Friday, September 16, 2011

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler

Overview from Barnes and Noble:
WHAT . . . A RIOT!

Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, the #1 bestselling author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood.

Family moments are fair game, whether it's writing a report on Reaganomics to earn a Cabbage Patch doll, or teaching her father social graces by ordering him to stay indoors. It's open season on her love life, from playing a prank on her boyfriend (using a ravioli, a fake autopsy, and the Santa Monica pier) to adopting a dog so she can snuggle with someone who doesn't talk. And everyone better duck for cover when her beach vacation turns into matchmaking gone wild. Outrageously funny and deliciously wicked, CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG is good good good good!

Being unpopular: "My parents couldn't have been more unreasonable when it came to fads or clothes that weren't purchased at a pharmacy."

Living with her boyfriend: "He's similar to a large toddler, the only difference being he doesn't cry when he wakes up."

Appreciating her brother: "He's a certified public accountant, and I have a real life."

Arm-wrestling a maid of honor: "It wasn't her strength that intimidated me. It was the starry way her eyes focused on me, like Mike Tyson getting ready to feed."

My thoughts:
This book has been on my Paperbackswap wish list for over a year, at that time the local library didn't have a copy yet.  This morning on a whim I checked the online catalogue and found out that they now have a copy and it was available so I checked it out.  This one was just as funny as Are You There Vodka?  It's Me Chelsea.  It made me laugh out loud over and over again.  My children kept asking me what was funny and none of it was something I could share with them.

I am terrible at telling funny stories, because I always end up laughing too hard to actually tell them.  I would be like her one friend who had to hide under a desk during a speaker phone call that was a joke about a fake funeral.  I would be the person who was ruining the punchline and laughing before the joke was done, so I am impressed by people who can tell and carry off intricate jokes and lie on the fly.

I mentioned this in my last review, but I have never seen Chelsea's show.  I just checked the listings and it is coming on in a half hour so I am going to check it out.  I have a tiny little fear inside that it won't be as funny as her words were to me.  I am not a big fan of stand-up comedy and I'm not exactly sure if that is what her act is.  I don't want to have my opinion changed, but it is a  risk I have to take to try out seeing her live, and really what do I have to lose?  I enjoyed the book.  I laughed more today than I have all week combined.  I wonder if I can count that as exercise?  I did run today, but every little bit counts right?  Maybe laughing can be my new ab work!

•Pub. Date: September 2011
•Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
•Format: Paperback , 256pp
•ISBN-13: 9780446552431
•ISBN: 0446552437

Meet The Author
Born in Livingston, New Jersey, to a Jewish father and a Mormon mother, Chelsea Handler is the youngest of six children. She is the star and host of E!'s Chelsea Lately.

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