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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007278233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007278237
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award for Stand-up as well as CityLife Best Newcomer of the Year in 2001, Alan Carr has become one of the hottest comedy stars in Britain. The success of the first series of his own chat show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, in the summer of 2009, led to Channel 4 commissioning umpteen further series' as well as Christmas Specials and his summer and New Year Specstaculars. Now the show is booked to continue into 2014. In September 2013, the 100th episode was aired with A-list guests, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

Alan's hit Channel 4 chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man continues to go from strength-to-strength. Winner of the 2013 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and 2013 British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, and in previous years a clutch of awards from the 2012 National Television Award for Best Talk Show, and the 2012 Loaded LAFTA Award for Best Stand Up and the 2010 TV Choice Awards for Best Entertainment Show. There were also nominations for Best New British Comedy & Best Comedy Entertainment Personality at the 2009 British Comedy Awards. Alan Carr: Chatty Man is now firmly established as one of the nation's favourite entertainment TV shows. NTA's 2012

Guests from past series include: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Vin Diesel, Adele, Grace Jones, Drew Barrymore, Robin Williams, David Walliams, Mariah Carey, Russell Brand, Samuel L Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Bette Midler, Sharon Osbourne, One Direction, Gok Wan and Miranda Hart.

Alan Carr's New Year Specstaculars aired on New Year's Eve 2011, 2012 and 2013 on Channel 4 and his Summer Specstaculars include a Grand National Special in 2013 and 2014. Alan's Specstacular guests have included Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Russell Brand, Jack Whitehall, Abbey Clancy, Mo Farrah.

Alan's BBC Radio 2 show, Going Out with Alan Carr, ran every Saturday ran between 2009-2012 with Alan presenting alongside the lovely Melanie Sykes.

In 2011, Alan travelled the country with his second live tour. Spexy Beast Live was a 33-date arena tour and culminated in the successful DVD of the same name. The DVD of Alan's 2007 stand-up show, Tooth Fairy Live topped the HMV charts and was a Christmas 2007 best-seller. His autobiography Look Who It Is was published in September 2008 by HarperCollins and has become a best-seller.

Alan's inimitable Channel 4 quiz show, Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong, first aired in 2008; and on Red Nose Day 2009 Alan co-presented Comic Relief on BBC One as well as joining the Men's Team for Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, alongside Jonathan Ross, Gerald Ratner, Gok Wan and Jack Dee. His team lost and Alan was fired (or as Alan Sugar put it "I'm doing you a favour").

Son of one-time Northampton Town FC player and later manager, Alan Carr sportingly took on the Arsenal ladies team in 2008 in aid of Comic Relief. He sports some great moves. Watch Alan vs Arsenal Ladies.

Alan has been described as "the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd" (City Life). His formative years were spent working in a supermarket as well as a call centre for lost and stolen credit cards.

In 2002, his Edinburgh Festival show 'Me 'Ead's Spinnin' earned a four star review in Edinburgh bible, The List, as well as the The Daily Telegraph's Critic's Choice. There were no surprises then, in 2003, when 'I Love Alan Carr' was rated a four star show in both the The Scotsman and The Independent, but it was at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 that things really started to happen for our Alan. He earned five star reviews across the board in The Independent, The Scotsman and Three Weeks as well as numerous 'Pick Of The Fringe' accolades. It was here that Alan came to the attention of the Channel 4 bigwigs.

Alan has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world, Melbourne, Montreal's 'Just For Laughs' and Kilkenny as well as touring the length and breadth of Great Britain with his 'Tooth Fairy' and Spexy Beast tours. Alan doesn't just perform for commoners, he has performed for her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance too!

Sharp, sassy material with pitch perfect comic timing The List

Joyous stuff that most of us can relate to without it sounding clichéd, and it is delivered effortlessly by a comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put up a flag ***** The Independent

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‘Carr's comic timing works every bit as well on the page as it does on stage, making this easily the funniest book of the year.’***** HEAT

‘joyous stuff that anyone can relate to.’ Independent

‘…written in a good-hearted, amusing tone but manages nonetheless to be quite candid.’ Sunday Express

‘[He] mixes the populism of Peter Kay with the camp of Larry Grayson.’ Evening Standard

‘Alan Carr is the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd.’ City Life

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`joyous stuff that anyone can relate to.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I think Alan Carr is hilarious, I gather he is a bit like marmite in the fact that some people love him and some people hate him. I did wonder what an autobiography of his would entail as he isn't old. I knew it would be funny, and I was proved right on that. I haven't laughed out loud on a tube so much reading a book ever, the looks I was getting were something special. He is incredibly funny. I promise you there will be much mirth reading this book. "Puberty had been unkind. Whereas it had come in the night and left the other boys with chiselled, stubbly chins and deep masculine voices, I'd been left with a huge pair of knockers and the voice of a pensioner."

