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Genre: Biography / Author: Michael McIntyre / Edition: First Edition / Hardcover / 304 Pages / Book is published 2010-10-14 by Michael Joseph

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      05.05.2012 22:37

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      Michael McIntyre, comedy in writing as well as on stage

      This book went straight onto my christmas list when it came out and luckily was a present that i received. I already really liked michael mcintyre and wanted to know more about his life story and see if it would be a funny read. When i read it i was not disappointed, it is written very much in michael's style of how he tells stories, there is always a comedy element in them.
      He tells his story from birth until present day, his awkward teenage days which have many a comedy element through to how hard he had to work to get where he is today and that it wasn't easy at all and what surprised me is that not very long before his big success he was on the complete other end of the success scale.
      I will not give away too much of what is in the book, just to say that it is a great easy read and i would highly recommend it if you are a michael mcintyre fan, even if you are not that much it will give a great insight into his life and the hard work he has had to put in to get where he is now.

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      08.11.2011 23:24
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      Fantastic book reflecting on his life, seen the funny side. 5 star!

      I picked this book up at London City Airport and I must say, i don't but books buy books that often, i was so keen to buy this. I am a big fan of Michael McIntyre anyway, i find his stetches hilarious. I love his humour, he always makes fun out of things that are day-to-day and not 'Murdering Prostituteish'.

      In this Autobiography Michael works very well to write in his own words and sense of humour to get his life story accross. He tells us of tales of his birth and how his parents thought they picked up the wrong child because of how 'Chinese' he looks. He takes us through his life journey from birth to the birth of his sister, living in Hampstead, life with his grandparents and much much more. This book is incredibly uplifting and hilarious. Michaeal is very good at expressing his personality through this writing and making the reader want to read more and more.

      I would say that i'm a very slow reader, in fact it took me 2 years to read one of the Harry Potter Books, however, i read this in 2 weeks- i couldn't put it down. It was an amazing read. And infact, i wish to purchase the Audio Book, I've never bought an Audio Book but i feel that he would tell the story brilliantly and would have me in fits of laughter all over again.
      I have specifically not gone into great detail about things that happen in the book, because truely i would feel that that would act as a bit of a spoiler.

      In this book you will share all of the emotions he faced when trying to make it big, no matter how long it took him. And look at him now, he is big and incredible and is very very funny! Go out and buy it immediately! I thoroughly reccomend it and I look forward to reading it all over again!
      I would thoroughly reccomend this book to anyone who truely likes comedy, especially if they are already a McIntyre fan.

      I would definately say that this is the best Autobiography that i have read so far and I have read many!

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      15.10.2011 18:28
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      A great read/listen!

      This is the memoir of the hugely successful comedian Michael McIntyre.

      Now I have a bit of a confession, I started reading this book a while back but I do get distracted when reading books - now this happens with every type of book I read and it can take me some time to get through them. Now with this one did what everybody does with these celeb memoirs - go straight to the pictures in the middle and have a giggle at the childhood photos of Michael McIntyre. Then I actually started to read it and by halfway was really enjoying it, then misplaced it forgot about it etc and finally decided to buy the audio book version. Now I know officially this page is for the book but my review will be a bit of a mix. Listening to the audio version has no effect on the content because it is an unabridged version, so all that is in the book is on the CD and vice verse - well with the exception of the pics in the book but hey you would expect that. One final thing I will say about the audio version that it is nice to hear the man himself actually read his own story as it brings it home more. Anyway now that's out the way is the book/CD'/Story of his life any good???

      In this book we learn about Michael from the very beginning. We start off with a brief family history are introduced to his parents and his Grandma, and then Michael enters the scene at his birth. He hilariously recounts the confusion due to his slightly Asian looks despite his English mother and Canadian father. We then move through his toddler years, to the arrival of his sister who he spends a while trying to actually get rid of out of jealously. Then through school, with stories of his mothers friendship with Kenny Everett (the TV comedian). We also get a look at the painful time of his parents' divorce and his difficult time as a teenager at school. Out of all the characters in the book his rich, eccentric grandmother plays a huge part in his life, not only it seems as a human cash machine, but she is also there to offer her own brand of unique advice.

      I was surprised by his long slog of trying to achieve fame and how it really was a make or break situation in the end. We hear about failed like at university, the meeting and romance to his future wife, and of course his stand up comedy career. The story really ends at when he makes his first Royal Variety appearance which catapults him into mainstream comedy, and after this he explains why he doesn't add his huge recent success in the book. He finished it with a "where are they now" type chapter to tie up the story.

      You will laugh and times and may shed a tear at times, but most of all I think you will be surprised at the crazy life he has led. The life story is peppered with his unique observational humour which only enhances the book. So whether you read it, listen to or do a mix of the two like myself - I highly recommend this to fans and non fans alike.

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      06.08.2011 22:28
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      A humorous look at Michael's life told in an incredibly funny way

      Introduction:

      I must start this review by saying that up until about 6 months ago I didn't like Michael McIntyre. At all. Loathed him in fact as I found him just *too* annoying.

      Fast forward to the beginning of the new series of Britain's Got Talent airing and on discovering that McIntyre was due to be one of the new judges I can honestly say I was disappointed. Once I saw a few episodes of BGT however, I found myself warming to him. Liking him. Finding him VERY funny indeed to the point where I hunted down both of his DVDs to watch and I found myself literally creased with laughter and wondered why I didn't like him before this.. Because of this I wanted to learn more about this incredibly funny man and as I had a family holiday coming up what better way than to read his self penned autobiography?

      Synopsis~

      The book itself starts off in an introductory manner of McIntyre describing how is trying to get into the writing mood by moving his desk and computer around the room for inspiration. This may not sound very exciting I know, but if you are a fan of the man himself you will know that his comedy style is one of animation which incorporates everyday life resulting in side splitting funny comments, and this is demonstrated equally as well in his writing style as it when he is performing on stage.

      The book itself is an autobiography so is written in a very personal and incredibly funny manner. We start off (once Michael has found a comfortable position in his house for actually penning this) with learning about his early life in private nursery and subsequently private schools which were funded by his wealthy Grandmother to whom he was close to whilst growing up. The relationship between his mother and father, and later their respective partners features strongly, and also the book focuses heavily on his bond with his sister who he speaks fondly of throughout - all of this delivered in his funny and distinctive comedic way.

      After we have become familiar with the 'characters' who featured heavily in young Michael's life we move on to the usual teenage strops, hear how he attempted (and failed) to attract the opposite sex, and finally discovering that he was very good at making people laugh and deciding to conquer the world of comedy.

      The book moves on from his growing up and chronicles his crusade to finally crack the comedy world and become taken seriously as a successful stand up..

      My thoughts on the book~

      As mentioned I really wasn't a fan of Michael McIntyre until recently and neither was my husband. Whilst we both enjoy watching stand up comedians performing we never took to McIntyre and turned the TV over whenever he appeared. Whilst reading his struggle to become famous this was reflected heavily in his writing about the disappointment and constant knock backs that he was dealt as he wasn't a *regular comedian* who just told jokes, and I have to admit to feeling ever so slightly guilty that I too had judged him in this way by not giving him the chance whilst on TV.

      I really didn't know what to expect with this book as I don't often read autobiographies as I much prefer 'frothy chick lit' books that I can just unwind and not take too seriously with. This however had me hooked from the first few pages and there wasn't one single chapter - or even paragraph - that I found dull or lacked appeal.

      On starting to read I found the first few pages a little bit difficult to get into as Michael jumps from one thing to another and I feared I may not be able to get into it properly. I needn't have worried though, as soon as I realised he was writing in the same style that he performs in I found the book became a breeze and before I knew it I was half way through on the first night of starting it. What made it more appealing also was the sporadic family photographs that were dotted throughout the book, this made McIntyre's descriptions come alive and it was lovely to put faces to names that he had talked so enthusiastically about.

      The book flows easily throughout it's 25 chapters and at just 367 pages long I found it to be the perfect length though must confess to being disappointed once I had read the last page. I found Michael's writing style to be fluid and each sentenced just flowed making it a very easy and enjoyable read.
      Though this is written by the 'king of comedy' the book is not all fun, laughter and frolics and there are fragments that are very sad and genuinely heartfelt, especially the way in which he talks about his late father and the book brought tears to my eyes on a few occasions as you could sense the rawness in his words.

      The book, for the foremost though, is incredibly funny and very light hearted and I not only thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover but on many nights I was heard laughing out very loudly by my husband as it was just so comical in parts that it had him wondering what on earth was making me giggle so much. He has since started to read it and has remarked at how good it is and how much he too is enjoying it.

