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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books; Trade PB edition (Oct. 28 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688171621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688171629
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Review

"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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 17 2003
Format: Paperback
Reviews have been written that stress the lack of "smarts" in Jon Stewart's humor. To that, I can only comment that it takes a somewhat intelligent person to understand smart humor in the first place. With that being said, Stewart has the audacity to push the limits of what is comdically acceptable and the sense to KISS (keep it simple stupid). As a cold war historian, I particluarly enjoyed "The Ford Tapes" and can see how that might have actually happened. If you love The Daily Show, get this book. If you can't read or comprehend what you read, then don't waste your time. I highly recommend this witty book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "whosthemaniam" on July 13 2004
Format: Paperback
First I'll admit I love The Daily Show with John Stewart and TiVo it nightly. I enjoyed the book first and foremost for its incredibly interesting take on historical events and the unique narratives. It alternated between very funny, very weird, and kind of dumb. It is a quick read, offers unique glimpses into history, and has its funny moments. I think Stewart can and will do better, but it gets a 3/5 from me because you will be a better person for having read it and you can then sell it back to a half-priced book store.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on Jan. 16 2004
Format: Paperback
Ah, Jon Stewart, from the days before he became bigtime, mainsteam, etc. Not that he's diminshed in any capacity at all, you understand. It's just that more people know about him (cough, Newsweek) and it's unsettling to his diehard fans. At least he doesn't care at all.
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kerry M. Nashon on Oct. 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
While I've watched Jon Stewart for years, I really had no idea what to expect in book form. The result was that I wasn't at all disappointed. With its insightful and interesting take on historical and political events, accompanied by wit and humor, this one's a sure bet. Also recently enjoyed two other books, though they are nothing like this one: "Jonathan Strange" and "Bark of the Dogwood."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By adead_poet@hotmail.com on June 21 2003
Format: Paperback
I like Jon Stewart. I think he is a brilliant comedian (we won't talk about his movies, that seems to be his Achilles Heel). The Daily Show is great, I try never to miss it. And you can tell Stewart is an intelligent, well-read man. His jokes work on two levels, or more.
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').
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That Jon Stewart is one of the smartest, funniest comedians around is a given. Anyone whose seen him on the Daily Show knows that. The Daily Show is the best comedy on cable tv, and one of the best comedies around. Just recently it was nominated for an emmy. I've been a fan of that show from the beginning with Craig Kilborn. When Craig left, I was quite uneasy about the show's future. I knew nothing about Jon Stewart, at first in the commercials I even confused him with Richard Lewis. Needless to say, Stewart tremendously improved the show, which is impressive since the show was good to start off with. He is am impeccable interviewer, and he is a quick witted, sharp, and inventive guy.
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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