Thursday Reviews: Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up by Dave Barry; Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart

Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up

Dave Barry

Dave Barry’s column was part of the impetus for the original incarnation of this blog back in 2003. Needless to say, I’m no Dave Barry. Fortunately for you, Dave Barry is. And in this 2001 collection of his columns, Artie Johnson plays the role of Dave Barry as he reads from such classic columns as the time Dave Barry got to play a character on the sitcom Dave’s World, where he runs into Harry Anderson, who plays…

Dave Barry.

Dave also provides us with a bewildering take on men present at childbirth, how he would become the phantom flight attendant on airlines, using draconian measures to enforce all sort of arcane sky law. And of course, a classic column on really bad songs that in no way is related to Monday’s blog post about really bad songs. Dave’s humor is biting without the anger of a Carl Hiassen or Dennis Miller. Which is good. Because angry men have to actually leave the house to vent.

And Dave’s not having that.

Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race

Jon Stewart, et. al.

Get this on audio if you can. It really works well with Jon Stewart, John Oliver, and Samantha Bee at their Daily Show best.

The crew of The Daily Show ponders what it would be like if aliens ever made it to Earth. What would they think of us? Stewart assumes that we would be dead as, for a species at the top of the food chain, we sure are doing a great job circling the drain. They take on various aspects of the human race from culture, religion, economics (the explanation of Adam Smith’s invisible hand is hysterical), biology, and evolution. And let’s be honest here. We, the hairless cousins of the chimpanzee, excel in absurdity.