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Can't Stand Up For Sitting Down [Paperback]

Jo Brand
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Book Description

14 April 2011

The Stand-Up while Sitting Down Years...

Jo Brand tells the story of how she crawled to fame and fortune, managed to persuade someone to marry her and had some children at an age when she should have been in a bath chair on the seafront. In this second volume of her memoirs, Jo recounts wild times on the comedy circuit, the attempts to tart her up for the TV screen, running the marathon, rally driving, her numerous, occasionally extremely inebriated, Edinburgh festival appearances, her 'acting' career, and much, much more.

Jo Brand is one of our best-loved comedians, according to a quote she made up. This memoir is full of hard-won wisdom, hilarity and her views on life, laughs, friendships and all the good and bad things in the world. If she was Prime Minister, the country would be in even more of a mess than it is.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755355288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755355280
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Brand is a stand-up comic with many TV and radio shows to her name. She is married with two children and lives in south London.

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Jo Brand continues her extraordinary story in the second volume of her autobiography

About the Author

Jo Brand is a stand-up comic with many TV and radio shows to her name. She is also an acclaimed novelist. She is married with two children and lives in south London.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny 1 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I love Jo Brand - comedian, writer, mum, actor, former psychiatric nurse - the woman's a legend! I am a huge fan of her comedy and it's this area that I'm really interested in. This books goes into loads of detail about how Jo started out in stand up and what she had to go through in order to become the success that she is today. Some of her early bookings sound like they were torture (I had no idea hecklers could be so horrible!) and it was interesting to hear how nervous she was when she first started - something that I don't think comes across in her performances at all. Really fascinating stuff, sprinkled with quite a lot of naughty stories, this is vintage Jo Brand.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy superstar 1 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed Jo's first book and I wanted to hear more about her stand up career so I couldn't wait to read this one. I've nearly finished it and it's fantastic. Jo tells us all about how her she decided to start doing full time stand-up comedy, her memorable gigs - successes and disasters! - going on tv and about her family life too. I loved reading about her early performances, all the celebrities she knows and about how she juggles her home life with her career - a side to Jo that I didn't know about before I read this. All told in the lovely warm style that I so enjoyed in her first book. Brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jo Brand book 1 Mar 2011
By jh101
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I already own "Look Back in Hunger" which was written in a lighthearted way regarding her background, career and life experiences. I expected this book to be more in a similar vein. Not so. Endless pages of which comedy venues she likes / dislikes and why, and similar uninteresting "facts." Found it mind numbingly yawn making and nothing like the former book. Big disappointment.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Fun 4 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I read this over the weekend after having read Jo's first book Look Back In Hunger which I bought in paperback and I SO enjoyed. This hardback looks lovely with some great pictures. I love this book, Jo is so warm and funny and generous, it's like meeting your best friend. In this one she writes about her career as a comic from when she first started on TV on Friday Night Live right up to now including all her touring, and stand up work, television radio, Edinburgh gigs, Getting On, Trinny and Susannah, running the London Marathon, rally driving. Her Ode to the Menopause made me laugh out loud, rather embarrassingly. It's full of amazing anecdotes and insights and she's very open about her family and getting married, friends. I love the story where her daughter asks her 'Are you Jo Brand?' Priceless. If you want some sunshine and laughter in your life then read this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jo brand fan... 6 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought Jo Brand's previous book and found it very hilarious, in my view this one got off to a slow start as it simply describes her career and how it starts although its still interesting. I liked the second half of it better as it meanders through what Jo likes and I found this easier to identify with. I love Jo brand's depreciating style, her desire to protect her children and her sense of humour. Very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 10 Jun 2013
By Lin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Can't Stand Up For Sitting Down

I'm think Jo Brand is funny and clever but I found this book a terrible disappointment. Having enjoyed Look Back in Hunger I was really looking forward to the next volume of her autobiography but I couldn't believe how dull it was. The few interesting bits were buried in a mass of padding and I felt that it should have been a shorter and therefore livelier book. Sorry Jo, but you've waffled on... and on... to the point of tedium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up book 20 May 2011
By pendle
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This is really a good follow up book and covers the next phase of Jo's life. A good read, full of chuckles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I took a few pages to get into this one, but was soon swept along with Jo as ever. I previously read and enjoyed "Look back in hunger" and have equally enjoyed this book.
Recommended, and if you've never read anything of hers before do get this - you will soon want more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read
Published 14 days ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable read
Very enjoyable account of the life/career of a very funny, down-to-earth lady.
Encouraged to see her stand-up performance at next opportunity.
Published 4 months ago by mrpeterlazell
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
For all Jo Brand fans, this book was written with her own style of humour and was fascinating to read. A good follow up to her previous book.
Published 7 months ago by Nanny jan
2.0 out of 5 stars hmm
This was recommended by a friend who has a great sense of humour. He told me he couldn't put the book down and that it was very funny. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars can't put it down
Loved the book and could hear the author actually saying the words as I was reading it. Very funny could understand the sentiment in some parts
Published 7 months ago by Shelley Miles
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
I like(d) Jo Brand but this book is clearly a rushed out, contrived, cash-in. It's mostly a boring list of venues, people she likes and so on without any real substance. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chris Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Cant Stand up for Sitting Down
As you would expect from this funny lady. Rattling good read and not half as profane as I expected. I think she has mellowed from her younger days.
Published 17 months ago by J. RANCE
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
She's so funny and clever, in my opinion. I didn't actually realise when I read the first book that there was a second, so I'm a very happy customer.
Published 19 months ago by MyHeartIsMadeOfPaper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant read! Recommendation!
Overall this a fantastic book to read! A light, interesting and a hilarious read. A great insight to the world of comedy and Jo Brand's life as a comedian. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Julian Bruton
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, funny read
Jo is a very intelligent woman and I loved this well written memoir which is witty and amusing. She's led an interesting life within the comedy world (and certainly outside it as... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J Saunders
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