By Stewart Sutherland
It used to be that outside of simple joke books, comedy was a medium reserved for TV and radio. A fickle industry, it requires timing, shamelessness and that unique grain of truth to make it believable. To capture these elements and print them in a book is no easy task, but in 2004, the writers and talent of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart added their entry with the successful mock-encyclopaedia America (the Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction. A satirical telling of America’s founding, structuring and possible futures, it stands to reason the best way to top that would be to cover everything else in the next book: Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race.