The late, amazingly great, George Carlin wrote some books during his long career. Three of these books are here all in one big aptly titled, Orgy of George. We’ve got ‘Brain Droppings’, ‘Napalm+Silly Putty’, and ‘When Will Jesus Bring The Portchops’ plus more brand spankin new stuff. Clocking in at a hefty 896 pages these are full of a lot of stuff George talked about in his act. Ideas on how to improve the word or society in general, general odd observations about things ranging from TV to sports to people getting sick, and random ideas on how to entertain yourself. I think my personal favorite part in these books, or this book depending on how you want to look at it is the there are pages and pages of totally random things it seems he just wrote down as he went along, like “fuck soccer moms”, no explanation. This is one of the better comedy books I’ve read, it’s a must for a George Carlin fan and not a bad way to spend a few weeks (or months depending on how fast you read).
Lewis Black is a great comic, his standup is great, his points of views are generally great, when he’s on a TV show or in a movie he brings something great to it. His book “Nothing’s Sacred” is good, but not great. The main problem with the book is it is a semi-bio book that seems to be a catalyst for his normal standup material. As I said before Lewis Black’s standup is great, so I greatly enjoyed the book, the main downfall was I’ve seen his standup many many times so this presented nothing new for me. If by chance you haven’t seen his stuff before you may get more enjoyment out of this book, but even if you have it’s not a bad pickup, I just wouldn’t go shelling out twenty-five bucks or anything for it. Written by Mr. Lewis Black himself, 256 pages.
(stolen from the first page)
Two guys meet on the street.
“You read Rickles’ Book?” asks the first guy.
“What’s the title?” asks the second.
“You told me. But what does he call it?”
“He calls it Rickles’ Book.”
“He Couldn’t think of a title – that’s why.”
I fucking love Don Rickles, a lot of people feel the same way, a lot of people disagree. His jokes are mean and bitter and that’s why I love it, he’s just mean to everyone across the board. And while I’m on the subject of his jokes, a lot of people say Don Rickles is racist, I disagree. I’ll admit a lot of his jokes are racist, but the man himself doesn’t seem to have a genuine mean bone in his body. Plus I’m not sure how much you can call a guy a racist when he’s giving it to everybody equally. But enough about Don’s act, onward to the book. It’s not the longest book I’ve ever read, 239 pages, but I’ll take a short Don Rickles’ book over no Don Rickles’ book any day. Written by the man himself and David Ritz it actually covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time without seeming like it skips a lot. Don tells how he started out in comedy and climbed the ladder through the years making friends and playing clubs. You not only get incite to his career but you really get a sense of who Don Rickles is here, he truly seems like a good guy all around, the kind of dude that will do anything for a friend. The book brings the laughs too, by page three I was laughing out loud. If you like Don Rickles at all you should own this book, if you like comedy you should own this book, and if you just like to hear about how things were in the 50′s in Vegas you should own this book.
(stolen from the book jacket)
Why you need to buy RICKLES’ BOOK immediately:
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you win friends and influence people.
RICKLES’ BOOK will introduce you to all of his famous friends, from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Carson.
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you lose weight.
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you gain weight.
RICKLES’ BOOK will improve your love life.
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you cry. (If your love life doesn’t improve.)
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you laugh. (If your love life doesn’t improve.)
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you love one of the great Americans of our time, Don Rickles.
RICKLES’ BOOK will give you something to talk about at parties. (If you’re ever invited to parties.)
RICKLES’ BOOK, along with the Bible and War and Peace, will grace your bookshelf and upgrade your literary status.
RICKLES’ BOOK will keep you up at night.
RICKLES’ BOOK will put you to sleep at night.
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you rich (If you treasure great humor.)
Happy Endings The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch is a book written by Jim Norton and Colin Quinn, two great comedians, I was pretty excited to read this book but it didn’t quite work out that way. Instead I happened across the audio book, read by Jim Norton. This book is more or less a collection of stories thrown together, it really good and had me laughing out loud more than once. I must admit starting out I was a little disappointed with it but once things got going there was no regrets picking this up. The choice to go with the audio book instead of diving into dead trees was a good one too because having Jim Norton read his own book adds a lot to some of these stories. If you find this one around check it out if you’re a fan of hilarious stuff.
Ok I’ll admit to this one, I cheated a bit. I didn’t “read” this book, instead it was the audio book read by Bruce Campbell himself, which was great for many reasons. First off I think that might be the way to go with this one because Bruce Campbell is great, he adds a lot to the way he reads this, as he should seeing as how he wrote it. As far as the book itself goes it’s a fictional (I hope) tale of Bruce landing a supporting role in a Mike Nichols romantic comedy called ‘Let’s Make Love’. The movie stars Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. The story basically takes us through Bruce being out of work, to landing the part to him doing massive amounts of research for the role, most of which very unnecessary. Then takes some twists and turns and becomes truly ridiculous in the fashion of most things you’d expect involving Bruce. This book was really fun to read (or listen to I guess), if you’re a Bruce Campbell fan you should definitely look into this and even if you’re not and you just like fun you’ll probably find yourself enjoying it too.