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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revealing the true story behind his almost existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished minutes to a meeting of Fox television network executives, and offering up a brutally grotesque run-in with Bill O'Reilly.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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    Bonnie METAIRIE, LA, United States 05-30-13
    Bonnie METAIRIE, LA, United States 05-30-13
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    "A funny and intellectual read (or listen)"

    I love it when an audiobook is read by the writer. Especially when I'm familiar with them! David Cross' excellent testament to mankind is outstanding and wonderful to listen to. It may sound lazy, but I didn't bother reading the book because hearing it in his voice is what makes it for me. He's extremely intellectual, he's extremely controversial, and he's extremely funny. It's a great, great read (or listen!) and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning a little something.

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    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 12-11-12
    Niels J. Rasmussen Edmonton, Alberta Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Huge Fan of Cross But Extremely Disappointing"
    Any additional comments?

    I expected a LOT better from my second favorite comedian. As much as I love David Cross, this audio book just sort of drags on with laughs few and far between. Nowhere near the quality of his stand-up material.

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    D. Gutterud St. Paul, MN United States 11-27-12
    D. Gutterud St. Paul, MN United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Couldn't take any more of him"
    What did you like best about I Drink for a Reason? What did you like least?

    I was expecting more humor but instead he just drags on and on about boring little anecdotal stuff. The first couple of chapters were funny and I was patting myself on the back for another good purchase. But then he ran out of material. The bulk of the book felt like he was just babbling into a recorder to fill up the rest of the book. Sure, anyone that writes a book like this is already a little self centered but he pushed right past that into totally self indulgent and self centered. I don't care about the little crap that is bouncing around in your head or the reason you do the things you do. I'm here for COMEDY and HUMOR. After about 1/3 of the book I honestly couldn't listen to him any more.And why in the world would you berate people for listening to the audiobook ON THE AUDIOBOOK?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something humorous


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Cross?

    Never


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Never


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    Jacki Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-18-12
    Jacki Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best. Audiobook. Ever."
    What made the experience of listening to I Drink for a Reason the most enjoyable?

    Content in the audiobook that is not in the novel. Les Savy Fav performs an excerpt from the book in a song, Kristen Schaal reads a portion of the novel, John Benjamin takes over the introduction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Drink for a Reason?

    The list of things to do when you're bored. I cried laughing. In a car. Alone. On the way to work.


    What about David Cross’s performance did you like?

    Whenever he digresses from reading. Things like -- Constantly berating the listener for purchasing the audiobook version. Talking about the budget of recording with the 'engineer.' Loved it. All of it.


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

    Why the f*** would you turn this into a movie?


    Any additional comments?

    Things I did while writing this: Ate a chicken wing. Thought about going to the gym. Converted to Christianity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-07-12
    Carrie Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like a David Cross performance in your living room"
    Where does I Drink for a Reason rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Smart, inciteful, hilarious - just what you'd expect from David Cross.


    What other book might you compare I Drink for a Reason to and why?

    Patton Oswalt - "Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland."


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    Lynaa United States 02-02-12
    Lynaa United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A bit rough, but enjoyable & entertaining."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was entertaining. Many topics were touched on & it did mesh well.


    Would you recommend I Drink for a Reason to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not to many of my friends. Most will not be open to the


    Any additional comments?

    I find it very welcoming to have the author as the reader, especially if the author is a comedian or performer.

    0 of 0 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)

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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.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-14-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 03-14-10 Member Since 2009

    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!!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James Henderson, NV, USA 12-26-09
    James Henderson, NV, USA 12-26-09
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    "Ups And Downs"

    David Cross is very funny. He has excellent comic timing and knows what to say.

    There are a few odd things about this audiobook, though. First is that he brings (several times) how stupid and lazy he feels the listeners are who did not buy the actual book. He does not understand, apparently, why people bought the audiobook. He never explains why he is, himself, narrating the book. If he really feels all that passionately about it, he probably should have just not put out an audiobook and only took the money of the people who bought the paper copies.

    The second thing that I found a little odd and off-putting was the hacky, local radio-inspired skits where he is bringing people in from "outside" and supposedly pulled into the audio booth for one reason or another.

    I know it sounds overly critical of me. But I am REALLY a fan of David Cross. He is so incredibly funny... and I did laugh a lot in this book, but I was just a little turned off by these two elements.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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