If you want to drop names of famous thinkers, without coming across as ignorant, check out the For Beginners series.
The most intimidating philosophers are decoded in these irreverential non-fiction graphic novels. Foucault, Lacan, Descarte, Derrida, and Ayn Rand are some thinkers that feature in these books.
Some noteworthy titles:
Relativity and Quantum Physics For Beginners: An entertaining, yet understandable look at the bizarre scientific concepts of the 20th century.
Existentialism For Beginners: A fun look at the philosophies of thinkers such as Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky.
Chomsky for Beginners: Not only does this title demystify his theory of Linguistics, it also has an ‘easy to follow’ interview with Chomsky.