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The Life Of Lee - Lee Evans
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The Life Of Lee - Lee Evans
Advantages: interesting, funny
Disadvantages: only goes up to aged 18
I LOVE LEE EVANS! Being a love-a-laugh person, Lee Evans is right up my street because he has such an unusual and in a way old-fashioned kind of comedy style. Not only is he a great comedian, but he is also a great physical comedian who never fails to get me into a stitch of laughter.
I recently watched Lee Evans on The Jonathon Ross Show - and what a great laugh he was. He was on the show promoting his new book, and that is the first time that I heard about it.
The book is called: "The Life Of Lee" which I think is a really catchy title. The book was released in October 2011 and so it is very recent. The book was published by Penguin Books. The hardback version of this book is currently available to buy from Play.com for a price of £10.99 which I do think is quite expensive for a book that will be probably selling for less than a fiver in a couple of weeks. However, at the same time, I do think that it is worth the money and would therefore say that it is great value for money.
Once I had heard about this book, I could not wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I love Lee Evans and think that he is a comedy genius. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book; would it be really funny just like Lee or would it be really serious and not like Lee at all. Let's find out shall we...
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It is such a witty and highly entertaining read. I found this book to be 'typical of Lee' - the same words he would use, the same sense of humour.
This book made me laugh out loud and at certain parts I could certainly imagine what he was describing happening. It just made me laugh. So I would definitely say that if you like Lee's sense of humour on stage, then you will definitely like this book as it is exactly the same kind of humour.
I like the way that the book is written - you can tell that the book is in Lee's words and isn't just a 'make sure you mention this and mention that' kind of book. It really does seem like you have sat down with Lee for a cup of tea and a chat. As I was reading the book, I could hear Lee's voice telling me the story in my head. I also liked the way that this book came across as being quite intimate which gave the impression that Lee was only telling you things he would only tell his best friend which I thought was a good writing technique.
Despite being a huge fan of Lee's, surprisingly I didn't know anything about him as person (apart from the funny personal stories he tells us on stage). So to me, Lee has always been somewhat of a mystery - so it was good to be finally able to see what the man behind the 'sweaty little character' on stage was really like.
Because I didn't know anything about Lee, I found this book to be really interesting. I certainly learnt a lot about Lee from this book and I have to say that I was really shocked at some parts of the book as I just hadn't imagined things to be like that for Lee.
For example, I would have imagined Lee to be really popular when he was younger. However, according to this book, he says that he is really shy and hates being around people. The only way he can relax is if he can be 'silly', which I found to be surprising. It is funny how someone so shy can go up on stage in front of thousands of people and do what he does best. He also says that he cannot be himself in front of people and that being around people makes him feel really uncomfortable. If he feels uncomfortable, he has to be silly and funny. I think that that is kind of sweet that he uses his sense of humour and sillyness as a kind of guard to hide behind.
Despite his tough times, I think that it is really interesting how Lee looks on the positive and uses his stories and tough background as comedy material for his shows.
With huge talent like Lee's, I would have thought that his way to the top had been an easy journey. Never would I have believed that he had in fact had a very tough time of it - from being booed off the stage in one venue, to nearly having his car stolen at another venue. This wasn't the only kind of bad times Lee had of it; he used to struggle on stage and no one would laugh at him. He certainly got there in the end though!
I love how Lee comes across in this book - he's really friendly and silly and you just can't dislike him. I like the fact that he is really normal - a really genuine and down to earth guy. What amazes me is the fact that he does not realise how good he is - if you have seen one of his shows, you will know that in between jokes he does get a little bit shy and if the audience clap and cheer he can't believe that it is for him, which I think is sweet. It is also nice that he hasn't let fame go to his head. When reading this book, I kept forgetting that he was a really famous comedian - it felt as though I was reading someone 'normal's' book.
Lee is not only a great comedian. He is actually a great musician (if you have seen one if shows, you will know that it is tradition for him to get up and sing a song at the end - he even plays the piano and guitar). He was also a boxer and even when to art college. He is such a talented guy and can turn his hand to anything.
I also didn't realise that Lee's dad was a performer and Lee started out travelling around with dad and that is where he got the bug for performing which I thought was interesting. I wander what kind of performer his dad was like.
This book is four hundred pages long - sounds a lot, and whilst I would consider myself to be a fast reader - I absolutely flew through this book. I was so intrigued by the story that I just kept on reading and reading, and just could not put the book down. Whenever I had to put the book down, I just kept thinking 'Argh!, when can I stop and read the book again?' I think that if I had had the time, I probably would have read it from beginning to end in one go.
I have read many biographies in my time, however I would have to say that this book is probably one of the best books I have ever read. This book is such an honest and open read - you feel like you know a lot about Lee. By the end of the book I felt as though I was his best friend.
Come to think of it, I am actually really surprised that a book about Lee Evans has never come out sooner. I mean he is a huge star in the UK and has been around for a number of years, from what I remember. So I think that it is odd that he has only just now told everyone his story, after a number of years of being a bit of a mystery.
Despite really loving this book, I would have liked if there had been more about his family (his wife and daughter) and of more recent days rather than just the early, early days. However, I still really enjoyed this book.
I think that an audio CD of this book would be really funny as then you could listen to the CD in the car - also hearing Lee's expressions would make it so funny. So hopefully they will release a CD of the book.
I did hear Lee mention on The Jonathon Ross Show, that he was hoping that this book would do well, he would bring out 'the next part' of the book. So I hope that this book does well, which I am sure will, so that the fans (me included) get to see the 'next part'.
I would definitely recommend this book - not just to Lee's fans, but to everyone. It really is an enjoyable and heart-warming read.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Summary: a great read!
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