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

  • Bill 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...
  • 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!"
  • 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...