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SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy from a Plane Paperback – October 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312357478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312357474
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Reading this blurb is a form of inefficiency, because to know that this book is madly funny, full of wild invention, and definitively satirizes one of the most banal and loathsome of all American institutions, all you have to do is skip this blurb and open the book to any page.  But if you’ve made it this far, it’s too late. Sorry for wasting your time. OPEN THE BOOK.”—George Saunders, author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia
 
“You will laugh yourself sad at this fake catalog, lovingly crafted from the finest comedy by a couple of brilliant, funny douchebags.”—Patton Oswalt
 
“The D.U.I. Mask really works!”—David Foster Wallace

 “Not since the days of Not the New York Times and The Journal of Irreproducible Results has the sly, surprising parody of otherwise ignored cultural detritus seemed so sharp and overdue; not since the days of the actual feral child named Kasper Hauser has humor writing been so nimble, hungry, wiry, and covered with a fine, catlike fur.”—John Hodgman, author of Areas of My Expertise and contributor to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
 
SkyMaul provides great reading on a plane, particularly on those long flights, because I usually forget to bring a book. I was disappointed that some of the items were on back order and, I’m informed, may not be available at all. But the fact that the catalog is available means that THE TERRORISTS HAVE NOT WON!”Fred Willard      
 
“This is the funniest catalog I’ve ever read. And they didn’t even go with the old lady holding the giant ‘massager.’ Funny and classy.”—Joel Stein, LA Times
 
“This is the catalog that SHOULD be on every plane! A perfect absurdist comment on just how odd sky shopping truly is! I wish I’d had it on my last flight. Instead, I had to watch The Ice Princess.”—Nicole Parker, MADtv

From the Inside Flap

The funniest catalog in America. Guaranteed.

Let award-winning comedy troupe Kasper Hauser transport you into the sublime universe that is SkyMaul, where Banana-ganizers and Reality-Canceling Headphones coexist with Crack Pipe Chess Sets and Llamacycles. More than just a catalog parody, SkyMaulexplodes with razor-sharp wit, boundless creativity, and a keen eye for the absurd. This smart, edgy satire will earn your laughter again and again.


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It's really funny.
J. Dundale
I like this book so much I bought several copies and gave them as gifts to friends and family.
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Buy it for strangers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Douglass on October 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've seen Kasper Hauser live numerous times over the past 6 years. I've seen them play to sold-out standing-ovation houses. I've even cried during their shows. But this book is hands-down their most hysterical achievement in a long long line of hysterical achievements. Buy this book. Buy it for friends. Buy it for strangers. Just buy it. And then read it. Or make your friends read it. Or your strangers. Then come back here and tell me how right I am. I like to know that I'm right. Cuz with this book, I'm right. Selections from this book will be shown to guests at my house for years to come.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
The surrealist comedy troupe Kasper Hauser puts their unique spin on airborne shopping with this wonderful spoof of the utterly ludicrous offerings of SkyMall catalogs. I was especially entertained by the narrative of "A Message From SkyMaul's CEO..." extolling how shopping saved his life (in Las Vegas, of course) and kept his family ("lovely wife, Pfepfer," "two children, Horace and Candy," and "Labrador buddy, Melchus") together. With that premise firmly ingrained, the catalog moves from the twisted and bizarre, to the surreal and other-worldly.

It's impossible for me to pick my favorite product in the catalog, though I think the Llamacycle would be near the top of the list. I also loved the concept of the "'Cut Above' Electronic Hair-Salon-Naming Computer," ("Hairly Legal," "Shave Me, I'm Drowning," "Banged 'n' Feathered," "From Hair to Eternity," etc.), which with additional modules can also help name your scone cart, coffee shop, or crepe restaurant. The scientific part of my brain loved the "Air Straightener," while the animal lover in me liked the "'Moby Dick' Hamster Coffin." Perhaps my favorite concept in the book is the collection of "motivational posters" from "Probletunity Knocks." I utterly loathe motivational posters, so mocking them was a certain hit with me. For the extremely deranged there's the "Hitler-Turning-into-Werewolf Nightlight," sure to be useful because it's "new monitor function allows the wolf's eyes to follow you or your baby around the room and emits a 'safety growl' anytime someone moves toward it."

Although the type of humor in the catalog is occasionally a bit base, the book is funny across the board and is the definitive skewering of the excremental products in the actual SkyMall catalog.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. McCall on October 31, 2006
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I don't know who these guys are, but this is a really, really funny book. Are they with Saturday Night Live or something? The Onion? The products in their book, SkyMaul, are so twisted and unexpected and funny. I couldn't put this thing down. I read it all in one sitting. The Hitler/Werewolf night light! Who thinks of that? Whatever their next book, I'm in line to buy 12 of them. Very, very funny!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Livia Scott on November 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you're a fan of any of the above: The Onion, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, Strangers with Candy, Rosemary's Baby, the films of Todd Solondz, They Might Be Giants or Ween, you will LOVE THIS BOOK! It is the most original, ingenius piece of comedy I've seen in years. Just saying the word "Banana-Ganizer" sends me into a fit of feel- good hysterics. And I have my Christmas shopping done! Thank you Kasper Hauser!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Dundale on November 6, 2006
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It's true! I probably wasn't lying. I mean I bought the book, I read the book, I even showed it to my friends and family. You're just gonna have to trust me. It's really funny. The pictures are great the words are fantastic and the authors handsome. It's everything that you would expect in separate packages, due to the size and scope of hilarity, in one package! A big package... a big, cheap, funny, fantastic... handsome package. Buy it for Christmas if you must but really why not just get it now? Maybe 2 so you can read 2 different pages at once. Like putting a tv on top of another tv. You can buy a hundred of them and replace the bibles with them at your church. You can put one in a time capsule and then when future people open it up they won't catch the humor and think we were real loons (stupid future people). You can even just prop it open above your two TVs and look at the pictures during commercials.

Anyways, and in conclusion I really wish you would buy this book, and I really don't care what you do with it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Janey on October 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
The only bad thing about this book is that it isn't a real catalog. Sit back in your favorite chair, close your eyes, and imagine a world without camel toe.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Rogers on January 17, 2007
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I have gotten so much mileage from this gem of a book. It has had me in tears on my morning commute, and at home from laughing so hard I kind of freaked out my dog. It has been the ultimate gift for anyone I deem "worthy" enough to appreciate the brilliant and twisted wit of Kasper Hauser. Mark my words: this book will catapult KH to superstardom. A must-read!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on October 31, 2006
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Buy this book now! Anyone who flies and knows the stupidity of the junk sold in the original Sky Mall will die laughing at these hillarious knock-offs. My favorite is the "Whore-ganizer" and I can't stop laughing at the stupidity of the "Llamacycle". I wish I could actually purchase some of these items as Christmas gifts and speaking of... this would be a great gift for anyone you know who flies - or just has a plane or two.
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