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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (January 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345447786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345447784
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In a riff that mirrors the tone and content of his celebrated stand-up routines, Cedric the Entertainer now offers Grown A$$ Man. Jocular and friendly, yet socially and politically observant, these 23 essays cover the usual comic ground (credit cards, dating, working out) with a distinctively African-American spin. Never recoiling from explicating the foibles of the African-American community ("You know how black folks like to show off. When we get a little money, we like to make sure everyone knows we hit it. It's part of being ghetto fabulous"), Cedric finds his broader appeal in his cross between being a hip "playa" and his mixture of good sense and ethics. (Ballantine, $22 253p ISBN 0-345-44778-6)

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From Booklist

If profusion denotes quality, this must be the golden age of stand-up comics' books, what with recent tomes by Bill Cosby, Dennis Miller, Mike Nelson, and now Cedric the Entertainer, one of the Original Kings of Comedy for both tour and movie, a cable-TV regular since the early '90s. Think Chris Rock by way of Sinbad via George Wallace--the black comic, not the dead white pol. We're talking big-ass folksy humor with that always-entertaining (?) urban-contemporary edge. C's routines translate to the page much better than Cosby's and Miller's, and still, stand-up works better heard and seen than paged and read. That said, if riffs like "Malcolm X Games" (sports in which more than just the majority of players are black), "White-friendly Blacks" (Oprah si, Farrakhan no; Bill Cosby si, Bill Clinton no--Bill Clinton!?!), and "Getting Some" (whaddaya mean, "some what"?) sound promising, chow down. Excellent episodic reading; once circulation slides, it could be deployed near staff restrooms. Mike Tribby
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trell on April 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I purchased Ced's book a few days ago and COULD NOT put it down. Each chapter was hilarious and in keeping with Ced's style of entertaining his audience. I recommend it to anyone wanting to kick back and enjoy a good laugh. It's a quick read and well worth the price. Go Ced!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane Perkins on June 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for grown folks who still allow themselves to be treated like a child. Oh what a liberating feeling to finally realize you're a grown a-- person (be it woman or man). You will laugh out loud. Another laugh out loud book is In-Law Drama where the main character finally realizes she's a grown a-- woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MarvelousMarla VINE VOICE on February 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a belated birthday gift from a friend. She and I have this running thing where we start off our gripes with the phrase "Look, I am a grown a$$ woman," so this was the perfect gift for me. This book is semi-autobiographical as Ced intersperses his memories with bits from his comedy routines. Although I have heard all of the old jokes before, I still got a kick out of reading them in this book. I'm younger than Cedric, but I can relate to getting older and casting off certain behaviors that are a lot less cute once you turn 30. The way he figures it, being a grown a$$ man isn't just a catchphrase, it's a perspective. And I agree.
This book is basically an attempt to capitalize off of the success of "The Kings of Comedy" and doesn't really offer anything new or profound. Still, it's a pleasant diversion for those times when you just want to relax. I enjoyed his description of how he made his reputation as a claims adjuster at State Farm because he could speak Negro and regular english. This meant that he got all the difficult cases that no one else wanted to touch -- the Black folks and the people with expensive cars. Occasionally, he got the Black folks with the expensive cars, the double whammy! There is also plenty of nostalgia as Cedric reminisces about classic music: "Black folks used to have music that made you want to be nice to people," and growing up back in the day.
I always wondered how he got his stage name and he explains that a poet, singer and dancer, he objected to being introduced simply as "the next comedian." So an emcee began calling him Cedric The Entertainer, and it stuck.
This book is a quick read, and you can probably finish it in a few hours if you have a block of uninterrupted time. I mostly read it on the train, and I am sure that people were looking at me funny when I began laughing out loud when I got to this line about the size of the poultry at Church's Chicken. Cedric is definitely an entertainer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. A Lewis on November 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book by Cedric the Entertainer was quite entertaining. I read this entire book in two settings and there were times that I laughed like someone was tickling me. Cedric goes into his life in St. Louis, college, LA, first job and many other experiences he had while growing up and achieving his goals. I like the way Cedric explains about how he cannot call a grown man "delicious" or how he does not have all night to make love. At first I thought this book would be a not very well thought out or just plain boring. However, I was rather surprised in a good way to see that Cedric the Entertainer can clearly and concisely communicate his thoughts and perceptions about life particularly his own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kendrick on November 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is laugh out loud funny!I really like Cedric's stand-up. I find it hilarious! This book has some of his stand up but it is mainly about his life. He tells his life story in a very funny way. To understand what he is talking about you would have to see his stand-up (I would recommend the Original King of Comedy). The way he talks can be confusing a times. Anyways, I would recommend this to any Cedric fans or anyone who wants a good laugh.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2002
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First let me say that I have always been a C.the E. fan. I love his work. I've been watching him since the early 90's. He's hillarious. I'm really happy that he's found success in his career.
BUT... this book is not good. It's pretty poorly written and really isn't that funny. I think I laughed out loud once. Maybe it's hard for me to make it sound funny as I read it. I'm certain that I'd laugh at things written in the book if the author were saying them in person.
I bought it to support the brother and sort of show that WE do read. I should have saved my money. Cedric the Entertainer is a comedic entertainer, not a writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "hc2002" on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you think Ced is funny on TV and on tour, his book is 10 times as much material and it's all the real Ced. It's about his life growing up in a small town in MO and how he got famous, plus a lot of humorous life observations. It's a fast read and I laughed at least one time on every page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "red16165" on November 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Cedric's book is the bomb! I laughed on almost every page when he talked about barber shops, Jesse Jackson, the ghetto olympics, Church's chicken, toasting the boogie with P-Funk, and all that. The parts about him growing up were laughs, and it shows what it takes to make it and be a star.
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