You probably already know who Stephen Colbert is and are familiar with the character he played on The Colbert Report, as I was when I bought this book, but you are not prepared for the onslaught of cynicism that is about to lay siege to your earballs. It's nearly unmitigated, and to be honest, I found it tiresome after about half an hour.
Make no mistake, there were some serious laughs to be had, but when you consider the gravity of the subject matter, namely the decline of our society, the nonstop barrage seems in bad taste. I guess the best solution is just not considering the gravity of the subject matter. It appears to have worked for Colbert.
Steven is as always a brilliant sarcastic however in this book you he lacks genuine ideas or real substance to talk about. At times you feel some of the stuff is just there to fill space. After reading the previous book "I am America, and do can you" I was expecting much more from this one.
I think Stephen Colbert is an amazing Comedian, Writer, and Entertainer. He covered a lot of great topics and make me chuckle along the way. His satire is so strong, it was hard for me to figure out which side he was on. Maybe that wasn't the point? I had a good time. I bought it on sale, which was well worth it.
Read on paper, two previous Colbert's, I Am America and I Am A Pole, both funnier in the reading than this one in the listening. I LOVE Stephen Colbert!; but was unfortunately underwhelmed.
while this book does not have much story to it, it didn't make me laugh a few times. it's interesting to see a way of having fun while still shining light on some of the problems in America.
Really sad to see such a smart, capable performer so completely phone it in like this. Apart from one or two clever moments it was genuinely difficult to listen to, and I'm a big fan of his work.
Like the first book, this is classic Colbert. In fact, I think "Colbert" is the best word to describe it. In the same way that Monty Python effectively created its own sub-genre ("Pythonesque"), "Colbert" has become its own style. If you never watched the Colbert Report, I have no idea how this book will strike you, but if you have, you'll get it. My only complaint is that I wish the book were longer!
We liked Colbert's TV show, so this comes from fans. As a medical professional, I found his drug faves to be the best part of the recording. The hedge fund description and the Citizens United case were both informative and funny. The last drunken bit was wierd. Oh well. We still love you, Stephen.