Maybe I wasn't wearing my smarty pants when I was reading this because Stewart's topical and satirical wit just went over my head. I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. I'll stick to my nightly fix of The Daily Show.Lynda
Was a good read. Not as funny as I thought it would be given his tv show.Dinah
Eh... I guess this book is occasionally clever? Stewart certainly knows his history, and gets in a good rib at seminal figures every twenty pages or so, but the majority of chapters/vignettes in this book were honestly a slog. I'll be sticking to the Daily Show.Chelsea
I have to say that I *do* have more intellectual reading material on my list, but the first thing that I've gotten myself to finish lately is John Stewart's Naked Pictures of Famous People. I've only in the past year or so become a "Daily Show" viewer. I watched it many, many years ago, and not understanding much of politics and why the show's even supposed to be funny, I panned it. That said, I still usually fast-forward through the people that aren't JS. They just tend to annoy the piss out of me.I've flipped through "America" and found it kinda, well, dumb to be honest. Maybe I didn't find the "meat" of it. I added Naked Pictures to my reading list, curious as to what it would contain.Having read it, I have to say it was a lot like the "Daily Show". The book is a series of short essays, fake transcripts, and assorted brain spewing. There are parts that are pointed commentary on an issue or situation, and there are parts that are "fluff satire" that really are just silly for the sake of being silly, without much substance.Overall, it was a great distraction, something to keep the brain busy during particularly boring shows at work. ;) If you're a fan of the "Daily Show" you'll enjoy this incarnation of Stewart's humor.Bethany Andrews
From "The Cult""I imagine myself as the persuasive leader of a messianic cult. Somewhat of a stretch considering I have yet to be able to sell off a box of Amway products I ordered in 1986. Still, would I have the strength? Would I be able to overcome my fear of death, zealous crowds and death by zealous crowds? Would I be able to keep a straight face as I took command of people's lives with rhetoric I thought of when I was high? Would I understand the intricacies of forming a tax-exempt organization? The uncertainty of the new millennium will create unprecedented opportunity in the field of messianic leaders. Will I be up to the challenge?" -John StewartSimply stated: John Stewart is brilliant. What more can you say about this book? For any fans of his previous book America or of his TV news show "The Daily Show," Naked Pictures of Famous People is a must read. This book is a collection of 19 essays in which Stewart's humor and wit shine bright and clear. On the back of this book it states:"Brutally witty....Naked Pictures reveals a basic truth: You've got to be smart to be a smart ass." -Entertainment Weekly. Stewart easily completes the prerequisite.Yes, some of these essays are better than others; some pick harder at American hypocrisy--but all share one undeniable common denominator: they're damn funny.Essays within include "A Very Hanson Christmas," "The New Judaism," "The Devil and William Gates," "Adolf Hitler: The Larry King Interview," and "Microsoft Word '98 Suggested Spelling and Usage." This book is a laugh out loud funny collection from teh brilliant sarcastic man we all love to get our news from. John Stewart for president.Renee Delcourt
As funny as I may have found this book, that's all it was to me. A funny little book that really had no impact on me. The stories were amusing and short, so easy for anyone to read.Now some of the stories may be offensive to people and that's what I worry about with this book. The first story was about the Kennedys. That one I just sat there thinking to myself, "What the hell am I reading?" Not really the best little story in the book I can tell you that. I liked the other chapters much more. And maybe if the first chapter hadn't been in there, it wouldn't have soured my entire reading experience.Now, I didn't hate the book. I did find the letter's from Princess Diana to Mother Teresa completely hilarious. I also found the chapter that involves Martha Stewart the funniest little blurb I may have ever read. I couldn't stop laughing.More reviews at: http://thebookprojectandme.blogspot.com/A slightly more in depth review at: http://thebookprojectandme.blogspot.c...Patrick Breen
This book has many hilarious stories. From a young jewish boy spending time at the Kennedy Compound toChristmas with the Hanson family(mmmbop)! Also, check out Larry King's interview with Hitler and not to mention Martha Stewart's decorative tips for a certain part of the female anatomy. I could not stop laughing at this book!jenn
I thought this was really funny. It was a gift, so I wasn't nessarily expecting much, and since the back cover called it a collection of essays, I assumed it was another of those "That One Pundit Writes the Kind of Stuff He Says on TV" books. But this is fiction written before Stewart hosted TDS, so it wasn't what you'd think.Some of the cultural references are really specific, and I can see why that turns some readers off. The story about the Kennedys is only really funny if you know a lot of Kennedy trivia, and "Martha Stewart's Vagina" probably requires some prior experience reading her magazine. And I can't decide if I feel sorry or not for anyone who doesn't remember the early days of AOL chatrooms well enough to relate to those bits.Colie!
