- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (14 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718155815
- ISBN-13: 978-0718155810
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (691 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second that sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking fifty-four date Arena tour.
But how did he get there?
Michael reveals all in his remarkably honest and hilarious autobiography Life and Laughing. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour. Michael’s story is riveting, poignant, romantic and above all very, very funny.
About the Author
Michael McIntyre is a stand-up comedian who in 2009 sold out a record six nights at Wembley Arena and four nights at London's O2. He was born in South London in 1976. His parents were both in show business. His Hungarian mother was a dancer and his Canadian father co-wrote The Kenny Everett Television Show. He lives in North London with his wife Kitty and their sons Lucas and Oscar. This is his first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's also really interesting to read about his childhood and having a broken home, despite still having very loving parents, and a rich foreign grandmother who would insist that "KERRITZ" was a word in Scrabble (Kerritz.... carrots, of course!).
It also details his less than successful love and sex life (without being crude), up to meeting who would become his future wife, and how hard he fought to make her love him back.
A fantastic book, definitely give it a read!!
What I really liked about this book is that I got to have a glimpse of his background and understand where his humour comes from. It has just made me more interested in what he will be doing next. (Please be aware when reading this book abroad that fellow holidaymakers may become alarmed at your frequent laughing outbursts...) Great book- buy it.
instant fame bunnies would have fallen at the wayside.In this book he leaves a breadcrumb trail to any aspiring comic of just how much graft and personal loss it takes just to get noticed and in turn delievers alongside the likes of Logan Murray,one of the best books on Standup that is out there. As to the audio book, McIntyre could have just taken the money and delievered a monatone read instead with brillant gusto he delievers a hilarious voiceover, peppered with adlibs. To the point you actually at times feel your having a one to one with a very funny and charming friend.....I raise my glass to you Sir.
Great characterisation; the blonde bombshell teenage mum, the Patrick Swazye step-dad and the mad Zsa-Zsa Gabor Granny.
But difficult for him to create any suspense, as of course we all know the ending, he does eventually become famous (and how!) and he does indeed get the girl, despite her fickle absorption with "it's complicated" guy. The only cliff hanger was "who does Granny leave her money to?". I soldiered on with anticipation only to be denied the denouement. Michael never tells us, damm it! Was it saucy Marta, the Polish cleaner?
The only jarring note for me was Michael's complusion to explain the simplest things to his audience. On page 173 he explains the University clearing process in tortuous detail.Oh dear. Later, on page 273 he actually explains what an epidural is. Er, at least half of his readers will have children and the other half will have watched Holby City, so I think they all know. Okay we haven't all been to Merchant Taylors' but how stupid does he think we are?
That aside, all his anecdotes are very funny and as charming as the man himself. What did come as a surprise is the amount of material he unexplicably chose to by-pass.
For example, it transpires his father in-law is dishy heart-throb Simon Ward!! Yes, Simon Ward!! At primary school I had a bit of a girlie crush on him in "All Creatures Great and Small". Well, I perked up there and waited for some fun showbiz stories! Hang on a minute, doesn't that make his sister-in-law the stunning Sophie Ward? And his mother-in-law is a Jungian Analyst, they specialise in dream therapy!Read more ›
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Not the best wrapping for long distance mail, but ok, even a slight damage.Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
I've downloaded most of the top autobiographies by the best known comedians and if I'm honest have been slightly disappointed and sometimes bored, but this was fantastic! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Central Mobility
An interesting account of the star-studded upbringing of one of our favourite performers and his struggle for recognition as a stand-up comic. Read morePublished 6 days ago by mandmkate
Really enjoyed this book, quite a few laughs that were kept in context rather than just there for the sake of it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Barbara, Durham
Excellent. This book is hilariously funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 9 days ago by jamala37
This book had both my husband and I crying with laughter. I truly didn't want the book to end. Enjoy!Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer