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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (25 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446697710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446697712
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 08 Pages: 236 in Publisher: Grand Central Publishing After a decade spent in. isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff. David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as the never- nude Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of David in Mr. Show With Bob And David. as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages. Cross has carved out his place in American comedy. Whether deflating the pomposity of religious figures. calling out the pathetic symbiosis of pseudo-celeity and its leaching fandom. or merely pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily offended PC left or the caustic. double-standard of the callous (but funnier) right. Cross has something to say about everyone. including his own ridiculous self.Now. for the first time. Cross is weaving his media m...

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Martin on 15 Jan. 2014
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Everyone should read this although David's humour would not be to the taste of the masses! I think he is a brave genius, his standup takes on all the bigotry in the world, especially our 'civilised' Christian Western world. Get it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TOMBELUSHI on 8 Sept. 2013
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A brilliant and funny book from the great Mr Cross. Like one of his stand up shows this really punches ecery button, hard in the face until you laugh yourself stupid. Buy it you frickin idiot!
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102 of 116 people found the following review helpful
A David Cross Fan Says: Don't Even Bother... 3 Sept. 2009
By Eli B. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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?
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What a disappointment. 31 Aug. 2009
By snacktime - Published on
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I've long been a fan of all that is David Cross. If you were to ask me who my favorite comedian is, my immediate and unqualified response would be "David Cross." I own pretty much all of the Mr. Show-related material which has been released, all of David's comedy albums & DVDs, and I've seen David's stand-up act live (which was amazing). So you can imagine that I've been quite excited about the release of this book.

Boy, was I ever disappointed. There are definitely some laugh-out-loud moments in this book (and an unexpected mention of an old friend during the "free list of quirks"), but on the whole it's an uneven work which was very, VERY poorly edited. When I'm paying good money for a professionally-produced book, I expect it to be professionally edited, not filled with the kinds of grammatical mix-ups and misspellings you'd expect from a high-school dropout's job application at McDonald's (page 87: "Mormans," for instance. They apparently didn't even run a spellchecker on this thing before shipping it off to the printer). I'm sure that some people will be quick to point out numerous grammatical errors I've made in my review, but as I'm not producing this in any sort of professional capacity, they can bite my shiny leather grammar Nazi goosesteppers.

I can't say that I hated this book, because I didn't, but overall it proved to be extremely unsatisfying on several levels.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant mind, tough read. 16 Sept. 2009
By Michelle R - Published on
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There is a long tradition of comedy being rooted in anger and a long history of comics who do well with sets that play like primal scream therapy. The humor that arises is usually gut-wrenchingly funny, because a good portion of the audience can relate. They're frustrated by the same things as the man or woman on stage.

What happens when the comedian hates every thing and every one and tells you so with anger, contempt, and a sense of superiority? How long can you spend in a atmosphere of rage and condescension? Even if you can see that the person is genuinely intelligent and creative, and happens to generally agree with you on a number of issues, how long before you want to escape?

David Cross is brilliant in many ways, but reading his book was a slog. I like pointed humor, but his dislike of mostly everything he encounters and repetition of his top dislikes made this an almost joyless affair. There were times I chuckled or appreciated a turn of phrase, but mostly I just wondered what he actually liked and if I could make it through to the end.

Instead of taking on a topic or dislike, riffing on it, and moving on, he kept going back to the well with his comments often not even being humorous, but just bitter. The funny thing is that at one or two points he acknowledges that people see him as condescending and superior.

Were there good moments? Yeah. He did a piece on Larry the Cable Guy and showed him for a snake oil salesman. There are lines when he skewers people or institutions that are astute and brilliant, but I found myself having to take breaks from this to read things that where the author likes people, and has the occasional positive.

Cross is a smart guy and funny in shows and skits, but this book doesn't make him seem the least bit likable. Even for someone familiar with Cross and a fan of Mr. Show and Arrested Development, this was not a good read.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
it is funny 22 Nov. 2009
By thames - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wow, tough crowd. This book doesn't suck so much folks. No, it is not a timeless masterpiece. That would be Cross's performance as Happy Time Harry and Bert Banana. Nothing will top that. EVER. The negative reviews reflect a very, very high standard these thoughtful and devoted fans have for their comic hero. They make good points. I'd agree the audio version is actually a good way to go cause the material just sounds funnier being read aloud by the comic that wrote them and Cross's voice for some reason is funny to me. Lots of funny parts in this book, but I'd say the open letter to Larry the Cable Guy and the pieces like on Mary J. Blige's public statement that "God Wants Me To Bling" are worth the purchase of the book, especially if you're a fan of David Cross.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Love David Cross, Hated the Book 21 Sept. 2009
By Kristin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
David Cross is my favorite comedian. I paid $50 to see him tonight in Los Angeles. And as a big fan, I was excited about the book and purchased it right away. To my surprise, the book is full of dull musings that rarely last longer than 3 pages. He obviously phoned this one in. I am irritated I spent the hardcover price on something so lifeless and simply unfunny. David is too smart to not know that what he turned in was bad, and that's what is the most annoying part. Maybe he was screwed by his publisher. Who knows. David, what gives?
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