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Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1900
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I know that I make a lot of jokes about it, but I'm not really happy with the way I look lately. My dream of finally being able to make it with an eighteen-year-old cheerleader is slipping through my fingers.There's an unexpected edge of dissatisfaction, of unprocessed anger, that seeps between the lines. Sometimes Carey ventures into boneheadedness--as in a pointless rant against the sexual harassment policy at Warner Brothers and how it makes his life hard. More often, though, he comes across as a drinking buddy on a particularly funny night. That's what Carey set out to do--and there's room on many bookshelves for that. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
So, I'm going to lose the weight.
I'm going to lose the weight, get a light tan, and get my back waxed. And, I'm going to buy a cheerleader outfit for the next girl I start dating. A cheerleader outfit and a riding crop. Why hold back?
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Top Customer Reviews
After a good amount of this kind of carrying-on, however, comes a very strange part indeed: the stories of the unrefined. It seems Carey wanted to write a book of short stories. The consensus from his friends and business associates who read these stories, however, was "dark," and Carey can't sell dark, only funny. So they get slipped in after Carey has given the customers what they expect - a real professional. The stories are dark indeed (and also funny), and if they are based, even remotely, on what actually happened to him (they sound like they do), I can understand why he tried to commit suicide twice.
The stories are mostly about down-and-outs and marginal characters in Cleveland (West Side equivalents of R. Crumb and Harvey Pekar), so that part was fairly interesting to me, since I grew up in Cleveland as a somewhat marginal figure.Read more ›
This is not a pulitizer prize winner but it is good for a chuckle.
The stuff in the middle of the book is great, especially the show's writers' back-and-forth with the ABC censors. It's a wonderful inside look at how a show is written and is transformed by the writers and the suits in the days before an episode is taped. I didn't buy Dirty Jokes and Beer for this material, but it's the best stuff in the book.
Admidst the humor, you can feel Carey's pain about the loss of his father, his weight, his difficulty in having a normal relationship with a woman, about being molested as a child, enduring substance abuse and depression, and surviving two suicide attempts. He tries to laugh off these moments, though they permeate the book. Carey tries to make us laugh even with baring his soul.
Beyond that, this book is an enjoyable romp through the eyes of Drew Carey, with some classic lines such as "My favorite game to play in Las Vegas is hooker." Carey's story about Mardi Gras is priceless.
My advice: kick back and enjoy the dirty jokes with beer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's the perfect bathroom book because the chapters are autonomous. Lots of short stories and jokes. Good read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Prouty
More interesting than I thought it would be. Funny joke at the beginning of each chapter and there are many chapters. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nitram
I purchased the audio book this morning, and couldn't hit the 'pause' button until it was done ... I've been a Drew Carey fan for years, but this book was gut wrenchingly funny ... Read morePublished 23 months ago by N. Armani
Wasn't interested in his sex life and dislikes. I would supposed that Drew has grown in attitude a lot since he wrote this book. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Roberta Wallace
Drew Carey, the star of The Drew Carey Show, Price Is Right, Whose Line Is It Anyway and whatever else he is doing these days brought out this book sometime in 1997 or 1998 while... Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Micheal Hunt
I've never watched the Drew Carey Show & I really liked the first half of the book. At times I laughed really hard. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by James Montgomery
Well if you like dirty humor and Drew Carry's tongue in cheek satirical humor then you will love this book. Read morePublished on June 15, 2009 by John Tiller
Back in 1992, my first big gig as a comedian was emceeing in Chicago for a week. The headliner that week was Drew Carey, one of the best guys to know and meet in the biz. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Ian Coburn