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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1ST edition (October 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158407
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elliott, the comedian, actor, and writer, here blows the lid off one of the great untold Hollywood stories: the true life of Chris Elliott. The son of film legend Bette Davis and noted mustachioed actor Sam Elliott, Chris got his first big break on Late Night with David Letterman, where he dazzled audiences with his many running characters, including a Marlon Brando parody that had its genesis in Elliott’s traumatizing encounter with the Oscar-winning actor on his French Polynesian island. Torrid affairs with Shelley Winters and Lee Radziwill, among other women, scarred Elliott emotionally and psychologically, but he didn’t let that stop him from turning out classic film and television works like Cabin Boy and Get a Life. Sadly, Elliott’s own life was cut short by his untimely death at the hands of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, another spurned lover. This hugely entertaining pack of lies reads like a Woody Allen essay from the New Yorker, but, buried among the silliness, there is a nugget or two of legitimate autobiography. Wildly weird and hugely entertaining. --David Pitt

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“This hugely entertaining pack of lies reads like a Woody Allen essay from the New Yorker, but, buried among the silliness, there is a nugget or two of legitimate autobiography. Wildly weird and hugely entertaining.” David Pitt, Booklist

“The arc of [Elliott’s] career remains unique and inspiring. That he made things worth memorizing and fashioning one's young identity around. That there is integrity to the path of most resistance, that he blazed a trail for Arrested Development and Community and all the other freaky, convention-flouting TV comedies.”—Grantland

“Everything that makes Elliott great, and everything that makes him so baffling to the Gods of Comedy, is on full display in The Guy Under the Sheets...a memoir that is wonderfully untrustworthy, and wildly entertaining....hilarious.”
—Christopher Schobert, Buffalo News
 

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The Guy Under the Sheets is just not funny - and that's no joke.
Dan Seidman
All in all being a fan of his since I was a teenager from my love of David Letterman I thoroughly enjoyed the embellished anecdotes from his days at Letterman.
Kevonski
In this case, he's just satirizing something I don't care about enough--himself.
Mary Lavers

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevonski on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Borrowed a friends copy, so I have read it, and it's entertaining. If you listen to Carolla's Podcast (free Itunes) there is an interview with Chris on there about the book.

All in all being a fan of his since I was a teenager from my love of David Letterman I thoroughly enjoyed the embellished anecdotes from his days at Letterman.

What can I say, it's Chris Elliott. If you dig him, you'll dig the book. If you have no clue who he is, don't buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Hart on December 14, 2012
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Best unauthorized autobiography that I have ever read! Although I am not sure that I have ever read one before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lazlo on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While eyeballing this brisk read, I was often reminded of the author's crisp and sassy comedic style. The book is basically his own Paul Bunyan self-mythologizing but coming from Chris Elliott it's impossible to imagine what he will come up with next except that it will be embarrassing or nonsensical or often both. Quintessential bathroom reading from an author who once played backgammon with Dolemite, or Dolemite's son's little league's umpire's brother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Murphy on January 12, 2013
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Chris Elliot is vastly underrated as a comedian. Now I can say he is vastly underrated as a writer. This was compelling from the first page and for a person of any wit, I wholeheartedly recommend it. One never knew what kind of crazy turn it was going to take. Brilliant doesn't even touch it. I wonder what it would be like if you read it while on some controlled substance? Groovy, Man.
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Back in the 80's, when I'd stay over at a friend's house one of the things we most looked forward to was staying up late to watch David Letterman. As much as we loved Dave, the best nights were those times when Chris Elliott was on. He was one of the strangest, funniest things around. His Cinemax specials were two of the best things about having cable in the 80's, and when he finally got his own show, Get A Life quickly became one of my favorites shows of all time. His first book, Daddy's Boy, is one of my favorite comedic books of all time. It's short and off-kilter, but a great read. When he finally followed it up with Shroud of the Thwacker, I couldn't wait to read it. It was fun and bizarre and was a welcome addition to the rest of Elliott's work. I didn't realize Into Hot Air was coming out until shortly before it was released. It was a complete let down and so awful I couldn't get through it. I had no desire and no intention of ever reading another Chris Elliott book.

I had no idea that he had even released a new book until we saw a whole shelf full of them at a used book store. I had a 50% off coupon, but even $2.50 seemed a bit steep after how awful Into Hot Air was. I checked some reviews first, though, and it sounded as though he may have redeemed himself. I laughed three times during the first two pages, which was far more than I did while trying to read Into Hot Air, so I initially had hope that this was going to be worth my $2.50. Sadly, I found that I had overpaid by nearly $3. After those first two pages there's really not much worth laughing at or even reading in the remaining 236 pages. His odd wit has been replaced with vulgar and disjointed sexual comments. The writing overall feels tired and lazy.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Wineberg TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Normally, autobiographies are written in the first person, not the third. But who's to say, really? The fact that essentially nothing in this book is true or accurate is mere nitpicking. The Guy Under The Sheets is a revival of a long neglected genre called dementia praecox. The master, SJ Perelman, absolutely dazzled with it in the 20s and 30s with Dawn Ginsburgh's Revenge and Strictly From Hunger. His prose could take off in any direction, and almost always took advantage of a linguistic fork in the road - even if there wasn't one. Any word with two possible meanings meant a tangent to another world.

This book is not quite that clever, though it shows flashes of brilliance from time to time. It steals from every film and tv sitcom scenario you can imagine (and many you will scratch your head to identify), and drops famous names like beavers in the closet. It pays no respect to fame, reputation, or timeframe for that matter. Dead people are very much with us, TV shows appear ten years early. Kurt Vonnegut would approve. (Actually, I'm a bit surprised neither Perelman nor Vonnegut put in appearances.) The book is a sincere effort to entertain, at the expense of story, flow and plot. You can skip a chapter and not miss anything. They pretty much stand alone except for the hyperdramatic death scene, which in a token gesture to sanity, is mercifully placed near the end.

Elliott slips into first person in several absurd footnotes and brackets, but mostly, the story is of a miserable no-talent who gets break after break and hobnobs with the who's who of entertainment from 1920-2010. A pop culture bonanza. It makes a great beach read - good summer junk. Long live Dementia Praecox!
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If you read and liked any one of his other books you're in for a real treat. This is even funnier than the one you read! Story too zany? Sure but it's funny and Chris still has "it" whatever that is. P.S. if "Daddy's Boy" was PG this one is NC-17.
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