December 08, 2009

And bring back the podcast, you prudes!

My Booky Wook My Booky Wook
by Russell Brand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I realized I just gave 5 stars to a stand-up comedian's autobiography. And I don't regret it--I really enjoyed it. I read autobiographies about as much as I watch reality television, so the frank (and often shocking) descriptions of addiction and depression are probably rote to most readers. This would be an ordinary tell-all about the indulgences and regrets of fame but for Russell Brand's singular sense of humor: bitingly observant, incisively intelligent and with a finger and toe in every pop-cultural pie, the dialogue reads like a conversation with your fey-but-impossibly-cool older brother. I'm not going to be able to watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall without wanting to give him, in his own words, "a bit of a cuddle."

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