AUTHOR/EDITOR:Samantha Bee INFO:Hardcover, Autobiography, 242 pages PUBLISHED:Gallery Books, 2010 ISBN#:978-1-4391-4273-8 HOW’D I GET IT:From publisher for review
FROM THE COVER/PUBLISHER:From Goodreads: Samantha Bee’s hilarious essays on everything from her parents’ views on religion and sex to her pre-Daily Show stint as a Japanese anime character
MY TAKE: I was really looking forward to reading this book after the publisher contacted me to do a review. I’ve always thought Samantha Bee was very funny on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and thought her “memoir” would be a kick. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like that great sense of humor and quick wit really transferred well onto paper. I would love to see her doing stand-up and telling some of these stories in person or on TV.
There actually are some very funny anecdotes in the book which is why I didn’t rate it lower than I did. They are a crack-up, but they just couldn’t carry the whole package. She seems like she is such a likable person, but I was a little put off by some of the sexual context and language. I couldn’t see where it was necessary in almost every story to get a point across to the reader.
I really wanted to enjoy this book like I have enjoyed watching the author, but I just couldn’t muster it.