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Author: Alan Carr / Format: Paperback / Autobiography: yes / Genre: Arts & Entertainment /Title: Look Who it Is! / ISBN 13: 9780007278237 / ISBN 10: 0007278237 / 352 Pages / Book is published 2009-06-01 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd / Alternative title: Look Who it Is!: My Story / Alternative ISBN 10: 0007278233

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      28.05.2013 11:28

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      Good overall read

      Alan Carr -

      In my opinion he is one of the best comedians/presenters around and I do enjoy watching programmes he is in. He currently hosts Chatty Man on Friday nights but he has done Comic Relief, Friday/Sunday night project, his specstacular shows and live gigs (sometimes shown on channel 4). Hes been nominated and won numerous awards over the years and is definitely one the the top comedians around in the UK.

      The book -

      Alan tell the story well of his childhood. His dad Graham Carr was a football manager for several league clubs including Northampton and Blackpool and so the family moved around the UK as and when his dads job required it. Alan talks candidly about how his dad tries to get him involved in football but ultimately how unsuccessful it was. We also get the story of how his trademark teeth come about, which is a very part of the book and Alan is very good at making fun out of himself for it and how its effected his appearance. Alans journey into being a star is great to read, he talks a lot about the jobs he did beforehand and lets into an insight at the Edinburgh festival (these chapters were my favourite parts of the book), how he met Justin Lee Collins and how he ended up on the Friday night project (seen as his breakthrough show). Its definitely worth a read, he's only a few years older than me and so I can relate to a lot of things he got up to as a teenager. A good light read.

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      06.11.2011 17:31
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      funny, unmissable, takes you on his journey

      A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ABOUT ALAN:
      Alan Carr is a comedian who grew up in Northampton, he is openly gay and is very very camp which most people tend to like about him. He has a tv show on channel 4 called "chatty man" which he brings on celebs to talk about their upcoming stuff and dig out the dirt into their person lives. He first had a TV show with Justin Lee Collins called "The Friday Night Project" which then became "The Sunday Night Project" which was a game and chat show. He struggled as a teenager with being gay but is now a very well respected celebrity for his comedy. He has a comedy DVD out which is called "Alan Carr Tooth Fairy" on which he describes how he looked at a child " Glasses, Braces with the whole head gear and a hearing aid even though I'm not deaf, but I thought I'd get the whole package".
      He is currently touring his new comedy act called "Spexy Beast" which will come out on DVD on 14th November 2011.

      THIS BOOK:
      In this book Alan writes his life down from past to the present. He tells of his struggle growing up but how he writes his story, you forget to feel sad for him and end up laughing along with him. He starts off with his life growing up in Northampton (the town over from me!) and how his father really pushed him to be interested in football just like he is but Alan only rebelled more against this.
      Throughout the book you go on a comical journey with him and learn the struggle of him dealing with his sexuality. He is so light hearted about the subject and as a comedian, i'm sure that's how he processes such memories of his life. I don't want to go into too much detail of the book as I know it will spoil the comedy and laughs you will burst with when reading the book. Look out for the middle pages as there are lots of photos of Alan growing up. He really struggled with his teeth and in the photos you will see why!. Alan carr is a brilliant comedian and this book made me love him even futher.
      COMEDY:
      Alan's comedy sets are mainly about his life or things he's witnessed. I think comedy like that is much more easy to relate to. It takes you on his journey and makes you feel like you know him personally.


      PRICES AND PLACES:
      The book varies from £5-£15.
      Amazon sell it for £4.99.

      Also on Ciao under same username.

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        05.09.2011 11:55

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        A must have for any Alan Carr fan

        I got this book for Christmas as I am a fan of Alan Carr and have really enjoyed reading it. I found the book to be hilarious and interesting, where Alan is honest about many aspects of his life.

        The story starts from Alan's birth, where he talks about his parents and his footballer coach Dad. He also talks throughout the book about his random jobs, going travelling and breaking into the comedy industry. Working at a dog company in administration, acting camp on holidays as a child, and events at the Edinburgh festival are particularly entertaining parts of the book.

        The situations Alan finds himself in are easy to relate to, such as family and work life. The book is written in the way Alan talks, where I can imagine him telling me the story personally as I read it. It is full of Alan Carr style jokes and innuendos which make the book a winner for me.

        The book also features some nice photographs with funny comments from Alan. If you like Alan Carr as much as I do, I would make sure you get this book as I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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        11.11.2010 13:24
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        A fantastic and hilarious autobiography

        I actually bought this book for my boyfriend last Christmas. He isn't a big reader but I thought I would see how he would get on with an autobiography. We have followed Alan Carr from the days of 'The Friday Night Project' with JLC and watched pretty much everything he has done. I am actually an enthusiastic reader; I really enjoy a good book and had never read an autobiography before this one was passed on to me. I'm glad this is the first one I read!!

