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I Drink for a Reason | [David Cross]

I Drink for a Reason

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 "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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 "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-celebrity and its leaching fandom, or merely pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily offended P.C. 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 mockery, celebrity denunciation, religious commentary and sheer madness into book form, revealing the true story behind his almost existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished minutes to a meeting of Fox television network executives, and offering up a brutally grotesque run-in with Bill O'Reilly.

And as if this wasn't enough for your laughing pleasure in these troubled times, some of the pieces splinter off with additional material being created online in exclusive video and animated web content created solely for the book-a historical first (presumably)!

With a mix of personal essays, satirical fiction posing as truth, advice for rich people, information from America's least favorite Rabbi and a top-ten list of top-ten lists, I Drink for a Reason is as unique as the comedian himself, and cannot be missed.

©2009 David Cross; (P)2009 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"One of the funniest books I've ever skimmed!" (Paul Rudd)
"David has composed a fascinating list of the most obscure names in Atlanta baseball history, and filled the spaces between with some stuff. I don't always agree with him, but he always makes me think and smile and, unlike our conversations, in this book I actually can get a word in edgewise." (Keith Olbermann)
"It is inappropriate for me to write a 'blurb' for Mr. David Cross, as he is rightly a legend--utterly fearless, absolutely brilliant, and a longtime inspiration to me. My endorsement would be like the weed endorsing the sun, which is to say: I live in the dirt and require David Cross (plus water) to live. But I can grow right through sidewalks, so that's something." (John Hodgman, Daily Show Resident Expert)

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    John Clinton Township, MI, USA 09-18-09
    John Clinton Township, MI, USA 09-18-09
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    "OMG!"

    David Cross always has made me chuckle. But Chapter 14 on the scrapbooking convention had me crying with laughter. Cross is the bizarre-thinking-man's comedian. Worth a listen!

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Wyoming, Michigan, United States 09-07-14
    Kevin Wyoming, Michigan, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Scientist, Atheist, Humanist, and Historian. I don't know everything, but I know enough to know if you're full of it!

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    What made the experience of listening to I Drink for a Reason the most enjoyable?

    David expresses the his thoughts so effortlessly that it saves me the time of using expletives myself!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was fantastic!


    What does David Cross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David has other, hilarious, contributors to the reading of the book that one would totally miss if they were to read a paper copy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This can't be right?!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 04-30-12
    sam Anchorage, AK, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2004

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    "enough to drive me to drink"

    Chalk up my second unfinished audible title. My mother told me if you cant say anything nice don't say anything at all so my review follows...


    "I drink for a reason" is ...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paintrock Rocky River, OH, United States 09-19-11
    Paintrock Rocky River, OH, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2001

    paintrock

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    "This book is a reason to drink."
    What would have made I Drink for a Reason better?

    I think revising the content to remove his smarmy, know-it-all attitude on topics like U.S. culture, religion, attitudes and geography. Also, adding more funny material would have made it better. Or better yet, get a copy of Michael Ian Black's "My Custom Van".


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Cross again?

    I probably would not listen to anything by David again. I purchased the book and the audiobook.
    I thought that maybe his performance would have made the audiobook funnier (it didn't). And I thought that maybe reading the material for myself would have made the book seem less smug, condescending and bitter (it didn't).


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Cross?

    H. Jon Benjamin was much funnier in his reading of David's material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Drink for a Reason?

    I think I would have cut everything after the H. Jon Benjamin intro up until the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some parts that are funny. But, his bitterness and snide attitude overshadowed the funny parts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Richmond Hill, GA, United States 06-16-11
    Rebecca Richmond Hill, GA, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I did not like"

    I bought this book because I bought a Chelsea Handler book and this book was under the ???If you like Chelsea Handler you may also like???..??? Well, I didn???t like it??? too serious for me. Yes, the attempt at humor was good, but for me, when I listen to a comedy audiobook, it???s usually to get away from the real world and politics and this guy kind of just throws them in your face. But, to be fair, I only listened to about 30 minutes before I couldn???t listen any longer. Also to be fair, I had no idea who this guy was so his is probably in his genre and if he is someone you have liked in the past, you may like this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Casey Fort Worth, Tx 02-25-11
    S. Casey Fort Worth, Tx 02-25-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Smart and Funny"

    Very smart. Very funny. (skip the musical interlude in the middle. It's beyond boring and it's inaudible)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Forde New Jersey 04-28-10
    G. Forde New Jersey 04-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "all over the place but diferent in a good way"

    Cross is funny and inventive. The book was a tad too long and self indulgent. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Renton, WA, USA 04-19-10
    Brett Renton, WA, USA 04-19-10
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    "Do as he tells us and buy the book instead"

    I am a fan of David Cross, but this was not good. It was all over the place with no sense of direction. He would constantly remind us the listener that we should have bought the book instead. After a few times it got annoying.

    It has a few good moments such as his comments on Larry the Cable Guy and Jim Belushi, but most of it was forgettable and occasionally grating.

    The book just didn't seem to have a point, or a story to tell. It was just these random stories that had no connection to each other.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lucinda phoenix, AZ, USA 04-18-10
    Lucinda phoenix, AZ, USA 04-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "I would love a refund."

    I have enjoyed David Cross' comedy in the past and I did/do enjoy Arrested Development. This ...book, in my opinion is not worth a moment of anyone's time. I can't decide if the author honestly thinks that this stuff is the same quailty as his past work or if this is just his way of cashing in on the fans he has made.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-14-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-14-10

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Still funny"

    A comic genius, Cross is witty, hilarious and has always been one of my favorite comedians. And, there are many times in this book, where his brilliant comedy undoubtedly, proves me right... and his narration of his own book, makes it that much funnier for the most part. With that said though, the audio book version can at times be almost unbearable to listen to as Cross constantly points out how one should be reading his book rather than listening. At first it funny but by the ninth or tenth time it's outright annoying. Even still, great whether reading or listening!!

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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