Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Finished listening to the autobiographical Canadian comedic audio-book from Samantha Bee, 'i know i am, but what are you?'. Samantha and her husband Jason Jones have been a point of pride for a number of years as the Canadian content quotient on The Daily Show. I am a big fan of books in the audio format, especially for their multitasking advantages. I can knock off a few dozen books a year from my to-read check-list while walking the dog, doing dishes, walking to work or whatever.

I've listened to a number of comedians narrate their own work in the last few years, the likes of Lewis Black, Steve Martin, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and others. Although I think that Samantha's fake-news correspondent work is intelligent and very often hilarious in a laugh-out-loud manner. I especially enjoy when she brings her Canadian heritage into the mix, or along with her husband plays up the horrible parent angle. As we all know, neglectful parenting is always nothing but complete hilarity.

The only flaw with the life story of comedians, is that their real life isn't often all that funny. They take their personal pain and dark upbringing and translate that into a profitable career of making others laugh and bringing joy to the masses. So, her personal story is a little bit of a drudge to get through. There's a lot of depressing stories, negative family life, rough turns, and all around bad times. Even if a big fan of Samantha Bee, I might recommend sticking to enjoying her talents via the world of fake news.

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