Book Review: “I am America, And So Can You” by Stephen Colbert (2007)

Back in 2007 when I was overseas and couldn’t access much American news, I got into downloading The Colbert Report. Of course, Comedy Central isn’t the wisest place to get actual news—and certainly not a wise place to feel good about being a Bible-believing Christian—but with Colbert’s supposed “Conservative” bent and creative sense of humor, it was at least a good place to enjoy some American laughs and maybe catch a headline or two. Admittedly, I wasn’t as discerning with my choice of entertainment then as I am now.

When I found this audio book at the local library shortly after my return to the States, I figured it would be a good look into Colbert as a personality, behind the scenes (though I don’t recall there actually being a serious moment in the entire book). It’s not so much a biography as it was an audio blog discussing issues of relevance to him. Listening to it in Colbert’s own voice certainly made it funnier than it would have been in print, so if you risk it, go for the audio.

Beware, though. Colbert might be a Catholic who sarcastically passes himself off as a Conservative Christian, but his satire of both “conservatism” and “Christianity” will make any truly Conservative, truly Christian person cringe. The man verbally treats Protestants about as gently as, say, Tomas de Torquemada did physically. He’s simply not a friend of the believer. Apart from all this, he also fills certain portions of this book (especially the sports fan bits) with so much vulgarity that it’s as if he’d been waiting to get off barely-regulated television for just a moment in order to really let loose in print. This book is humorous in parts, but if you’ve got any discernment in you, you’d look for your humor elsewhere. I wish I had.

©2015 E.T.

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