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I Know I Am, But What Are You?

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  10,380 ratings  ·  913 reviews
Candid, outspoken, laugh-out-loud funny essays from the much-loved Samantha Bee, the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart . Critics have called her "sweet, adorable, and vicious." But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she's Canadian. Whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Ca ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Gallery Books
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Ron Bee
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As Sam's father I have to say her book is amazing! I love her and it. I promise to read it the second it becomes available, even though I had to buy 4 copies, to give to friends and relatives. We have a funny family what can I say? Odd even. Bye, I have to go and shave the dog.
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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I watch Full-Frontal with Samantha Bee religiously and consider her a national treasure. Unfortunately, since she's Canadian, she's not my national treasure, but that's a technicality I'm willing to overlook. She's so funny and so witty and so down to earth, and I love her blazers. You could chalk this up to good writers and good stylists, of course, but you can also kind of tell when comedians are dialing it in and using their staff as
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Nancy
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Samantha Bee is irreverent, disgusting, and offensive. And yet...

I kept reading. I kept laughing. My 5 year old son spotted the lady in the bee costume and asked me to read to him, especially because I'd just let out a chuckle. He was fascinated by the back cover which featured Ken, two Barbies and Rainbow Brite and I can't even go there. My 10 year old son walked in on me reading and asked me what was so funny. I'd been laughing again. I didn't know it.

Written in chronological order, the essays
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Miles
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having recently read Sarah Silverman's book Bedwetter, I decided, apparently, to conduct a tour of favorite female comics. Anyway, unlike Silverman, Bee actually manages to construct a book that is plausibly biographical. It's made of anecdotes, but by connecting them with words like "then" and "so, next" an impression of linearity and narrative coherence is subtly conveyed. (Sorry Sarah! Luv you!) It also contains some genuinely funny material that you probably haven't heard Bee perform. Her ea ...more
Lauren
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Uses the word "vaginables". So basically the best book ever
Michele
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall, Samantha Bee's pieces on The Daily Show are more amusing than the sections of this book. It offers more smiles than chuckles.

However, the last half of the book does to seem to be sharper and more finely sketched than the first half.

As Bee takes us through her early childhood years, although each incident and characterization is exaggerated for comedic effect, it hints of more honesty than humor. Her parents seemed to have been selfish, neglectful, and incapable of nurturing. They certa
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Ciara
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
my hopes were not high, because "the daily show" started really offending me about a year ago when it started playing sexism & homophobia for laughs all the time, like we live in such a post-oppression society that liberals can do that shit with a wink & it's all okay. then i read a bunch of stuff about what a hostile work environment "the daily show" tends to be for women, which certainly seems accurate if the questionable jokes & dearth of female on-air talent is any indication, & it made me w ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I've enjoyed Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, so when Audible had a daily deal of this book, I snapped it up. I've had mixed results with these types of books, but this tended more towards the funny spectrum (A la Bossypants by Tina Fey, my gold standard) than some of the other reads I've had (One More Thing by BJ Novak, ...Seriously, I'm kidding by Ellen DeGeneres, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris and Is It Just Me? by Whoopi Goldberg). Some of this is foul, but if you've se
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Elizabeth Cárdenas
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
We don't always have to read great literature - sometimes we can read something just for fun

I liked Samantha Bee's book. A lot. It was unexpectedly thoughtful and revealing. I did expect it to be funny and it did not disappoint. I laughed out loud in public.

I couldn't help comparing it to Tina Fey's Bossipants. I REALLY expected and WANTED to like Bossipants but I was disappointed. Fey's book was sold as autobiographical but it was not. It was more of a stand-up session & verged on the condescen
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Bonnie
3.5 of 5 stars

Not consistently hilarious but some really laugh out loud parts. Still worth a read (or listen -- Samantha narrates!)
Whitney Van Arsdall
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are few books that make me shoot soda out of my nose. There are even fewer books that I will admit have made me do so. But Samantha Bee did it. And thank goodness the mishap happened in private and not in public. Actually, I take that back. If you're going to read this book, do it in public. Be that person that laughs to yourself. Loudly. Hysterically. Do it on public transportation. Do it on a park bench. Make people stare. Dare them to give you an evil glare that says they think you're n ...more
nicole
Dec 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Everyone has a favorite laugh. Mine? The snicker that you get when you read something uncontrollably funny at your desk that no one else can see. It comes from somewhere in your gut, but because you are in public and probably not supposed to be reading something funny, you have to swallow it back so your whole face starts to jiggle like your sobbing or maybe have somehow lost your mind, but really you are in throes in laughter ecstasy. Prime example - Hyperbole and a Half. I can't even look at t ...more
Nicole
3.5 stars

Yesterday was a snow day, with actual accumulation, which in this area is akin to a Bigfoot sighting, in that it’s very rare and outsiders view you with scorn when you tell them what you saw: “We got six inches!” “Oh, really? Six whole inches? Wooow.” I didn’t have to work and I decided to carpe the diem for reading. This was the second book I read yesterday, and definitely the funniest.

