The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography

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Because no one will write an unauthorized biography about Emmy-winning writer and actor Chris Elliott, he has done it himself. Reader, you’re hereby warned that much of this book will be disturbing. The Guy Under the Sheets is a behind-the-scenes memoir so personal, so provocative, that Elliott nearly sued himself to halt publication: the most shocking revelation, corroborated by numerous unnamed sources, is that Elliott is not the absurdist comedian that Rolling Stone once called “a genius.” In fact, he’s a...

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Overview

Because no one will write an unauthorized biography about Emmy-winning writer and actor Chris Elliott, he has done it himself. Reader, you’re hereby warned that much of this book will be disturbing. The Guy Under the Sheets is a behind-the-scenes memoir so personal, so provocative, that Elliott nearly sued himself to halt publication: the most shocking revelation, corroborated by numerous unnamed sources, is that Elliott is not the absurdist comedian that Rolling Stone once called “a genius.” In fact, he’s a slightly dimwitted no-talent from a celebrity family who managed to convince a whole generation of disillusioned youth that he was funny.
            Few have seen his dark side: a ghastly childhood spent on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side; a torrid near-love affair with Lee Radziwill; a torrid real love affair with Shelley Winters; his first job, entertaining mobsters with his Judy Garland impersonation; and countless episodes from the life of a mediocre artist who somehow faked his way to the top—of semi-moderate fame and fortune.
            But seriously, Elliott is a brilliantly comic bestselling writer—and while there is plenty of fictional fun in The Guy Under the Sheets, also woven throughout are wonderful real life anecdotes, including Elliott’s start at Late Night with David Letterman, his work in films from Groundhog Day to Cabin Boy, and much more. If the author does not prevail in his lawsuit, this book is bound to delight many new readers and loyal fans alike.

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Publishers Weekly
Comedian and author Elliot's fictionalized comic autobiography tells the story of simple-minded misfit who somehow manages to end up a celebrity. In real-life the son of legendary comedian Bob Eliott, Chris presents his alter-ego as the product of a marriage between caricatured versions of actors Bette Davis and Sam Elliott. The adventures of make-believe Chris include a shipwreck, a stint on a desert island, and run-ins with the Mafia. Woven into the fantasy are fragments of the real-life Elliot's career, from his days doing comedy improv to his appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. With its relentless scatology and show-biz-insider mockery, the book isn't for everyone. It's hard to know what to make of this relentless exercise in bad taste: on the screen, Elliot certainly displays talent and imagination, but very little of either is evident here. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Um, hot affairs with Lee Radziwill and Kathie Lee Gifford? Time spent dismembering bodies for the Mob? I think it's safe to say that this book is not meant as a wholly accurate reminiscence. Expect entertainment from out-there comic Elliott, currently starring in Adult Swim's Eagleheart.
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The wry subtitle and lurid Confidential magazine-style book cover immediately tip off the reader: actor and comedian Elliott's autobiography, much like his 1989 Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father, a parody of his life with funnyman father Bob Elliott, is a comedic vehicle in the guise of personal history. Sadly, it is also a clunker. Readers hoping for a peek into the early years of Elliott's career in the mid-1980s with David Letterman, his stint as a regular on Saturday Night Live, his role as Peter on the last few seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond, and his involvement in numerous films (including There's Something About Mary) will come away disappointed. Elliott uses the aforementioned career highlights as grist for ridiculous parody, jokes that go over like a lead balloon, and hyperbole of migraine-inducing dimensions. There is no narrative through-line, and everything, including all semblance of a coherent story or point of interest, is sacrificed on the altar of cheap laughs. VERDICT Not funny! Recommended only for the hardest of the hardcore Chris Elliott fanboys. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/12].—Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX
Kirkus Reviews
Comedian and actor Elliott (Into Hot Air, 2007, etc.) spoofs his own life, mixing fact and fiction in this "unauthorized biography." The author begins with an account of his 1984 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, when Elliott's name first became known. Working back in time from that event, he poses questions about his life and career--e.g., was he just a pampered child of celebrities seeking attention? "In order to attempt to answer these questions, we must go through his life chronologically and in excruciating detail, at least for long enough to fill about two hundred pages, most of which will have to be padded with a lot of childhood anecdotes and pop psych speculation," he writes. Readers learn how, as a young boy, Elliott absorbed the local characters surrounding him on Manhattan's Upper East Side, "squirreling them away for later retrieval." Including a bout with hysterical blindness, an encounter with Jackie Kennedy at the infamous East Hampton Grey Gardens, surviving a shipwreck and washing up on Marlon Brando's private island (where Brando passed on the arts of acting and lovemaking), Elliott continues to spin his tale to greater lengths of absurdity. The author bumps up against mobsters like John Gotti, who secured Elliott a gig as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center. Interwoven with the fictional events are a few facts concerning the author's career, but it becomes a tiresome chore sorting the fictional fluff from the real-life episodes. Fans of Elliott's work will welcome this wacky, fictionalized narrative; others should steer clear.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399158407
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott is a comedian and the author of several books, including The Shroud of the Thwacker. He currently stars in Adult Swim’s Eagleheart and has a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother.

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