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I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America Hardcover – July 31, 2012

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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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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: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
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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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D.L. Hughley is my favorite King of Comedy; actually he is my favorite Comic. I am the same age as he so I totally get his humor and his sense of reasoning. I love his common sense on politics and the goings on in the world today. This book gives a lot of insight on how to survive in the hood and incorporate America; and all of America. He explains about his dealings with the Cops and with his family. There is some serious and intimate stuff here. So yea, if you are a D.L. fan or if you are just about his age of 50ish, I think you will enjoy this book. I think the young Black Male should read this book too. It has a lot of character building examples included. I brought the Kindle Edition. I wish I had the book so I could get it auto-graphed by my favorite King Of Comedy. (that's a movie; check it out on Amazon Prime or Movies).
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D.L. Hughley is not only one of comedy's funniest comedians, he is also highly intelligent. I agreed with him on so many levels pertaining to politics, and you just can't beat his realism about life. I laughed so hard at many of the issues he raised, but what he says is extremely serious.

This isn't one of those books that deals with his life per se, but rather little glimpes of who D.L. Hughley is and what he thinks about. If you enjoy his standup, you will definitely enjoy this book and you'll get where he's coming from. I thought the ending of the book was well done with his personal thoughts on Bernie Mac. It was so moving, it made me cry. I miss Bernie too, so I could relate to his pain on losing such a great friend.

If you can't deal with realism, you won't enjoy this book because D.L. does not sugarcoat anything. He tells it just like it is, whether you agree with him or not. I have nothing but respect for him. A really good read!
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Not at all what I expected. I love DL Hughley, find his stand up shows hysterical. I thought I was buying funny DL, what I got instead is pissed off, smart, societal commentary. Parts are funny, but his critiques of us, Americans, as a society are dead on and somewhat of an embarrassment.
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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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This is a tremendous book. I highly recommend everyone read it. First of all it's funny as you would expect. However what I didn't expect was that Mr. Hughley is such an intelligent man, with a great deal of valuable experience, and many interesting and knowledgeable things to say. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Everyone should read it.
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A very enjoyable read, with just enough historical, political, and humorous context thrown in to make this a book I'm finally glad to have bought. A follow-up sometime soon would be very nice. Take a bow, DL!
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I had the honor to meet D.L. in California at a restaurant. The book wasn't;t published yet, but, after meeting, talking, and laughing with him, the book fits his personality. He makes excellent points through his comedy, but, they are also serious statements. For example, he states that, "The American Dream is in dire need of a wake-up call." The Presidential Election was a wake-up call not only for our country, but, for the world.. Thanks D.L.
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