From Publishers Weekly
Comedian Novello, a.k.a. Lazlo Toth, is still at it: writing zany letters to famous people-to Bill Cinton, the Pope, Dubya-and sometimes getting replies. To President Clinton in 1996, Toth proposes that the solution for the Balkans is a "new multi-religion inspired religion," with Wednesday as its sabbath. He asks Pope John Paul II for the Church's position on whether Earth has a "mirror planet" on the other side of the Sun, and if such a planet exists, whether the Pope on that planet is also infallible (this letter appears not to have received a response). Al Gore is one of Toth's favorite epistolary targets. After the 2000 election, Toth writes to cheer him up about losing the election: "Be Positive! Stop saying that you're already thinking about running again in 2004. People are going to think you have nothing else to do." He suggests Gore consider dental school instead. For those who share Novello's wacky sense of humor, this third volume of Lazlo correspondence will bring many laughs.
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Don't call Novello a one-trick pony. The early Saturday Night Live
cast member and writer does at least two tricks. Out in public, he plays Father Guido Sarducci, a priest-caricature given to excruciating monologues on such matters as the bill for the last lunch. At home, he plays Lazlo Toth, writer of impertinent letters to political celebrities and big businesses. Typical Lazlo missives are the ones in this third collection of them complaining to Delta Air Lines on the assumption that the company has something to do with the Delta Partners that keeps him waiting for the crown for a broken tooth. Only the occasional insult in the letters is funny (e.g., Monica Lewinsky can't get a date except with a man who can't leave the house alone), so most of the book's laughs arise from the lameness of the replies Lazlo receives. No pol or business will risk telling a fool he's a fool. Hawking by Novello's fellow TV geeks will boost initial interest in this surefire next-year's-garage-sale item. Acquire with caution. Ray OlsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved