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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samantha Bee Narrator: Samantha Bee Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780743599894
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Senior correspondent Samantha Bee joins the growing list of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart contributors-turned-authors in this hilarious collection of essays.

As the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee has demonstrated an ability to coax people into caricaturing themselves—most famously in segments like “Kill Drill,” featuring hunters and fossil fuel executives claiming to be environmentalists, and “Tropical Repression,” featuring a Florida politician running his campaign on opposition to gay rights. Here, in This Might Sting a Little, Samantha turns the spotlight toward her own life.

From suffering through her parents’ humiliating sex talk (that even included lesbian sex after a family vacation spent watching women’s tennis) to her Wiccan mother’s attempt to dissuade her from Catholicism at an early age, Samantha takes listeners on a very funny ride. She also shares interesting and bizarre careers from her past—including a brief stint at a frame store and a job working as Japanese anime character Sailor Moon in a live show that toured in Canada.

With laugh-out-loud anecdotes featuring the same smart, biting wit that has made audiobooks by Sarah Vowell and Chelsea Handler such successes, This Might Sting a Little is filled with stories that have critics calling Samantha Bee “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Bee] possesses a perverse, off-kilter comic style that often subversively caresses real enlightenment while simultaneously making us laugh…The essays here engulf us in a tidal wave of strangeness, yet underneath the joke-filled surface, there’s a very sweet comic memoir to be found.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An uproarious success…Her willingness to lay all her cards on the table—to be vulnerable—elevates these already-remarkable stories to hysterical heights.” 

    AV Club

  • “A senior correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Toronto-born comedian pokes fun at herself in a witty collection of personal essays…Bee successfully brings her witty, self-deprecating, slightly cynical, and semi-scathing world view from screen to page.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The best pieces here are very funny, and author’s skewed, satirical perspective, honed on [The Daily Show], is evident throughout.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the July 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gee | 2/20/2014

    " Samantha Bee is obsessed with aging (her own and others.) I just can't relate yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah V | 2/6/2014

    " The author is very funny but the book just wasn't my cup of tea. I had a hard time connecting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendra | 2/4/2014

    " did not finish this book - only got 2.5 chapters in before putting it down forever. the reviews said it was in the style of a David Sedaris book - i strongly disagree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Bodwell | 2/2/2014

    " The beginning of the book was a little odd. I am always a little judgemental about stuff dealing with young kids. However, through so much of the book, I couldn't stop myself from laughing right out loud. She is really funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Woods Walker | 2/1/2014

    " Laugh-out-loud funny, I Know I Am, But What Are You? has no gimmick on which to hang its literary hat. Samantha Bee just writes about her life, somewhat chronologically, with such absurd zest that I couldn't help but love this book. It's no wonder she's been a Daily Show mainstay for so long--she has to be twice as funny as the men in this boys club--and she is, she is. Good writing, nice pacing and a fantastic knack for picking just the right word in each just-right punchline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JohnMichael | 1/30/2014

    " Quirky, with many, many literal-LOL moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/22/2014

    " I think Sam Bee has gotten much funnier on the daily show, but I still wasn't expecting this book to make me laugh as much as it did. I actually had to stop reading it on the subway because I worried my giggling was frightening the other, sane-looking passengers. Really liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phenonemom | 1/14/2014

    " The family gave me this book for mothers day this morning and I got to spend a lovely day lounging around reading it. Yay! There were a number of passages that made me laugh out loud and subsequently had to read aloud. On the other hand, I often felt like she was just kind of mean. In Bossypants, I often felt like Tina Fey was talking about broader politics or providing some historical perspective on women in tv (albeit all about herself). In this book, that piece was missing. It was more personal, but also more random and with a more critical edge, I think. Nonetheless, a fun / funny, light Mother's Day quick read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeAnna Rigney | 1/9/2014

    " Hilarity ensues with lotsa sharp wittiness poking you all over the place. Good Stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Crofts | 1/4/2014

    " I must now wash my brain out with soap - but her writing is, admittedly, hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/3/2014

    " It's ok. Funny, but meandering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 12/30/2013

    " Wanted to like it, I mean, she's so funny. Her life story, not so funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie Krestakos | 11/7/2013

    " Candid, crazy and hilarious. I love where her neuroses take her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 10/25/2013

    " Loved it! She's really funny and her stories of her crazy life are well told. It was one of those books I looked forward to reading and didn't want to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 9/10/2013

    " I enjoy Samantha Bee's segments on the Daily Show. The book wasn't a very enjoyable one in the end. Although Bee has an amusing way with cursing and animals, there wasn't a structure to the book to let me know if this was supposed to be a funny memoir or just a collection of unconnected anecdotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/29/2013

    " Listened to the audio version during my commute. At first I wasn't sure it would be that great. But it got me laughing so hard I almost had to pull over; I'm sure I was a danger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Moss | 10/29/2012

    " Another good one for listening to in the car. My only complaint is that the chapters were quite long and meandering. She takes a long time to make her point. But she sure is funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Savage | 7/9/2012

    " funny, weird / "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 6/21/2012

    " I actually Laughed Out Loud in many parts. It is a memoir but looking at the funny parts of her life which are many. Not great literature but a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 4/24/2012

    " Her childhood is so different from almost anything I could ever imagine. It's a fun read but I get really anxious for the younger-her sometimes. I think the place where she meets her husband is hilarious and unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrie Mabe | 4/16/2012

    " I haven't read a book this funny in a long, long time! I was laughing so hard that I had to put it away while I was in the waiting room at the doctor. The part where she describes her older boyfriend's bathroom misadventures was my favorite!! I just wish this book was longer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KristaCorinne | 4/11/2012

    " Very few texts make me giggle. This one does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 2/25/2012

    " Funny essays from one of the comics behind the Daily Show. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara Ramos | 11/19/2011

    " Absolutely freaking hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen C | 9/30/2011

    " I found this book on the shelf at the dollar store. I thought it was funny. Dry humor, with a few laugh out loud moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith Rudikoff | 7/3/2011

    " I'm a Samantha Bee fan; liked the book - an easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 5/24/2011

    " Ok, this is crass humor, but a few stories made me laugh until I cried. Others I had to skip as they were too much for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/11/2011

    " Too funny! Kept me laughing all the way through... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/7/2011

    " I was excited about this book so I read the preview on my kindle-I'm not sure if I'm still living off the high of Tina Fey's book, but I wasn't impressed. I plan to keep the preview and try it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/6/2011

    " Short stories about Samantha's life, not much about her roles on television or as a 'famous' person. Funny but not as good as I expected/hoped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/27/2011

    " Bee has a great gift as a performer and a writer. This collection of autobiographical snapshots of her life from childhood on is smart and snappy from start to finish. Some truly wince-inducing material, all told with wit, humility and verve. More please! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/24/2011

    " Laugh-out-loud funny and very naughty, Bee's memoir largely addresses growing up with an advanced knowledge about sexual matters but no actual experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/17/2011

    " Actually laugh out loud funny.
    Really, really laugh out loud funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/14/2011

    " I'm not sure how much of this is true, but it IS funny! "

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About the Author
Author Samantha BeeSamantha Bee lives with her husband, also former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, and their children in New York City.