the conservatives. My personal favorite has to be The Cult, in which Cap'n Crunch is their chosen savior.
It's not just in-your-face humor. Jon's writing is laced with the subtlety and nerve of The Daily Show-- in each sentence you can almost sense the eye-roll, the self-deprecating grimace, the unaffected shrug. It's that unbelievable, underlying charm that sells this book. It's the complete mockery of everything anyone holds sacred with such candor and effrontery that makes it the classic it should be, and is to me. It's great. I love it! And sorry for gushing--but he's Jon.
That being said, I was a bit disappointed in his book. I found it to be very uneven. Therea are some great 'bits', but there are many that are bad. Such as the first 'chapter' where the Kennedy's are the target of his wit. It fell short. Next is a slightly better, but still weak bit on the Hansons (does anyone even remember them?). As is "The Ford Tapes" where Stewart spoofs Ford and his brief presidency. The next bit that pokes fun at Martha Stewart is better. This one isn't bad. It falls in the middle category, because it wasn't all that great. "The New Judaism", which follows, is better still, though still not 'Laugh-out-loud" like one blurb announces. His next bit, better still, takes on Princess Di and Mother Teresa (showing that nothing is sacred to a comic who is truly cutting edge) in a series of letters Di sends to Teresa. "Local News" drops us back to the awfulness of the early bits as it gives us the death of the talking Taco Bell Chihuaha. It's only about two pages (thank god). But we go back to the quality of Di/Teresa with Stewart satirizing the last supper--we get the journal from the waiter. Nice touch. I don't know what to say about the next bit, which is Da Vinci's lost notebook. The next bit is "The Cult" which is really great. This is one of the bits where you see Stewart at his best. But we immeidately drop to a lame bit, "Five Under Five," which satirizes these lists of people to watch ('Best 25 Under 25').Read more ›
All his brilliance from tv translates perfectly into this concise, funny book. This should come as no surprise, since Stewart is the head writer on the Daily Show, and his essays have appeared in many national magazines, but what he does in this book is much different from anything on the Daily Show. The only comparisson I can make is to the three Woody Allen books, which are written in a similar format as this, with the occasional mini-play thrown in for good measure. That's not to say it's a ripoff of Woody Allen, it's not. None of Woody's books have used drawings for humor, like he did on "Da Vinci: The Lost Notebook," and Woody Allen's books largely don't center around actual historical people and celebrities as Stewart's does. The whole book is good, and some of my favorites are Breakfast at Kennedy's, The Ford Tapes, The Last Supper, Adolf Hitler: The Larry King Interview, and Lenny Bruce, the making of a sitcom (not to mention the funny back cover of the book with a revealing photo of an anonymous bearded fellow). In short, Jon Stewart fans will love this, and everybody else will turn into a Jon Stewart fan after reading this.
IF JON STEWART IS READING THIS, PLEASE, WRITE ANOTHER BOOK!!!!
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Jon this is your mother Martha. As you know, I am going to jail. While I am in jail, do not write any more books that suck as badly as this one does. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by martha
This book is so bad, it made me long for the humor of the Geena Davis Show.Published on May 5 2004 by N
This post-Arsenio endeavors to compel a disinterested audience to a true Utopia: the nowhere where anywhere is funnywear. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Michelle Ryan
I think I am lucky to have a job with what a bad book I wrote. I have failed at so many things but it is amazing I keep getting new gigs. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Jon Stewart
I liked Jon Stewart better when he was a television preacher. Jon wrote a bad book and needs to go back to working for the phone company.Published on Feb. 10 2004
I didn't enjoy this book. Maybe I'm just not savvy enough to pick up Jon's brilliance but for me most of the chapters just fell flat. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004
This book has its moments, but Stewart beats his jokes to death with a redundancy that you never see in his TV show or live performances. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Big Frank
This is not comedy. Thisamong the driest pieces of "Humor" ever. Skip this book!Published on Sept. 22 2003 by B