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Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Paperback – September 13, 2011
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Starred Review. Comedienne, talk show host and daring author Handler (Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea) indulges her fans with a new compilation of shockingly direct essays, from which she emerges as a scheming farceur with an expansive range of practical jokes and winning sarcasm, pulled off beautifully against (and with help from) her closest friends and family (including her boyfriend, the CEO of the E! television network that employs her). Handler spins a deliriously sticky web of running jokes while suckering the gullible, again and again, with made-up stories of her transgendered friend, a ludicrous movie deal, and her infamous personal pilot. Never shy, Handler finds room for even more irreverent honesty regarding sex-including her earliest encounters with male genitalia and with "the feeling"-and also lets readers in on her family life, including a family dinner that ends with her missing brother found intoxicated, naked, and celebrating on a dock in the early morning hours. Whether Handler is plotting to get her father committed or convincing her dog never to "shadoobie" in her presence, her essays are packed with enough laugh-out-loud moments to rival a first-rate stand-up act. B&W photos. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Her cheeky candor is one of the things that makes her unique: She's a hot blonde with a filthy mouth.―Philadelphia Inquirer
"Whether Handler is plotting to get her father committed or convincing her dog never to 'shadoobie' in her presence, her essays are packed with enough laugh-out-loud moments to rival a first-rate stand-up act."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
Chelsea Handler writes like Judy Blume, if Judy Blume were into vodka, Ecstasy, and sleeping with midgets and nineteen-year-olds.―Jennifer Weiner
Where have I been all of Chelsea Handler's life? I had no idea how funny, how brilliant she is. She is too clever for words."―Liz Smith, New York Post
Chelsea Handler is a terrific comedian and a hilarious writer.―Jay Leno
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From the first chapter where Chelsea talks about her childhood and the first time she gets “the feeling” I was crying with laughter. She tells stories about her father, her boyfriend who she likes to play pranks on, and how one time she helped wheel a woman passed out on a chaise lounge up to a hotel room. These stories are just too good to be true.
Chelsea really knows how to write towards her audience. She is witty, hilarious, and just plain fun to read. There is not a set plot line, so the reader can jump from chapter to chapter without missing anything important. She has also included hilarious photos that were taken during these times, which helps prove that these stories are somewhat true!
I've read this book several times and each time I laugh just as hard as the last. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows of Chelsea Handler, doesn't mind a little vulgarity (and by little I mean a lot), and adult humor.
Before purchasing, I read the reviews online and was appalled by people's reactions to the beginning of the book, and after reading it myself it is confirmed that yes, if you are easily offended or cannot take a joke for a joke, then this isn't the book for you. But if you can understand that what the author is saying is so obscured and out there and THAT's what makes it hilarious, then please, give the book a chance. Chelsea is going to make you uncomfortable, and you're going to laugh about it.
To call her family dysfunctional is a giant understatement. If Freud was alive handling this case,, he would in short order vacate the surroundings and admit defeat. Interestingly, Chelsea is quite open about some of her young adventures and the accounts are hilarious. This girl is smart and quick with the one line squelch that takes any rivals' breath away.
Do understand this is Chelsea somewhat raw. This isn't a tome directed to children or, for that matter, adults allergic to occasional encounters with nasty words. But whether or not you are a fan of her show, "Chelsea Lately" carried on the E! network,, as long as you have an unimpaired funny bone you will enjoy this book..
BLEH! I felt like a pedophile reading the first chapter... it was just... too much. I love that Chelsea talks so frank about sex, and her life, but I don't need to know about how she masturbated when she was 8. While the other chapters weren't as cringe-inducing, they also weren't funny, or even interesting.
Chelsea is at her best when talking about the weird predicaments that she finds herself in, whether at work, in her social life, or with her family members. Her stories aren't as fun, though, when she's in her "Girls Behaving Badly" role of playing jokes on people. The funniest moments happen when strange things just happen to you. Case in point, Chelsea playing a trick on her boyfriend (Ted Harbert, president and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group). Pretending that she accidentally killed a friend's dog wasn't great; it was just okay, mainly because it was a set-up.
On the other hand, when she focuses on the idiosyncracies of her father in a couple of tales, it's more humorous because the situation is out of her control. However, I was disappointed that not once did she refer to her father as "b*tch t*ts" like she did in Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. I assumed that was her siblings' ongoing nickname for him...but maybe not?
Unfortunately, although a not-to-miss book for Chelsea fans, like her last book, I was waiting for a central theme to the stories to tie them all together. It never came, and neither did any background for the title of the book. I thought for sure it came from a wacky story, but maybe it's just an inside joke that us readers aren't in on.