PERFORMING ARTS

The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography

. October 2012. 256p. 978-0-39915-840-7. 26.95.
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The wry subtitle and lurid Confidential magazine–style book cover immediately tip off the reader: actor and comedian Elliott’s autobiography, much like his 1989 Daddy’s Boy: A Son’s Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father, a parody of his life with funnyman father Bob Elliott, is a comedic vehicle in the guise of personal history. Sadly, it is also a clunker. Readers hoping for a peek into the early years of Elliott’s career in the mid-1980s with David Letterman, his stint as a regular on Saturday Night Live, his role as Peter on the last few seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond, and his involvement in numerous films (including There’s Something About Mary) will come away disappointed. Elliott uses the aforementioned career highlights as grist for ridiculous parody, jokes that go over like a lead balloon, and hyperbole of migraine-inducing dimensions. There is no narrative through-line, and everything, including all semblance of a coherent story or point of interest, is sacrificed on the altar of cheap laughs.
VERDICT Not funny! Recommended only for the hardest of the hardcore Chris Elliott fanboys. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/12].

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