        This book is a very entertaining read. There are many laugh out loud moments and I related to many of the stories he told throughout the book. It starts with his childhood and his father's quest to turn his son into an aspiring footballer. It has been well documented that Alan Carr's father was a football manager but the book goes into great detail. His childhood stories of his pets such as Big Puss were hilarious and really brought a tear to my eye.

        The book moves on to Alan going through puberty and secondary school. It looks at his struggle with accepting his sexuality and the disappointment at his trademark physical appearance. The photos are a lovely touch and I particularly liked the photo titled, my teeth with me in the background!!

        His move to University in London rang true with my University days... it is true to say you really do meet some characters. As a former Tesco employee, I also really related to the stories he told, most of which have actually happened to me. I really laughed at Alan's varied experience in the world of work after University and found the stories of his travels very interesting. The book then goes on to document his raise to fame.

        This book was fantastic and hilarious and I would recommend this to anyone!! I will definitely be interested in reading any other books Alan releases.

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          23.09.2010 15:55
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          Very funny, Recommended to any fans!

          I am a big big fan of Alan Carr and am always looking out for a DVD or live show of his. Somehow, the fact that he had an autobiography in the shops managed to slip by me until last summer! So when I saw it on offer for £3 in Tesco, I snatched it up!!

          I have only just read this book but thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
          The book is written by Alan Carr himself, making the book more comical than if someone else had written it. He seems to be able to make jokes about every part of his life and does have you giggling along with him.

          He starts by writing about his childhood, how his father forced him into playing for a football team and his years at school. For someone who has watched a lot of Carr's programmes but does not know much about his life, this gives you a whole new perspective of the person that he is.
          He also discusses college and his part-time job in a local Tesco store, as a previous Tesco employee this really made me laugh as everything he describes is so familiar to me!!
          We also learn that Alan travelled for a few years and see him struggle to make it big in showbiz.

          With two sections of photos in the middle of the book, you really learn a lot about Alan Carr through this book and see him as a whole different person, not just the comedian!

          I would definately recommend this to any Alan Carr fans!

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          18.09.2010 21:42
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          A great funny book

          Autobiography

          First of all I have to mention the fun looking cover, made to look like one of those cutouts you stand behind, usually seen on piers, Alan Carr is made to look like a heavy weight lifter! Once this is removed, it shows a respectable photo of Alan against a white background.

          Alan Carr is a brilliant commedian who has appeared on many television shows including his own chat show..... Alan Carr Chatty Man.

          If you have ever watched his Alan Carr The Tooth Fairy either on DVD or live, you will have already had a great insight into this autobiography. As a lot of what he said there, is said in this book.

          It always makes me laugh, the way he descibes himself and it shows he has an amazing sense of humor.
          "Puberty had been unkind. Whereas it had come in the night and left the other boys woth chiselled, stubbly chins and deep masculine voices, I'd been left with a huge pair of knockers and the voice of a pensioner"!!!

          From working in call centres to trying to break into the comedy scene, Alan has worked for it. And it has oobviously paid off!
          We also get a good insight into how he was as a kid and growing up. It also contains 16 pages of personal photos, which I love to nose at before I even start to read.

          I found it so funny, and at times I would have tears rolling down my face with laughter.

          I have the hardback version of this book, it has 301 pages and an RRP of £18.99. It canbe found cheaper on sites such as Amazon and ebay.

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            11.04.2010 14:47
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            Brilliant autobiography!

            Firstly - the funniest autobiography I have read! You can really tell that Alan has thrown his all into this, and you can even relate to his stories of being an outcast or feeling lost in life even if you aren't a 30-odd gay man with glasses and poor dentistry hehe!

            In this book, he comes across as I would have expected - hilarious, heart warming and very candid, leaving no rock unturned!

            It is the story of Alan's life, from his testing relationship with his football manager father, from how he managed to get ''glasses, a head brace and hearing aid.... he wasn't deaf but its nice to have the whole package!'' and moving on to his time working for Tesco supermarket. This book goes into detail about his student life at Middlesex studying drama and his first attempt at stand up in which you really feel for him.

            You really get a sense of who Alan Carr is as a person and why he is the person we see on stage and TV today, which is really inspiring.

            I would personally recommend this book to anyone, even if you aren't a massive Alan Carr fan (I wasn't, i thought he was - dare i say it - 'too camp' but now I embrace that and really learned to love that about his performance... and the fact he is not putting it on!)

