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Al Franken Is a Buck-Toothed Moron: And Other Observations Hardcover – August, 1996
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I'm giving Mr. Mauro two stars for trying, but in this book you will not hear the voice of a die-hard Rush Limbaugh fan who was so incensed and outraged over some of the things that Mr. Franken writes about his beloved idol that he just had to go out and write a book of his own in response. No, this is just an everyday conservative Republican lawyer (or is it two everyday conservative Republican lawyers?) doing his best to add fuel to the already burning-out-of-control fires of conservative ire over how there are too many liberals in America today. It's telling, for instance, that Mauro doesn't even bother to devote as much time to defending Limbaugh as Franken does to dissecting Limbaugh. Mauro appears to be more interested in comparing the person Franken was in his years on "Saturday Night Live" to the person he is today as a result of writing the Limbaugh book.
To give Mauro credit, he does do a great job of cutting PETA up like a buzz saw and pointing out how tiresome some of Franken's most repetitive jokes can be, case in point: the one about former Senator Alphonse D'Amato. At least those parts are funny.
Al Franken is a funny guy. Now, it has been said by some that actors, musicians, or funny men should just spend their days engaging solely in the practice of their own vocations for which their own, specialized gifts and training (i.e. acting, singing, being funny) have adequately prepared them. They should likewise spare the rest of us from having to listen to their political views. After all, they say, these people are not professional, licensed, or board-certified politicians and thus should not venture into such fields that their own professional degrees or training (i.e. Acting, Comedy) have not properly prepared them (as opposed to, for example, the professional study of Law, Political Science, or Country Music). Concerns of this sort are, as often as not, voiced by pundits (whose own unique place in society exempts them from having to be qualified for anything). Often overlooked by these pundits, however, are the multitudes of non-comedians who seek to be funny--seek even to be regarded as funny men--though they clearly do not possess the natural ability, training, or board certifications to lawfully do so.
J. P. Mauro is not a funny guy. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this. In AL FRANKEN IS A BUCK-TOOTHED MORON, Mauro's cleverest bit is the title itself, albeit this cleverness is borrowed from Al Franken himself. What could have been a good idea is ultimately a failure.Read more ›
I would sooner pay money to NOT read this book than to read it. It's so not funny, it's sad. I only hope the author and publisher can somehow give me back the time I spent reading this--time which could have been better-spent staring at a wall or watching grass grow--and the money I spent on it. This book was bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We constantly hear from conservatives, especially Rush Limbaugh, how liberals are "touchy", and overly "sensitive" to critisism. Read morePublished on September 14, 2008 by Larry
A surprisingly ineffective and unfunny attack on Franken. It's pretty clear that the author is unclear on the concept, sure, some of Al Franken's skits weren't that funny, but that... Read morePublished on August 22, 2008 by The Orange Duke
...I might just purchase it!
(Before Obama deems it and other Conservative books "hate writing" and bans them...)
Mercifully I've never come across this bit of printed pulp in any store, but the cover says all you need to know. Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by jmy9595
I loved the cartoons and illustrations in this book. I especially liked the piece where he studies how Saturday Night Live's entertainment value was conversely effected by the... Read morePublished on August 20, 2007 by James D. Crabtree
This book is a bad response to a well written book by Franken. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot is a side splitter even if you do not agree with Franken's politics. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01
J.P. Mauro's Al Franken is a Buck-Toothed Moron... made me laugh out loud.
It's not a book that everyone will appreciate. But I sure did. Read more
...then it's not "name calling".
Thirty years ago, Al Franken was genuinely funny. Sadly, like everyone else who was involved in the original-cast of _Saturday Night... Read more