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Openly Bob is not, however, a collection of gay jokes. When Bob's sexuality is relevant to the joke, it comes up, as in his thoughts on how to abate right-wing fears about homosexuals using sex education in public schools as "recruitment." "Our educational system has proved," he writes, "that if a subject is taught in a boring enough manner, Americans will make every effort to avoid it for the rest of their lives. If homosexuality was taught in the same manner as trigonometry, even most gay people would have no use for it after graduation." The rest of the time, however, Bob's gayness is not an issue, but simply a state of being. His jokes aren't funny because he's gay; his jokes are funny because they're funny. "How did Tom and I come to realize that we needed couples counseling?" he asks at one point. "We had sex less frequently. Then we had sex less frequently than people in full-body casts. We stopped having sex. Finally, our relationship stopped other people, gay or straight, from wanting to have sex." Bob Smith's wit and intelligence, which garnered Openly Bob a 1998 Lambda Literary Award, will make him an equally appealing humorist to both gay and straight readers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
He can find humor in the most mundane or painfully ackward situations.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes reading autobiographical humor, especially if you've ever thought your life was funny enough to publish.
Buying this book in Munich just because of the subtitle "You'll laugh out loud" was a good thing to do.
Bob Smith is a very funny guy though a bit redundant. I read his time travel novel which I did enjoy but his material is often repeated in this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tess's Dad
Full of witty observations of his life. I will on occasion use some of his lines in my life -- or actually see a "Bob" moment when I am out and about.
I laughed. I cried. I peed my pants. I actually read the whole book cover-to-cover! And paid for it myself! Read morePublished on March 18, 2007 by Thelma Adams
Comedian Bob Smith recounts his misadventures as a young gay guy daring to break out of the closet in his hometown of Buffalo. Read morePublished on July 2, 2005 by Thomas Brown
One of my favorites. Unfortunately, I -lent- my copy to a man I was not quite seeing, & he decided that I had "given" the book to him. Read morePublished on November 5, 2001 by Lisa Chau
I cannot recommend this book enough! Bob Smith is an author with a comedic touch to his writing that I have never found before.I laughed out loud. I cried. I read it again. Read more Published on July 21, 2001 by "skooter35"
If you have heard or read David Sedaris and liked him, my guess is you will really fall for Bob Smith. Funny and engrossing, this is a book to buy!Published on February 28, 2001 by P. Hennessy
Bob Smith is a very witty author who uses his somewhat sarcastic humor to tell us about his life as a gay comedian. This book was very funny and kept my interest very easily. Read morePublished on February 17, 2001 by Scott Griesbach
Well guys,I was in LA..Weather was nice.I went to a bookstore and started to look at the gay section.I found a book named 'Openly Bob'.It was all strange for me first. Read morePublished on July 22, 2000 by email@example.com