Spoiled Rotten America [Audiobook]
21 July 2012, 15:41
HarperAudio | 2007 | ISBN: 0061374180 | MP3@192 kbps | 3 hrs 02 mins | 236.61 MB
Positioned as a smart volume on modern life in these here United States, these 17 essays from comedian Miller (whose career highlights include roles in Seinfeld and Waiting for Guffman) often read instead like a collection of random thoughts in need of an editor. Fortunately for Miller, he's got a fine-tuned comic sensibility and a winning personality, and his object-"to be funny"-is realized to fine effect. To find a subject, on the other hand, Miller has cast a wide net: the "contrasts" and "opposites" that make contemporary American culture like a "pendulum that only swings to extremes." As such, he takes on varied but familiar topics such as politics, movies, family and alcohol, with forays into the entertainment industry and multiculturalism, in a haphazard, digressive manner. In "What It's Like to Be in Show Business," for example, Miller turns the spotlight on the Emmy Awards, only to deliver a roundabout discussion of foot massages, formal attire, the Titanic, product placement in movies and TV shows, fictional 555 telephone numbers, and swag bags. Though almost entirely unenlightening, Miller's thoughts are often entertaining, written in an arch, conversational tone that fans will recognize from his stand-up; those fans, along with patient and open-minded readers, will find Miller's authorial debut a diverting pleasure.
Larry Miller is a well-known US comedian who has made unforgettable appearances in more than forty films, including Pretty Woman, The Nutty Professor, Waiting for Guffman and many others. Recently his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Maxim, and in his own regular column in The Weekly Standard. He has also appeared regularly on TV series including Seinfeld and Mad About You, and has had a recurring role on Law & Order. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman and other shows.
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