      So would I recommend this then? I think you know the answer to this already after reading this as I really haven't got anything negative to say about it. Okay the first few pages had me worried but once I got into the writing style of the book I found it difficult to put down and genuinely felt sad when I got to the end to the point where I will definitely be reading it again in the near future.


      Highly, highly recommended by me and even if you are not a huge fan of the man himself it's worth a read as it is such a good book and may make you look at him differently afterwards when learning of his struggle to 'make it'.

      Fantastic and hugely entertaining.

      £7.99 (I paid just £2.95 inclusive of p&p from ebay for a brand new copy so do look there first)

      (ISBN 978-0-141-04567-2)

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        31.07.2011 21:53

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        A very well written and adorably funny book, a nice easy read.

        Michael McIntyre Life and laughing

        The first autobiography I have read and what a read! it is a classic laugh out loud, its written as if he is on stage with his floppy hair and flamboyant persona speaking to you, every sentence you can imagine him cracking as a joke in turn making you cry with laughter.

        The book does simply follow his life chronologically, details of the Courting his now wife, trials and tribulations of spending his teens in a broken home, the death of his father and his crazy rich Grandmother.

        At one point he meets a drug dealer in Edinburgh with a tattoo of Scotland on his face and smokes his first spliff... Imagine Michael high... this got a few snorting laughs from me.

        A very well written and adorable book, you cant help but feel happy for the success Michael has achieved by the end of the book.

        A highly recommended bed time read :)

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        03.07.2011 22:47
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        Great book and light reading

        I've been going through a bit of a rough patch, and there is nothing I find more uplifting than reading. Whilst browsing at a local book shop, I noticed this paperback book, Life and Laughing, for a bargain price of £4.50, and thought it would bring a bit of laughter. I wasn't wrong.

        I am not a huge Michael McIntyre fan, but I do like reading biographies, and have seen him on stage on a few occasions, all be it on the tv. The book is bursting with his life story so far.

        Close on 400 pages of it.It is crammed with everything from his humble beginnings. How one early show had only one paying guest and how he had to turn it all around.

        It covers how he was so much in debt, yet was expected to go on stage and make others laugh. The pressure the guy must have been under was immense. However the character of the man shone through.

        He could laugh about almost anything, even the day he scattered his Dad's ashes. The Dad who sadly passed away when Michael was only 17, and incidentally was a writer on The Kenny Everitt Show. Obviously humour is in the genes.

        It covers his school life and how he went to a private school. How his Father business collapsed along with the marriage to his Mother.

        The section I found most moving was how he met his lovely wife. How the minute he set eyes on her he knew Kitty was the one for him. How she had stood by him in tough times. Not forgetting that even as late as 2005, he had not got a bean to his name. In fact he was upto his eyes in debt. It wasn't until he changed agents, that his career started to improve.

        On many occasions I was given strange looks by family members, as I burst out laughing at sections in the book. Many of which he'd touched on before on TV, but this time was more detailed and appeared more personally aimed at me. He has such a great way of doing that in this book.

        I would highly recommend this book. A great holiday read. Real rags to riches.

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          29.06.2011 20:11
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          A great read - both funny, cleverly constructed and unique!

          Despite previously not being a hugh Mcintyre fan, this book has undoubtedly converted me! From the very first page in the book a smirk had canvased my face! He provides his life story in a unique and clever manner, managing to combine elements of his TV personality(that so often graces screens across the country) with a very close, intimate conversation with the reader. The story is told EXACTLY in his manner - you can almost see him bounding across the pages as he does on stage, floppy hair and all! At times though the reader gets a real sense of sympathy and sadness for Michael too as he notes sadder events that he became affected by like his parents divorce. Soon enough however, he is back with the witty annecdotes and energy that so many people have come to love about this man!
          I simply cannot recommend this book enough, an existing fan of Mcintyre's or not! You will be creasing up almost instantly and the way in which it has been written almost makes you feel like you know him and that what he is telling you is only for you to read! I would find myself confronted by my children or husband regularly asking why my laughter could be heard throughout the house and just found it too difficult to explain! This truly is a brilliant read and I am sure that you too will enjoy this, all 304 pages of it!

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            22.06.2011 16:17
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            An interesting insight into the world of Stand Up and Michael's journey

            He's a comedian that seems to really split opinion between those that love him and those that can't particularly stand him. For me I do enjoy his stand up, however I have to be in the right mood for it, as at times his energy can be a little much. So when I was given a copy of his autobiography for Christmas I was quite keen to get to know the man behind the screen portrayal. I didn't really know what to expect from his autobiography, however the result was an interesting, open and rather frank insight into who he is and how it all happened for him, tinged of course with rather large helpings of his unique humour.

