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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307986233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307986238
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up is the best book since The Hunger Games. First he was a King of Comedy; now he's the king of comedy authors. You should buy this book or get out the country because D. L. stands for ‘don't lie,’ and he doesn't in his amazing new book.” --Chris Rock, CEO & President of NOTHING! 

“I always knew it wouldn’t take a politician, a preacher, or even a scholar to solve the problems of this country. I knew it would take someone who used comedy, common sense, and a lot of cussing. D.L. has risen from a King of Comedy to a higher calling: D.L. for President 2016?   Both he and this hilarious book on how to get past the B.S. get my vote!” —Tom Joyner

“[Hughley] has starred in shows on ABC (The Hughleys), CNN (D.L. Hughley Breaks the News) and HBO (Unapologetic) in addition to radio (The D.L. Hughley Morning Show), and now he finds a solid footing on yet another plateau as he makes an easy transition to the printed page….In the closing chapter, he concludes, “Comedy might not be able to change minds—but it can certainly expose truths and knock down fallacies.” Ditto for this book, which provides that much-needed wakeup call.” –Publishers Weekly

“Hughley’s a hard-line pragmatist whose brash opinions almost always transcend polarized black/white and liberal/conservative comfort zones. [I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up] is a solid combination of a street-tough attitude and a keen grasp of social and political hot-button issues.” --Kirkus

About the Author

D.L. HUGHLEY is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today. D.L. serves as a weekly contributor to The Tom Joyner Morning Show. D.L. hosted his own late night talk show on CNN, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. Recently, D.L. starred in his own one-hour special (his fourth for HBO) entitled Unapologetic. As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN, The Hughleys, D.L. is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film The Original Kings of Comedy. He is a regular on the late-night talk show circuit, including appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan. He has even guest-hosted on such shows as The View and Live with Regis & Kelly.

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We need someone in mainstream media telling it like DL puts it down.
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Hughley stayed true to his comedic style and that is what took the book from good to great.
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I've always been a fan of D.L. Hughley and his keep-it-real comedy and commentaries.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The popular King of comedy, D.L. Hughley, tells it like it is, a plain and simple very much needed wake-up call! His viewpoints and issues addressed are clear, concise, and thought-provoking. However, the street-tough manner in which he presents his arguments are very funny. It's impossible not to pick up the humor. The social and political issues discussed of course are extremely serious matters for every American citizen and he clearly portrays his message, but with a complete different approach. A hint to the general public on the need to resolve political and social issues for our country is expressed well, and his comedy as usual Stands Out. The author is indeed entertaining. Highly Recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Raposa on September 10, 2012
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First of all, let me say, I have personally seen D.L. Hughlley perform in person and he is an amazing talent. Not only that, you can definitely tell that he has honed his craft over many years, appealing to a broad audience, much like he states in his book. D.L.'s book is a story about his views on the world including politics which I cannot help but be fascinated by. I share many of D.L.'s views on the world and so I had a pleasurable experience reading about his take on the world and more detail about his life and upbringing. The book does venture off into several tangents along the way, but it is interesting enough to keep you engaged.

I also must say that he, along with many of his colleagues in the comedy business tend to make commentary about race that is really more relevant to class. In fact, many of the issues that he states that affect the African American community relate to poor Latinos, Caucasians, and people of other ethnicities. I wish that comedians that speak truth to power would focus more on the real issue which is poverty. Poverty seems to be the cause of many of the systemic problems facing our nation, not necessarily race, though I would never diminish the fact that racism still exists in this country.

Despite that fact, you will find the book mostly lighthearted, funny, and easy to read. He does have a couple serious moments in the book, and those offer a nice balance to the comedic nature of the book as a whole.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've always been a fan of D.L. Hughley and his keep-it-real comedy and commentaries. I must say that this book is most definitely aligned with D.L.'s approach to life, comedy, and politics. As I was reading this book, I could hear D.L. as if he were narrating in my head (a la his James L. Jones remark in his book). No topic is off limits for D.L. and he offers his opinions in crisp, witty, and sharp rhetoric. He talks about everything from the economy to the downfall of education in our country. He talks about politics and its impact on the black community and he does it in a way that appeals to both the scholar and the hustler. He also offers insights into his own personal life and his opinions regarding fatherhood, bullying,relationships,and even dealing with his son's autism.

Just like in his stand-up performances, D.L. is able to give us a dose of reality blended well with a good belly laugh and plenty of LOLs. There are also many quotable quotes that I have highlighted and already shared with many of my friends. This book made me laugh but it also made me think. I have always felt that comedians offer the best perspectives on life, politics, and social issues and this book doesn't disappoint. Job well done, D.L.!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Howzen on December 30, 2012
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I bought this book after hearing an interview with DL Hughley. I hoped for more personal stories. Instead this book is full of hapless observations. Mr. Hughley perpetuates exactly what he proposes to rail against - semi-informed opinions of issues of the day easily cleared up by a google search.

For example - Mr. Hughley complains that the State of NJ does not spend any money on education in Newark. In a simple google search he would have learned that Newark is an Abbott district. 30 years ago the State Supreme Court mandated seizure and funding to failing districts. These 31 districts represent 5% of all the school districts in NJ and receive 70% of all State education funds. Of the 31 districts Newark receives the largest amount of funding, $714 million dollars, K-12 (source - [...]).

Per pupil spending in Newark is one of the top three most expensive in the nation (with District of Columbia and Buffalo, NY. Source - [...]).

This is one egregious example of several in this book. Who on earth edited this book? They should be fired.

Mr. Hughley should take his own advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Investor in real property on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I thought DL book was fantastic. He hit every gripe that I've had about our country and some. For a man who just has a "GED" (lol) his writing was very detailed and precise in facts. I googled a couple of his "quotes" and was not surprise by their truths. I told a friend about the book, and instead of giving her mine to read, I bought her one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zthousand&To on August 31, 2013
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I gave this five stars because I enjoyed it, but I did have two problems with it.

My first problem is his conclusion on bullying. He gives great advice on the subject, based on how he dealt with bullies growing up. In one case, he got his friends to unite to beat down a bully. In another case, he fought a bully over and over again until he won. So from Hugley's perspective, having bullies is a part of growing up, and positive lessons can come out of these horrible experiences. Cool.

But then he uses that experience to attack the recent anti-bullying movement. He argues that people should deal with how life is, rather than how they want life to be. Sheltering kids from bullying would make it harder for them to deal with the real world when they're older.

Wrong Mr. Hughley. In that same chapter, you mentioned your youth, how a bunch of kids pushed a paraplegic off his wheelchair, and when the kid looked at you and asked for help, you said "no" partly out of fear of being ganged up on by those other kids. What exact life lesson did the paraplegic learn from that? Did he learn to gang up on those bullies, or to fight those bullies? No, he learned that when he's helpless, he isn't allowed to ask for help. His life as an adult was probably much easier, so this beating as a kid was unnecessary.

If this anti-bullying movement was there back in your day, maybe the kids in the playground would've united to protect the poor kid. Just as you have to teach kids not to be racists, you also have to teach them not to be bullies, and to stand up to them. It's like you said: all kids are stupid. Not everybody (not even a majority) is going to gain the positive lessons that bullying taught you.
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