Colbert, Stephen, et al. I Am America (And So Can You!). New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2007. Summary
: Comedy Central's right-wing pundit Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report
on...most everything related to America. Also includes a lightly annotated transcript of Colbert's now legendary address at the 2006 White House Correspondent's Dinner. Comments
: "Just because I haven't put a lot of thought into this book doesn't mean that you shouldn't." With this dreadfully portentous introduction, Stephen Colbert (the persona, not the person) launches headlong into one of the least funny political books (never mind comedy books) I've ever read. Took me four days to slog through 240 *ahem* less-than-dense pages because it kept putting me to sleep! How could such a brilliant show spawn such a boring book?! (Even the many geeky references and in-jokes could not redeem it.) Ah, well. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. America (The Book)
, a similar endeavor from Jon Stewart and The Daily Show
, was even worse. Never found myself capable of finishing that one...
So, I'm not going to bother reviewing the book's prose further--it just isn't worth the time. (Goes to show how much the humor depends upon a vocal delivery. Maybe you should buy the audiobook instead if entertainment's what you're after?) On the other hand, the book as an object is quite delightful; the only way the production of this mass-produced extravaganza could have gotten more lavish would have been if the book were cloth-bound. As it is, we've got high-quality paper stock, a ribbon bookmark, sticker pages, and a stylized, iconic image of Colbert himself on the front and back boards that reminds me of the cover of the Evita
musical's album. Plus, I enjoyed all those interior pictures of Colbert. The persona doesn't normally call for much full-body acting, but he's excellent at it, and it's in these photographs that this really shows. Notes
: hardcover, 1st edition Rating
- For hardcore fans of Colbert's show only. And even for the fans, it's probably optional.