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Damn Right I'm From Cleveland: Your Guide to Makin' It in America's 47th Biggest City Paperback – October 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Gray & Company Publishers; 1 edition (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938441079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938441073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A funny, profane, polemic perusal of our fair city . . . Man, this guy has stories and opinions and he shares. He’s packed some funny ones and some finely comic tragic ones in this slim picture book with big print in easy-read type. . . . it’s hard to pick favorite sections--that’s what makes it a great coffee table book even if you don’t have a coffee table . . . This book goes with me to Canada so I can quit trying to explain to “those people” why it’s actually fun to live in Cleveland. (Laura Kennelly CoolCleveland.com 2012-12-13)

Fantastically Cleveland . . . Polk isn't going to win any major award for his book, but if you are a Clevelander, and you don't at least crack a smile, then you you need to get on the bus and go back to Pittsburgh. (Book Reviewer HappinessIsAHotPierogi.com 2012-12-10)

If you love Cleveland and love to poke fun at Cleveland--and can handle some crude language--you should consider picking up Mike Polk Jr.'s book. . . . I found myself literally LOLing at several pages . . . Polk does a really great job of balancing humor with his love for the city. (Cheryl Sadler The News Herald 2012-12-10)

About the Author

Mike Polk Jr. is a Cleveland-based writer and comedian whose self-produced videos have more than 50 million combined views on You Tube alone. He is responsible for such viral hits as "The Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video" (which appeared in the Michael Moore documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story"), "The Honest R&B Song", "The One Semester of Spanish Love Song," and the award-winning internet series "Man In The Box." Polk has been performing sketch comedy with the group "Last Call" for over nine years, young throughout North America. The troupe won "Best of the Festival" in Toronto in 2011 and Seattle in 2010 and regularly perform at Cleveland's Playhouse Square Theaters. Polk has been named Cleveland's best comedian by "Scene Magazine" and "Cleveland Magazine" on several occasions. His work has also appeared on TNT's "Inside the NBA," and on FunnyorDie.com. For all of his bluster, Polk is a huge advocate of the Northeast Ohio area and is happy to call Cleveland his home.

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This book was very entertaining and funny!
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If you really want to know about Cleveland and have a good laugh, this is the book.
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So getting 105 pages of solid entertainment sounds like a good deal to me!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Kukral on November 8, 2012
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I'm from Cleveland. If you are as well then this is a must-have book. Mike Polk has long been my favorite comedian. His videos and stand up and sketch comedy has kept me laughing for years. So I immediately ordered his book and I was not disappointed.

If you are from Cleveland, or know someone from Cleveland, than this will make the perfect gift for yourself or them. It's that good. Get ready to laugh. He pokes fun at our city like only someone who lives and breathes it can. From making fun of Michael Stanley to the Free Stamp and our sports teams... it's all just really funny Cleveland goodness. Can't recommend this book more. Get it now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KK on February 17, 2013
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OK first a few words for the other reviewers--- are you Mike Polk's best friends? Wait-- his best friends would probably write awful, scathing reviews just for fun. So is there a small population of Polk-worshippers who would stamp five stars on everything? Mike is from Cleveland, where nothing gets five stars (especially not downtown hotels). Four is sufficient. I mean, for under $10, a four-star book is a pretty good deal. It's a book that costs less than a ticket to the 3-D rehash of the 12-year-old Monsters, Inc. that I saw yesterday with my kid and both of us almost fell asleep during it. I didn't sleep during any of my reading of DRIFC (although I came close during the sections featuring his YouTube videos in print form (really? could you milk the hastily made tourism videos any more?)). But if you're from Cleveland and especially if you're a Cleveland sports fan you will appreciate this book and will chuckle tens of times. It was an enjoyable 70 minutes of reading that I could have spent watching Pawn Stars, but alas I don't regret it. I will now pass this book on to a friend and unfortunately Mike Polk won't get any royalties from that transaction, but he's from Cleveland, he's used to stuff like that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on December 7, 2012
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I went to his book signing 2 weeks ago, and he was as witty as ever. I laughed the entire time and had tears streaming down my face at various points during the night. This book did not disappoint - it it just as funny and witty as Mike is himself! Highly recommend this book to anyone remotely tied to Cleveland and especially Cleveland sports. Loved the reference to MSB and Jimmy Dimora! Keep up the good work Mike - you are a comic genius!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TexasZooMom on July 15, 2013
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A funny view of Cleveland. Won't be funny unless you have lived there and experienced the "joy" of life in the city.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Stabile on May 28, 2013
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Damn right this book is hilarious. Hours of bathroom entertainment. Mike Polk pokes fun at his town Cleveland, but he loves it more than anyone. If you grew up in Cleveland then you can't pass this one up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CQ DX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 20, 2013
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Just kidding of course (I love CLE)! I'm a 52 year old fossil transplanted TO Cleveland/NE Ohio from the OTHER much maligned and dissed geographical spot in the nation on 'Late Nite TV'... mainly Jersey! So I can take it! But, I must be a MASOCHIST having spent my life in BOTH 'picked on' areas. I've experienced both Jersey beaches and Lake Erie being closed to swimmers due to high bacteria levels. I've experienced the masturbatory and pointless 'west siders vs. east siders' and the 'New Jersey vs. New York' regionalism. I love engaging in 'soda vs. pop' debates. I've witnessed the highly corrupted entrenched 'political machines' in both areas too. Anywho, Mike Polk's book is a laugh-riot! It's 108 pages of humorous lampooning and tongue-in-cheek poking fun at many of Cleveland's institutions and celebrities like our pro sports teams, weather, or Michael Stanley, and best of all, Mr. Polk honestly informs us which pages are 'pure filler', for a grand total of 3. So getting 105 pages of solid entertainment sounds like a good deal to me! Yes, I could have waited for this book to eventually appear on the shelves of 'Half Price Books', but instead I paid full price and read it twice! I feel like I got a good deal!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Jones on January 11, 2014
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As a Clevelander or anyone who knows, loves or hates Cleveland (Ohio), you have to see this book. The writer's style is at times totally disrespectful but totally honest and yet hilarious. You can visualize every situation that he writes about and will enjoy his satirical descriptions of so many events and characters of Cleveland History that he tackles.
Easy to read and is best read in several sessions rather that a one time cover-to-cover attack. That gives you time to digest and chuckle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. McKee on December 24, 2012
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I am a Clevelander and was excited about this book from the first time I heard that Mike Polk Jr. was going to write it. He has done some hilarious stand-up and youtube videos and this book is an extension of that amazing comedic talent. It is about all of Cleveland, the good, the bad and the ugly and no one sums up the desperation of Cleveland sports fans better that he does! If you really want to know about Cleveland and have a good laugh, this is the book.
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