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Nothing's Sacred

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,371 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority ...more
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Published April 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2005)
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Michael Thoeresz
This book is much better than I expected. I thought it would be cheap shots on conservatives throughout (and that does exist). But mainly it's just funny.

"All suburbs are identical. The houses may vary in size and design, but the game is the same. Everyone has the feeling that they are living in a special place, when in fact there is nothing unique about it. Being brought up in Suburbia is, therefore, like being born and raised nowhere. It is an oxygenated void. As a result, it prepares you for
Oct 26, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Lewis Black is one of my favorite comics, although I worry about his blood pressure. If you like his comedy, then this is probably worth a read.
May 13, 2009 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've had this sitting around for a few years, as it was a present from my daughter (I think). I finally got around to reading it. Consider it a book equivalent of a summer "popcorn" movie: entertaining at best, but not very substantial.

And that's a shame. I think he's the best stand up comic currently practicing, or at least in the top five. There's a lot to be said for his delivery. Anyone familiar with his act over the past five years or so will doubtlessly recognize several routines contained
Jan 07, 2012 Adrian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly thought provoking and amusing while also bitter sweet at times, this book was a strange choice as I don't usually look into the biographical section, but I've found Lewis Black's comedy to be to my taste, so I figured why not? Well, the book is insightful. It encourages you to look at the things we take for granted from a less than ordinary standpoint, with Lewis's less than ordinary sense of humour added to the mix. For fans, this is an absolute must, and for people who want something ...more
I'd listen to Lewis Black read the phone book. His rants are legendary and in fine form here. What I didn't expect, and was pleasantly surprised to find, was a sweet, almost sugary, heart at the center of his cynicism. Nothing is sacred indeed.
Apr 21, 2016 Jim marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun This guy is new to me. Funny stuff.
Harrison Parker
May 05, 2015 Harrison Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an excellent read. I would recommend this book to people who are aware of issues that currently affect the U.S., enjoy a good laugh, and like to find the deeper meaning in things. Black's recollection of event in his life is incredible and makes this a great book to read. The events that he has lived through, was a part of, and that he has a view point on are ones that will have you wanting to read more and more of his stories. Some of the things that he was a part of are hard to b ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 27, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-bomb, comedian, comedy

"Here's a little known fact: All the candy corn that was ever made was manufactured in 1904. That's because we don't eat enough of it and we throw most of it away. So the candy corn company sends out their representatives in early November to gather up all the discarded candy corn from the Dumpsters and bring it back to their factory, where they simply wash it off and bag it up again. A year later the same candy corn is on every coffee tab
Sep 25, 2007 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of this comic's acerbic material so when I saw this autobio on the dollar rack, I thought what the heck. Black's telling of his own history is mildly interesting and he does work a lot of his show material into the book. The problem is none of it is as funny in print as it is performed. "It was Okay" rating because I was mildly engaged and I only spent a dollar for it.
One of those books written by a comedian with the man himself pulling a face of wacky confusion on the cover. I picked it up cheap and it took less than a day to read. Lewis Black is pretty much my favourite stand-up at the moment, and can generally do no wrong in my opinion. This isn't a bad book, and I could have happily read more on the subject of Black's formative years, but about half of it reads as though transcribed directly from live performances (from which it is immediately familiar), ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Lewis Black! He is a nerdy funny guy & has a sense of writing that makes you crack up. And crack up I did!

I laughed while reading every page. I couldn't put it down it.

Black has a unique smart funny storytelling way & it comes alive in this book.

Great read.
Rich Baker
Sep 18, 2014 Rich Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lewis Black is a very intelligent, honest, humble, and hilarious person. I imagine reading the book would be good too, but listening to him read his book was really great. First of all, I love the sound of his voice. Secondly, he has a delivery unlike any other comic. His voice is unique and fun. My only complaint is that it went by so fast. I would have happily listened to three times the amount of content.

It's basically a memoir with a lot of essay thrown in. If you're a fan, you'll recognize
I enjoy a lot of Black's humor - particularly his rants on the Daily Show. This book is more geared to his origins and gives a lot of insight into the guy he now is. As with most things Black, humor mixes with pain and this often works well
Jan 22, 2016 Frank rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Lewis Black's riffs and rants a great deal (particularly on the The Daily Show), so I was excited when I neighbor dropped off one of his books, Nothing's Sacred.

Having enjoyed written material from other stand-up comedians (George Carlin and Bill Maher), I was expecting funny variants of Lewis Black's comedic material. I was mistaken.