            Easy Reading

            Unlike a lot of autobiographies he doesn't focus on the time since he became famous, infact it only really features within a couple of paragraphs. Instead he focuses on his childhood and what he did in order to find fame. It makes for a rather fresh approach compared to other autobiographies. He talks quite candidly about his father and the affect his parents divorce had on him. Even when he discusses his mother's friendship with Kenny Everett he does so with a very open and fresh approach like the famous people his parents knew were just ordinary members of the pubic.

            There is no arrogance in his approach and he seems very humble about what can certainly be considered to be a privileged upbringing. His writing style is very informal and McIntyre treats the whole book like a conversation. Within his writing style you can almost hear his voice and mannerisms within the context and style, I found that this made it a very easy book to read and with the addition of the obligatory photo sections the book follows a pretty simple, tried and tested format.

            A Great Insight

            In previous autobiographies of TV personalities I've read they often come across as being more interested in the places and people they've met since they became a celebrity. In this book however McIntyre goes into detail about his failed attempts with the opposite sex, the debt concerns he had and the struggle to break away from the large UK comedy chains. He doesn't however go into great depths about his tours and the road shows and should that be what your looking for then this wont be for you.

            Instead I feel that if you are genuinely interested in where he came from and the inspiration for his routines then this will give you a far better idea. Within his writing Michael puts the reader at ease and portrays an off-screen persona that is a million miles removed from the Michael McIntyre we see confidently bouncing around the stage. I found this to be quite a refreshing approach and really made the book a whole lot more enjoyable.

            Funny??

            Considering this is the autobiography of a stand up comedian it would be a major disadvantage had it not been. There are jokes and comical passages sprinkled throughout the book and it would be fair to say that McIntyre keeps the pace of his story moving with the inclusion of some very amusing passages. He keeps the balance right though and the mixture between comedy and straightforward story are about right making it an entertaining, yet particularly insightful read.

            Worth Reading?

            If you like Michael McIntyre then I would say without doubt it is a must read, although I do think if your looking to find out more about his celebrity lifestyle then this isn't the book for you. As someone who enjoys his stand up but can find him a bit hit and miss, I did really enjoy the book and found it to be a very fresh and insightful read into his background and what made him the way he is. It's a well written, interesting and entertaining read that had it not been bought for me I might have missed, however I'm glad I didn't and would happily recommend it to anyone.

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              12.06.2011 16:19
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              Meet the man behind the man drawer!

              Everybody loves a good laugh, and Michael McIntyre is a national treasure. Also, everybody seems to love a good 'celeb' autobiography - these days you only need be in the spotlight for a few months before your rags-to-riches life story adorns every bookshop's shelves. That's why, when I realised that Michael McIntyre hadn't released a story of his life until 'Life and Laughing' was published in October 2010 (with the paperback version coming out at the end of March 2011) I was very surprised...and keen to read it!

              This book tells the story of Michael's life, from his birth, right up until he found fame, and with a brief commentary on what has happened since. It has been a life of laughs and love, trials and tribulations, ups and downs, and this book has shown the public a side to Michael which very rarely gets seen.

              Being an autobiography, it is written by Michael McIntyre himself, which is very obvious from the style of writing. It is written exactly like he talks, and often I could even visualise him saying the words! He hasn't tried to be fancy or a flouncy well-practised writer, with an extraordinary vocabulary and meticulous grammar, the story edited to within an inch of its life. No; he has managed to put down on paper, quite simply, himself. It is a very honest account, and it's clear that the words have come straight from his mouth - no ghostwriter in sight!

              Michael is a comedian - his job is to make people laugh, and by all accounts it isn't forced or put on, he is a naturally funny person. This really comes across in his book, as it's very funny and there are jokes on each and every page. I'm not one for laughing out loud at books, but one of Michael's talents is that he turns ordinary, everyday events into hilarious moments, in a way that just captures life - he does this both on stage and in the book, and it really had me giggling several times at the things he says.

              Of course, if you're not a fan of Michael McIntyre or his comedy, firstly what is wrong with you?! And secondly (and more seriously) this book may not be for you as it just oozes with his comedy style.

              Once Michael finds his passion for comedy, he gives several examples of his scripts and jokes, to give the reader an idea of the types of material he was coming up with at the time. This is a nice touch, which takes us from simply reading about his life to actively getting involved in it. The reader goes from being an onlooker to an active participant, a member of his audience.

              However, before he even gets that far, in the first half of the book he uses some of his jokes to describe events - jokes which he has performed on stage. This only happened two or three times, but as I was reading I was sure I already knew the rest of what he was going to say...until I realised I'd seen him perform them on TV. This isn't a problem and of course he's allowed to pepper his work with his own comedy material, but in a way I felt a bit cheated. Couldn't he have described those events in his own, honest, factual words, rather than lifting them from a performance and making the events into a show? Perhaps I'm being picky, but I thought it was worth mentioning...

              As a rough estimate, I would say that the first third of the book is dedicated to Michael's life as a youngster, and there's a lot to do with members of his family and what they get up to. By the sounds of it they too led very interesting lives, and without doubt it impacted on Michael and the way he grew up and began to see the world, but maybe it would have been nice to have more of his childhood memories. How did he spend his Sunday afternoons? What did he think of his teachers? Did he ever hide his peas under some other food? His family obviously meant the world to him and played and essential part of his life, but he did devote a large portion of this book to them. It should be his story, not theirs.

              Furthermore, the third quarter (or so) talks a lot of Michael's struggle to succeed in the comedy world, and of his efforts at the Comedy Store and Jongleurs. I found that this part was - dare I say it - a little boring? It seemed to drag on a bit, but you could argue that this is a good thing. From what Michael says, it is an incredibly difficult thing to succeed in comedy and very few make it to real stardom, so perhaps this section drove home this point. His life was routine and unexciting, dragging on from day to day, and this is reflected in this part of the book. Hmm...maybe it isn't such a bad thing after all, but is actually a very clever, well thought out writing tool!

              I did get the impression on several occasions that Michael McIntyre was exaggerating some events. He's a funny man, and I know that his job is to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, but on occasions I felt he took things too far. I wanted to read about his life and what actually happened, not what could have happened if everyone was exuberant and everything was exaggerated. Again, this didn't happen a lot, but when it did I just felt like he was trying too hard and could have just expressed things as they really happened, honestly, without all the show.

              Nevertheless, I feel like I'm picking away at this book and finding faults with it at every turn, and I get the feeling I'm giving you that impression too... However, these are only occasional things I noticed, which only result in me knocking one star off the rating. It really is a very honest, captivating read. I said at the beginning that he hadn't tried to be perfect, he had tried to be himself, and that's why I think I can overlook these minor details. Had the book come across like he was a word-perfect author as well as a fantastic entertainer, I think I would have criticised it for not being personal enough. As it is, it's a remarkable personal account.

              The first half of the book is very jokey - it's a joke a sentence, or just about. It is very funny to read, but at times I just wanted a bit of seriousness. You know those people who laugh at everything and can never take anything seriously? And after a while you just want to shake them and tell them to not make a joke out of every little thing? That's how I felt once or twice through the first half, but by the second half the tone of the writing had changed completely. It was not such funny, laugh-a-minute type reading, but more serious and important. I guess Michael grew up and realised that life can be tough sometimes... This second, more serious half was actually very touching. As I said, the life of a comedian is far from easy, which Michael really manages to convey. He has experienced dejection and rejection, and I found myself feeling very sorry for him. His writing is very honest and conversational, which draws the reader in, so I went on his difficult journey with him. That's a very difficult thing for even the most successful of writers to do, so I commend him on his ability to convey his feelings! Behind all the gags and showmanship, there are some very endearing moments. If you look behind the performance at the man himself, this is a really touching piece of writing which gives insights into the life of Michael McIntyre which I had never guessed would have happened. Onstage, he is the ever-happy, chubby Chinese man when he smiles...but behind that life hasn't always been easy for him.

              I should warn you that there is some occasional swearing, which I felt was a bit unnecessary. In fact, it shocked me a bit at first, as I haven't seen him swear on stage, so I didn't think such profanities could escape from such a nice, posh man's lips! They are few and far between (well, maybe quite common when he tells of his wife going into labour!), but I got used to it. However, I'm not sure I'd be happy about youngsters reading it...perhaps you could censor it when you read it, by blacking out the rude words first, before you give it to your children to read! :P

              Also included at intervals in this book are pages of photos from throughout Michael's life, right from one of the first pictures ever taken of him, right until the moment he stood on stage under the spotlight in front of a packed Wembley Stadium. I love the photo parts of autobiographies - in this case there aren't too many pictures, but just enough to illustrate and document his life so far.

