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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.; 1st edition (January 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595341527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595341528
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,144,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As the co-founder of the wildly popular comedy website Studio8.net, Brock LaBorde has written and produced hours of sketch comedy, tons of commercials and ad campaigns for major brands, countless short films, a few comedy albums, hundreds of humorous articles, 2 books, and piles of feature film and television scripts.

His work has been featured on Comedy Central's AtomTV, G4's Attack of the Show, and you've probably seen a few of his videos on the front pages of your favorite video websites.

His first book, "The Semi-Complete Guide to Sort of Being a Gentleman," is being developed into a TV show.

Currently, Brock is working on his third book, producing lots of TV/internet stuff, and lives as yet another drop in the piss-bucket of Hollywood's TV & film industry.

As a stand-up, sketch performer, and improviser, he has played on stages all across America, and will continue to do so until he is banned from each and every one of them.

More About the Author

Brock writes. He also does everything else.

He has written and produced hours of sketch comedy for his website Studio8.net, several short films, a feature-length mockumentary, a few comedy albums, tons of articles, two books, and plenty of feature-length and TV scripts.

Currently, Brock is writing his third book, filming lots of sketch comedy, and lives as yet another drop in the piss-bucket of Hollywood's TV & film industry. As a stand-up, sketch performer, and improviser, he has played on stages all across America.

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This book changed my life Now's a days Im drving a ford (yes a ford!)
Dfunk
I tried hard to enjoy the satirical element of this book, but it's just not funny.
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I find this text to be witty and brilliant- with a gentle dose of dark humor.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Patrick McGuiness on April 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Okay. This book! Phew! Wow! What should I say? I'll start from the beginning...

...I met Brock LaBorde in 1999 while waiting for the Gap on highland road in Baton Rouge to open. The summer clothes were put on the clearance rack overnight and news spread through town like SARS in Toronto. By 9:30 the crowd outside had attracted reporters from Tiger Weekly, The Daily Reveille, and the Campus Dirt. Even the cook from "Louie's 24 Hour Cafe" was there (he brought everyone hash browns). Suddenly Brock mentioned that he was writing a book. I was shocked, "A writer? What do you have to write about? You're not oppressed. You're not gay!"

Brock insisted, "I'm a gentleman, and there aren't enough of us out there." He continued to ramble, "I want to class up society! You know; teach men that there are more important things than Golf and Wayne Newton: Bentleys, yachts, and exotic women."

Later, as we tried on cargo pants and argyle sweaters Brock lectured me. I learned more about life and life's pleasures: class, TRUE CLASS, from Gentleman Brock than I had learned throughout my six weeks of study at the Hugh McClintock Men's School for Social and Mental Etiquette.

As we were purchasing our Gap fragrances, I noticed Brock paid with a Platinum ATT student MasterCard. Classy all the way. That's Brock, Gentleman Brock LaBorde, one of a kind.

So, it was no surprise to me, of course, when Brock contacted me in February and offered me a chance to read his book, "Just send me a check or something," he commanded.

Three weeks of mowing lawns and one failed bank heist later, I got my copy of "The Semi-Complete Guide to Sort of Being a Gentleman" in the mail. "YES!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fuzzy Wuzzy on March 20, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Sir Gentleman Brock LaBorde, Esquire wrote his book `The Semi-Complete Guide to Sort of Being a Gentleman' to help guide poor unfortunate and lost men everywhere. Men, who need help getting away from their mothers, finding dates and knowing what to do at fancy restaraunts. Yes, Sir LaBorde's book does everything it can to help these young men; just remember that whatever witticism you are told to do; just do the opposite!

`The Semi-Complete Guide to Sort of Being a Gentleman' starts off as Ironic and funny as can be when you notice that the author dedicates the book to himself. The books charm lies in its self-deprecating humor and sarcasm. This is the male version of an Emily Post etiquette book gone awry, wrong and upside-down.

The witty entendres delight the reader and make you laugh hoping that no man would really believe that this was the way to become a gentleman.The men that thought that would be the sort of gentleman that every ladies mother told them to stay away from, far far away.

However, there are certain parts of the book that do make you pause in wonderment, maybe it is a bit ridiculous, everything that a man has to do in order to be a gentleman. But those moments quickly fade when you read witticisms like this one taken from Brock LaBorde's book: "A gentleman never enters any restroom marked with a sign that reads "MEN." If he feels the urge to cleanse his digestive tract, but can find no bathroom marked "GENTLEMEN," he opts to make use of the nearest "LADIES" restroom, since ladies are essentially female versions of gentlemen."

`The Semi-Complete Guide to Sort of Being a Gentleman' is a funny and sassy book that pokes fun at the antiquities of etiquette and chivalry, while entertaining its reader. The illustrations that are included throughout the book are also well done and complement the stories they combined with.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dfunk on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
Hellos my name Is jethro. Now I may not be the most Attractive man this side of alabama but I sure wasn't getting any help with having one arm. But i order this book with my two weeks pay and boy am I glad I did. The mail lady who gave me this "novel" as some would say was more than attractided to me. But she was my sister and this new law is preventin me and all kinds of folks from that kinda lovin. Any way after a week of reading I was a certified hustler. Now I have women and sometimes men, lining out side my trailer. This book changed my life Now's a days Im drving a ford (yes a ford!) and I have a new house. Thank you gentalmen Brock guy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Champlin on April 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a lady I have no business in reading the contents of the Semi-Complete Guide to Sort of Being a Gentleman, but I decided to naughtily peruse the words of Sir Gentleman Brock LaBorde, Esquire.

I find this text to be witty and brilliant- with a gentle dose of dark humor. Each sentence is a wild journey where the end is unknown. This unpredictable creativity has granted me many shocking moments where I lost my breath, but had to find it again in order to express amusement by laughter.

The style of mixing sense with nonsense reminds me of an old favorite, Lewis Carroll. There is usually truth in nonsense, and if there isn't truth then there should at least be great humor (as in the case of Carroll and LaBorde).

The text is a great book to leave on your coffee table, the back of your toilet, or to pass out guised as a Jesus tract to save lives on a street corner.

However you use it, it is definitely a book you should own.
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