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
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