              Overall, despite what it may seem, I actually really enjoyed Michael McIntyre's autobiography. I am a huge fan of his, so enjoyed finding out how he made it to where he is today. It may not be perfect (which could lead me to believe that it had been put together pretty swiftly - if they had taken more time over the book's production maybe more of those little niggles could have been ironed out) but it's a really open account and I thank Michael for being so honest. If you are also a fan of his, I would recommend you read this as it won't take long to read (it's only 384 pages long) but will show you the man beneath the bouffant hair.

              At the time of writing, you can purchase a hardback copy for £10, a paperback copy for £4.49, or a Kindle copy for £3.99, all from Amazon. Audiobook versions are also available from Amazon at around the £10 mark.

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                Michesl McIntyre's journey to becoming a successful comedian

                I have always enjoyed watching Michael McIntyre perform; he is just so funny and has such a good stage presence. I find myself literally nearly wetting myself with laughter when I watch him and so when I saw that he had a book out, I was quite keen to read it. However as I don't like hardback books, I waited until it was finally released into paperback and then when I went into Waterstones I bought it whilst they had the offer whereby if I spent over £10 I would get his book for the reduced rate of £4.49.

                Michael McIntyre is an English comedian who has been working his way up from small gigs and being paid literally pennies or has he actually even says in his book nothing as some gigs cost him more to get to than what he was being paid. However he stuck it out and is now a firm favourite on the comedy scene and I have to say he is my personal favourite comedian hands down. I do love Joe Pasquale too but, these are two very different styles of comedian altogether!
                The book is simply called 'Life and laughing, my story' and is aptly named really for a comedian, don't you think? A picture of Michael smiling and dressed in a suit is the simple but effective front cover. It is how the audience know him as this is how he always performs in a smart suit!


                The book:
                I have to admit, I don't read any celebrity autobiographies but, this one I simply had to because not only was it somebody who brings joy to my world in the amount he makes me laugh during his performances but, I was keen to learn how he had got himself where he is today. So many maybe assume a comedian does little work and just tells jokes but, from the blurb on the back it seemed this was not the case and he struggled for some time to make it big.
                The book begins with Michael telling the story of him growing up and this was rather interesting as he is a character that in one way is so down to earth and yet really had quite a well upbringing until later on when his father could no longer afford his private school fees although Michael says how he was in fact quite happy about changing schools! He tells of his struggle to reach where he is now and how many obstacles there was and money was so tight that he couldn't afford bills and considered giving it all up. He tells of how he eventually made it where he is today and how he eventually got his big break.
                Also included in the book is a selection of family photographs, which are spread out through the book. I like seeing things like this autobiographies as I feel they really help tell the story; a picture says a thousand words as the saying goes eh?



                Price:
                As mentioned I paid £4.49 for this book in Waterstones as I spent over £10 I got it at the reduced rate from the RRP of £6.99. I feel this was a bargain because not only is it a good length but, it was a book I really wanted and if I'd had to I would have paid full price anyway so to get it reduced from the RRP is always a bonus! I know Tesco also have it on their two books for £8 promotion still so you can even pick it up slightly cheaper than I did.


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                I loved reading this book! It was a combination of things really but, I think what made it so enjoyable is that as he is telling his life story he really throws in lots of humour. I found myself laughing out loud many times and also I think it obviously helped that I was interested to begin with and I know this means a lot of people wouldn't even want to read it. For example, I wouldn't even read Russell Brands autobiography as I can't stand him but, to somebody else, that may be of interest. So I am well aware that of course some will not want to even pick this book up in the first place but, if you do enjoy listening to Michael McIntyre perform, then this book is almost just an extension of his performances but, is actually his life!
                What I also liked was that you could tell he had written this himself as even as he was talking in the book, you could imagine him shaking his hair and see him actually talking in his posh voice and even the simple things became funny just by the way he expressed them. I almost felt at some points it was just any other fiction book I was reading and then would remember that actually it is all a real life story! The book was funny, interesting and very enjoyable in my eyes and of course I will be recommending it because of all these reasons. Of course, I understand if you're not a fan then you probably won't bother but, honestly, it was definitely an enjoyable and entertaining read for me and I can't fault it in any way.

