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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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 TribbyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved