Do Not Feed the Clown
The clown is a hungry jokester when unfed.
Judge Santiago Burdon
Romance today, like the sea, is a chemical-ridden, genetically-modified cesspool likely to poison you to death.
First things first, you absolutely need to be okay with dark humour to enjoy this book. As long as you remember not to take this seriously, you'll be fine! I certainly raised my eyebrows many times, and had to remind myself that Nagin doesn't mean everything he says, especially as most segment are written from the perspective of either a parody of a famous figure or an imaginary pe...more
In other words, Nagin is a man of many parts and many talents. In the book "Do Not Feed The Clown," we find him living at the extremes of that identity.
If Lenny Bruce was alive and writing in 2020, this might be a book that he would create. In a collection of smouldering vignettes, Nagin holds up the mirror at much that is abhorrent in this world and then promptly rubs our collective noses in the filth.
There is a sort of manic brilliance at work here. A single paragraph can contain more information than most are used to processing in one take.
What makes comedy work is how *real* it is; even when the analogies seem way off base a good comedian can drive a point home. What may appear in this book as shock for shock value is actually a sly, upper-level satirical view. Sometimes we need to get hit over the head with something before we can see. The best part is, you'll be la ...more
Whether its reading through the array of perverse phony Craigslist ads, the rejection letters for famous authors, or imagining the daily drudgery of life after death in hell, Do Not Feed the Clown, does not fail in hilarity; I laughed out loud.
Nagin is unapologetic and never shy’s away from finding humor in the most taboo topics. I deli ...more
I received this book for free for this review.
Not taking the easy way of promoting a pre-formed agenda but scrutinizing every norm in a not only outside- but nowhere-near-the-box way has become the hallmark of Nagin’s work.
Also not taking the easy way is his use of wildly creative acerbic constructions as opposed to the usual carefully spun propaganda-pabulum to make his points.
Personally, I’m more inclined to apolitical, pur ...more
Matt Nagin’s ‘ Do Not Feed The Clown’ is more than a book to make you laugh. Well of course it tickles your funny bone but at the same time it will often make you scratch your head and re-read a few sentences with raised eyebrows. Caution: This is not for the faint-hearted or for the staunch followers of ‘The System’. (Leave your ego at the doorstep, please.)
‘Do Not Feed The Clown’, time and again, not only challenges societal notions bu ...more
Written as a series of shorts, Nagin experiments with form to deliver solid humour. Some are written as adverts, while others are monologues from famous faces. My personal favourites included:
New Apps: a series of apps partially in development or would be developed in the future.
Zombie Apocalypse Insurance: an idea that I can't believe isn't already a thing.
Confessions O ...more
I enjoyed this book immensely. Perfect for picking up and reading for short periods of time as well, since every chapter is a different story, all of them very creative, intelligent and funny. Kudos to the author. Well done.
Having a bad day? Need a laugh? Read this. I laughed till I cried. Hilariously funny satire. this book will keep you in stitches from the first paragraph. Matt Begin has a sense of humor that is unparalleled.
Along with the mild ones, some extreme issues are also discussed in the book. The author has provided a satirical account of the disturbing issues that we come across daily either in news or in our surroundings. So many diverse topics have been dealt with. The author touches on sensitive issues throu ...more
I did chuckle many times though, and I can see how other people would love reading this book. Most of it reads almost like a stand up comedian telling jokes, or humorous little sketches from a late night comedy show.
Although some of the humour may have gone over my head which made me unable to fully appreciat ...more
It’s cleverly written, he touches on things that we all think about but don’t necessarily talk about. He delivers this with detailed narratives and witty punchlines...it’s lol funny, I really enjoyed it, you should check it out on Amazon