Book Review: I am America (and so can you) by Stephen Colbert

Ten Word Summary: The megalomaniac title says it all – this ain’t for you.

There is a reason why comedy shows are short and varied: Jokes wear thin. Imagine instead of attending a comedy show, you’re given the script and you’re expected to comprehend, appreciate, and laugh at it. It doesn’t work, unfortunately, most of the time.

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Sure, the book has its moments, and the approach is fun and intuitive. But just like a fresh paint of coat that makes the room brighter (or in a book’s case, different), sooner than later the paint’s gonna stink and you’d be on your way to the nearest exit. This pretty much summarizes how you should go on about reading the book if you’re not planning to set your eyes on fire: Read it in short bursts. Just like a TV show, you can only handle so much before you find yourself flipping through other channels.

The issues “discussed” in the book are neither new issues nor tackled with any purpose but to extort any potential humor out of them. Which is great and is funny when done right. My favorite parts are the bits on religion and the vocab listing at the end. This of course makes pretty solid material for a 30 minute show, but the humor often fails to translate well, making the ones that do (in comparison) stand out are laugh-out-loud funny.

Bottom Line: You’re probably going to worship this book if you’re a fan of the guy, but the book’s content isn’t fit for the print media. Except for the cool stickers.

  • http://diarysequel.blogspot.com/ asoom

    You’ve been finishing a lot of books lately!

    I have this book lying around somewhere. My sister read it and kept laughing out loud hysterically but then again she laughs at all kinds of stupid stuff all the time. I think she stole my stickers.

    “Read it in short bursts. Just like a TV show, you can only handle so much before you find yourself flipping through other channels.” Yea that’s what I was thinking.

  • http://diarysequel.blogspot.com asoom

    You’ve been finishing a lot of books lately!

    I have this book lying around somewhere. My sister read it and kept laughing out loud hysterically but then again she laughs at all kinds of stupid stuff all the time. I think she stole my stickers.

    “Read it in short bursts. Just like a TV show, you can only handle so much before you find yourself flipping through other channels.” Yea that’s what I was thinking.

  • Anonymous

    LOL, well unemployment does provide you 8 extra hours a day

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    LOL, well unemployment does provide you 8 extra hours a day

  • http://www.alwaysnumb-me.blogspot.com/ sou-0ne-Canobee

    that is the worse book review i have seen in a long time i guess its as boring as it gets glad i didnt buy it though u r a life saver

  • http://www.alwaysnumb-me.blogspot.com sou-0ne-Canobee

    that is the worse book review i have seen in a long time i guess its as boring as it gets glad i didnt buy it though u r a life saver

  • vagueraz

    nyalak ,, allahum la 7asad , hope to read books as much as u :( …

    I have no time :(

  • vagueraz

    nyalak ,, allahum la 7asad , hope to read books as much as u :( …

    I have no time :(

  • Ali H.

    I never understood why comedians think they can write non-fiction books. Sure, they have some insights of the world and they use it well in their comedy. But as for writing books, they should just leave it to the professionals, or at the very least work on it with other professionals so it could be better.

  • Anonymous

    Sou -
    That’s the whole point!

    vagueraz -
    When I had a “job” (slavery) I dedicated an hour a day to reading

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Sou -
    That’s the whole point!

    vagueraz -
    When I had a “job” (slavery) I dedicated an hour a day to reading

  • Ali H.

    I never understood why comedians think they can write non-fiction books. Sure, they have some insights of the world and they use it well in their comedy. But as for writing books, they should just leave it to the professionals, or at the very least work on it with other professionals so it could be better.

  • http://7akifadi.com/ 7aki Fadi

    You are blaspheming. This book is hilarious!

    I think the comedy escaped your bulbous brain hehehehe. :eek:

  • http://7akifadi.com 7aki Fadi

    You are blaspheming. This book is hilarious!

    I think the comedy escaped your bulbous brain hehehehe. :eek:

  • Anonymous

    Ali H. -
    I concur!

    7aki -
    Don’t question me!

  • http://blog.jarofjuice.com KJ

    Ali H. -
    I concur!

    7aki -
    Don’t question me!

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com/ hamza

    I can agree to a certain extent with you. The book is a no brainer and some of the topics that are being discussed makes you go “duuuuuuh”. But I really found it funny, and sometimes even twisted in its mentality.

    But you have to agree, the idea of stickers was really creative. ;)

  • http://hammouz.blogspot.com hamza

    I can agree to a certain extent with you. The book is a no brainer and some of the topics that are being discussed makes you go “duuuuuuh”. But I really found it funny, and sometimes even twisted in its mentality.

    But you have to agree, the idea of stickers was really creative. ;)

  • reaper

    a great comedian, a men like this must be a real happy person, well at least in appearance not all comedian are really happy, a men once a tome ago try to make a prank, putting into my soup some Generic Viagra, well the prank work and I have to spend the rest of the dinner ashamed because my “state” was soo evident you know that I mean, and everybody know about the prank inclusive one girl that like me, men was the one of the worst night in my life.