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Nus de Pessoas Famosas

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  7,761 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
Sometimes it seems like every standup comedian worth his or her salt just has to do the book thing, and you might feel that yet another warmed-over stage routine is the last thing you need taking up valuable bookshelf space. Jon Stewart's book will come as an extremely pleasant surprise. He eschews the standard standup patter and instead gives us 18 short comic essays in a ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published December 2004 by Gradiva (first published 1998)
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Jun 12, 2007 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Humor. These short fiction pieces are supposed to be funny, and I did laugh a few times, but mostly I felt like something was missing. It looks and sounds like it should be funny: Martha Stewart's decorating tips for vaginas, Lady Di's correspondence with Mother Teresa, the secret Gerald Ford tapes ("Did you know both my names end in d?"), but in almost every case it feels like the joke's been lost in the translation. Stewart's a talented writer with a flair for comedic word choice, and the book ...more
Sporadically amusing, but nowhere near as funny as I would have expected from Jon Stewart. Some of these essays had the potential to be truly, caustically funny—Martha Stewart's tips on how to tastefully decorate your vagina; Larry King interviewing Adolf Hitler—but others either suffered obviously from not being delivered orally by Stewart, with the timing and pacing and inflection that he does so well, or were just plain silly. The opening story in particular, the one about the Kennedys, was r ...more
Mar 02, 2007 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started as a fan of Jon Stewart during his run on MTV, and it just increased at a ridiculous speed between his comedy central special where he talks about going to the proctologist, this book, and eventually settling in with the Daily Show (I know, I know, I used to be obsessed with Craig Kilborne as well, so sue me). But this book is just hilarious and smart and really shows how brillant he is and would soon show.

I used to lend people this book in good faith that they would return it, but it'
Jan 08, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This collection from 1998 will be disappointing for most of Stewart's fans (I am one). The first story is a pretty good dissection of the Kennedy family mythos which nicely demonstrates Stewart's raunchy-but-good-natured wit. Unfortunately, the rest of the book is pretty pointless: juvenile, facile, and rarely funny. The stories seem to grope toward satire, but with neither the deserving targets nor the clear moral point of view that make the Daily Show so sharp, articulate, and entertaining. Th ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very funny book and, along with Steve Martin's "Pure Drivel" and Chris Buckley's "Wry Martinis", my impetus to write my first (quite sloppy) collection of essays on pop culture, "Smirking into the Abyss".

Jon juxtaposes some great cultural icons, such as the correspondences between Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, Vincent Van Gogh trying to communicate with his brother in an internet chat room, The Last Supper taking place in a trendy restaurant, Hitler guesting on "Larry King", and my favorit
Mar 15, 2010 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Daily Show fans
A short, entertaining read from the host of The Daily Show. Billed as a collection of "essays", it is an eclectic collection of fictional 3rd-person accounts from a variety of real and imagined characters. Not being familiar with the format going in, it took a chapter before I realized what I was reading. Once aware, pure funny. Only thing that dragged was fact that book is more than 10 years old, so several of the "topical" references are not only dated but confusing (Hanson chapter would have ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
This was a present from some friends, for which I am very thankful. It's a series of comedic essays, similar to Steve Martin's Pure Drivel or Woody Allen's Without Feathers, and it is quite funny. Not really laugh-out-loud funny, but funny. I think Stewart's comedy is best rendered as a spoken art. He's fantastic with inflection and timing, which unfortunately doesn't translate so well onto the page.

Still and all, there's a lot of good stuff in here. "The Devil and William Gates" is excellent, a
I have to say that I *do* have more intellectual reading material on my list, but the first thing that I've gotten myself to finish lately is John Stewart's Naked Pictures of Famous People. I've only in the past year or so become a "Daily Show" viewer. I watched it many, many years ago, and not understanding much of politics and why the show's even supposed to be funny, I panned it. That said, I still usually fast-forward through the people that aren't JS. They just tend to annoy the piss out of ...more
Apr 24, 2010 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Daily Show fans, satire fans, political humor fans, Jewish humor fans
"During the spring of 1935," the first entry begins, "I had the good fortune of making as my close acquaintance none other than John F. (Jack) Kennedy." Thus begins a romp through the fantastic and absurdly imagined worlds of the rich and famous, which I somehow discovered in the non-fiction section of my local library. Perhaps not as topical 10+ years on, Naked Pictures is still no less hilarious.

