I Am America (And So Can You!)
is a Satire/Parody/Pastiche
of self-help books, written by Stephen Colbert
and the cast of The Colbert Report
Compare America The Book
and Earth The Book
, by Colbert's rivals from The Daily Show
- Acting for Two: In the audiobook, Stephen Colbert (the actor) plays both Stephen Colbert (the character) and Gil Honeycomb from one of the "Stephen Speaks For Me" segments.
- Alt Text: The book has red notes in the margins, like the "The Word" segments on The Colbert Report.
- Bluenose Bowdlerizer: Colbert praises the efforts of censors and claims that contrary to some prevalent opinions, censorship encourages creativity. For example, writing "Flip you, codbucket" takes more imagination than the more obvious, profane alternative.
- Camp Straight: Austin, the former homosexual from one of the "Stephen Speaks For Me" sections.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The Guy Sitting Next To You At The Stadium. And wouldn't you know it, he's in two "Stephen Speaks For Me" sections.
- Comically Missing the Point
- Dirty Communists: Mort Sinclair, the communist TV writer from one of the "Stephen Speaks For Me" segments.
- Eagleland: Apparently, just opening the book's front cover will make you 25% more American.
- Godwin's Law: Done with people other than Hitler. For example, he calls women's rights activists "Femin-Idi-Amins".
- He's Just Hiding: Colbert's parents told him that their dog, Shasta, went to live on a "big farm up north". After 20 years Colbert hasn't figured it out, thinking that the dog had just abandoned him for greener pastures.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: In the audiobook, Jon Stewart plays Mort Sinclair, the communist TV writer from one of the "Stephen Speaks For Me" segments.
- Hitler Ate Sugar: Inverted. One of the margin notes says Josef Stalin was a good dad. note
- How Do I Used Tense: In the very title, Played for Laughs.
- Interservice Rivalry: Colbert doesn't like the Army-Navy football game, because "either way, you're rooting against our boys."
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: From the back cover:
Several reportages of illegal produced issues of this book from Glorious People Republic of China
stealing into bookstores. Do not! Buy only likely copies only authorized STEPHEN COLBERT'S I AM AMERICA AND SO ARE YOU books like this one itself!
—Yours, U.S.A. Publisher
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Gil Honeycomb, the oldest man in the world, suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of his "Stephen Speaks For Me" segment.
- Mistaken for Racist: Colbert, in one of his recollections. He likes to remind everyone that he doesn't see race (unless Mexican immigrants are involved.)
- Once an Episode: Every chapter ends with a segment called "Stephen Speaks For Me", a short passage from some character who more or less agrees with Colbert's beliefs.
- Product Placement: Colbert sells the naming rights to the chapter on sports... three times.
- Averted: In that same chapter, he mentions digital video recorders by the generic name because, as he lampshades, Tivo didn't pay for the chapter's naming rights.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Colbert believes in this.
- Strawman Political: Follows (the character) Stephen Colbert's right-wing doctrine.
- “Well Done Son” Guy: Fictional!Colbert sure has daddy issues. This book even provides the trope's page quote.
- You Put the X in XY: You can't spell "parentry" without "try". Also you can't spell "emotional abuse" without "bus", which is why Colbert never takes public transportation.