- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (10 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552775258
- ISBN-13: 978-0552775250
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A brilliant book. So funny. It's my bible" (Paul O’Grady Paul O'Grady Show)
"This is just as funny and grumpy as the great man himself, which is probably because he actually wrote it" (Heat)
"Painfully funny and moving" (Mail on Sunday)
"Deadpan humour at its most brilliant" (Woman & Home)
"Lots of great jokes" (John O'Farrell Daily Mirror)
Comedian Jack Dee's hilarious account of how he became quite such a miserable git and a stand up comedian.See all Product Description
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If however you are someone born in the 60's who has grown fed up with the worrying and frankly downright annoying mess we call life then step right up your ride is here.
Dee delivers an endless tirade on everything from the tedium of sport to the modern man and his ladylike pampering to his own childhood fantasies. In truth he tells very little of his own personal history as he always ends up wandering off on a tangent about some subject or other that gets his goat. Thats not to say he has no personal stories worth sharing. There are some great personal tales, such as the cringe worthy assault launched on an innocent hotel toilet or his hapless one and only attempt at employing a personal trainer, but he is really using this as a chance to rage against the world and life in general.
The endless tirade would soon descend into dull and repetitive were it not for his potty imagination, the fact that so much of what he says is just so true and that he has a disarming ability for honesty that shows him warts and all but makes this all the better for it.
The different stories move along at enough of a pace to keep you interested but linger long enough to give some insight and depth.
This was never going to be the in-depth self analysis of Clive James autobiographies or the show biz revelations that are so popular nowadays. This does however have a certain charm and as the chapters go by it becomes very easy to settle in to this and go for 'just one more chapter'.Read more ›
Dee takes us through a myriad of temporary jobs which he drifted in and out of before deciding to plump for a career in stand up comedy. I particularly loved the chapter about his time as a dispatch driver and his boss's wooden leg, which I defy anyone not to laugh out loud whilst reading. Overall, it's a great book, a perfect length, poignant and very funny indeed. I can't wait until the second volume is published, which it undoubtedly will be in a few years...
On the surface this is the story of how he came to become a standup but in reality there are only a few chapters devoted to this and it is more about how unhappy he was with his career choices up until that point.
There are some very funny anecdotes and some parts made me laugh out loud. The first half of the book is funnier and felt more polished than the second.
I'm glad I read it, it was quite entertaining and I really like Jack Dee. I wish I could say it was fantastic but it wasn't.
As Dee has worked in the entertainment industry for 20 odd years, one would assume he would have a plethora of interesting anecdotes to tell. Similarly as a comedian you would think he would expertly embellish the less interesting tales for comic effect and to amuse the reader.
This book is neither particularly biographical or funny but rather reams of mundane ramblings. If you are interested in stories such as the day Jack bought a special tool to unblock his toilet - which to his surprise worked, or the day he waited for a bus out in the countryside which never turned up - only to turn up later driving past him as he walked away from the bus stop then this book is for you. If however you are after something more substantive or comical it is best to look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a great fan of Jack Dee his dry grumpy delivery and his television comedy Lead Balloon was a well written series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony Bendall
The funniest book I have read recently , though I do read some really miserable books about economics and politics usually. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sally Wilton
A frank and interesting autobiography, well written and very readable. You don't need to be a fan or even know who this man, of obvious intelligence, wit and modesty, is to enjoy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by GG