I'd Rather We Got Casinos by Larry Wilmore

I'd Rather We Got Casinos

From the host of Comedy Central's newest program, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, comes the first paperback reprint of his funny and provocative musings on race in America and other nightly topics--updated with new material for this edition. Now boasting three new chapters and an introduction exclusive the trade paperback edition, I'd Rather We Got Casinos And Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore gives Wilmore's on-screen character of the ...

Details I'd Rather We Got Casinos

TitleI'd Rather We Got Casinos
Release DateJan 20th, 2009
PublisherHachette Books
GenreHumor, Nonfiction, Comedy, Race, Biography, Autobiography, Science

Reviews I'd Rather We Got Casinos

  • Claire Hall
    There are some books that do more than just occupy space on a shelf--there are a precious few--The Wealth of Nations, the Federalist Papers, Uncle Tom's Cabin, among others--that transform the times in which they appear.This is destined to be one of those books. "I'd Rather We Got Casinos" presents the thoughts of Larry Wilmore. These are not just thoughts. They are profound thoughts. And they are black thoughts--presented by the Senior Black Cor...
  • Deb Jones
    If you enjoy social commentary presented in a humorous way or if you like author Larry Wilmore, I feel it's safe to say you would enjoy this book.I might have rated it four stars if it was a book I owned and could pick up at my leisure to read a chapter/scenario one or two at a time. However, I borrowed mine from the library and found that sitting through it in one or two single reads found my attention wandering after a while.
  • Donald
    Wilmore's my favorite part of The Daily Show right now. He's replaced Lewis Black as the moment of comedy that's going to make my week. The best pieces in here have the tone of his Daily Show pieces (notably, "Give Us the Superdome,"). But I ultimately found the book disappointing. There were some solid moments and a few really funny jokes, but a lot of it fell flat. Many of the pieces, especially the ones written as transcripts of his supposed r...
  • Sarah Sammis
    Larry Wilmore is currently the senior black correspondent to The Daily Show. He has written for The Office, The Bernie Mac Show and a bunch of other things I haven't watched except for clips here and there. I read his book, I'd Rather We Got Casinos because it was offered at a recent Bookcrossing meeting and I liked the title.The book contains a collection of his "Black Thoughts" essays. They discuss important things (race, discrimination, profil...
  • Christina
    It's interesting that the library shelves this book in the 305s (social science) not the 817 (humor) as I feel it is a work of comedy (social satire) more than a documentary. The chapters on black Jesus and angry black churches were the funniest. The most wildly humorous section was the mock letter-writing campaign to the NAACP to change the term African-American to chocolate. A friend laughed when I told him about this. D. will be the first to c...
  • David
    One of the better books by a comedian out there. His repeated letters to the N.A.A.C.P. asking them to encourage the adoption of Chocolate in lieu of African-American or Black are hilarious. "Everybody loves chocolate and you don't even have to change your initials!"
  • Gavin Leech
    (As in, “Are you in favor of Black History Month?” “Hell no. Twenty-eight days of trivia to make up for centuries of oppression? I’d rather we got casinos.”) Irreverent about stuff good people don’t tend to be: ‘community leaders’, the funeral for the 'n'-word, Jesus’ race, Katrina, Letter from Birmingham Jail, The Man. His patter is sometimes pleasurably baroque: “A pudgy patron of society would suffer an indignity and cry ou...
  • Bradley
    Originally published in 2009 while Wilmore served as the senior black correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Wilmore’s essays and insights into contemporary black issues are witty and poignant. Essay topics include commentaries on the search for Black Jesus, why UFO sightings aren’t reported by black people, Wilmore’s texts from a Birmingham jail (a nod to MLK, Jr.), why it is acceptable to hate someone because of their pro...
  • Colette
    "You always hear people say “racism is still a major part of everyday life.” Most people accept this premise without investigating it further. Mainly because they agree with it, and secondly, they don't want to challenge it for fear of seeming like the racist in question. They also feel there's nothing they can do about it. It's racism, you can't change it. My problem with this statement is that it is too general. By using words like "racism"...
  • Mikayla
    Larry Wilmore is a superb television personality, television writer, and comedian. When an individual is this skilled, they're often approached to write a book showcasing their many talents. Often, these books are very funny, insightful, and well-written. Unfortunately, Wilmore's is not one of them - which truly is a shame. It battles itself, unsure of which genre it wants to be in. (Social science for the first quarter, humor for the second, mem...
  • David
    Not familiar with author previously, as we don't have cable TV, but the couple times I've seen Jon Stewart's show I thought it was funny, so when I saw this in library I decided to give it a try.It was ok. Format is like standup comedy skits/riffs transcribed. Very very light reading -- maybe an hour for the whole book. Emphasis on wordplay. A couple things that seemed (to me) funny such as the list of reasons you can tell Jesus was a black guy, ...
  • bup
    This quick read mostly concerns itself with what I'll call meta-racist humor. It's not racist, but it's about racist humor almost exclusively.Some of it is great, some of it so-so. That's what you get with comedy. If some of it didn't miss, it's probably because the person wasn't trying anything new. Particular highlights included the trial for the "n" word (Wilmore felt that the metaphorical burial of the "n" word a few years ago was premature w...
  • Stefanie
    A quick read and pretty funny insight into the mind of Larry Wilmore, most known for his role on the Daily Show as Senior Black Correspondent. A fun read, but not actually as insightful as I would have expected. Wilmore talks a lot about race relations on TDS, and it's usually a delight satire on modern sympathies. Though his pieces here still contained sort of his token wit, they were a bit lacklustre, and missing a certain spark that I've come ...
  • Carol Storm
    Mildly amusing at best -- he's funnier on the Jon Stewart show. The only two sketches that really show potential here are the one about UFO's -- and why black people don't see them -- and an interview with "the Man," the shadowy authority figure who always keeps black people down. What Larry Wilmore really needs is more edge -- much more edge. I was looking for an interview with Nat Turner, for example. Or a list of white women in Hollywood most ...
  • Gil Bradshaw
    This book is uncomfortably racist, which is the whole point and why it's funny. Wilmore comically explores topics such as: -Why Jesus might actually be black (including the fact that he wasn't given a fair trial);-Why black people talk to characters in horror movies and how it can change the outcome;-Why fat black weathermen make us happy;-Why fat black weathermen make us sad;-He declares the death of the "N" word and then holds a eulogy;-He real...
  • Siria
    Like the books of other Daily Show alumni that I've read, Wilmore's is a little hit-and-miss, and I think I would have preferred to hear him say the material rather than read it on the page—his delivery adds a lot of punch to his material. As it is, it can be a little bland and static at times, and that's a shame, because when Wilmore's satire works, it works very well indeed. 'Bring Back the Shetland Negro' and 'It's Okay to Hate Black People ...
  • Schnaucl
    I didn't have any laugh out loud moments, but that might be because I head Wilmore interviewed about the book and in the interview he discussed what I thought were some of the funniest essays. I may not have laughed out loud, but I was bother entertained and amused.I like the idea of going from African-American to "chocolate" and white/Caucasian to "vanilla," with modifiers as needed. I also like the idea of reparations appropriate to the thing t...
  • Angela
    A humorous, candid, and surprising look at how blacks see themselves, and in some ways, how he asserts they keep discrimination alive themselves.I especially appreciated his powers of observation and willingness to speak the unspoken: Intro xi,"The Man" Talk p15 and interspersed, street cred p 53, chocolate p 76 and interspersed to p 174, In Search of Black Jesus p 93-98.He did a nice job with the acknowledgements, too. Note: some raunchy languag...
  • Frances Sawaya
