- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Atria; 1st edition (September 21, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743482697
- ISBN-13: 978-0743482691
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,766,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yeah, I Said It Hardcover – September 21, 2004
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Humor books by popular comedians are a tricky proposition—reading the routines can rarely compete with watching the performance—and Sykes's gathering of jokes and rants suffers from its medium. Her introduction, in which she claims that she's only writing the book for the money, could be either clever sarcasm or amusing defiance ("let's face it, right now, I'm on fire; did you see Pooty Tang?"), for example—but it's funnier as the former. The rest of the material—short takes on Clinton's affair, vanity license plates, Martha Stewart, love, and professional sports—is mixed. Good lines can get lost on stale topics: there are jokes about last year's California recall election and complaints (recently rendered moot) that no one had seen the 9/11 Commission's findings. Time-tested race relations jokes include suggestions that a black man could never steal as much money as a white executive, because "[t]here are just not that many liquor stores in the country," while observational humor includes the likes of "[a]n ugly man with a six-figure salary becomes 'kinda cute' to most women," and "[t]o some women, marriage is really the wedding." Sykes's irreverence can be refreshing, but some of her jokes need that same energy.
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Sykes, Emmy Award-winning standup comic, brings her irreverent humor to a variety of issues and topics, including sex, politics, war, homeland security, the death penalty, and family. She begins by poking fun at celebrities' writing books and having little of substance to say, parodying her own creative process in producing this book. She goes on to take jabs at celebrities from Michael Jackson to Kobe Bryant to Tiger Woods. Like her stand-up routine, much of her material centers on sexual politics: women being judged primarily on their looks, attractive actresses even getting the roles to play unattractive women, cheap dates being good for a few laughs. Crime, guns, and race are also among the topics she considers in these brief essays. Fans will find the book amusing, but the occasional profanity will limit its appeal. Vanessa Bush
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And here's a post-script from the TV entertainment magazine Extra, explaining how she was asked to keep her routine clean ...
"They told me not so say the F word or the N word... I'm offended they even told me that," Sykes told "Extra" moments before taking the stage. "What do they think? I'm some ignorant a**. Like I'm going to go in there, 'What's up n*****. Like what the f*** they think I'm going to do?"