- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014104666X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141046662
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A master-class in intelligent stand-up...It's thoughtful stuff, impeccably delivered. With material this strong, you don't need gimmicks (Guardian)
About the Author
Dara O Briain is the biggest Irish comic to have hit the UK in recent years. Already a huge star in Ireland, O Briain has now moved from being a sold-out festival favourite in Edinburgh to selling out theatres across the country and enjoying mainstream television success with his topical BBC comedy show, Mock The Week. He has been living in England for the past seven years.
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There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in the book (much to the irritation of my husband who wanted to know what I was laughing at but also wanted to wait to read the book for himself) and at the same time the book is full of interesting stuff. Dara also gives some insight into the life of a comic on tour and recounts many of the interesting people and conversations that he has had on tour.
If you like Dara's comedy then you're bound to enjoy his book. It's very well written, very funny and very clever. Highly recommended!
If you are looking for a book to relax with, on a journey, on holiday or at home, this would be an excellent choice. At the heart of the book is O'Briain's year long tour of Britain (but mainly England) , with occasional sojourns to Ireland to recharge his cultural battteries. He gives an account of each venue, the kind of people who make up the audience and some of the gags and stories he tells. Through this we learn about the life of the standup, how he goes about developing the material for a tour and how different audiences and his reaction to them can radically change the feel of a show.
The most interesting parts of the book are where he gives an outsider's view of the English, with his central thesis being that we have the most enormous downer on ourselves . Far from our living in a crime-ridden, juvenile deliquent, has-been country with a collapsing NHS, he gives evidence and quotes statistics which very much give the lie to Old Etonian man of the people, David Cameron's fantasies about "Broken Brtain"
Two real stand out parts of the book are (tagged on to an account of a show in Wolverhampton) a demolition of Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech, and a heartwarming description of going to see, and chewing the fat with, Ken Dodd in Leeds.
The book is an easy read, overall it is quite gentle and the language while fruity in places is about 1/10th as sweary as his stage show. It may not be to your taste if you subscribe to a view of the world in keeping with that of the Daily Mail.
Oh, and as you'd expect, it is laugh out loud funny in places.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a very entertaining book to read filled with wisdom, comedy and keen observacions.Published 21 days ago by ANCA PETERFI
I have only read a couple of pages I will review when I have finished itPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very funny ! This book was given to me as a present and i don't know why i didn't start reading it straight away. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jacqueline Waterhouse
Dara O'briain at his best. Wonderfully funny if you have his sense of humour.
If you like Dara, you will love this book.
Really enjoyed this book; a good read - made me chuckle in a few places.Published 7 months ago by Mrs C A Sutherland