First of all, I have to admit I'm a rabid David Cross fan, seeing all his movies (yes, even Alvin and the Chipmunks) and collecting all of this stand-up cd's including bootlegs where I couldn't pay for them otherwise. This book came out on my birthday, and it was at the top of my list for gifts my g/f could give me. She preordered it, and gave it to me on my birthday.
I was stoked to read it in the downtime while we were on vacation, only to be highly disappointed. There are numerous, and I mean numerous, spelling and grammatical errors in the book, to the point of distraction. A professional publishing house should be appalled at the level of errors made.
The book itself starts off funny, but then dissolves into list after pointless list, some taking up 3-5 pages of nonsense. Some sections are written as (unfunny) fictional characters. I found myself skimming over large parts of the book. Example: "Eleven Vitamins You Will Have in Limbo: B12, C, K, C+, D-," etc. This is all in a vertical list, double spaced, meaning the list of letters took up a whole page. On stage, in Cross's voice, hilarious. In a book, it's filler status.
I don't need a tell-all bleeding heart story about Cross's life, but a little more insight into what makes him David, life on the road as a comic, and even mundane Hollywood observations would have been fantastic. All I ended up with was what seems to be a collection of things previously written, numerous pointless lists, and a very few gems (the open letter to Larry the Cable guy is hilarious, but also freely available on Cross's website). Hell, I found more humor and insight from David in the Mr. Show book (a fantastic buy). All in all, it seems pretty lazy. If you must have this, at least purchase it used and save yourself a few dollars. David, what gives?