After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show With Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy. Whether deflating the pomposity of religious figures, calling out the pathetic symbiosis of pseudo-celebrity and its leaching fandom, or merely pushing the buttons of the way-too-easily offended P.C. left or the caustic, double-standard of the callous (but funnier) right, Cross has something to say about everyone, including his own ridiculous self.
Now, for the first time, Cross is weaving his media mockery, celebrity denunciation, religious commentary and sheer madness into book form, revealing the true story behind his almost existential distaste of Jim Belushi ("The Belush"), disclosing the up-to-now unpublished minutes to a meeting of Fox television network executives, and offering up a brutally grotesque run-in with Bill O'Reilly. And as if this wasn't enough for your laughing pleasure in these troubled times, some of the pieces splinter off with additional material being created online in exclusive video and animated web content created solely for the book-a historical first (presumably)!
With a mix of personal essays, satirical fiction posing as truth, advice for rich people, information from America's least favorite Rabbi and a top-ten list of top-ten lists, I DRINK FOR A REASON is as unique as the comedian himself, and cannot be missed.
Any description of David Cross will inevitably be filled with many contradictory contradictions and quotation marks. For instance, although his last name is "Cross," and the cross is known to be a prominent symbol of the Christian faith, David is actually an atheist (who may or may not be Jewish, depending on who you ask). Also, while David's first name, "David," is also the first name of a major character in the Bible, David is still an atheist (or a Jew). Perhaps even more bewilderingly, David Cross has often been overheard bragging to taxi and rickshaw drivers that he is a "comedian," although no one has ever heard David Cross tell a joke. While he has been known to get onstage and read verbatim from the newspaper, or dial up Rickey Henderson's answering machine, or ponder the jingoistic hi-jinks of our infallible leaders, David does not do comedy bits detailing his romantic pratfalls or the expiration date of sour cream. He tells the horrible, horrible truth, except that he replaces the horror with humor, and sometimes adds a dash of lore, and couldn't we all use a little more lore in our lives? Oh, and he also wrote a book, apparently.
- Form / Essays
- August 25, 2010
- August 25, 2010
- David Cross