This book was written before Stewart's climb to fame on "The Daily Show," and is a collection of short comic essays skewering such targets as the Kennedys, Princess Diana, Gerald Ford, and Jesus and the disciples at the Last Supper (from the point of view of a disgruntled waiter.) My favorite piece is "The Devil and William Gates," a dead-on parody of "The Devil and Daniel Webster," but featuring the man we all love to hate, Bill Gates.
This is a very funny, very literate, very smart book, and it may show you a slightly different side of the "Daily Show" host.
I have to say, I was very disappointed with this book. I am a giant fan of Jon Stewart's comedy, both on the Daily Show and his standup and writings. When I discovered there was a book of his I didn't already own, I immediately ordered it from this website.
Sadly, it doesn't hold up to his levels of humor. There were one or two clever essays (Spring Break with the Kennedy's and the high school reunion spring to mind) which were brilliant, but sadly the rest were rather lackluster and lacking in humor. It's feels what would happen if Jon Stewart's comedy were watered down to a Family Guy level with very one dimensional "trying too hard" jokes.
I love Jon Stewart but he loses something in print.
Like all good storytellers, their stories are better when TOLD, and not as good when written.
I love Jon Stewart, but I was left saying wtf? about this book. I tried to get through the first two essays and then promptly relisted the book. It did not engage me at all.