Nothing's Sacred is instead a pretty underwhelming autobiography. While Black tried to intersperse some stand-up bits and emulate them in prose with vulgar
Sep 20, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of seeing Lewis Black live (and the privilege of meeting him after the show) and he is one of the smartest, wittiest, sharpest comics around. I love his no-holds-barred attitude and his candor.
Oct 28, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never realized he was such a well read nerd in addition to the anger.
Nov 30, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I love Lewis Black! He's one of my favorite comedians. This book is hilarious.
Jul 22, 2012 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I wanted to give this book 4 or 5 stars, I couldn't. Maybe it's because I'm already familiar with chunks of it, since parts of it come straight from his comedy routines; maybe it's because I wasn't sure what to expect from the book before I read it; maybe it's because, like many comedy books (David Cross's "I Drink for a Reason," Patton Oswalt's "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," etc.) it's too much all at once, where comedy works best when it's properly rationed out and timed according to ...more
Jessica Bishop
Apr 17, 2008 Jessica Bishop rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chelsey Yama :]
When I saw that Lewis Black had a book, my first thoughts were "Hmmm. I thoroughly enjoy his bits on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I hope this is a good read." I was correct.
I wouldn't say that this is the best book I have ever read (That would be "Killing Yourself To Live" by Chuck Klosterman), but its still a damn (pardon my french) good book.
For a book written by comedian, I wasn't rolling on the floor laughing. I feel he could have done a much better job.
In a nutshell, "Nothing's Sacred"
Aug 04, 2007 fleegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funnyjunk
Everyone knows who Lewis Black is, right? He's the ranty comedian guy? From the Daily Show? So you can imagine how funny his book is. It's really funny. He talks mostly about growing up in D.C. and going to college in NC. and a tiny bit about NY, hee. He talks about his childhood and college years mostly. Did you know he's a playwright? I know! So I'm kind of wondering if he's gay.

For real, this book was funny. It was really choppy though. Of course, it was just a bunch of essays about dif
Alex Allred
Oct 14, 2015 Alex Allred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not laugh-out-loud funny, but that's because I think Lewis Black is better heard than read. Portions of this book were lifted directly from his stand-up routines, and I don't appreciate the recycled material. Those few chapters aside, it was interesting and entertaining to learn about his history and his journey to becoming a stand-up comic. Much more diverse background than I previously knew. Four stars because of all the new stuff I learned about him. If you're not a fan of the man, your milea ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Georgina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually listen to audiobooks, but this one is read by Lewis Black himself and it made my workdays brighter. I finished it a second time while waiting at jury duty and struggled not to laugh in the jury waiting area. Black strikes the right balance between ranting and political commentary, and then occasionally dips into vulgarity just to make sure you haven't fallen asleep. I look forward to giving this a third listening on my next long roadtrip; it's that fun.
Sean Cox-marcellin
one smirk for comparing the post office to Kafka -- more from appreciation of the reference than from finding it funny. one audible "ha" for the Black Panther who said that if anyone really cared about their community they'd get a gun and use it against the pigs, but could start with whoever was in charge with the parking. I've kept my word, one star per funny joke. and one shiny star it is.

He'll be telling a story, and the story itself will be kinda interesting, and he's blended the literal an
Apr 10, 2014 Ronnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Kathryn Eisenstein, for sending me this book. I feel I understand you so much better now! This was a good one for spreading out, reading a short section here and there during the irregular breaks at work. I'm not sure what my favorite part is, but, as with his standup--just like it, in fact--it's almost always amusing when he goes off on a rant, ending with, "But I digress." If I were to choose a favorite part, it would be those digressions, but what you get of his life story (all new ...more
John Wiswell
I fell in love with Black as he aped The Network on The Daily Show, but was still surprised he’d write an autobiography. Surprised enough to pick it up on sale. Black recounts the stranger and edgier anecdotes of his life, purposefully skipping or skimming over anything normal. It’s a little too fashionably rebellious, but the funny parts make up for it. The big theme of the book is that every subject must be open to humor – his mother’s temper, an economic depression, JFK’s death. Everything. I ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty entertaining and quick read that I enjoyed at a time when I needed some laughs and distraction. Black writes in essentially the same voice that he uses when performing, and that much is very clear while reading. The chapters are extremely short — I think at one point he calls the book Toilet Reading, and he wouldn't be wrong. Certainly not a must-read, but worth reading if you're stuck in the purgatory of an airport during flight delays.
Aug 10, 2007 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Daily Show and lefties unfamiliar with Black
I just want to be clear that I love Lewis Black. He's one of the great polemicists in America today and if you can catch any of his DVDs/CDs/appearances on the brilliant The Daily Show (in the UK weeknights, More4, 8.30pm, Comedy Central in the US later at night) you absolutely should. He's both insightful and ball-achingly funny.

However (and you knew it was coming) *because* I've seen so many of his DVDs/CDs/appearances on the brilliant The Daily Show (in the UK weeknights, More4, 8.30pm, Comed
I expected more of a stand-up monologue I think. I was hoping this would fulfill my "book that makes me cry" from the reading challenge. It didn't.

What I got from this was a very entertaining, thought provoking book, read by the author. Yes, I laughed, but not to the point of tears. Some have complained this is a rip off of his stand-up act, but I didn't really notice. Of course it can happen. Material from your live experience is bound to make an appearance in more than one place.
May 13, 2010 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, biography
We're from different generations and, too an extent, cultures, but I find I relate to Lewis Black very well—maybe too well. We both get angry about similar things, we both see the humor and absurdity of our surroundings, and, is spite of that sense of humor, we both still manage to become very, very angry at times. What that means, I don't really know, but I agree with his own assessment, that many people should skip certain parts of this book, and others should put it down altogether (Actually, ...more
I disagree that it's just like his stand-up act -- he always has a keen eye for the absurd, but doesn't even get political until the end. For most of his life he claims he was a terrible stand-up comic, but he does begin to grow into his familiar style as the book moves on. I hated it at first, but grew to enjoy it by the end. It helps if you read it and hear his ranting voice.
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Lewis Niles Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright and actor. He is known for his comedy style which often includes simulating a mental breakdown or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted Comedy Central's The Root of All Evil and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivering his "Bac ...more
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