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Sometimes it seems like every standup comedian worth his or her salt just has to do the book thing, and you might feel that yet another warmed-over stage routine is the last thing you need taking up valuable bookshelf space. Jon Stewart's book will come as an extremely pleasant surprise. He eschews the standard standup patter and instead gives us 18 short comic essays in a variety of styles that recall the prose work of Woody Allen, only with a few more references to genitals. Stewart proves himself a remarkably nimble humorist with a sharp eye for parody, whether he's writing "A Very Hanson Christmas" or "Adolf Hitler: The Larry King Interview."

HITLER: ...Larry, look, I was a bad guy. No question. I hate that Hitler. The yelling, the finger pointing, I don't know ... I was a very angry guy.

KING: And this ... new Hitler?

HITLER: I get up at seven, have half a melon, do the jumble in the morning paper and then let the day take me where it will.... Me!! The inventor of the Blitzkrieg... When you stop having to control everything it's very freeing.

Stewart is not afraid to flirt with bad taste, in fact, some of the pieces in this collection do for "flirting with bad taste" what Bill Clinton did for "not having sexual relations." But it's wonderful to see an edgy comedian taking on the traditionally cozy genre of the humorous essay, creating work that combines the wit of Robert Benchley with the energy and attitude of the best modern standup. Naked Pictures of Famous People proves that Jon Stewart is as comfortable, and accomplished, in front of a word processor as he is in front of an audience. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Brutally witty...On a par with Woody Allen's Without Feathers and Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes... Naked Pictures reveals a basic truth that's too oftenforgotten by the shock-for-shock's-sake satirists of the South Park era: You've got to be smart to be a smart ass." -- "Entertainment Weekly""Jon Stewart eschews the standard standup patter and instead gives us 18 short comic essays in a variety of styles that recall the prose work of WoodyAllen... Stewart proves himself a remarkably nimble humorist with a sharp eye for parody... It's wonderful to see an edgy comedian taking on thetraditionally cozy genre of the humorous essay, creating work that combines the wit of Robert Benchley with the energy and attitude of the best modernstandup." -- Amazon.com"Terrific night table reading for lovers of intelligent satire... smart... refreshingly offensive... unapologetically un-PC... a gift for just about anyone." -- "Austin Chronicle"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (September 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688171621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688171629
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Being in college, I spend a good portion of my day watching TV. One highlight has always been "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." As a result, I picked up this book. This might actually be the first book that I have wanted to read since the Horton series. And this is well worth the wait.
Stewart lets loose in this book, writing about 20 essays that start (mostly) in reality and end up somewhere around Oz. Most essays involve the twisted private lives of famous people, hence the title. These include Hitler, Bill Gates, the Hansons, The Kennedys, Jesus, President Ford and Martha Stewart, no relation. Some comment on current forms of media, such as AOL chat rooms and over-hyped award shows.
Overall, this book is packed quirky little things that made me laugh out loud. It is very clever, very well written and very funny. For those who know Stewart through "The Daily Show," I think you'll know what to expect. For anyone who likes well-written satire that doesn't involve pigs named Napoleon, here's your book. Just a note: this probably isn't for the faint of heart or youngin's, especially Martha Stewart's essay. But it's still darn funny.
Thank you Jon Stewart. Quite a moment of Zen.
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I, like many people out there, didn't know who Jon Stewart was until he replaced the the tepid Craig Kilborn on the now critically and nationally lauded, "The Daily Show". It took him a little while to find his footing in the area of "fake news", but eventually he quipped, poked, and prodded his way into the Comedy Central viewers respects and even was able to take the show to new heights as one of the top places that young people in this nation get their news (a bit of a scary thought, but a terrific acheivement for an outstanding show nonetheless).

But enough of the stuff we already know. You're probably asking, "How does this early stuff stand up to the what he's doing today(this book having been originally published in 1998)?" Well, I can honestly say that, though this outing is not without flaw, it is still a very amusing satire that anyone with any interest in politics, entertainment, or pop-culture in general should at least read through once. It does have it's dry spells and some of the humor is a bit dated now, but it is still an interesting work worthy of your time.

Some people may see the cover and think that this is some kind of cheesy autobiography, but in actuallity it is something very unique. What this book is is a collection of "fake essays" that cover a widely various amount of topics. For example, there is a chapter on how to adequately furnish one's vagina as told by Martha Stewart. In another, there is a take on a new way to "liven up" to Judiastic faith by taking such strides as renaming God "'Ol Uncle Pete" and "...[giving] all Chosen Ones... a free value pack worth hundreds of dollars in discounts at participating vendors (for example, 10 percenr off any dinner at Friendly's, with purchase of a Fishamajig sandwhich!
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I picked up this book because I'm a huge fan of Jon Stewart's sarcastic, self-depreciating humor on The Daily Show. While I still prefer his in-person standup persona, Naked Pictures of Famous People is, well, funny.
The beauty of Stewart's humor is his intelligence, especially in the age of Tom Green, The Man Show, and TV Funhouse. It's comedy for those of us who got over laughing at someone getting hit in the nuts round about puberty. This book reemphasizes his intelligence and wit. I'd reccomend it for anyone who is a fan of smart comedy. If you're a Tom Green fan, probably stay away -though in that case, you probably wouldn't be browsing the editorial reviews on Amazon.com anyway. So on second thought, if you're reading this, buy the book.
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Jon Stewart is one of my favourite comedians, and one of the few show business people who I consider inherently funny. Even without good material, the man still makes me laugh. Thankfully this collection of short humour pieces, which cannot rely on Stewart's dry stage presence, is full of good material.
The collection does suffer from the transient nature of pop culture, as some of the sacred cows he slays are no longer sacred. Upon publication in 1998, the inexplicable popularity of Hanson and the death of Princess Diana were hot news; now, they're just faded memories. Still, chronicling Mother Hanson's yearly family newsletter from pre-stardom happy innocence to after the icon's fall is a brilliant concept. And Di's schoolgirl fan letters to Mother Theresa show Stewart's strength in handling tone. This is also apparent in another strong piece, "Adolph Hitler: The Larry King Interview", in which der Fuehrer comes off as a `90's sensitive man who "hates crowds." Stewart even manages a few potshots at King's propensity for rapid marriages.
Other strong pieces include: "Breakfast at Kennedy's", in which Stewart imagines himself as a playmate of the young JFK, and is dubbed "The Zippy Zionist" by a carefree and very Catholic Camelot clan; "The Last Supper, or The Dead Waiter", in which Jesus and his party dine at a trendy restaurant, served by a very bitchy waiter; and "Da Vinci: The Lost Notebook", in which Leonardo is given credit for inventing, among other items, the beer helmet (neat drawings, here).
The smartest piece, and the one that most distinctly bites the hand that feeds, is entitled "The Recipe". Stewart details the recipe for a standard Hollywood awards show. It's very deadpan, very silly, and very accurate.
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