That Is Priceless (Paperback)

Art's Greatest Masterpieces... Made Slightly Funnier

By Steve Melcher

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9781449402488, 192pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2011

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Thirty-two million Americans consider themselves artists, and nearly 100 million consider themselves art lovers. They--along with anyone else who enjoys a good laugh--will appreciate the edgy blend of art, comedy, and pop culture inside comedian Steve Melcher's popular blog-turned-book, That Is Priceless: Art's Greatest Masterpieces . . . Made Slightly Funnier.

It all started when Melcher stumbled upon a postcard in a museum gift shop for Peter Paul Rubens's The Finding of Erichthonius. Inspiration struck, and Melcher scrambled for a Post-it note and scribbled down what he thought was a more appropriate title: Worst Secret Santa Gift Ever. And with that, That Is Priceless was born. More than 150 images are gathered inside the book's full-color pages--from Courbet's The Desperate Man reimagined as Johnny Depp Realizing He Left the Oven On to Degas's Portrait of the Artist James Tissot retitled as Portrait of the Artist in Mom Jeans.

Part art history, part parody, and entirely laugh-out-loud funny, That Is Priceless gives musty old paintings a 21st-century pop culture face-lift, enlivening the artist's canvas with playful comic irreverence. 

About the Author

Steve Melcher is a two-time Emmy Award-winning TV writer and producer. He currently writes for Showtime's critically acclaimed "Penn & Teller's Bullshit!" He has written for such shows as "The Dennis Miller Show, The Late Show with David Letterman," and "Saturday Night Live." He lives with his family in Los Angeles.