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Book Review: God Is A Woman: Dating Disasters by Ian Coburn

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Ian Coburn is a well-known stand-up comedian. He has headlined in many of the top comedy venues in the United States and Canada. God Is A Woman: Dating Disasters is not Coburn’s first foray into writing (he has created several screenplays in his career), but this is his first book.

It primarily deals with Ian’s romantic (mis)adventures, and he has had plenty of them! There are some uproarious parts in God Is A Woman. I hope his mother never reads it. He details an adventure that involves his mother’s car, and more importantly his mother’s red scarf. If the poor lady ever reads that chapter, I am convinced he will not get to see another birthday.

Coburn is a comedian by trade, and it can be seen in his writing. He has some great phrases. One I loved, that concerned his inability to get a stripper into bed, is “I couldn’t seal the deal with a stripper! That’s like a Kennedy not being able to start a car while he’s drunk”

It is apparent from reading God Is A Woman that life on the road as a stand-up comedian is a strange life. Certainly it is an interesting life, but maybe not one you would want to encourage your children to pursue.

Several of his stories involve people that are well known – not just on the comedy circuit, but also on TV. Drew Carey and Larry the Cable Guy are just a couple of people that get featured.

One aspect that did grab me about Ian Coburn is that he may be very outgoing in his stage persona, but is also an intensely private person. One chapter details an evening spent with the "rich and famous," and it is clear from reading that Ian loves his anonymity.

God Is A Woman is designed as a self-help guide for guys in the dating game. Seeing as I am so old, much of that aspect was beyond me. In my day, you just clubbed them over the head and dragged them back to your cave, and if they didn’t know how to cook Brontosaurus steaks, you kicked them out! I am sure though much of the advice is good; it’s just not applicable to me.

I liked the book for the humor. It is a little raunchy in spots, but very funny. God Is A Woman goes on general sale February 14.

Ian has consented to an interview and, assuming he does not back out if he hates this review, I will be publishing it in a few days.

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  • The stripper / kennedy analogy is actually pretty poor.

  • “How was your blind date?” a college student asked her twenty-one year old roommate.
    “Terrible!” she moaned. “He showed up in his 1932 Rolls-Royce.”
    “Wow! That’s a very expensive car. What’s so bad about that?”
    “He was the original owner.”

  • CC

    A nice review of God is a Woman: Dating Disasters, but I would like to have heard more about the content of the book to get an idea of how the content is presented. [Edited]