Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence
From being bullied as a kid to breaking into stardom as “Ross the Intern” and everything in between – Ross Mathews shares how he has “manned up” to various situations life has thrown him.
I’m not a Leno fan (but I can’t WAIT for Fallon to take over the timeslot, baby!) and have a love/hate relationship with Chelsea Handler (specifically, I hate her face and her voice, but I love reading her books), so my knowledge of Ross Mathews is fro...more
These comedic memoir-esque type books seem to be growing in popularity these days, but I still consider some of Chelsea Handler’s and David Sedaris’ works to be the golden standard for this genre. That said, many people have come close to replicating a...more
As I read the book I was struck by how difficult his road has been. He was bullied as a child, and tried to fit in,...more
I love Ross Mathews. He's hilarious and I just love how he owns himself and doesn't care what other people think. I was excited for this book because I figured he was going to knock it out of the park! Well... I...more
Ross Mathews just found a way to find humor in everything and he can now look back on embarrassing or bad moments and laugh. He also found a...more
The narrative was just way too bogged down with superlatives, exaggerations, cheesy alliteration, and long-winded lists of synonyms. When every single detail is THE most/best/craziest thing you've ever seen in the whole wide world/your entire existence, NOTHING seems important.
But this book was actually pretty funny...laugh out loud funny at some parts (pot butter). Worth the read...it's a quickie, not too deep and I actually like him a little more now.
Helps if you know who Ross is though...the voice is killer...even just in print
This is far from my usual read but I decided to give it a chance anyway and I have no regrets. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find it both entertaining and funny. I have often found myself thinking that I might really enjoy one of those many comedians’ biographies while passing the aforementioned book section in my local bookstore, but have never really given in to the idea until now.
I had a promotional credit to spare on my Audib...more
If you like Ross Mathews, read this book.
If you really like Ross Mathews, listen to this book.
If you do not like Ross Mathews, why are you even looking at this book?
And now, my thoughts:
I adore Ross Mathews, although I just this second realized I’ve been spelling his last name wrong. I’m a fan of Chelsea Lately and always love when he’s on the round table. This is where I first “met” him, if you will. I knew he was on the Tonight Show, but I didn’t know...more
For anyone who has ever seen Ross Mathews on The Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, or any of his other television appearances, you know the unique tone of voice he has -- both inflection and what he actually says. I was delighted that his tone carried over so well into book format. "Man-up!" covers Mathews’ life from precocious boyhood to present day. Equal parts charming and hilarious, the stories that comprise the book illustrate the events in his life that have made him the lovable, charismatic,...more
Do yourself a favor: if you're gonna read this book, get the audiobook version. I loved it!! Ross Mathews narrates this book himself and that makes it all the better: his personality comes through perfectly. I want to be Ross's best friend (damn you, Gwyneth Paltrow!).
I've been a fan of Ross Matthews since he was "Ross the Intern" and was more than happy when he began appearing "Chelsea Lately" so it was really a no brainer that I was going to read Man Up.
Man Up! is full of Ross' trademark humor and sassy wit. He begins with describing his childhood and his illustrious career at McDonald's and how he became "the Intern". But perhap...more
A common problem with sort of light, memoir-ish books by comedians is that they will include a series of short, quippy chapters to 'fill out' the book that don't really have an arc (See: Mindy Kaling, Jim Gaffigan). Luckily, Mathews does a really good job of making each of his chapters count. They were all very well-written...more
It's hilarious, inappropriate at times, and has every quality of being Ross Matthews manufactured.
The tales are smart, the voice is clearly evident, and its supply of levity is abundant. I haven't actually laughed out loud because of a book in a while, but this one definitely made me do it. The message for his readers is there, though, too. It's genuine an...more