It's incredible what a book written for its time is like shortly after that time has expired... this is pure late nineties. The Zeitgeist is so thick you can spread it on your bagel. Despite the fact that you get that eerie cringe of an outdated joke (think Monica Lewinsky jabs in this day and age) every now and then, it's still a fun read for passing an afternoon without internet or tv (which is how I employed it.)Jonathan
This collection from 1998 will be disappointing for most of Stewart's fans (I am one). The first story is a pretty good dissection of the Kennedy family mythos which nicely demonstrates Stewart's raunchy-but-good-natured wit. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is pretty pointless: juvenile, facile, and rarely funny. The stories seem to grope toward satire, but with neither the deserving targets nor the clear moral point of view that make the Daily Show so sharp, articulate, and entertaining. The result falls somewhere between Woody Allen at his silliest and the wise-ass fifteen-year-old that Jon Stewart presumably once was.I found this book interesting to read, but only because it captures Jon Stewart at a turning point in his creative life, as he began to mature from a good stand-up comic and so-so talk show host into the accomplished social critic and satirist he has become. This book is mostly a series of misguided attempts, but luckily for us he started figuring out what to do soon after it was published.W.B.
He's a good writer. Many of these sketches and essays are very funny. My favorites included the correspondence between Lady Di and Mother Theresa, and the Hanson Family Christmas Letters (though a bit dated now I guess--who's Hanson, right?) end awesomely. The satire of the Kennedy family also works, and there's a lot of Jewish humor that's still very funny for goyim. I don't watch him on t.v. but I liked this.Deborah
I started as a fan of Jon Stewart during his run on MTV, and it just increased at a ridiculous speed between his comedy central special where he talks about going to the proctologist, this book, and eventually settling in with the Daily Show (I know, I know, I used to be obsessed with Craig Kilborne as well, so sue me). But this book is just hilarious and smart and really shows how brillant he is and would soon show.I used to lend people this book in good faith that they would return it, but it's just too good. i think i've purchased maybe 7 copies.Dan
"During the spring of 1935," the first entry begins, "I had the good fortune of making as my close acquaintance none other than John F. (Jack) Kennedy." Thus begins a romp through the fantastic and absurdly imagined worlds of the rich and famous, which I somehow discovered in the non-fiction section of my local library. Perhaps not as topical 10+ years on, Naked Pictures is still no less hilarious.Fans of the Daily Show will recognize Stewart's usual dry wit in dealing with celebrity, while fans of satirical writing will appreciate the multitude of forms which the various pieces take, from a series of Christmas newsletters from the Hanson family (you know, Isaac, Taylor and Zack?) to Renaissace-inspired drawings in "Da Vinci: The Lost Notebook." In what I believe is the pinnacle of the book, Stewart attempts to "bring back literacy and the ancient art of letter writing" by portraying Vincent van Gogh in a series of AOL chatrooms, at a time when those were the highest form of internet culture.A fun, quick read, for anyone looking to have a laugh at pomp and circumstance, or interested in seeing what Jon Stewart did before "America (The Book)".Erin
Is there a Yiddish word for "meh"? If so, I choose that word to describe this book.Sarah
Though most of what I read was very humorous, I feel like I'm not well enough educated to truly appreciate the whole book. So, if you are more attentive to politics and/or current events than I am, you would most likely enjoy it a lot.