Naked Pictures of Famous People

ISBN: 0688171621
ISBN 13: 9780688171629
By: Jon Stewart

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In these nineteen whip-smart essays, Jon Stewart takes on politics, religion, and celebrity with a seethingly irreverent wit, a brilliant sense of timing, and a palate for the obsurd -- and these one-of-a-kind forays into his hilarious world will expose you to all it's wickedly naked truths.

Reader's Thoughts


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 Despite the fact that you get that eerie cringe of an outdated joke (think Monica Lewinsky jabs in this day and age) every now and then, it's still a fun read for passing an afternoon without internet or tv (which is how I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.)


Is there a Yiddish word for "meh"? If so, I choose that word to describe this book.


Was a good read. Not as funny as I thought it would be given his tv show.


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.

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: slightly more in depth review at: http://thebookprojectandme.blogspot.c...


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."

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.


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.


This book served its purpose well - an easy-to-read collection of random, politically incorrect entries from Jon Stewart.

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".


Jon Stewart es un genio de la comedia inteligente y este modesto libro es un pequeño ensayo humorístico que ve de manera inteligente los clichés y estereotipos en la vida política y el mundo del entretenimiento en Estados Unidos Unidos, en general. Destacan la "correspondencia" entre Lady Diana y la Madre Teresa, el cuaderno de Da Vinci y la fórmula para un espectáculo de premiaciones.

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!


I enjoyed this book to no end...well, until it ended. ;)I feel like I was snickering through most of it if not laughing out loud for the rest. I especially enjoyed the chapters with Hanson's Christmas letters & the Larry King interview of Hitler. Oh & the Last Supper at "Jerry's" in Jerusalem. *snickers* See? Still snickering. I wouldn't be surprised if I re-read this at some point. My love of Jon Stewart apparently knows no bounds.


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.


"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)".

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