Fans of the Daily Show will recognize Stewart's usual dry wit in dealing with celebrity, while fans
Sarah Sammis
I have relatives who are rabid fans of The Daily Show. I've watched clips now and then but never a full show. So when I came across Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart from before he was hosting The Daily Show I thought I should give it a read.

This short book of satire has eighteen essays crammed into 163 pages. There are all number of different famous people from the Kennedys, the Hansons, Martha Stewart, Princess Diana and Mother Theresa, Hitler and Leonardo da Vinci among others. E
Apr 08, 2010 jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I thought this was really funny. It was a gift, so I wasn't nessarily expecting much, and since the back cover called it a collection of essays, I assumed it was another of those "That One Pundit Writes the Kind of Stuff He Says on TV" books. But this is fiction written before Stewart hosted TDS, so it wasn't what you'd think.

Some of the cultural references are really specific, and I can see why that turns some readers off. The story about the Kennedys is only really funny if you know a lot of K
Aug 09, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
decent enough amusing essays part based on celebrities...however sometimes the targets don't translate that well to the U.K. audience so there where times were I sort of got the joke...but just barely...
However there where enough moments that raised a smile to make me persevere.
Feb 27, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i finished this a few days ago and only then realized how i was relating some of it to things that i was finding funny. how this book helped me understand the how and why some things are funny to me, and how to build off of that. which is in itself funny, since that's certainly not the point of this book, but as someone who gets a high off making people laugh, it certainly was a nice bonus for my personage.

as to the contents...this book's first two chapters are pretty uneven, and while there ar
Jesse Houle
Mar 06, 2015 Jesse Houle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jesse by: Katie Walsh
This book made me lol from time to time but there were also a few moments where I felt it dragged a bit. There were a lot of references (and yes, this could be more the fault of the reader than the writer) to people I wasn't familiar enough with to properly understand all of his reference-based humor. Thankfully, Stewart's referencing of popular and not-so-popular public and historical figures is not quite at the level of, say, Dennis Miller's obscurity. America: The Book hands down beats Naked ...more
Short collection of humourous essays, some more than others. In some cases, you can see how dated they are (ex. the Hansons). Particularly loved the ones with a religious theme :)
Read as a part of my Bustlereads challenge for 2016 - point 3 - for info visit
Sep 12, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was never that big of a Jon Stewart fan. I always felt like Steve Colbert was the better comedian and Jon Stewart was the better political commenter - but I still had respect for him. I tend not to buy books written by comedians - so why did I buy one of Jon Stewart's books then? I was browsing a library book sale recently, and "Naked Pictures of Famous People" caught my eye. On the front cover were four pictures of a much younger Jon Stewart than I was used to - so I assumed that this book wa ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Nicholas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading this shortly after Stewart announced his impending retirement was a great way to see how great a comedian he'd become on TV, by comparison to what his writing was like back when he began hosting The Daily Show. There are hints of his skill here, but nothing incredible. While part of that lack is that he was still learning his craft back when this was written, I think a bigger factor is that much of his skill is in the delivery. (By comparison, Lewis Black is still incredibly funny writte ...more
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Mar 04, 2015 Collin Seksinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon Stewart, or Daily Show fame, writes a side splitting collection of essays, dialogues, letters, narratives, and recipes. He covers topics ranging from cult leaders to the Hanson family. From the controversies and devotion surrounding the Kennedy family to the re- tooling of Judaism. Stewart uses the full range of his wit in "Naked Pictures".
For the most part, Stewart delivers tight and hysterical humor writing. He lags in some places, like the section on Da-Vinci's lost note book. Also the o
Feb 26, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another tantalizing read with locations consisting in places such as my bed for the first 20 pages, standing for another 56 with a cup of coffee at 5pm periodically checking back and forth on my steak that was cooking in the oven with my asparagus boiling at its 15 minute mark, and sitting down consuming the delicatessen i designed alongside the glass of grapefruit juice to enhance the development of my melatonin for the evening, however realistically speaking there will be no sleep in tonights ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jon Stewart is a pretty funny guy.