Samantha Bee is irreverent, sarcastic, and Canadian, with a surprisingly high tolerance for pharmaceu
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Dramapuppy
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's not that this book didn't make me laugh, because it did. And it's not that the audio narration wasn't good, because it was. I just really didn't like the content in this. That feels weird to say about someone's memoir, but I didn't.

Most memoirs like this take the reader on a moderately linear path through the author's life, with each major section containing various stories. The stories are usually 60% actually interesting and 40% filled out with jokes. I enjoy this format.

This book, howeve
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Cathy
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I love Sam Bee, but I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. It’s essentially a series of comic vignettes about her life. I guess I just wanted more about how she became such a badass feminist political journalism hero. There’s none of that. It’s mostly awkwardness, weird family stuff, and lots of jokes about old people having sex or animals having sex. I laughed, but the book wasn’t what I wanted. So this three star review may be more about my expectations being dashed by juvenile humor, rather t ...more
Linda
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version of this book as I ran. The book is a memoir. Samantha Bee tells stories about her life, mostly from childhood. Samantha's childhood was actually sad, but the way she told the stories was quite funny. I just couldn't take it in large portions. My tolerance for sarcasm isn't super high. I enjoyed the book every time I listened, but I would turn it off after about 1/2 hour. It must not be a very long book, because I finished it pretty quickly.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I am a very mysterious person, I guess, with a lot of complexities . . .
Only a few short months before my transformation into a bitch-on-wheels, I was as innocent as a lamb to the slaughter.

-Samantha Bee

Descriptive sexual content dominates this autobiography of humorous happenings. The overall tone is a bit much of what I don't like. I found plenty of things funny, but the book is comprised of chapter after chapter where sex is the main topic.

I'm going to donate this book to the Little Free L
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Katie
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Sam Bee endeared herself to me permanently with her "Choice" piece on The Daily Show, but her book let me down. I should have guessed, after unfollowing her on Twitter this month because her tweets also failed to make me laugh all that loudly. Her stories are certainly worth putting in a book (being drugged by older men as a teenager, learning about sex from 70s porn watched at swingers parties with her mother, tagging along with her parents on some family friends' HONEYMOON, etc), but her deliv ...more
Jesse
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I listened to this as a book-on-tape largely because it seemed a little fluffy to waste valuable reading time on, and also because I have an acute crush on Samantha Bee and figured I'd enjoy hearing it entirely in her voice. I did.

Honestly, a lot of the book was really entertaining. It was often funny, obnoxious, and profane, and I liked that a lot. But great swatches of it just went on far too long for no apparent purpose, and I found my mind drifting as I rode the bus to work, or whatever. It
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Holland Carney
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Samantha Bee's TV show Full Frontal, and I was aware of her earlier run on The Daily Show. I wish she had waited until she had a year or two of her own show under her belt before writing a memoir-lite. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments, even a few must-read-this-aloud-to-someone-now moments. So three stars for that. But I kept wishing the book were funnier. And I kept hoping for one of those subtle, unifying threads. It never emerged. I hope this book does not preclu ...more
Mary
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really did laugh quite a bit while reading this one. I thought I would die when Samantha (I can call you Samantha, right?) related her sexual education when her mother gave her a little red book. I can't imagine a nice Catholic girl posing her Barbies that way. You can see what I am talking about by buying the book and looking at the back cover. No peekies here.

I am really missing Samantha on the Daily Show, especially her bee costume. Maybe she should have her own show on Comedy Central? I th
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Lindsay Nixon
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
cringe.

I was hoping for a funny/candid memoir and while Bee opens herself up and gets verrrry personal (which I applaud, I commend anyone so giving with their humanness/transparency/life) I found this mostly sad and cringe-y, not funny (though trying a little too hard to be), with no cohesive goal or purpose... Even memoirs should have a theme...
Christine
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a light and interesting look at what makes Sam B. I was, however, kinda hoping for the Full Frontal Samantha Bee and that was not this. I also wish that there was more about her and Jason. Listening to her talk about him you could tell what a cool and interesting couple they are.
India
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had so much fun reading this book and learning more about Samantha Bee - a woman who I admire and look up to. I laughed and laughed - sometimes to the point of crying - at her awkward and hilarious and relatable stories. Samantha is weird as hell, so funny, and super fucking adorable.
Robert Davis
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The best part was the story about her cat Newton, the frisky feral feline that tried to (view spoiler) ...(I'm not kidding either) ...more
Jo Green
I first saw Samantha Bee on Full-Frontal, which I think is hysterical. This book was humorous, but not quite as funny as that.
Francisco
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun autobiography. Much more intense than I imagined, in it's own way.
Nancy Hollingsworth
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Samatha Bee. I want her to be the goddess of my commune. She’s inappropriate, brilliant, and amusing.
Syd Perry
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't read the hardcover. As usual, I listened to the audio book. It was read by Samantha Bee. She does a great job narrating her book. Her story is full of unique family members, no wonder she is so funny. An unusual childhood in Canada produced this lovely lady who is not only the queen of late night but also is involved in saving the world. Her special on the Women of Iran was amazing. I just watched her Puerto Rico special last night and it was fabulous too.

It's interesting that she was a
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Renee
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5
a lot of fun to listen to. sardonic, sarcastic, really filthy and self depreciating. there is some body shaming and ageism in regards to old people.
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