I Am America - And So Can You! Author:Stephen Colbert The funnyman host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report rants about things that are wrong with America, offering his “knee jerk beliefs” on everything from the liberal media to environmentalists. If we continue to secularize Christmas, he screeches, former carolers will become wandering, alcoholic... more » bums, and insects will grow into giant, munching minivans. He advocates legalizing performance-enhancing drugs for athletes, since sports are entertainment. Taking on a blowhard persona, he attacks atheists—how could a god exist who created a group that so pisses him off? Atheists are more hated than gays, to whom we at least entrust our hair. Interspersed with Colbert’s shrill tirades are the voices of other characters, notably the more modulated tones of God, who claims to be fair since he does not intercede in the outcome of sports on which he bets.« less
Not for the easily offended (though I think they wouldn't be interested in this book anyway!) If you're a fan of The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, chances are you will appreciate this book. It's 100% in character, and was so funny I couldn't put it down. This is seperated into many different sections: The Family, Old People, Animals, Religion, Sports, Sex & Dating, Homosexuals, Higher Education, Hollywood, The Media, Class War, Race, Immigrants and Science. It also contains "Fun Zone" activities (ha!) a section called "A Note To the Future" (with instructions on defrosting Colbert's head), and countless funny margin jokes and much more. The end of the book also contains a transcript of Colbert's memorable address at the 2006 White House Correspondant's Dinner, making this a must have for Colbert fans. If you like your politics served with plenty of satire- or vice versa- this is worth the money! I know I'll be re-reading this through the years, and I'm very glad I splurged and picked this up.
I picked this up not expecting to get much from it. He is after all just a television personality! However, I must say he has completely changed my life. I had no idea just how wrong I was about many things in my life!
I would like to thank him personally for doing so much for me and all of my friends. Whom I tell about him. All the time.
As a bonus while reading this book I lost fifteen lbs! No kidding. Amazing book.
As I listened to this book, I immediately thought of how much better it must be on audio. (I noticed another reviewer here, Karen, agreed) I remember some months ago flipping through the text of the actual book, and being a bit underwhelmed.
Hearing Stephen Colbert narrate the text makes all the difference... giving the words life and maximum comic effect.
However, I would be surprised if there was anyone listening who at some point was not mildly offended at what he said (I know I was)! But that's the goal.
He covers lots of controversial topics like sex, religion, family life, and despite the fact that most of "opinions" he espouses are completely outrageous, occasionally they rang true, which worried me! :)
Also, you might find that some of the stuff he says is no doubt believed by large groups of people. Therefore, you have some scary mixed in with the funny.
My main point is, however, I think the audio version of this book has to be much better than the printed text... this way, you get the entire Colbert experience!
I don't watch much tv, so I wasn't too familiar with The Colbert Report before reading this book. After reading this book I realize how little I truly know! Thanks to Mr. Colbert, I now have a better understanding of the world.
Honestly, I think Stephen Colbert is a comic genius and highly intelligent to boot. I am now a fan. Although, I have both the hardcover and the audio book and I have to say, the humor translates a lot better in the audio version. I highly recommend hearing the author's words in his own words.