out of 5
Review by DJMikeG
David Cross' debut book is a mixed bag. A good mixed bag, but a mixed bag nonetheless. His scathing, deeply funny and intelligent stand up voice only comes through on certain pieces, whereas others go for an almost Gonzo, absurdist feel and fail to be either intelligent or funny. He's at his best when he is dissecting something, picking things and people apart. His piece on Larry the Cable Guy is incredible, as are his pieces on Jim Belushi, religion, American Politics, and more. Other pieces that are more nonsensical and satirical aren't that funny and somewhat take away from the better pieces in the book. Cross is a good writer, when he wants to be, and has an incredibly sharp wit. I would definitely be interested in reading a memoir by him, which he mentions in this book.