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Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,440 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
In this hilarious and inspirational memoir, Ross Mathews-best known as "Ross the Intern" from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno-chronicles his life growing up as an atypical kid in a small Northwestern farm town to living as an atypical adult in Los Angeles, to eventually being his loud, proud, apologetically genuine self on national television.

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Published May 7th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, comedy, famous
This book almost killed me it is so funny! Ross is fantastic and he can put together some totally terrific tales talking tricks - well you get the idea, phrases with the same letter. Ross basically was handed a chance to be famous and he simple stepped up and did it. It's such an amazing event. He was supposed to be there. Thank you Jay Leno for giving this guy a chance. Ross is truly a funny guy. I knew him from Rupaul's Drag Race and now I know he is great on our own. Pick it up.

An abbreviated version of what I just wrote: I didn't actually finish this book. I skipped the last disc, but I'm counting it as read AND giving it 3 stars, because I did enjoy what I got through. The biggest setback for me was what a big fan of alliteration Mathews is, and that got grating. Plus, the last disc started with a chapter about Madonna, and I kind of just didn't care.

That being said, I really did enjoy this audiobook overal
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, 2013
Ross Matthews is right about one thing – any self-confidence he feels about his writing skills is without a doubt delusional. He’d have to be out of his mind to think that readers will actually be entertained by the garbage he passes off as a book.

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
Dian Romonosky
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only took me a few days to read, mostly because I finished about half of it on a 5 hour plane ride. To sum it up, Ross and I would totally be best friends. The way he writes is very much like my thought process and there were multiple times that I would find myself laughing out loud. It was also very interesting to see how he got his start on Leno, showing that hard work can actually pay off....or just being at the right place at the right time, all while letting your personality show through.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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
Had I the good sense to stop after one disc, this may have been a 3-4 star review. For the record I think Ross is adorbs. His writing, not so much.

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.

Ross the Intern, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno that is how I first became aware of this funny amazing human being. He was this laughing, shining man who almost floated across the stage with enthusiasm. I fell for him and watched for him everynight. He is a talented, a remarkable voice and an excellent interviewer. he is able to get 'stars' to say and do the most 'human' things.
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,
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ross Mathews is not the type of celebrity that one can be sure everyone knows about. I wasn't a regular "Tonight Show" watcher, but came across him in bits and pieces on internet clips. He's as charming here as he appears on television - stand up comedians usually don't translate into funny in books, but there's something about Ross's child-like persona that I totally buy and enjoy.....this wasn't great literature, of course, but a good distraction for waiting rooms and the like.

So, if you are
This was a completely hilarious read with a sprinkle of very heart wrenching moments. I really liked how Ross wrote as if he were having a conversation with the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Not to mention I have an autographed copy, which made it even cooler.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure about these kinds of books anymore. I usually get so excited to read books written by people who I find just so funny! For example: Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling.. So far it hasn't been working for me. I have been disappointed more than anything.

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
Heidi The Hippie Reader
I've been reading a lot of heavy stuff lately and I needed a bit of fluff. I'd venture to say that there are very few books as fluffy as this one. :) It's one silly bit after another and it's just what I needed.

Ross skates across deeper issues a couple of times (he mentions that he lost his father at a young age) but he doesn't go into it, instead he talks about overdosing on THC when his father was dying in the hospital. So, though there are no great introspective moments in Man Up!, it is perf
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ross Mathews is best known for his role on Jay Leno, Chelsea Handler, his new talk show 'Hello Ross', and his high-pitched, unique voice. I first saw Ross Mathews on Chelsea Handler's show and instantly fell in love with him. He's sassy, witty, funny and embraces his homosexuality. He's my ideal best friend. And somehow this book made me like him even 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
Fran Court
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this 4 as I love Ross and love his story but it was quite short and light, I'd have liked it to be a little bit meatier but still enjoyable.
Adam Webling
Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence is a must read for all Ross Mathews fans. Full of stories from across his life, Man Up! will fill you with lots of things you never knew about him. It expanded on stories I’d heard on his podcast and definitely revealed things I wasn’t expecting. And, of course, it was all told with his trademark humour that had me giggling to myself as I turned each page.
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobios
I loved this autobiography. I took it on vacation and finished it up when I got home. I have loved Ross ever since he was Ross the Intern on the Jay Leno show. He hails from a town less than an hour away from where I grew up in WA state. The book was just like him-funny, energetic, and over the top. I LOL'd in many places and it was just an easy fun read!
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios
I've read a ton of these types of books and usually end liking the author a lot less afterward (Ahem...Tina Fey)...

