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Yes, I Can Say That

When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble
By: Judy Gold
Narrated by: Judy Gold
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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"No one makes me laugh harder than Judy Gold. If I had to pick one comedian to write a book about free speech, it would be Judy." (Amy Schumer)

From award-winning comedian Judy Gold, an equal parts thoughtful and hilarious polemic on the current efforts to censor comedians, arguing that they undermine the art - and purpose - of comedy itself.

“You can say anything that comes to mind as long as it is funny.” (Richard Pryor)

The fallout after Michelle Wolf’s roast at the 2018 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Samantha Bee’s forced apology after calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c--t”, Kathy Griffin’s being “blacklisted” from Hollywood after posting a photo with what looked like the president’s severed head, all represent a dangerous and growing trend - to censor comedians.

In Yes I Can Say That, comedy veteran Judy Gold argues that "no one has the right to tell comics what they can or cannot joke about.... Laughter is a unifier. It's the best medicine. It's also the most palatable way to bring up seditious, subversive topics.” For Gold, nothing is more insidious than enforcing silence and repressing jokes - the job of a comedian is to expose society's demons and confront them head-on, no prisoners allowed. In 10 impassioned polemics, she frames comedy as a tool of empowerment, a way to reclaim hateful rhetoric and battle the democracy-crushing plight of censorship.

Uninhibited and bold, Gold is as skilled at making people laugh as she is at exposing uncomfortable truths about our culture and society. In this era of partisan politics and gaping inequalities, Yes I Can Say That is the refreshingly candid, wickedly funny, and deliciously blunt manifesto we need.  

©2019 Judy Gold (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2020

oh so Gold that Judy!

Great book, funny, topical for the times and right on! makes you laugh out loud, as it should.

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  • 07-08-2020

Thought Provoking

I've always enjoyed Judy Gold's comedy and knew she was an intelligent woman, but this book is proof of her intellect. Although I didn't agree with all of her conclusions, her stories were well chosen illustrations for the point being made and her research was quite remarkable. I learned a lot about what goes into comedy as well as being challenged to think about freedom of speech in a new way. Highly recommended!

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  • Floyd Sweeting
  • 01-08-2020

Smart, hilarious and thoughtful

This book is mainly about the paralyzing effects of political correctness and cancel culture but in exploring that she covers a lot of territory and touches on so many different aspects of comedy and discusses other great past and current comedians to make her point. I love her sense of humor and intelligence and humanity. Hearing her read it is a bonus.

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  • Benjamin Houlton
  • 12-10-2020

A life changer

This was a life changing book. Its even more enjoyable when Judy reads it herself.

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  • Bam Bam Flintstone
  • 01-09-2020

Bait and Switch

It's a liberal political screed. Fine, if that's what you wanted and expected. Steven Crowder could do the right wing, anti-matter version of this book - I wouldn't want that either. It was recommended to me as a funny and persuasive argument against pearl clutching and being butt hurt over comedian's acts. It's not that. It's another "all is ok coming from the left because we are 'punching up' and our calling our political foes pieces of sh*t is fine because, you see, it is coming from a place of love , tolerance, and understanding ...." I like a variety of comedians with a variety of perspectives. But, if you ONLY like the perspectives of Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Colbert, Seth Meyers, ..... this is the tirade for you. BUY IT!