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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,436 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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13 of 15 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 5ElIX 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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Format: Hardcover
Chris Elliott is a GREAT writer, in the sense that his unique use of silly words and sentences TOTALLY brings across his irresistible comedic personality. If you're familiar with his television and film performances, you'll know immediately that what I'm saying is true when you begin your "Sheets" reading journey.

On the other hand, Elliott is not Somerset Maugham. But how many times have you broken out in hysterical laughter while devouring "Of Human Bondage"? Not often, I'm venturing to guess. Please discuss...

While not quite as hilarious as "Daddy's Boy," "The Guy Under the Sheets" is still an excellent read, and although you will come across a few dry patches where you might wonder why in the name of Justin Bieber you're reading this "book" and why a perfectly good tree had to give its life to make it possible in the first place, just as quickly Chris gushes forth with many pages of laugh-out-loud hilarity, and your belief in humankind has been restoked like a morning-after cub-scout campfire whose embers have been blown-again until a veritable conflagration threatens to consume sleeping bags, marshmallows and Scoutmaster O'Dillingham.
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9 of 14 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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