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Naked Pictures of Famous People
Naked Pictures of Famous People
Paperback      ISBN: 0688171621

In these nineteen whip-smart essays, Jon Stewart takes on politics, religion, and celebrity with a seethingly irreverent wit, a brilliantsense of timming, and a palate for the obsurd -- and these one-of-a-kind forays into his hilarious world will expose you to all its wickedly naked truths.

He's the MTV generation's master of modern humor, a star of film, TV, and the comedy stage. This sultan of savvy serves up a whip-smart, utterly original collection of comic essays in Naked Pictures of Famous People. And as of January 11, 1999, you can enjoy the intelligence and self-deprecating charm he brings to contemporary comedy on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

In his first book, he translates that unique talent to the page, with humorous forays into a vast array of subjects: fashion, urban life, fast cars, cocktail culture, modern Jewishness, politics, and dating.

A seethingly irreverent wit, Stewart has a genius for language and brilliant timing that makes his up-to-the-minute collection a must-have for humor lovers in search of a Woody Allen for the 90s.He's the MTV generation's master of modern humor, a star of film, TV, and the comedy stage. This sultan of savvy serves up a whip-smart, utterly original collection of comic essays in Naked Pictures of Famous People. And as of January 11, 1999, you can enjoy the intelligence and self-deprecating charm he brings to contemporary comedy on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

In his first book, he translates that unique talent to the page, with humorous forays into a vast array of subjects: fashion, urban life, fast cars, cocktail culture, modern Jewishness, politics, and dating.

A seethingly irreverent wit, Stewart has a genius for language and brilliant timing that makes his up-to-the-minute collection a must-have for humor lovers in search of a Woody Allen for the 90s.

The Encyclopedia of Stupidity
The Encyclopedia of Stupidity
Paperback      ISBN: 1861891970

Matthijs van Boxsel believes that no one is intelligent enough to understand their own stupidity. In The Encyclopaedia of Stupidity he shows how stupidity manifests itself in all areas, in everyone, at all times, proposing that stupidity is the foundation of our civilization.
In short sections with such titles as The Blunderers Club, Fools in Hell, Genealogy of Idiots, and The Aesthetics of the Empty Gesture, stupidity is analysed on the basis of fairy tales, cartoons, triumphal arches, garden architecture, Baroque ceilings, jokes, flimsy excuses and science fiction. But Van Boxsel wants to do more than just assemble a shadow cabinet of wisdom; he tries to fathom the logic of this opposite world. Where do understanding and intelligence begin and end? He examines mythic fools such as Cyclops and King Midas, cities such as Gotham, archetypes including the dumb blonde, and traditionally stupid animals such as the goose, the donkey and the headless chicken.
Van Boxsel posits that stupidity is a condition for intelligence, that blunders stimulate progress, that failure is the basis for success. In this erudite and witty book he maintains that our culture is the product of a series of failed attempts to comprehend stupidity.
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Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, The-Holiday Ed.: And Other Stories
Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, The-Holiday Ed.
And Other Stories
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060526491

From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance -- witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children -- misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and the tragedy of these dark yet simple beings -- hopeful, hapless heroes who appeal to the ugly outsider in all of us, and let us laugh at a world we have long left behind (mostly anyway).

Italian Without Words
Italian Without Words
Paperback      ISBN: 0671677438

You don't need words to speak Italian. All you really need is this unique "phrase book" of the most common Italian expressions, complete with authentic Italian gestures and body language. There's no faster or funnier way to learn how to communicate in Italy, Italian restaurants, with your grandparents or your friends.

You don't need words to speak Italian. You don't have to study Italian or travel to Italy to communicate like a true paesano. All you really need is this unique "phrase book" of the most common Italian expressions, complete with authentic Italian gestures and body language. It's the fastest and funniest way to learn Italian ever published. Now, even if you don't know a single word of Italian, you can learn the most common greetings and expressions, dinner-table comments, hot vows of love, bargaining tricks, insults, threats and curses. This book shows you how. There's no faster or funnier way to learn how to communicate in Italy, Italian restaurants, with your grandparents or your friends.
Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic
Penn & Teller's How to Play in Traffic
Paperback      ISBN: 1572972939

Penn & Teller know travel They've taken every mode of transportation from motorcycles to the QE2 and stayed everywhere from Motel 6 to The Plaza (Motel 6 is better -- they explain why).

Now, the beloved authors of Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends present practical jokes, miracles, and anecdotes that make travel so much fun, who cares if you're never invited back

How to Play in Traffic isn't just for travelers. It's a laugh-out-loud read, sure to delight armchair-traveling tricksters -- and offer real tricksters step-by-step instructions for staying out of court.

Molvania: A Land Untouched By Modern Dentistry
Molvania
A Land Untouched By Modern Dentistry
Paperback      ISBN: 1585676195

Bored by Bulgaria? Tired of Turkey? Try Molvania But don't leave home without the funniest faux travel guide you'll ever read.

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters
Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories
And Other Disasters
Paperback      ISBN: 0385116322
A bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana and the basis of the movie A Christmas Story.

Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was Jean Shepherd: a master monologist and writer who spun the materials of his all-American childhood into immensely resonant--and utterly hilarious--works of comic art.

Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories is a universal (and achingly funny) orchestration of Midwestern puberty rites, from the gut-wrenching playground antics of one Delbert Bumpus, to the supernal glow surrounding unapproachable high school beauty Daphne Bigelow, to the memorable disaster that was Shepherd's (and everyone else's) junior prom.

A comic genius who bridges the gap between James Thurber and David Sedaris, Shepherd may have accomplished for Holden, Indiana, what Mark Twain did for Hannibal, Missouri.
Naked
Naked
Paperback      ISBN: 0316777730
Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the mania for memoir on its ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview-a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable. A tart-tongued mother does dead-on imitations of her young son's nervous tics, to the great amusement of his teachers; a stint of Kerouackian wandering is undertaken (of course ) with a quadriplegic companion; a family gathers for a wedding in the face of imminent death. Through it all is Sedaris's unmistakable voice, without doubt one of the freshest in American writing.
Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees And Other Creatures Unique To The Republic
Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees And Other Creatures Unique To The Republic
Paperback      ISBN: 0452285623

A hilarious take on the newly classified but recognizable archetypes of contemporary culture looks at such popular characters as the Lieberal, a Democrat with Republican sympathies; Uncle Tomatoes, Italians who hate The Sopranos; and Cherohonkees, white Baby Boomers who dress like Native Americans.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: How to Escape from Quicksand, Wrestle an Alligator, Break Down a Door, Land a Plane...
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
How to Escape from Quicksand, Wrestle an Alligator, Break Down a Door, Land a Plane...
Paperback      ISBN: 0811825558

Danger It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Quicksand. Terrorists. The pilot of the plane blacks out and it's up to you to land the jet. What do you do? The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help: jam-packed with how-to, hands-on, step-by-step, illustrated instructions on everything you need to know FAST-from defusing a bomb to delivering a baby in the back of a cab. Providing frightening and funny real information in the best-selling tradition of the Paranoid's Pocket Guide and Hypochondriac's Handbook, this indispensable, indestructible pocket-sized guide is the definitive handbook for those times when life takes a sudden turn for the worse. The essential companion for a perilous age. Because you never know...