Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined

Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined is a 1997 book written by Drew Carey.

In a preface to the novel, Carey claims that he wrote every word of the book himself - he didn't use a ghost writer (although as he says, "it probably would have been easier").


The book is divided into three sections, which are referred to in the title. All of the chapters within the first two sections (save for 101 Big-Dick Jokes, which "would be redundant") are preceded by a dirty joke Carey has heard over the years. He also delves into his personal life, revealing that he was sexually abused as a child, and attempted suicide in the past.

Dirty Jokes

The first section deals with Drew's views on various topics, such as being at airports (he writes that he likes to ride around in the carts to make people move out of his way) and the difference between Las Vegas and Atlantic City (Drew prefers Las Vegas, as he sees Atlantic City as being filled with retired people shuffling around, playing nickel slot machines). The section ends with 101 Big Dick Jokes.


This section of the book contains the autobiographical stories. Drew briefly discusses his upbringing and his time with the United States Marines, as well as his experiences working on his show. In this section, he also includes reviews about his show, both positive and negative, as well as some of the notes he received from network censors about the show's content.

Stories of the Unrefined

This section contains five short stories that Drew wrote for the book. He describes these stories as being 'Drew in The Twilight Zone', where he takes some elements from his life and changes them into fictional stories where he is the main protagonist of the stories. These short stories are not preceded by dirty jokes.

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