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I Am America (And So Can You!)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  68,193 ratings  ·  3,067 reviews
I AM AMERICA (AND SO CAN YOU!) is Stephen Colbert's attempt to wedge his brain between hardback covers. In plain conversational language, not to mention the occasional grunt and/or whistle, Stephen explains his take on the most pressing concerns of our culture: Faith, Family, Politics...Hygiene.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published October 9th 2007)
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Nov 10, 2007 Nathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: South Carolinians
Most Americans are familiar with Stephen Colbert and his viciously partisan antics. He makes Ann Coulter, that hateful, Republican attack-hermaphrodite, look like a kindly grandmother. More recently, this lifelong right-winger attempted to subvert and sabotage both the democratic process and the Democratic Party by running as a Democrat for president in the state of South Carolina. Colbert has proven himself, time and again, to be a self-satisfied stooge less concerned with reality than with his ...more
Jason Koivu
I set out with the intent of quoting my favorite passages from this book. By the end I realized there was only one: "I am America by Stephen Colbert." What, you ask? I'm saying the whole frickin' thing is quotable!

I Am America is hilarious from start to finish. I snorted, I chortled, I laughed so hard I accidentally drooled. This is everything I hoped it would be. I'm glad I finally got around to it.

My only quibble is a minor, half-serious one. I worry about the people out there who actually t
Things I learned from listening to this audiobook:

- Dos/Don’ts for defrosting Stephen Colbert’s cryogenically frozen head.
- Why ice hockey is training for the eventual war with glaciers
- Red means stop. Green means go. Purple means Wednesday.
- Why Kittens really don’t wear mittens.
- What to say to the evil robot overlord to explode its hive mind when it takes over

WARNING: Do not attempt to listen to this book on headphones in public while drinking anything. Not only will you laugh-out-loud mania
Kat Kennedy
Stephen Colbert is the highly entertaining comedian that has been mocking Republicans relentlessly at every turn. Not that they don't kind of take themselves seriously and could sometimes benefit from a good mocking.

I can say this because I'm not a liberal either. I'm Australian. I have no vested interest in American politics. You know what I do have a vested interest in? Funny.

Now, I generally find John Stewart funnier and I appreciate Colbert's moronic, dead-pan Republican act. I just can't ta
Rachel and I were in the audience for the Colbert Report a week before the writers went on strike. I highly recommend seeing it live! Before the show Stephen takes questions from the audience. Rachel's question was "what are you reading right now?" Stephen said "A Jesuit of Broadway". Rachel asked "what is it about?" Stephen said "it's about a Jesuit on Broadway". Stephen then asked Rachel "what are you reading?" Rachel stammered "uh, your book!" Stephen said "oh, don't waste your time on that g ...more
Some of the time, very funny
Much of the time, sorta funny to fairly amusing.
Occasionally, not funny at all.

Stephen Colbert is talented, and his political humor is entertaining, as long as it is in small doses. Here, the schtick got a little old a little fast and left me a little bored, at least when I wasn't laughing out loud. So it was good, but not as good I had hoped. I think I'll stick to him in on the TV.
David Katzman
Apr 05, 2013 David Katzman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: getting a good laugh, hear the truth behind the facade of the rightwingnuts of the world
Really really funny. I listened to this while driving...don't recommend that. It made me laugh too many times, which could have endangered those driving near me. Glad I survived I Am America. The audio book is essentially one long standup/sketch routine. Colbert has done a fine service for America creating the Colbert persona--what's so disturbing is how it is only a slight exaggeration of the right wing Conservatives of America, the Rush Limbaughs, Glenn Becks and Ann Coulters of the world. He ...more
Feb 28, 2008 Tracy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Tracy by: Stephen Colbert
I suspect that Stephen Colbert, the relentlessly egotistical headlining author of I Am America (And So Can You!), would protest if you called his book funny, but it most definitely is funny. In his mind, however, the book is an indispensable work of truth and advice about how to navigate your life. In the directions for how to read the book, Colbert mentions that his book can be used to swear in people about to give testimony in the extraordinary absence of the Bible. This sums up the esteem wit ...more
It's always an experiment when a comedian with no literary history writes (or collaborates to write) a book. Everyone knows that the 80/20 rule even applies to humor: 20% is the joke and 80% is the timing or delivery. With someone like Stephen Colbert - who I have endless respect for after delivering his famous White House Correspondents Dinner speech, which is wisely reprinted in this book - whose humor is predicated on physical, visual humor, it can be quite precarious treading into the waters ...more
If you like the Colbert Report, you'll probably like this book. Since Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite celebrities, I did very much enjoy the listen. I listened to it audio knowing that most of Stephen Colbert's comedic humor is the delivery. I found myself laughing out loud a lot. So yes imagine we wandering aisles as I shop or sitting amidst the cheering parents of a soccer game laughing to myself. Colbert has a rare gift of making something funny he doesn't believe in without making it a ...more
Full disclosure, I am a huge fan of “The Colbert Report.” If I am awake at 11:30 p.m., I have to watch the show. Upon its first few viewings I thought that I might not like it as much as “The Daily Show,” but after a little bit of time in warming up to the character of Stephen Colbert, I quite frankly think that “Colbert Report” is in many ways the much funnier show.

