I Know I Am, But What Are You?

  • by Samantha Bee
  • Narrated by Samantha Bee
  • 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Candid, outspoken, laugh-out-loud funny essays from the much-loved Samantha Bee, the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple (Bonnie and Clyde in Bermuda shorts and braces), and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals. She also details her intriguing career history, which includes stints working in a frame store, at a penis clinic, and as a Japanese anime character in a touring children’s show.
Samantha delves into all these topics and many more in this thoroughly hilarious, unabashedly frank collection of personal essays. Whether detailing the creepiness that ensues when strangers assume that your mom is your lesbian lover, or recalling her girlhood crush on Jesus (who looked like Kris Kristofferson and sang like Kenny Loggins), Samantha turns the spotlight on her own imperfect yet highly entertaining life as relentlessly as she skewers hapless interview subjects on The Daily Show. She shares her unique point of view on a variety of subjects as wide ranging as her deep affinity for old people, to her hatred of hot ham. It’s all here, in irresistible prose that will leave you in stitches and eager for more.

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6 stars (on a 5-point scale)

I kinda liked her on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart but I fell madly in love with her within the first couple chapters. She's hilarious in a sarcastic and unique way. A little drier than Tina Fey or (for sure) Mindy Kaling, but never in a depressing or boring way, at least to me. I found this much funnier than Amy Poehler's book (don't get me wrong, I really adore her too, it's just a frame of reference to know what to expect!). There is a lot of adult material (it's PG-13, at least) and I generally have only a moderate tolerance for all that, since I often find real raunchiness a little off-putting or kind of disturbing. However, the way she handles grown-up topics is entirely inoffensive, original, and very funny. This book is written a little more like a stand-up routine (like Ellen's) than a memoir (like Amy Poehler's, and Craig Ferguson's is really great, too). I'm on my third listen right now and hoping she writes another book soon!
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- Simone

Your new Aunt Bee

I'm a fan of the Daily Show, and I've liked Samantha Bee (especially when she wears that sexy retainer), but I wasn't expecting to love her book as much as I did. I was prepared for yet another collection of 'funny' observations - but that's not what "I Know I Am..." is. It's a genuine memoir of a non-traditional childhood, and the picture it paints was familiar to me in many ways. If you've lived a few decades, they'll likely be familiar to you too. Her stories of growing up in three different households are the very opposite of truth-y. They are genuinely funny, in a way that is real. I'd even say important. Oh! I am seriously going to have to use these two words: Uplifting. Healing. (But not in a gay way.)
If your life sucks right now - you should make her your new Aunt Bee and buy it. If you think your life might suck later, just buy it now so you're ready.
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- Kelley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio