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...Joshua
Jon Stewart is a pretty funny guy.That said I expected a lot more more from this collection of his essays. Of them only the first in the book ("Breakfast at Kennedy's") stood out, which is why this is getting 2 stars rather than one. The rest, while I appreciated his mixing absurdist comedy with Borscht Belt humor, seemed strained. The book as a collection was disjointed and seemed cobbled together as an effort to cash in on his early popularity by publishing... well... anything.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.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.Chris
This was a present from some friends, for which I am very thankful. It's a series of comedic essays, similar to Steve Martin's Pure Drivel or Woody Allen's Without Feathers, and it is quite funny. Not really laugh-out-loud funny, but funny. I think Stewart's comedy is best rendered as a spoken art. He's fantastic with inflection and timing, which unfortunately doesn't translate so well onto the page.Still and all, there's a lot of good stuff in here. "The Devil and William Gates" is excellent, as are "Adolph Hitler: The Larry King Interview" and "The Cult."Yes, I know, quite a change in tone, but that's what keeps life interesting.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.Jeff Brateman
There were about 12 stories in this book, and I laughed at about 3 of them. They were all near the beginning. :( Jon Stewart is funny, and I love The Daily Show, but this just pretty much sucked. I can see how he was trying to be funny most of the time, but it just wasn't.Josh
Surprisingly juvenile and annoyingly one-note. Each story is a one-joke pony... the Kennedys were elitist and cruel sans torturers, Princess Diana was elitist and self-involved, Hanson was not just a band but a band of Jesus freaks, etc. Safe, unfunny "humor" by a "comedy expert" "grownup."Jesse Houle
This book made me lol from time to time but there were also a few moments where I felt it dragged a bit. There were also a lot of references (and yes, this could be more the fault of he reader than the writer) to people I wasn't familiar enough with to probably understand all of his refernces... though Stewart's referncing of popular and not-so-popular public and historical figures is not quite to the caliber of Dennis Miller's focus on obscurity. America hands down beats Naked Pictures of Famous people I'd say, but both are going to be fun if you're a Daily Show/Stewart fan.Brett Thornton
If you're bored by the first half of the book just stick with it. The "essays" are typically within 4-8 pages so it's an extremely simple and light read. My favorites were "A Very Hanson Christmas, 1996-1999", "The New Judaism", "Pen Pals", "The Last Supper, Or The Dead Waiter", "The Cult", "The Devil And William Gates" and of course "Adolf Hitler: The Larry King Interview".Erin
Is there a Yiddish word for "meh"? If so, I choose that word to describe this book.Tommy
A very funny book and, along with Steve Martin's "Pure Drivel" and Chris Buckley's "Wry Martinis", my impetus to write my first (quite sloppy) collection of essays on pop culture, "Smirking into the Abyss".Jon juxtaposes some great cultural icons, such as the correspondences between Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, Vincent Van Gogh trying to communicate with his brother in an internet chat room, The Last Supper taking place in a trendy restaurant, Hitler guesting on "Larry King", and my favorite, the progression of the yearly 'Christmas form letter' from the mom of the kids from Hanson. The only pitfall is, as with any pop culture-driven book (as I quickly learned) is that the shelf-life can be very brief, so some references are stale, unless you can take yourself back to the late 90's as you read to appreciate the pith with which Jon nails the reference. But, for the most part, the pieces hold up remarkably well. This is a very funny book.Kathleen
A quite amusing selection of humorous, shall we call them... essays? Published in '98 one or two of them are a little dated (specifically the one on AOL chat rooms, do people still do that?), but they are all completely hilarious. I highly recommend this book for a quick laugh.Nathan
This book served its purpose well - an easy-to-read collection of random, politically incorrect entries from Jon Stewart.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.