Rating: Dig It!
“Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” is the latest in a series
of hilarious autobiographies from Chelsea Handler.
The comedian is well-known for her vulgar and
controversial comedic style, which her latest book
certainly holds true to. More like a collection of
interesting life stories than a chronological biography,
Handler’s no-holds-barred book includes anecdotes
on topics ranging from her sex life, to growing
up Jewish, to the misadventures of her decidedly
unique family vacations. While her famous — if not
infamous — sense of humor certainly comes across
in the book, it can’t quite compare to her sidesplitting
stand-up act where her facial expressions and body
language really add to her routine. Still, the book is
chock full of Handler’s unique brand of wit, sarcasm
and irreverent humor that is pure entertainment.
Each chapter recounts some memory or experience
that Handler conveys with much hilarity and hyperbole.
Although it seems unlikely that Handler was actually
vying for a dolphin to house in her new eight-foot
fish tank, it’s precisely this combination of humor
and cutting sarcasm that makes “Chelsea Chelsea
Bang Bang” such a success. Throughout the
book, Handler describes pranks she pulled on her
then-boyfriend and boss, Ted Harbert, who she
describes as, “similar to a large toddler, the only
difference being he doesn’t cry when he wakes
up.” Handler describes her quirky relationship
with Harbert in several scenes, interspersed with
chronicles of her ridiculous office antics and
unusual collection of friends.
Aside from its hilarity, the best part about this
book is that it can be picked up anytime you’re in
the mood for a good laugh and read in bits and
pieces. Although the book isn’t exactly intellectual,
it’s certainly entertaining and light-hearted, making
it a perfect pick-me-up.