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The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography

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Publisher Comments:

Because no one will write an unauthorized biography about Emmy-winning writer and actor Chris Elliott, he has done it himself. Reader, you’re hereby warned that much of this book will be disturbing. The Guy Under the Sheets is a behind-the-scenes memoir so personal, so provocative, that Elliott nearly sued himself to halt publication: the most shocking revelation, corroborated by numerous unnamed sources, is that Elliott is not the absurdist comedian that Rolling Stone once called “a genius.” In fact, he’s a slightly dimwitted no-talent from a celebrity family who managed to convince a whole generation of disillusioned youth that he was funny.
            Few have seen his dark side: a ghastly childhood spent on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side; a torrid near-love affair with Lee Radziwill; a torrid real love affair with Shelley Winters; his first job, entertaining mobsters with his Judy Garland impersonation; and countless episodes from the life of a mediocre artist who somehow faked his way to the top—of semi-moderate fame and fortune.
            But seriously, Elliott is a brilliantly comic bestselling writer—and while there is plenty of fictional fun in The Guy Under the Sheets, also woven throughout are wonderful real life anecdotes, including Elliott’s start at Late Night with David Letterman, his work in films from Groundhog Day to Cabin Boy, and much more. If the author does not prevail in his lawsuit, this book is bound to delight many new readers and loyal fans alike.

Review:

"Comedian and author Elliot's fictionalized comic autobiography tells the story of simple-minded misfit who somehow manages to end up a celebrity. In real-life the son of legendary comedian Bob Eliott, Chris presents his alter-ego as the product of a marriage between caricatured versions of actors Bette Davis and Sam Elliott. The adventures of make-believe Chris include a shipwreck, a stint on a desert island, and run-ins with the Mafia. Woven into the fantasy are fragments of the real-life Elliot's career, from his days doing comedy improv to his appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. With its relentless scatology and show-biz-insider mockery, the book isn't for everyone. It's hard to know what to make of this relentless exercise in bad taste: on the screen, Elliot certainly displays talent and imagination, but very little of either is evident here. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

and#147;This hugely entertaining pack of lies reads like a Woody Allen essay from the New Yorker.and#8221;
and#151;David Pitt, Booklist

Is Chris Elliott a highly successful and beloved comedianand#151;or a slightly dim-witted notalent from a celebrity family who managed to convince a generation of disillusioned youth that he was funny? From a ghastly childhood on the posh Upper East Side to hisrst job entertaining mobsters with his Judy Garland impersonation, The Guy Under the Sheets is packed with countless episodes from the life of a mediocre artist who somehow faked his way to the topand#151;of semi-moderate fame and fortune. Woven throughout thectional fun in Elliottand#8217;s memoir are wonderful real-life anecdotes that will delight many new readers and loyal fans alike.

and#160;

and#147; The arc of [Elliottand#8217;s] career remains unique and inspiring . . . that he blazed a trail for Arrested Development and Community and all the other freaky, convention-outing TV comedies.and#8221;
and#151;Grantland

Synopsis:

"This hugely entertaining pack of lies reads like a Woody Allen essay from the New Yorker."

—David Pitt, Booklist

Is Chris Elliott a highly successful and beloved comedian—or a slightly dim-witted notalent from a celebrity family who managed to convince a generation of disillusioned youth that he was funny? From a ghastly childhood on the posh Upper East Side to his first job entertaining mobsters with his Judy Garland impersonation, The Guy Under the Sheets is packed with countless episodes from the life of a mediocre artist who somehow faked his way to the top—of semi-moderate fame and fortune. Woven throughout thectional fun in Elliott's memoir are wonderful real-life anecdotes that will delight many new readers and loyal fans alike.

 

"The arc of [Elliott's] career remains unique and inspiring . . . that he blazed a trail for Arrested Development and Community and all the other freaky, convention-outing TV comedies."

Grantland

About the Author

Chris Elliott is a comedian and the author of several books, including The Shroud of the Thwacker. He currently stars in Adult Swims Eagleheart and has a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399158407
Author:
Elliott, Chris
Publisher:
Blue Rider Press
Subject:
Parodies
Subject:
HUMOR / Parodies
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-page 4/c insert
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Acting
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Actors » Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Comedy Business and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Parodies
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Comedian and author Elliot's fictionalized comic autobiography tells the story of simple-minded misfit who somehow manages to end up a celebrity. In real-life the son of legendary comedian Bob Eliott, Chris presents his alter-ego as the product of a marriage between caricatured versions of actors Bette Davis and Sam Elliott. The adventures of make-believe Chris include a shipwreck, a stint on a desert island, and run-ins with the Mafia. Woven into the fantasy are fragments of the real-life Elliot's career, from his days doing comedy improv to his appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. With its relentless scatology and show-biz-insider mockery, the book isn't for everyone. It's hard to know what to make of this relentless exercise in bad taste: on the screen, Elliot certainly displays talent and imagination, but very little of either is evident here. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
and#147;This hugely entertaining pack of lies reads like a Woody Allen essay from the New Yorker.and#8221;
and#151;David Pitt, Booklist

Is Chris Elliott a highly successful and beloved comedianand#151;or a slightly dim-witted notalent from a celebrity family who managed to convince a generation of disillusioned youth that he was funny? From a ghastly childhood on the posh Upper East Side to hisrst job entertaining mobsters with his Judy Garland impersonation, The Guy Under the Sheets is packed with countless episodes from the life of a mediocre artist who somehow faked his way to the topand#151;of semi-moderate fame and fortune. Woven throughout thectional fun in Elliottand#8217;s memoir are wonderful real-life anecdotes that will delight many new readers and loyal fans alike.

and#160;

and#147; The arc of [Elliottand#8217;s] career remains unique and inspiring . . . that he blazed a trail for Arrested Development and Community and all the other freaky, convention-outing TV comedies.and#8221;
and#151;Grantland

"Synopsis" by ,
"This hugely entertaining pack of lies reads like a Woody Allen essay from the New Yorker."

—David Pitt, Booklist

Is Chris Elliott a highly successful and beloved comedian—or a slightly dim-witted notalent from a celebrity family who managed to convince a generation of disillusioned youth that he was funny? From a ghastly childhood on the posh Upper East Side to his first job entertaining mobsters with his Judy Garland impersonation, The Guy Under the Sheets is packed with countless episodes from the life of a mediocre artist who somehow faked his way to the top—of semi-moderate fame and fortune. Woven throughout thectional fun in Elliott's memoir are wonderful real-life anecdotes that will delight many new readers and loyal fans alike.

 

"The arc of [Elliott's] career remains unique and inspiring . . . that he blazed a trail for Arrested Development and Community and all the other freaky, convention-outing TV comedies."

Grantland

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