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                  16.04.2011 04:11
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                  A charming little book

                  Michael McIntyre is a funny man, this comes across when he is onstage, what also comes across is that he is pretty inoffensive, in many ways you could almost consider him a bland, slightly flacid alternative to more in your face UK comedy acts.

                  This book is a great introduction to the man and does give you much more understanding of him as a man, his values and his work ethic, which is pretty strong.

                  The book is 304 pages long and hardback or paperback, it is available in all decent bookstores, most supermarkets and also on Amazon or Play.com. I got a copy in my local Oxfam for £1.99 but the paperback version is now only £4.99 on Amazon.

                  I really enjoyed this book, because he isn't a stage school kid, or somebody who just got lucky, he's a guy who had to move from private to public school, got into a lot of debt, worked the Edinburgh festival when he only sold one ticket and obviously had a lot of doubts and insecurities.

                  Sometimes you see other comedians mock him for being safe and mainstream, but his writing has humour and humility without having to resort to nastiness, he is self-effacing and his spirit and humour grow on you, I like him more having read this book than I did beforehand.

                  The book mixes humour, of growing up with Hungarian ancestry and a very funny Hungarian Grandmother, through discovering the opposite sex (And how complicated they can be), through to trying to get a break, he has worked his nuts off to get where he is and after reading this you won't begrudge him his success.

                  The writing is humorous and touching, it is really emotive and personable and I thoroughly enjoyed it, ok it isn't the whole life of somebody and is a little bit of a cash-in, but it tells a really interesting and motivating tale which is well worth checking out.

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                    16.02.2011 11:00
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                    A great read with laughs and tears

                    I used to read loads....but then I had kids and somehow I seem to have stopped. Partly due to lack of time, partly due to my brain cells having got up and left during pregnancy and never returned but mainly because I'm now out the habit. Now and again however I do remember to pick up a book and once in a while I even manage to finish it. And so having done this with Michael McIntyre Life & Laughing I thought I would share my thoughts.

                    I was bought this book for my Christmas by my husband. I am a bit of a Michael McIntyre fan (although he is everywhere now and it is a bit of overkill) and he thought I might find it interesting (and it was half price when he was in a shop buying his Xbox magazine bless him!). The RRP on the cover of the book is £20 but it is easy to pick it up half price.

                    So the info bit - Michael McIntyre is a comedian who does stories about everyday life - hoovering, the spice cupboard, the man drawer - things we all do, have or know about. He is a young family man and has 2 kids who are roughly the same age as mine so many of his children based stories really strike a chord with me. He is frequently on tv including his Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo. This book basically is him telling us the story of his family, his life and his path to becoming famous. It is 295 pages long and contains the usual sections of photographs to add to the story.

                    I had heard that Michael had a link with Kenny Everett and being of a certain age, Kenny was huge when I was a kid so I was intrigued to see what this link was about. That give me the spure to actually start reading the book and I am glad I did.

                    The book is written in a nice, relaxed, flowing style. It was always interesting enough to make me want to read a little more but not so involved that I had forgotten what had just happened when there was a few days gap between picking the book up. Michaels life has certainly has its ups and downs and he takes you through these in a style which does resemble his stand up style - quite sharp and witty without being offensive or too taxing.

                    Michael has also avoided doing a few things which have annoyed me when reading other comedians books. This book doesn't contain big chunks of stand up material (Frankie Boyle was dreadful for doing this). I love watching comedians and regularly go to live shows but reading someones routines written in a book bores me to tears - thankfully I did not have to endure much more than the odd line or small paragraph with this book, and when they were used they added to the particular story being so Ill let him off. He also only takes the reader up to when he becomes famous, admitting that the famous bit would be like a CV and too boring for the reader. I agree and felt he stopped at exactly the right point.

                    I did find myself giggling now and again whilst reading the book. I did not find it belly laugh funny but then it is about his life and so you would not necessarily expect that. It was certainly amusing in parts but also very heartfelt in others. I'll admit I did get very emotion at one bit about his dad and shed a fair few tears. And, I did find out the link with Kenny Everett!!

                    Overall, I enjoyed this book. I probably would not have bought it myself (certainly not at full price) but being a Michael McIntyre fan I was more than happy to receive it as a gift and enjoyed reading it. I do think you would need to be a fan to enjoy it and I know not everyone is a fan! I have given the book 4 stars - it did what I thought it should do and entertained me from beginning to end but it was just missed something which I can't quite put my finger on which would have made it an excellent book.

