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Naked Pictures of Famous People Paperback – September 22, 1999
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HITLER: ...Larry, look, I was a bad guy. No question. I hate that Hitler. The yelling, the finger pointing, I don't know ... I was a very angry guy.
KING: And this ... new Hitler?
HITLER: I get up at seven, have half a melon, do the jumble in the morning paper and then let the day take me where it will.... Me!! The inventor of the Blitzkrieg... When you stop having to control everything it's very freeing.
Stewart is not afraid to flirt with bad taste, in fact, some of the pieces in this collection do for "flirting with bad taste" what Bill Clinton did for "not having sexual relations." But it's wonderful to see an edgy comedian taking on the traditionally cozy genre of the humorous essay, creating work that combines the wit of Robert Benchley with the energy and attitude of the best modern standup. Naked Pictures of Famous People proves that Jon Stewart is as comfortable, and accomplished, in front of a word processor as he is in front of an audience. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Stewart lets loose in this book, writing about 20 essays that start (mostly) in reality and end up somewhere around Oz. Most essays involve the twisted private lives of famous people, hence the title. These include Hitler, Bill Gates, the Hansons, The Kennedys, Jesus, President Ford and Martha Stewart, no relation. Some comment on current forms of media, such as AOL chat rooms and over-hyped award shows.
Overall, this book is packed quirky little things that made me laugh out loud. It is very clever, very well written and very funny. For those who know Stewart through "The Daily Show," I think you'll know what to expect. For anyone who likes well-written satire that doesn't involve pigs named Napoleon, here's your book. Just a note: this probably isn't for the faint of heart or youngin's, especially Martha Stewart's essay. But it's still darn funny.
Thank you Jon Stewart. Quite a moment of Zen.
But enough of the stuff we already know. You're probably asking, "How does this early stuff stand up to the what he's doing today(this book having been originally published in 1998)?" Well, I can honestly say that, though this outing is not without flaw, it is still a very amusing satire that anyone with any interest in politics, entertainment, or pop-culture in general should at least read through once. It does have it's dry spells and some of the humor is a bit dated now, but it is still an interesting work worthy of your time.
Some people may see the cover and think that this is some kind of cheesy autobiography, but in actuallity it is something very unique. What this book is is a collection of "fake essays" that cover a widely various amount of topics. For example, there is a chapter on how to adequately furnish one's vagina as told by Martha Stewart. In another, there is a take on a new way to "liven up" to Judiastic faith by taking such strides as renaming God "'Ol Uncle Pete" and "...[giving] all Chosen Ones... a free value pack worth hundreds of dollars in discounts at participating vendors (for example, 10 percenr off any dinner at Friendly's, with purchase of a Fishamajig sandwhich!Read more ›
The beauty of Stewart's humor is his intelligence, especially in the age of Tom Green, The Man Show, and TV Funhouse. It's comedy for those of us who got over laughing at someone getting hit in the nuts round about puberty. This book reemphasizes his intelligence and wit. I'd reccomend it for anyone who is a fan of smart comedy. If you're a Tom Green fan, probably stay away -though in that case, you probably wouldn't be browsing the editorial reviews on Amazon.com anyway. So on second thought, if you're reading this, buy the book.
The collection does suffer from the transient nature of pop culture, as some of the sacred cows he slays are no longer sacred. Upon publication in 1998, the inexplicable popularity of Hanson and the death of Princess Diana were hot news; now, they're just faded memories. Still, chronicling Mother Hanson's yearly family newsletter from pre-stardom happy innocence to after the icon's fall is a brilliant concept. And Di's schoolgirl fan letters to Mother Theresa show Stewart's strength in handling tone. This is also apparent in another strong piece, "Adolph Hitler: The Larry King Interview", in which der Fuehrer comes off as a `90's sensitive man who "hates crowds." Stewart even manages a few potshots at King's propensity for rapid marriages.
Other strong pieces include: "Breakfast at Kennedy's", in which Stewart imagines himself as a playmate of the young JFK, and is dubbed "The Zippy Zionist" by a carefree and very Catholic Camelot clan; "The Last Supper, or The Dead Waiter", in which Jesus and his party dine at a trendy restaurant, served by a very bitchy waiter; and "Da Vinci: The Lost Notebook", in which Leonardo is given credit for inventing, among other items, the beer helmet (neat drawings, here).
The smartest piece, and the one that most distinctly bites the hand that feeds, is entitled "The Recipe". Stewart details the recipe for a standard Hollywood awards show. It's very deadpan, very silly, and very accurate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have to read and re-read because Jon Stewart is so crazy smart it's hard to follow him some times!Published 4 months ago by S. Thomas
Hilarious mini sketches. Like Woody Allen's Getting Even but even more biting.Published 5 months ago by Dylan
this is a group of short pieces about Jon's thoughts and people he knows or has known. Excellent book!!Published 8 months ago by Linda A. Wilson
Was not as good as I was hoping but there are some good parts in it.Published 10 months ago by R. T.
This is the first JS book I read which happed to be on an airplane. The guy next to me made a comment to me when I was completed that he heard the snickers and wanted to know who... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Otto