Much to Mr. Colbert’s dismay, I checked this book out from the library and was unable to avail myself to the full extent of its fe
May 23, 2008 treehugger rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not really anyone, even if you love Colbert....just a lame-o book in general!
Shelves: audiobooks
Ok, so I was totally let down by this book, and I can't remember the last time I just wished the author who was reading the book to me on my commute would just SHUT THE HELL UP. I wasn't expecting that, being as how I'm a huge Jon Stewart fan, have loved the books of his I have read, and like the Colbert Report (although since I haven't had cable for years, I only see it sporadically while housesitting for other, more affluent individuals :)).

Anyway, it had no coherent plot, made not good point
My loving life partner & soul mate gave me this for Christmas. Perhaps she's hoping that it might rub off a bit and I might attain the same kind of twinkle in my eye that Stephen Colbert has. Alas, unlikely.

I had to give a presentation to a room full of local union leaders last weekend in Austin TX. These are mostly elected leaders of teacher union locals. So activist by nature. But all from western states, so you don't know exactly what to expect. I used a take-off on the title of this book
There were a number of times in this book I was laughing out loud, not just a little chuckle, but a full belly laugh. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who is P.C. sensitive (mom!) or you might just have a stroke before you get to chapter three; and maybe not for the uber-conservative, but even the moderate conservative thinker might find this amusing considering the state of politics today. If you like a good political farce, you are in for a good laugh. A warning on some of the languag ...more
Thanks to MY secret librarian powers, I didn't get my hands on this before it was released, but I did get it before anyone else had the chance to check it out. My rating is premature and probably too generous, and it reflects my near-blind devotion to anything and everything Colbertian. That being said, from the bits and pieces I've read, it's utterly hilarious. Sure, there's a little something missing when you read his word (I have to imagine Colbert reading it in his unmistakable vocal style); ...more
Griffin Betz
First, I want to thank Mr. Colbert for saving me from a dim and meaningless life as a book-reading, thought-having, liberal. "I AM AMERICA (And So Can You)" showed me the light (not that I'm a fan of The Enlightenment) and released me from my prison of 'reality' and 'facts.'

Even better, Mr. Colbert taught me that books are useless objects that only make you think. Think of all the money I'll save now that I can stop reading! (Note to Amazon: Maybe you shouldn't carry this book, if too many peopl
The Millman
Dec 05, 2007 The Millman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who watches the Colbert Report.
This book is funny. Just by reading the title and the back cover (which incidentally only had about 15 words on it) I knew that this book would be funny. And it is, but it's not much else. The character that Colbert plays on his show (intensely-conservative-right-wing-republican) is not actually him. It's almost like this alter ego he has created. In real life, Colbert is a left-wing-liberal. But on his show, he's completely the opposite. So being a regular watcher of his show, and knowing what ...more
I love the new Stephen Colbert, the compassionate, heartfelt, sincere late night host that makes people feel welcome and comfortable. I like the old Stephen Colbert, the one that never steps out of his no-nonsense, ultra-conservative, satirical pundit, but it turns out I only like him in half hour segments. A whole book of Colbert the character is much too much!
Not sure why it took me so long to finish this book. I would pick it up, read a bit, put it down and move on to something else. Maybe it's like when you save your Halloween candy and your siblings (who scarfed theirs before their costumes even came off) are jealous when you still have a Snickers fun size with your lunch well into December.
Now that I'm done, and my sides ache from laughing, I'm glad I doled it out to myself in small doses. It was less about savoring and more about the fact that
Chelsea K.
I have a Colbert weakness. Every note he hits strikes just the right chord of ironic hilarity for me, pointing out with insight just how ridiculous some parts of the world are. That's the quality that his television show had, and this book (to be fair, I listened to the audiobook WHICH I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO DO) also has.