    This is an example of the kind of humor that is funny but changes shape, so to speak, and you say to yourself it's also sad or frustrating, or rage inducing. I enjoyed Wilmore when he was on The Daily Show and now, even more, on The Nightly Show. He is able to "Keep it 100" more often than not.I read this alternating with chapters of the Shakespeare 1599. Actually there are many societal similarities, especially a pathetic need for some people to...
  • DeAnna Rigney
    This is witty & funy commentary from the senior black correspondent of The Daily Show. His satirical essays cover such topics as why brothas don't see U.F.O.s and how it's okay to hate black people who work at McDonald's at the airport (and that this doesn't make you racist.) I particularly enjoyed the idea of the "Roker Effect" and the antithetical "Reverse Roker Effect." A very entertaining read.
  • Patricia (theinfophile)
    I almost don't want to believe this was written by Larry Wilmore, because I know that he is a hilariously funny man and this book just wasn't up to par. There were parts where I definitely had a good laugh, or even read aloud to my friend, but those parts were few, and mostly in the first half of the book. The title is so very promising...sigh. And I can't say that the book was highly offensive. It just wasn't funny.I do want to say that I REALLY...
  • marymurtz
    Some great laugh out loud funny moments ("Queen Latifah has officially become Pearl Bailey") and chapter headings ("Why Brothas Never See UFOs") and it really helps if you've watched Larry Wilmore on "The Daily Show." What I liked was that the humor was not the same familiar jokes other comedians have trotted out for years; instead, his humor is more off-kilter and unexpected. A quick read, and good brain candy between other books.
  • Theophilus (Theo)
    Funny, funny, funny. A very good adult read. Tactful profanity (when taken within his writing personna). Not vulgar. He narrates a book about himself, and includes excerpts from a radio show he hosts with fictitious guests. Wilmore was one of the creators of the "Bernie Mac Show" and is a frequent contributor and guest on "the Daily Show with Jon Stewart". I learned there is someone with a more cerebrally, twisted sense of humor than me.
  • Jessica
    Who'd have thought a book containing a trial of the n word and an explanation of the distinction between not being "brotha friendly" and being racist would be so darn funny. I should have known, there are few times Daily Show correspondents steer me completely wrong. Enjoyed, though at 127 pages it was barely long enough to consider itself a book. Felt like it would have worked better as something watched vs. read.
  • Scott
    Certainly entertaining, but like with most comedy books, it was incredibly uneven. Larry gives us a sometimes silly, sometimes flat look at race relations in America. Certain chapters made my sides ache, but others left me wondering how many pages I had left to read. if you are a fan of Larry's work, it is worth a peek. The book's small size, combined with the ease of reading makes this something you can finish in a day or two.
  • Amy
    Sigh. Larry, Larry. Weak tea, my comedy news crush. If you love The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, this book will be a let down. Sure, I can hear his voice and it's in the same county as his sense of humor but this book is flatter than a plain crepe compared to any single episode of The Nightly Show. 4th book read in Amy's 2016 Reading Challenge (#5 on the list - Read a book about race). http://this-strenuous-life.com/2016/0...
  • Joel
    At times, it's a little one note, but when it's good, it's really good. The recounted excerpts from his radio show are the low points, the letters trying to convince the NAACP to officially adopt the word "Chocolate" instead of African-American or Black are the high points, and his delivery makes the whole thing entertaining even on the chapters that aren't as solid.
  • Lucy Furr
    Hmmm, still not sure what to think of this book, even though I've thought long and hard about it. It did have its moments of great hilarity, and it also had its thoughtful moments, but on the whole, I still can't really tell if this guy is serious or not. Perhaps it was the format. Felt like I was reading a comedy act that would have gone over better on stage.
  • David
    Wilmore has always addressed race from a unique perspective, and this book is no exception. Some chapters are more clever than they are funny, but that can be forgiven, given the difficulty of the task he has assigned himself. Humor and talking seriously about race are difficult concepts to combine, and this book is well worth a read if only for that reason.