I love Stephen Colbert. I've watched almost every episode of The Colbert Report since it premiered a few years ago. For anyone who enjoys his show, his book, I Am America (And So Can You!), is a must-read. It's more of Colbert’s satirical sense of humor, so intentionally over-the-top ridiculous that it's hard not to laugh at it. He covers varying topics, including religion, family, sports, etc. There are also hilarious footnotes and notes in the margins, packing even more jokes into each page. For those unfamiliar with the show on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert is an actor/pundit. His character on the show is a caricature of people like Bill O’Reilly and other conservative personalities in the media. But Colbert takes it that extra step, to point out how ridiculous the things are that he’s saying. It takes a certain sense of humor to really love satire, but if you posses it, and if you’re a liberal at heart, you’ll love both The Colbert Report (where you can learn about real news too!) and this book. I’d also recommend John Stewart’s show, The Daily Show, and his book. But I happen to like Colbert best. It’s his poster I have on my wall, after all.
Before reviewing, I want to get it out in the open that I am a hardcore Colbert Report fan... so I may be a little biased. ;) I Am America (And So Can You!) is a hilarious book. You cannot go into this book hoping to take it seriously; you have to start reading it with the intent of laughing. Stephen Colbert covers his views on politics, family, sports, etc.; basically all "his" views on life. If you have ever seen his show; the book is … more
It's a pretty good read, but to be honest, if you love Colbert's comedic style the audio book is just better. The timing and tone is what makes the humor so on spot, and it just doesn't translate well in this book.