Think of this as a brief overview of what the character Stephen Colbert thinks. He touches on parenting, old people, straight and gay couples, sex, religion and science
For me, this was a long awaited diatribe!!

This book is recommended by Stephen Colbert. It is written by Stephen Colbert. It has a an introduction by Stephen Colbert and just by opening the cover you become 25% more patriotic. If that's not a 5 star recommendation, I don't know what is!!

**Must have a full functioning understanding of IRONY and all it's glory or this book is NOT for you.
This is certainly not a literary masterpiece, but it is a good book to have beside the bed. I liked to read a few pages before going to sleep as it was the perfect non-committal, good for a chuckle book.

I also like that Colbert's speech to the White House Correspondents Dinner was included at the end of the book. That was a great speech and proved that Colbert's got big ones!
Disappointing. Whatever makes Colbert so hilarious and charming on television didn't make it onto the page. The book also felt cobbled together by different writers. Sometimes jokes felt heavy-handed; other times the sarcasm was so subtle that it made Colbert's faux uber-conservatism kind of uncomfortable.
My favorite thing about this book is that it comes with an attached fabric bookmark.
you know, the kind that, once upon a time, graced hardcovers all over the world. the kind that, nowadays, are mostly extinct. haha, how silly, I said "mostly extinct," as if that even makes sense ha ha ha how silly, indeed .

I mostly forgot to use the bookmark, having been so out of practice, not having encountered bookmarks beautifully attached to the bindings of hardcovers with such craftsmanship and precisi
I do watch the show as often as I can, but unfortunately I don’t catch it every night (I know, I know, I’m not a real American, and I just lost all of the patriotism I gained by reading the book) – so most of this particular delivery was fresh to me, though most of the general concepts were not. There are chapters on animals, religion, and homosexuals, to name a few, and if you’ve watched the show, you’re probably pretty familiar with Colbert’s TV persona’s take on all of that.

The best parts of
Big, big difference between amusing and funny. Will Ferrell skating with Jon Heder is funny. Throwing a Baby Ruth candy bar in a crowded swimming pool is funny. Sending a Faber College parade into tumultuous chaos is funny. Heck, even Michael Moore is funny (especially when he's trying not to be funny).

Amusing is watered-down humor: A toddler playing with his diaper; a lawyer dropping his briefcase; Bill Clinton chastising the media. Amusing is okay, it's just. . .superficial. Which could not b
If you’re not familiar with the character that Stephen Colbert plays on his Comedy Central show (that of a “well-intentioned, poorly informed high-status idiot”and a “self-important right-wing commentator” … in other words, a parody of folks like Bill O’Reilly), then this book is going to confuse the heck out of you. If you’re “in” on the joke, then I think you’ll find this book hilarious … though I really do wish I’d listened to it on audio instead of the print version. I kept imagining people ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Joseph rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patriots and Colbert-lovers
Shelves: fiction
Don't get me wrong; this is a good book. It's a hoot. It's a lot of fun. It's ... exactly the book you think it is. If you've seen The Colbert Report, you're not going to find any new material. Stripped of current events, Colbert is forced to just play up all the generic jokes he uses all the time on his show. He hates facts and books and scientists and Hollywood. He loves the President and Bill O'Reilly and Catholicism and FoxNews. But there's not a lot that's particularly fresh. He even tries ...more
Amy Galaviz
Feb 05, 2008 Amy Galaviz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who watches The Colbert Report
I absolutely love The Colbert Report and refuse to miss an episode. There were a few very funny sections in the book. His pompous sarcastic masquerading as a far-right Catholic republican is always funny, and I enjoy his ability to elevate himself to God-like status and make fun of himself at the same time. However, the wittiness he does so well on his show has its limits in book form, and his "shouting" tone does get old after a while. He tried to create the mood of The Word by inserting notes ...more
I have been looking forward to reading this for a while. Our library finally got the new bestsellers collection processed, so I have checked it out. I just started it.

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Actually, the book is a bit disappointing. It has its funny moments, but there is a lot of fluff in between the funny parts. It does capture the tone of any pundit book out there, and that may actually work against it as well; pundit books suffer from the problem of just going on too long to make their point. And I think th
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Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American comedian, satirist, actor, and writer known for his ironic style, particularly in his portrayal of uninformed opinion leaders and deadpan comedic delivery.
Colbert originally studied to be an actor, but became interested in improvisational theater when he met famed Second City director Del Close while attending Northwestern University. He first performed profes
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