            If you want to be laughing from start to finish and from every chapter in between, then this is a brilliant read.

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              14.02.2010 18:33
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              A disappointing read.

              I have to say.... i was slightly disappointed with this book! I am a huge Alan Carr fan - i love his stand up and his tv programmes and so had huge expectations for his book, and sadly i was disappointed.

              This book begins with Alan in his childhood, and i felt that too much time was spent with him telling you about his childhood and his time at university and his time spent working in a call centre. I really wanted to know more about his meeting Justin Lee Collins, the programmes he has made, the celebrities he has met and his stand up comedy. Unfortunately, this only came into the book at the very end and wasnt elaborated on as much as i hoped it would be.

              I wanted a book about Alan Carr the comedian and felt i got a book about Alan Carr the student/telephonist. I wanted to know more about his life now than was included in the book.

              Disappointing effort from the womderful comedian.

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                14.02.2010 18:23
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                A Fantastic Book Talking About The Life Of Alan Carr.

                So I was browsing the books in my local charity shop recently and I spotted the hardback version of 'Look Who it Is' by Alan Carr and as it had a bargain price of just 25p I decided to snap it up (gave them 50p and will be taking the book back this week now I've finished it).

                This book has a very appealing cover to it that's quite comical and shows Alan Carr in a seaside style cut out where you can just put your face in to the hole and sure enough, if you remove the cover from the front of the book you will see an ordinary picture of Alan Carr underneath which just goes to show the kind of sense of humour that he has. The cut out brought back firm memories of visiting Clacton Pier growing up and mucking around on the seafront, a fun memory to start any book with.

                'Look Who It is' is the story of the early years of the life of Alan Carr. The book is written by Alan Carr and talks about his very early years right through until he really started to break through on the comedy circuit and got his television job presenting Friday Night Project with Justin Lee Collins. The book contains 320 pages of medium sized font that is very easy to read (even without my glasses) and flows well throughout the book. There are lots of chapters to the book in which he talks about different events in his life and how he became the person he is today. I won't spoil the book by mentioning too many things that are in it but there are some defining moments in his life and he talks about his father being a famous football manager and his early years at school before he truly realised that he was gay.

                Alan Carr is a very funny person, in my opinion anyway, and this flows well throughout the book with lots of moments that had me laughing out loud and there were times when I could almost hear his voice in my mind or see him doing his funny camp walk or just generally acting a bit silly. His personality really does shine through in this book most of the time and it was very interesting to learn lots of new things about him. There are some moments in the book that some people would find very embarrassing to talk about but Alan holds no qualms in telling you the good and bad sides to his life so far. There are lots of interesting characters and stories featured throughout the book and there was definitely enough action and factual information to prevent the book getting boring in any place. I found that I read the book in just a few short days, partly because of illness and partly because I was enjoying it so much and wanting to get to the next chapter to learn about Alan a little more.

                Some of the parts of the book I had already heard before or there were little funny stories that I had heard him tell during his stand up routines but this only added to how funny I found the book and it was fascinating to hear the full story of something rather than the cut down version you hear sometimes during his jokes. His friends and family feature fairly heavily in the book and this is fantastic as it shows that he is still quite a grounded person and he talks about new friendships he has made along the way including the one he has with Justin Lee Collins and while he does not feature heavily in the book there is a special mention for him at the end which is very nice.

                Overall I found this book to be very enjoyable and while I would happily read it again I will not be keeping this as I want to take it back to a charity shop, like I do with most books, and leave a little space for something a little more adventurous or romantic.

                It was fantastic to learn more about the life of Alan Carr and I found the book to be one that I did not want to put down in a hurry. I would firmly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the comedy circuit or just wants to learn more specifically about Alan Carr as he talks about what it's like trying to make it in the industry and how his luck turned and what made him the person that he is today.

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                  21.01.2010 08:35
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                  A TRULY GREAT READ BY A TRULY FUNNY MAN.

                  'Look Who it is ' is the autobiography of one of Britains best loved modern comedy heroes, Mr Alan Carr. Best known for his partnership with Justin lee Collins on the Friday and Sunday night project. Which was a popular comedy entertainment programme, which invited special celebrity guests to host the show with them. Following on from this show which thrust Alan into the spotlight he has become one of the most recognised faces on British television. I mean how could you not recognise a face like his!!

                  Alan Carr is very camp as Christmas in his whole persona. I personally find this adds to his warmth and charm. I find him hysterically funny and his dvd the tooth fairy was an absolute scream.