In terms of him not having enough to write about I was proven completely wrong. He starts from his younger days when his father was in charge of the football clubs with his son being the least football interested child and how that felt, travels around the world after university to doing data entry for Mr Dog. There is a lot of heart in this book and what I find interesting is Alan Carr's self doubt that he could make people laugh and that for him until a few years ago comedy was something he never even dreamed of doing as he didn't think he could. He of course tells you all this with such comic timing and writing that you are giggling all the way through. My particular favourite stories involved him and cats or dogs they seemed to make me laugh endlessly but I think it's the way that he writes it.

There is definitely the possibility of a second autobiography as this book finishes pretty much at the start of his joining The Friday Night Project so you don't get to hear what the celebrities he has met are like which come Heat Magazine fans might have loved to see.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. J. Tilley on 8 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love Alan Carr and was not disappointed one bit. As you're reading this book you can just imagine Alan saying every word. I really did laugh out loud and couldnt put it down - i read it in a day! What i love about Alan is that he doesn't take himself seriously and constantly sends himself up. He was destined to come together with Justin Lee Collins who are a fantastic double act in their own rights. May you continue to make us laugh Alan, the world needs more people like you!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Thorne on 22 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was a very funny book which had you laughing almost all the way from cover to cover. Alan Carr is one of the funniest guys around on the circuit today and reading this book you can see why. If you like Alan Carr you won't go far wrong here and try his DVD's out the man is a comedy legend.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. Leversuch on 5 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
From the front cover flap:

Hello and welcome to my life.

Oh, and what a life! From the grimness of doing data entry for Mr Dog to the dizzy heights of `The Friday Night Project' and performing for Her Majesty at the Royal Variety Performance. My life's been like a long flume, up and down with a couple of damp patches in the middle.

Take my hand, I want to lead you through my life. Within these pages you will come face to face with my parents, my dog Minstrel, my friends and a whole load of waifs and strays that have helped to make my journey that little bit more memorable. When you read Look Who It Is! I'm sure you'll agree - it's just been one thing after another.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all. It follows Alan's life up until he accepts the offer to host The Friday Night Project with Justin Lee Colins. It is easy to read, interesting and engaging. He was very honest and I feel I know him now, and would like to meet him. It was very enlightening, I had thought Alan had been on the comedy scene for longer than he has. In fact, it was around 2005 he began to get famous.

Alan does not just talk about comedy though. He speaks of his family, including his famous, football manager Dad, Graham Carr and all his life experiences to date, which include university, travelling around the world and horrid temp jobs such as working in a call centre. There were several things in this book I could relate too, which made it even more enjoyable.

The book was not as funny as I was expecting it to be, however it did have me laughing and chuckling in places so I don't feel particularly let down.

This is a great book; an honest story where Alan says it like it is, and doesn't go for the sympathy vote. It is a bit cheeky that he has left the door open for a sequel in a few years, but hey, good for him.

An enjoyable book.

9/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tree on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in about two days because it was such a warm and cosy experience (no, not like that). Alan's life wasn't very fabulous prior to The Friday Night Project but his stories of call centres, mad friends and the early days of his Stand Up career will have you laughing out loud. Best not to read this on the tube or a bus!

However, it appears that this is obviously the first of two books. Those expecting to hear a tell all about all the A listers he's met on The Friday & Sunday Night Projects, prepare to be disappointed. Apart from that, it's his own life that proves the most entertaining of all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eugoogolizer on 25 Oct. 2008
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I live very close to where Alan grew up, and this made this book all the better for me to read. I could associate with his own experiences and memories which obviously makes the book a lot better. If you haven't had the misfortune of being from the "rose of the shires" don't worry though, this book still has plenty of laugh out loud moments and an honest enough storyline to keep anybody turning the pages.

If you liked Peter Kay's book, you'll like this. If you like any of Alan Carr's shows, on TV or stand-up, you'll like this. If you can read, read this. Its just good pure fun!
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