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                      15.02.2011 20:26
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                      Michael McIntyres life story but with a witty twist!

                      I got this book for Christmas and was so caught up in it, I was finished by New Year. The book is witty and captivating from the very start.
                      As a fan of Michael McIntyre stand up I was looking forward to reading his life story and how he got to become a household name. What I hadn't expected is how much of an emotional struggle it was.
                      Just like any autobiography you are invited to read about the important stages in Michaels life, but in his own clever and funny way you feel as though you are part of the tales. Every situation from his first days at a new school to the first time on stage you feel as though you are watching it through Michael.
                      The story itself is a happy one at the end, but I found myself becoming more and more endeared with the comedian. As a famous and brilliant stand up, one would presume it comes naturally and it does in some ways, but it wasn't always that way.
                      I would recommend this to anybody who is a fan of comedy, autobiographies, stand up or are just looking for a light hearted way to pass some time. Would make a great gift for anyone with a sense of humour and ag reat holiday read too. A must for anyone young or old. The perfect read!

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                        A fantastic book telling of the bad times and the good times

                        I got a bit confused on Christmas Day when loads of people bought me Michael MyIntyre merchandise!? I love him, yeah, but I honestly never knew I spoke about him as much as I did! Oops!

                        Michael McIntyre is a fantastic comedian, normally found on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow or Live at The Apollo. He is an observational comedian, so he is able to appeal to everyone, as everyone has some experience of what he is talking about...

                        This book clearly tells the story of Michael's life from being a small child, up until the present day, outlining his struggles to get 'big' in the comedy industry and the inspiring story of how he overcame these difficulties. All the while, he re-tells the story with his usual comedy and wit.

                        My famourite part of the story is when he tells the story of how he got his first gig and the Comedy Store, "My name was in lights! My name... in lights!... Well, almost my name- they had spelt is Michael Macintire, but still... in lights!" Really had me laughing.

                        You learn a lot about Michael's 2 families through the book, his struggles that he faced becoming a comedian, which suprises me as he is so successful now, I almost assumed he woke up one morning and said, "I'll be a comedian!" and made it...

                        An inspirational story for us all, told in an exceptionally humourous way!

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                        A brilliant book

                        This is a review of the 2010 book 'Life and Laughing' by comedian Michael McIntyre. I enjoy watching him whenever he is on TV and picked up his book at christmas time. The back cover of the dust jacket sold the book to me: a baby picture of Michael looking quite foreign and the words 'A midwife asked my mother if my father was Chinese or Japanese. My grandparents thought my parents took home the wrong baby. Questions were asked about my mother's fidelity. My father beat up our local dry cleaner Mr Wu.'

                        From this point on I was already laughing. From the first chapter Michael explains his birth story <he's only two years older than me (making him 34), I was surprised about this>. Interspersed throughout are funny jokes which had me chuckling throughout, like why is everyone obsessed about babies birth weights??

                        Michael does a good job explaining the family tree in the first couple of chapters. His parents separated and remarried so Michael considers himself to have four parents plus a slightly wacky grandmother, plus his mother's friendship with Kenny Everitt; his school friends think Kenny is his dad until his real dad turned up on school sports day and embarrassed himself coming last in the dads race.

                        My favourite bit of the book is hard to name as I enjoyed so much of it. But it could possibly be that as a student Michael got money by playing his grandmother at scrabble for a crisp £50 note every time. His grandma paid up every time, win or lose!

                        There are some fab photos in the book ~ three sets in fact and they depict some of the content of the book. Michael's mother is stunning and her photos are gorgeous. His cars, sister, wife and teen years are all represented and add a great complementary factor to the book.

                        What surprised me in the book is how much of a struggle it's been for Michael up until the last three years. I just thought he was a posh bloke with a privileged upbringing and that it was easy for him to break into the circuit with all his parent's famous friends and connections but as it happens, it's not been like that and he has had to work and live close to poverty to achieve his dream.

                        In conclusion this book was a great read, it cheered me up and was brutally honest throughout. Michael is very self depreciating and gains your support as the book progresses. He skips all the actual fame bit at the end, writing it off as boring and goes into great detail about his teenage years and his quest to land a girlfriend (stalking being one trait) and eventually a wife too. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Michael's jokes on TV or tour.

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