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I Know I Am, But What Are You? Audiobook

I Know I Am, But What Are You?

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple, and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals.
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Candid, outspoken, laugh-out-loud funny essays from the much-loved Samantha Bee, the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple (Bonnie and Clyde in Bermuda shorts and braces), and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals. She also details her intriguing career history, which includes stints working in a frame store, at a penis clinic, and as a Japanese anime character in a touring children’s show.

Samantha delves into all these topics and many more in this thoroughly hilarious, unabashedly frank collection of personal essays. Whether detailing the creepiness that ensues when strangers assume that your mom is your lesbian lover, or recalling her girlhood crush on Jesus (who looked like Kris Kristofferson and sang like Kenny Loggins), Samantha turns the spotlight on her own imperfect yet highly entertaining life as relentlessly as she skewers hapless interview subjects on The Daily Show. She shares her unique point of view on a variety of subjects as wide ranging as her deep affinity for old people, to her hatred of hot ham. It’s all here, in irresistible prose that will leave you in stitches and eager for more.

©2010 Samantha Bee (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    Justin York New Orleans, LA United States 06-20-12
    Justin York New Orleans, LA United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Should have been a series of short stories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I really like Samantha Bee and I'm always curious about people's paths.


    Would you recommend I Know I Am, But What Are You? to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think this book appeals more to us comedy nerds.


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    Diane United States 05-24-12
    Diane United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "That explains so much!"

    This book is not for the socially conservative or those who are queasy about the seedier side of life. But anyone who watches the Daily Show should know that already. This book is an honest and funny - not pee in your pants funny, but good for several, sometimes uncomfortable, chuckles funny - memoir about growing up as Samantha Bee. Samantha opens her world to us without reservation and reveals the story behind how she became the person we see on television today.

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    T Evansville, IN, United States 11-08-11
    T Evansville, IN, United States 11-08-11
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    "Classic sam bee"

    Having the author narrate makes all the difference. Its classic, sarcastic, situational humor that the PC listener may not appreciate. Story line is a little choppy but if you can picture Sam Bees face you will thoroughly enjoy it.

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    Amazon Customer 08-21-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Too Funny"

    This book must be one of the funniest books I ahve ever listened too. Samantha Bee is great and very entertaining.

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    P. Hall FL 07-22-10
    P. Hall FL 07-22-10 Listener Since 2010

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    "Entertaining"

    True to Samantha's style and wit on The Daily Show. A fun listen.

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    Jenny Carole Fisher 03-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny but felt incomplete"

    Samantha Bee perfectly narrates a series of humorous vignettes from her youth. But the book seemingly randomly ends somewhere in her late 20s? Feels like it should have had about 5 more chapters!

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    Sarah TUCSON, AZ, United States 10-15-13
    Sarah TUCSON, AZ, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "So Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry because I like her but geez this was boring. The stories were didn't flow together well and I just found myself going blablabla in my head.

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    Luanne 05-14-12
    Luanne 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amusing"

    It made me smile and laugh, but it wasn't fantastic. Good use on my credit, though

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    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 07-09-10
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 07-09-10 Member Since 2005
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    "I love Samantha Bee on The Daily Show, but..."

    this book was not very funny or entertaining. The last chapter was cute. I would recommend picking up the book at the library or B&N and just reading the last chapter.

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    Young Amarillo, TX, United States 09-02-11
    Young Amarillo, TX, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2013
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    Not even close to funny, very depressing and sad, couldn't get thru the first hour...maybe funnier on a stage in front of a bunch of drunks but sad as a story

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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