                  This Autobiography is also very witty and i was almost able to hear Alans distinct voice telling me this story in my mind. The book starts with Alans childhood, which although somewhat longwinded is indeed sprinkled with deliciously funny anecdotes. One or two of which made me giggle out loud. His relationship with his dad is a constant source of humour. With his dad being a football coach and having such aspirations for his son, who was much more comfortable in a lime green leotard than a football strip.

                  Alan goes on to tell how he was at first the constant source of relentless bullying while at school due to his feminine nature. However he describes how he used his quit wit and acid one liners to turn the bullys on the heels quick smart. He then proceeds to describe his university days in which he was studying drama in London. The way in which he describes some of the weirdos that he had to share digs with is pure comedy genius.

                  Despite gaining a 2.1 in university, Alan found that it wasnt really worth anything and despite applying for numerous positions found himself in a procession of dead end jobs. The main focus being as a call centre operator. Again the flair and wit he has when describing the work mates from hell, that he has had to suffer is a real giggle. From perverts to chronic hypocondriacs. Alan has the genius ability to bring these characters to life, i found i was able to paint a mental picture of these people. Which made the reading experience even more humerous.

                  Alan then goes on to relay how he got started on the comedy circuit, facing horrendous heckling crowds and an attack of memory loss and stage fright which ended with him being pelted with chocolate mini eggs by the unforgiving audience. Some how this just made him more determind than ever to improve and succeed and with a tremendous amount of grit and stamina he gigged and gigged until he began to get a following and his first lucky break as Friday night with jonathan ross audience warm up man.

                  The final stage of his book recalls his catapult into fame with the partnership that he formed with Justin Lee collins on the friday and sunday night project. He is touching when describing the instant connection and admiration they both had for each other. He gives some deliciously bitchy gossip on which guests were fab and which were a bit of a nightmare. This again is very funny as he delivers his one liners like venom from a snake.

                  In conclusion I would say that i truly enjoyed reading this book. It is very comical in parts but also you get to see a vunerable side of Alan. It is interesting to read how he hasnt always been comfortable with his sexuality and struggled for a long time through his adolecence to be more matcho to please his dad. Although on tv he seems so confident there is certainly a more sensitive soul hiding behind this mans smile.

                  I borrowed this book from the library, however i have seen it on sale for about a tenner in Asdas. The book is well presented with a bright cover which has Alan dressed as a muscle man on the front. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read. I love Alan Carr more now than ever.

                  this review is also published on ciao under the name betterbe.

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                    22.12.2009 15:50
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                    Read if you want to know about Alan Carr; not because you want a laugh a minute.

                    Alan Carr has been one of my favourite comedians, and presenters since seeing him on The Friday Night Project. I'm a fan of innuendos and his camp humour so when I saw he had an autobiography out I rushed out to the library so I could read it.

                    It starts off by explaining his life now in the public eye - it tells me what I already know about The Friday Night Project and his partnership with Justin Lee Collins. After this small chapter it delves straight into his life from when he was a baby

                    The first few chapters Alan talks us through his childhood, being born in Weymouth and moving all over the country as his dad, Graham Carr (a professional footballer and football manager) worked everywhere! His Dad made no qualms about saying he wanted Alan to be a footballer, even from in the womb commenting on his "footballer's kicks" - throughout all of these expectations towards Alan (can you imagine him being a footballer?) it's clear they have a strong Father/Son relationship and it's nice to read. His Mum seems witty also, and along with Alan's brother (and several pets) they had a lovely strong family unit and they all got along.

                    Even though Alan Carr now had a programme called "Chatty Man" - back in his school days he was far from chatty, and was very alone and always felt isolated - he put this down to his camp-ness. He hated roaming alone throughout break times, and when he did find friends, they soon "dumped" him off.

                    We then read into his University days, his many "rubbish" jobs and these are the times where he makes his closest friends, it seems to coincide with when Alan begins to accept who he is himself and accepts his sexuality. Contrary to what I thought before I read the book, I believed Alan was an out and proud person, seems he was embarrassed about his sexuality and he wanted so much to be attracted to women, he believes you are born gay, and no amount of staring at other women can turn you straight.

                    Alan then goes travelling which covers a chapter or so - then we reach his point in life where he starts to deal with what we know now, his comedy career and how he came about pursuing this. From his first Open Spot night, to winning the Edinburgh Comedy festival, I got quite an insight into this and never realised how comedians become to be recognised.