That said I expected a lot more more from this collection of his essays. Of them only the first in the book ("Breakfast at Kennedy's") stood out, which is why this is getting 2 stars rather than one. The rest, while I appreciated his mixing absurdist comedy with Borscht Belt humor, seemed strained. The book as a collection was disjointed and seemed cobbled together as an effort to cash in on his early popularity by publishing... well... anything.
May 20, 2015 Bradley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Published a year before Stewart started hosting "The Daily Show," this collection of satirical and witty essays pokes fun at various political, religious, and entertainment icons both past and present. Notable pieces include the lost Gerald Ford Oval Office tapes, a Larry King interview with a retired Adolph Hitler, and letters from ABC studio executives offering feedback to tone down the obscenity in a prospective Lenny Bruce sitcom pilot. Those and other short-form essays offer clever satire f ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was funny and short. But I think I'm to out of the political loop to enjoy some of the older political jokes or references. I particularly liked the New Judaism essay. I guess with my religious background, or lack there of, I like things that mock religious absurdities. I enjoyed the picture of religions as companies tring to sell there producte with a mascot. Over all I enjoyed the read. I think I'll probably read his other book soon as well.
Jan 13, 2009 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book to no end...well, until it ended. ;)

I feel like I was snickering through most of it if not laughing out loud for the rest. I especially enjoyed the chapters with Hanson's Christmas letters & the Larry King interview of Hitler. Oh & the Last Supper at "Jerry's" in Jerusalem. *snickers* See? Still snickering.

I wouldn't be surprised if I re-read this at some point. My love of Jon Stewart apparently knows no bounds.
Nov 27, 2009 Colie! rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's incredible what a book written for its time is like shortly after that time has expired... this is pure late nineties. The Zeitgeist is so thick you can spread it on your bagel. Despite the fact that you get that eerie cringe of an outdated joke (think Monica Lewinsky jabs in this day and age) every now and then, it's still a fun read for passing an afternoon without internet or tv (which is how I employed it.)
Apr 24, 2009 W.B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He's a good writer. Many of these sketches and essays are very funny. My favorites included the correspondence between Lady Di and Mother Theresa, and the Hanson Family Christmas Letters (though a bit dated now I guess--who's Hanson, right?) end awesomely. The satire of the Kennedy family also works, and there's a lot of Jewish humor that's still very funny for goyim. I don't watch him on t.v. but I liked this.
Nov 15, 2013 Pedro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon Stewart es un genio de la comedia inteligente y este modesto libro es un pequeño ensayo humorístico que ve de manera inteligente los clichés y estereotipos en la vida política y el mundo del entretenimiento en Estados Unidos Unidos, en general. Destacan la "correspondencia" entre Lady Diana y la Madre Teresa, el cuaderno de Da Vinci y la fórmula para un espectáculo de premiaciones.
Mar 08, 2015 Arielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Parts are somewhat amusing, but it drags and feels dated. Not really worth tracking down.
Patrick Breen
Feb 02, 2009 Patrick Breen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
This book has many hilarious stories. From a young jewish boy spending time at the Kennedy Compound toChristmas with the Hanson family(mmmbop)! Also, check out Larry King's interview with Hitler and not to mention Martha Stewart's decorative tips for a certain part of the female anatomy. I could not stop laughing at this book!
Jan 21, 2009 Cyndy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of "The Daily Show" so when I saw this book by Jon Stewart at the library, I had to read it. Some of it was pretty funny - other parts not so (the chat room part).

At any rate, it's a quick read. And I needed a break from the depressing stories in "Say You're One of Them."
Dec 06, 2009 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly juvenile and annoyingly one-note. Each story is a one-joke pony... the Kennedys were elitist and cruel sans torturers, Princess Diana was elitist and self-involved, Hanson was not just a band but a band of Jesus freaks, etc. Safe, unfunny "humor" by a "comedy expert" "grownup."
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