But this book was actually pretty funny...laugh out loud funny at some parts (pot butter). Worth the'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
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-kindle
Not as many laugh out loud moments as I'd expected. Ross Matthews always cracks me up on Chelsea Lately and still does but this book didn't blow me away. Maybe I should have gotten the audio book. Reading his book in my mind in my voice just didn't do it justice.
Jamie Lehessalo
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read, kept me laughing every time I picked it up. Ross Matthews's writing style made me feel like I was literally having a conversation with the TV personality I have come to love. Great light read with an underlying message we all need - just go for it!
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
I love Ross Mathews! This book about some of his adventures in life is great fun, but also inspirational, with lots of life lessons about accepting yourself as you are.
Kaycee Mohr
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a hilarious read. I've always liked Ross Mathews and I just had to read his book. He really does make you feel like you are best friends with him. I also loved how he described his relationship with his parents and how they always made him feel like he could be his true self. Great read!
Christina Bayko
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nope
I love Ross, but this "memoir" was pretty hard to read. As a fan who listens to his podcast "Straight Talk with Ross," I was expecting "Man Up!" to capture Ross' humour, wit and intelligence, and it did none of that.

The book was too over the top in a lot of ways; too many cliches, too many hyperboles and too much content that just was not interesting (i.e. the Gwyneth Paltrow chapter). Chapter after chapter seemed to dumb down Ross, and was a poor reflection on who he is and what he has accompl
Jacque Borowski
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Ross, he's hilarious! I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book.
AJ LeBlanc
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick and dirty celebrity memoir review:

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 kn
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Abigail Wildes
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg W
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book because I really like Ross Mathews, but I found a lot of it a chore to get through. It feels like Ross probably had about 10 editors and ghost-writers help him with it. Almost every sentence tries to be a punch line. There is so much pun-filled alliteration, nostalgic pop culture references, and stereotype based humour, it makes the book feel like one big joke, instead of a book full of funny jokes. There is so much cutesy word-play that it becomes a bit cringe- ...more
Saleena Davidson
Had to take a moment and enjoy a trashy bio....although this one is more fun & camp than trash. I learned some interesting facts about Ross Mathews and enjoyed the book.
I'm a huge fan of Ross Mathews, which started when he was just "Ross the Intern" on The Tonight Show. His unapologetic bubbly personality was so endearing and hilarious. I've also loved watching him on the Chelsea Lately round table. He is very funny and adorable, but really shines when he sits in for Chelsea Handler and conducts guest interviews. Have you seen his interview with Mark-Paul Gosselaar? Equal parts awesome and awkward and Mark-Paul just went with it. Ross just makes everyone feel s ...more
Emily Turner-hagman
This was a bit of an impulse buy but I am glad that I listened to some of Ross Mathews' story. I first heard of this book while I was listening to Shane Dawson's podcast. Mathews was a guest on the show and I fell in love with his personality and his humor. I had heard about Mathews before. I knew that he was involved with Jay Leno and Chelsea Handler but I honestly didn't pay too much attention to him. I feel horrible for saying that now after listening to his book and learning more about this ...more
Ross Mathews doesn't have enough life experience to write a book so this is basically a quick way to rip money off of you if you enjoy this guy on TV. The book proves that he has almost nothing to talk about. The first half is kind of funny, but then he spends an entire chapter talking about his dog. And hunting. And ice skating. And eating butter laced with pot. None of it in any way interesting. So you pay a lot of money to read less than 100 worthwhile small doubled-spaced pages (out of a tot ...more
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