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Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father Hardcover – May 1, 1989

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From Publishers Weekly

Chris Elliott, a regular on the TV show, Late Night with David Letterman , is the son of Bob Elliott of the celebrated comedy team, Bob and Ray. Father and son here pool their considerable talents in a spoof of the confessional genre popularized by disaffected adult children of media personalities. Although there are zany highlights in the son's recollection of being a miniature reproduction of "Daddy"--down to duplicate Gold Toe socks--the humor becomes strained. While Chris recollects what it was like being his father's 10th son and the only one not named Bob Jr., Dad offers chapter-by-chapter rebuttals, noting that "places, events and situations have been changed to make the story more palatable." David Letterman provides a foreword to this collusion of comedians who are satirists as well as relatives. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A parody of Mommie Dearest by father and son comedians (the latter is the Bob of the Bob and Ray comedy team). The chapters alternate between father and son, with Chris telling his story of growing up with a famous father in one chapter and Bob rebutting it in the next. As it says on the cover of the book, "Not Yet a New York Times Bestseller," but this very well might be.-- MR
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385297300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385297301
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AARON FULLER on October 12, 2008
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Brilliant piece of humor from Chris Elliott and his legendary father, Bob. Penned back when the original "Late Night with David Letterman" was in its heyday on NBC and the younger Elliott was regularly causing mayhem there, father and son alternate chapters. Chris' tale is a Hellish child of a celebrity existence beneath the uncaring shadow of his showbiz father, who is portrayed as an upper-crust megalomaniacal tyrant that would make the Joan Crawford of "Mommie Deartest" look like a sweetheart. Bob's rebuttal chapters barely mention Chris and are the kinds of wonderful deadpan non-sequiters that made Bob & Ray famous. David Letterman wrote the forward, and the book is full of non-stop bellylaughs, with bizarre and hysterical references to things like Bella Abzug floppy hats and of course Gold Toe socks! For fans of Chris' later books, the cult sitcom "Get a Life", "Late Night" of the 1980s or Bob & Ray, this book is a must-read.
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I read this book ages ago and enjoyed it completely. Chris Elliott is one of the most underrated comics around and this book is proof. Virtually nobody has read it, but everyone who has loves it.
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In the heady 1980's, most people knew of Chris Elliot in one of two ways. First, of course, as the son of the legendary Bob Elliott. And second, as the sexy, sassy comedian who graced 'Late Night with David Letterman' on occasion. But very few of his fans knew about the horrors young Chris had to endure growing up the scion of a superstar. Finally, in 1989, the still-young comic genius put pen to paper and told the world the details, the bare-bones essence, the excrutiating minutiae of being reared by a larger than life man whose obession with fame, with his (admittedly dynamic) looks, and with his 10 sons grew to terrifying proportions.
I read "Daddy's Boy" through a veil of tears; that is, when I wasn't barking out hearty guffaws. Despite his hardships, Chris maintains his world famous sense of humor throughout. But once you've absorbed some of the more heart-rending admissions, its hard to imagine the great Chris Elliott as anything but the proverbial clown who's crying on the inside.
Bob Elliott is also present. Not just in descriptions, but literally; he offers a written rebuttal to each tragic chapter. Like nearly everyone, I grew up worshipping Bob Elliott, but after reading his blithe, almost non-caring explanations (excuses?), one finally understands the old sobriquet: "Nobody's perfect".
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I know it was a spoof ... but I was disappointed.
Chris Elliot is probably a good comedian on his own.
My husband and I loved Bob and Ray on the radio.
Perhaps I should have looked for a book about Bob Elliot ... and his side-kick Ray Goulding.
Would have been much more satisfying.
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I actually love Chris Elliot's work but for this book, I must have a different sense of humor. They try too hard to be funny, sometimes dragging out a scenario way too long ruining the "joke".
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Chris Elliott had, prior to writing Daddy's Boy, proven himself to be THE interpreter of tortured genius Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Reading this tour-de-force gives us an insight into how one so seemingly insouciant as Mr. Elliott could render such pain so forcibly yet tenderly as he did in his one man show where he played the presidential paraplegic and tempest-tossed castaway. For we see that his own life has been a nightmare picaresque, a bob-and-weave in the eternal boxing match with the father. Daddy's Boy is a roller coaster ride through the bowels of hell from start to finish. If you liked Richard III, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and A Night Without Armor, you will run naked through your mother's boudoir due to the thrill you'll receive from Daddy's Boy.
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This is absolutely the funniest book I ever read. It went into the economy bin almost as soon as it came out, so I bought several at $1 each and gave them as presents for years. RIP Bob Elliott
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The historical impact of this book will take centuries to completely dissipate. I have learned so much about my nation, my people and myself. No stone is left unturned in this incredible life.
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