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Why We Suck
Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid
Author Denis Leary
Language English
Media type Print, Audiobook

Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid is a 2008 book written by actor and comedian Denis Leary.


Leary is credited on the book cover as "Dr. Denis Leary", a reference to a joke from his 1993 stand-up special, No Cure for Cancer. During the show he mentions he wants to write a self-help book entitled "Shut the Fuck Up, by Dr. Denis Leary", with the "advice" being telling the people seeking help the one thing no one has ever told them to do ("shut the fuck up"), which he believes would help people more than actual advice.

Leary also uses the "Doctor" title because of an honorary doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College.[1] "Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing-they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary jokes. "But it's legal and it means I get to say I'm a doctor-just like Dr. Phil!"[2] In the book, he refers to Dr. Phil as Dr. Full.[3]

The book reached #7 on the New York Times Best Sellers list in December, 2008.[4]


  1. ^ Fee, Gayle; Raposa, Laura (May 17, 2005). "INSIDE TRACK; Leary heats up Emerson graduation". Boston, Mass.: Boston Herald. p. News,22. Retrieved . And for his big finish Leary thanked the school for the honorary doctorate because Im going to lord it over everyone who works for me (subscription required)
  2. ^ Why We Suck - Dr. Denis Leary (2008) Book Webpage. Penguin.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  3. ^ Why We Suck - Dr. Denis Leary (2008) - Prologue. (Preview). Penguin.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
  4. ^ NYT Bestsellers Hardcover Nonfiction

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