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Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father Hardcover – May 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1ST edition (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385297300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385297301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Chris Elliott, a regular on the TV show, Late Night with David Letterman , is the son of Bob Elliott of the celebrated comedy team, Bob and Ray. Father and son here pool their considerable talents in a spoof of the confessional genre popularized by disaffected adult children of media personalities. Although there are zany highlights in the son's recollection of being a miniature reproduction of "Daddy"--down to duplicate Gold Toe socks--the humor becomes strained. While Chris recollects what it was like being his father's 10th son and the only one not named Bob Jr., Dad offers chapter-by-chapter rebuttals, noting that "places, events and situations have been changed to make the story more palatable." David Letterman provides a foreword to this collusion of comedians who are satirists as well as relatives. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A parody of Mommie Dearest by father and son comedians (the latter is the Bob of the Bob and Ray comedy team). The chapters alternate between father and son, with Chris telling his story of growing up with a famous father in one chapter and Bob rebutting it in the next. As it says on the cover of the book, "Not Yet a New York Times Bestseller," but this very well might be.-- MR
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam B on February 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book ages ago and enjoyed it completely. Chris Elliott is one of the most underrated comics around and this book is proof. Virtually nobody has read it, but everyone who has loves it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AARON FULLER on October 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant piece of humor from Chris Elliott and his legendary father, Bob. Penned back when the original "Late Night with David Letterman" was in its heyday on NBC and the younger Elliott was regularly causing mayhem there, father and son alternate chapters. Chris' tale is a Hellish child of a celebrity existence beneath the uncaring shadow of his showbiz father, who is portrayed as an upper-crust megalomaniacal tyrant that would make the Joan Crawford of "Mommie Deartest" look like a sweetheart. Bob's rebuttal chapters barely mention Chris and are the kinds of wonderful deadpan non-sequiters that made Bob & Ray famous. David Letterman wrote the forward, and the book is full of non-stop bellylaughs, with bizarre and hysterical references to things like Bella Abzug floppy hats and of course Gold Toe socks! For fans of Chris' later books, the cult sitcom "Get a Life", "Late Night" of the 1980s or Bob & Ray, this book is a must-read.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Justin D. Andrews on October 11, 2003
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Chris Elliott had, prior to writing Daddy's Boy, proven himself to be THE interpreter of tortured genius Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Reading this tour-de-force gives us an insight into how one so seemingly insouciant as Mr. Elliott could render such pain so forcibly yet tenderly as he did in his one man show where he played the presidential paraplegic and tempest-tossed castaway. For we see that his own life has been a nightmare picaresque, a bob-and-weave in the eternal boxing match with the father. Daddy's Boy is a roller coaster ride through the bowels of hell from start to finish. If you liked Richard III, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and A Night Without Armor, you will run naked through your mother's boudoir due to the thrill you'll receive from Daddy's Boy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Nelson on April 8, 2012
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Being a fan of Bob and Ray and of course Chris Elliot I never knew of this book. I enjoyed it! Very good book if you are a fan of the Elliot family.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1998
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Chris Elliott takes you on a candid journey through his tormented life as the son of a famous Father. You will relive a day in an AA meeting where Chris is drinking Rob Roy's, and all the time wondering why they can't have one or two without feeling the urge to drink themselves into oblivion. He takes you to his fatty teen years where he has to be carried to school in a crane, and accompany Him on a fateful trip on the Andrea Doria. This book is without a doubt the best book I've ever read!! I've read it 4 times, and I'll keep rereading it.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1997
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Chris and Bob Elliott's collaborative, non-fiction tale of the ravages of excess and the price of fame could well be the single most intriguing piece of literature ever unleashed upon an unsuspecting public. Once read, it can never be forgotten; it is indeed a work which stays with the reader forever.

Beginning with an introduction by David Letterman, who reveals to readers just how little of Chris was left by the time he met the late-night TV host, Daddy's Boy never lets up in it relentless unpleasantness. Chris suffers humiliation after humiliation, all the while attempting to succeed while being crushed under the long shadow cast by his father's falling star.

There is no doubt some readers who come across Daddy's Boy will doubt the veracity of some of the stories Chris relates (certainly no father, no matter how crazed by constant public attention, would force his sons to wear gold-toe socks so often, or to share in his all-consuming obsession with them). However, there is no doubting Elliott's abilities as an author, and dutiful reporter of the facts of his childhood.

"The sea is a cruel mistress..." begins Chris' story of he and his father's fateful cruise on the Andrea Doria. Chris goes on to describe the sea's rage with invigorating use of metaphor and simile, finally warning readers that "...it is schizophrenic... it must be stopped."

Other readers may be confused by Bob Elliott's seemingly unrelated chapters, but this is easily explained: Confronted with the horror which was visited upon his son, Elliott refuses to acknowledge Chris' damning portrayal of a star gone mad.

Daddy's Boy is an important work; indeed, it is one of the great lost pieces of literature of the last two decades. Thus ends my tale.
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The historical impact of this book will take centuries to completely dissipate. I have learned so much about my nation, my people and myself. No stone is left unturned in this incredible life.
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