                    The book then ends once we reach the point in his life where he joined The Friday Night Project, like with most autobiographies I feel they stop abruptly. Maybe this is as a sequel will be written about his fame (I hope so). All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book. I discovered he is a genuine, down to earth man who doesn't expect the world to fall at his feet, unlike other comedians. I learnt a lot about him, some things where surprising. The book wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, there are a few laugh out loud moments but that's about it, however it was a very good read.

                    The book can be bought off Amazon - Hardcover edition £10.14 and the paperback £4.94 - great value for money!

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                      21.12.2009 20:08

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                      Brilliant a really great book

                      This book is fantastic for once it made me laugh and is written exactly how you would expect Alan Carr to do a comedy sketch I could almost imagine him saying every word. Its was really good to read how he started out and also you can see where he got some of his inspiration from for his sketches. Its was sad to read that Alan had suffered at the hands of bullying but it was good to get an insight into his early days which normally he keeps very private. The only downside is that the book ends when his life finally takes off but on that note I'm hoping there will be a sequel and we can learn about his life after his career took off. It is a brilliant book and highly recommended for any Alan Carr fan but on that note make sure you have a weekend free as you won't want to put it down, Brilliant from start to finish.

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                      25.11.2009 20:56
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                      a must read

                      After months of telling myself I was going to buy this book I finally did! and im so glad that I did. This book is not only a biography of Alan Carr's life but it also gives you a good laugh in some parts. The books talks about from when he was a child/teenager, when he was at uni, the bad times and the good right upto the current point he was at when he wrote it. By reading this book you feel like you know so much about him, he hides nothing, and hes not ashamed to have a laugh at some of the things hes done either. I think that its great that someone is so open about their life whereas some biographys some people only tell you so much, which is understandable but its nice for someone to be different.

                      After watching Alan Carr on TV and watching his tooth fairy live the book was no dissapointment at all.

                      He even has some pictures in there from his childhood up until now.

                      I would say anybody who loves him and has not already read this book buys it! you won't be dissapointed.

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                        Alan Carr's Autobiography!

                        After hearing nothing but the best said about this book I decided to use some of my hard earned amazon vouchers to buy a copy for myself, just to see what all the fuss was about! And boy I am glad I brought this and read it! It is the wonderfully entertaining story of Alan Carrs life right from childhood up until he became the famous face we all know today.
                        I am a massive fan of Alan's anyway and think he is one of the best comedians around at the moment and Im so happy to say his book was not a let down, so if your an Alan Carr fan and want to know a bit more about the events that led up to him being the person and entertainer he is today then this is the book for you!!

                        SO.....

                        What Is The Book About?:
                        Well as its an autobiography it is the story of Alan Carr's life written through his eyes and describing his experiences. In the book he introduces us to his family, his pets and his "harem" of female friends.
                        He also goes into detail about when he first started questioning his sexuality including his first gay experience and why he never actually came out and said "IM GAY" to his family. The whole book is written in the way he actually speaks which makes it even more personal for the reader. It even has his rise to fame when he became the well known and loved comedian he is today with shows such as "Alan Carr Chatty Man" & "The Friday/Sunday Night Project". All in all a fabulous read!

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                        What Did I Think Of The Book?:
                        It was one of the few autobiography's I have read that actually had me laughing out loud at points! Now we all know how funny Alan is when he is talking and on television and this book is writeen in exactly the same style, its almost as if you can hear him actually speaking the words!
                        I though it was incredibly entertaining and a very funny read, a real page turner as I finished it in about a day! So if your a fan of Alan's already or would just like to know a little more about a famous comedian then this is a great book for you! 10/10 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

                        You can get this book pre-owned from amazon.co.uk for £0.01 (not including (P&P) so well worth the pennys you will pay for it!!

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                          19.10.2009 14:23
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                          Alan Carr's book is worth reading

                          This is the autobiography of Alan Carr, the very camp comedian/TV presenter. Alan is only in his thirties, so possibly a bit too young to be writing an autobiography, but I quite like him and it was a present!

                          As he's only been famous for a few years, the vast majority of the book is about his childhood and twenties. Usually, this bores me to tears, I like the famous bit, but I actually quite enjoyed this.

                          Nothing much actually happens, he had a fairly normal childhood, went to uni and had some crappy jobs, went travelling, had another crap job and started to make it as a comedian. There's a few bits and bobs from his first bit of being famous.

                          But it's all told really well and he does have some amusing anecdotes. He's just naturally funny. His tales of his demented childhood cat and life in a call centre did have me chuckling.

                          The photos (bless him!) are also really funny! It's a really easy, light-hearted read and I finished it in about a day. I don't know how much the book cost because it was a present, but I'm sure it's not too expensive.

                          All in all, quite a good read!

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