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Congratulations--just by opening the cover of this book you became 25% more patriotic.

From Stephen Colbert, the host of television's highest-rated punditry show The Colbert Report, comes the book to fill the other 23½ hours of your day. I Am America (And So Can You!) contains all of the opinions that Stephen doesn't have time to shoehorn into his nightly broadcast.

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Hardcover, 230 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing
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Nathan
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor-and-comedy
Because conservative and intolerant characters are full of potential for parody, nothing lies closer than to caricature them by showing their mentalities in exaggerated situations.

There is so much potential with all kinds of racists, bigots and simple dump people of all ages, genders, income classes and social backgrounds. For instance an old grandma, young stupid politicians, an LGBT person hating himself because of conditioning, kids shaped to sick mentalities (probably better as a cartoon a
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Jason Koivu
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
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
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David Katzman
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
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FlibBityFLooB
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
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Jackie
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most hilarious books I've read in a while! :) this book is so much fun! ...more
Stuart
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
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
SheAintGotNoShoes
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I am relatively new to Stephen Colbert, he has a late nite talk show on here and I have seen him a number of times and I very much enjoy his mocking and imitation of Trump, who is not someone I like at all. ( putting it mildly )

He comes across on tv as someone hip and edgy, but somewhat restrained due to his Catholic convictions. I was surprized to see that in his book he had a lot of crude and crass language - but then you are not allowed to talk that way on tv here, so naturally some of the th
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Petertpc
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
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.
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Tracy
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Joe
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hearkens to an earlier time when Steven Colbert ruled by 'The Word' and spoke pure truthiness. Back then, only true fans knew that the T was as silent as the moral majority. That was before Johnny Network caught him in an iron grip with promises of vegan lunches and politically-correct jokes churned out by a ham-handed army of limp-wristed Hollywood writers.

Now you might be saying; 'Joe, you just mixed a lot of metaphors in that preceding paragraph.' To which I say yes, like Shakespeare and Geng
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Jill Harkness
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Colbert is funny as hell. This book breaks the forth wall and I love it. The book does lose a little steam at the end, but it still was one of the funniest books to read out there, helps take your mind from all the bad out there.

Really needed a laugh and this book did it.
India
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
So. I want to say that I adore Stephen Colbert. I think he's funny and he's clever. I love watching his show. This book definitely sounds like him, it's very in his voice, and while I love that voice on TV, I couldn't even finish this book. Somehow it didn't translate right in this format for me. (Sorry, Stephen. Just read that second line where I said I adore you and ignore the rest of this. Except stick to TV and writing for that.) ...more
Jeff
Dec 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
treehugger
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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The Millman
Dec 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Daphne
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-audio, quest
The audiobook is so much fun.
Annalisa
Dec 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, audiobook
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
Steven
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: addiction
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
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Not a lot of people seemed to like this one but I thought it was fun!

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Read by the author and he absolutely nailed it.

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Marc-Antoine
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, but also a little saddening that a spoof on extreme right ideology has become today's reality... ...more
Derrith
Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Colleen
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Joe
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
Satire pre-Obama style. Wink wink, nudge nudge, and tongue firmly planted in cheek. If you want a snapshot of exactly what the Colbert Report was you can't do any better. It reminded me of the faux-Ron Burgundy biography I read in that it was funny, but it wasn't quite enough to sustain a whole book. I've got the next one from the library as well from the middle of the Obama years, I'll be curious to see how that one is. ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
"Now I know that there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in 'reality.' And reality has a well-known liberal bias."
(From 2006 speech by Stephen Colbert during The White House Correspondents' Dinner)

I have not watched television since mid-1990s so I missed the Colbert phenomenon: his work on The Daily Show, then his ow
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Griffin Betz
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
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
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Dwight
Jan 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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 for
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Mattomic
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Brian
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
"I am America (and so can you!)" is a funny satire, if one takes small bites.
I would not recommend sitting down and reading this book as your only reading material. If you do that you see that it gets repetitive and some of the jokes are variations of the same theme.
However, if you read this book in small bites, maybe reading a chapter at a time every few days, you can appreciate the humor and get a seriously good chuckle out of every chapter.
There are some genuinely funny moments in this book,
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