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“Very phunny.”
—Ricky Van Veen, cofounder of CollegeHumor.com

“This is a very good book. But it is clearly not as funny as anything I have written.”
—Tucker Max, author of the New York Times bestseller I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

“I crapped my pants.”
—Robert Hamburger, author of REAL Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book

About the Author

THE PHAT PHREE is a gloriously irreverent group of talented comedy writers from around the country.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767924185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924184
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Colo on December 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read the Phat Phree fairly frequently, and I was a little concerned that this book would be just a collection of stuff I've already read. But it's not. Sure, there are some of the classic pieces like Striped Shirt and Huge Penis, but I was impressed with how good the new pieces are and how much of the book is new.

There are some stand out new pieces, like "I Will Get Off This Plane Before You", "I'm So Glad You Caught Me, Kid", "Damn, My Pencil-Thin Beard is Perfect", and "This Sunoco is Now Open", but the book is really funny from beginning to end. There are also new supplements and photos with a lot of the classics, like "Striped Shirt", that really make them new again.

All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dead on social commentary, and no-holds-barred comedy.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Monkeyman316 on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
If I was going to be trapped on a desert Island and I could only bring three items with me, I would bring a fully supplied fishing boat, a desalinization plant, and a harem of playboy playmates. I would not bring this book. It just wouldn't be practical.

But that scenario aside, it's a very funny book. Highly recommended if you are a fan of the site. Even if you've never been to the Phat Phree's website this book will not disappoint.

Take it from me (someone who clearly doesn't write for the Phat Phree) this book is great.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. A. McCloskey on March 28, 2007
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This book is a quick read and then can remain on your shelf as a quick reference to help you identify the various jerks you encounter on a daily basis. Each "person" is described by a title that covers either all or the most ridiculous aspects of their character: "The 'Cool' Teacher" and "I'm the Karaoke Master!" for instance. Each character takes two pages for their own dialog with the reader, exhibiting everything you love to hate about them. This book will provide you many great laughs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on February 28, 2007
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'Look at My Striped Shirt' is a well-written, keenly-observed compilation of 'best of' humor taken from the popular web site, The Phat Phree. That site's credo - 'Target. Observe. Ridicule.' - is on great display here. Writers like Mike Polk, Charlie DeMarco, Jesse Lamovsky, Justin Harvey, Chris Queen - these guys are brilliant satirists and writers. It's a quick read, but one you'll be eager to share with friends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Connors VINE VOICE on November 10, 2007
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This book applies to two types of people: fans of character sketches and fans of snark. The Phat Phree has delivered both in spades here. From the title character, the stereotypical post-frat boy (i.e. the archetypical douchebag) working out his insecurities by looking down on people around him to the ladybug lady to the clueless boyfriend and many, many other examples of poor character, this book covers many archetypes in a way that would make central casting envious. You might even find yourself in there -- it casts its net that wide.

I want to think more highly of this book, as I haven't bought it but I've flipped through it many times and enjoyed it each time. The concept is excellent, and the majority of the writing is quite good for its purposes. My issue with it is that it too often goes for the easy stereotype, frequently assuming that its clueless characters derive their behaviors from deep insecurities (suicide jokes, while not frequent, show up in a few of the sketches). I do realize that these characters are in and of themselves stereotypes, but such things still come off as lazy.

That said, it's funny, it's pointed, and it betrays a series of authors with a better-than-average understanding of human nature (the section "I am my car" is particularly funny). You'll probably like it, so give it a try. Read it in a bookstore first if you can though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Feinstein on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Humor in books can be so hit or miss. And so it is with "Look at My Striped Shirt."

This series of essays skewering many of the most odious stereotypes we encounter (and some I never even knew existed) runs the gamut from laugh-out-loud funny to complete dud. Reading one page you will find others around you staring out you for laughing so loud and then you turn to the next and you hear the literary equivalent of crickets.

Like more and more humor books, this one is based off of the writings of a website, in this case thephatphree.com. You may want to visit the site before buying this if you are unfamiliar with their work and see if you find it at all entertaining.

Definitely worth a skim to see if you might enjoy it. Just don't expect the quality to remain high throughout. Recommended with reservations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Quentin Teeter on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic.

A synopsis of reality, this book will make many people uncomfortable. The truth is a harsh reality, when confronted pure enlightenment ensues. Give this to anyone you think you know then discuss it. You might just be surrounded by the very subjects contained within.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alisa Walters on April 21, 2007
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This is a rare breed of book that can be group activity. If taken as monologues of characters, then it may be read aloud in a circle of friends around a coffee table.

With the proper 'cast', the humor is amplified tenfold. Highly recommended, and completely hysterical.
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