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The Perfect Fool
The Perfect Fool
by Stewart Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.31

3 of 102 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars He has a nerve to criticise Dan Brown, 3 Jun 2010
This review is from: The Perfect Fool (Paperback)
As part of his comedy routine, Stewart Lee Mocks Dan Brown's writing style. He attributes a totally fabricated line to Brown, to prove his point. How he is allowed without question to get away with such nastiness and lies is beyond me...

Having read his Novel I have no idea why he believes he is superior to any other author, it is poor beyond belief.

Two sample quotes from the Book (Not fabricated, unlike Lee himself I don't need to lie.)

And then a car behind them. p160. That's it, that's the complete sentence and then the Car behind them, did what? This is a sentence that makes no sense even taking into account the preceding sentence. I genuinely hope this is a typo.

Littwick Stands and Runs after him. P197. Apparently he can do both stand and run at the same time, amazing agility.

There are many others, but regardless of these basic examples of bad writing, the real problem I have with this book is that it is so DULL... It is amazingly DULL...

It is basically a poorly written, wonderfully researched, exceptionally dull book... It would make a good Toilet book maybe.

Of course in this day and age where it's more important for a comedian to be cool than funny, Lee is the coolest of the lot. Therefore the lies that he tells to prove points will mostly go unchallenged and he is allowed to write inferior literature whilst claiming allaround him are inferior.

Lee may be funny, but he is a terrible writer. Maybe he should leave writing to the Dan Brown's of this world.
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Hancock's Happy Christmas: Four Original BBC Radio Episodes (BBC Radio Collection)
Hancock's Happy Christmas: Four Original BBC Radio Episodes (BBC Radio Collection)
by Alan Simpson
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas from Comedies Crown Curmudgeon..., 12 Dec 2009
I love listening to these two CD's and listen to the religiously every Christmas.

Both CD's showcase Mr Hancock, (As well as his supporting cast Sid, Hattie, Bill etc) at his funniest and most put upon.

My personal favourite among the four is the episode, 'The Christmas Club' But all of them deserve to be listened to as many times as you can.

Three Cheers for the cast and Galton and Simpson, for this wonderful Christmas treat.

Tickling the English
Tickling the English
by Dara O'briain
Edition: Hardcover

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tickling the English in Ireland..., 7 Nov 2009
This review is from: Tickling the English (Hardcover)
As an Englishman who is living in Ireland, I really wanted to read the thoughts on the English by an Irishman living in England... So I did... And what a thoroughly entertaining, funny and insightful read it was.

I'm also a fan of Dara O'Briain, the Author, so that was just another reason.

Tickling the English is a wonderful book, which actually uses statistics to break down national stereotypes, rather than fear-mongering to confirm them.

Bottom line is, if you are looking for an informative, intelligent and funny read about why the English aren't a bad lot, this is the book for you.

The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet
The Adventures of Monsieur Robinet
by John Hegley
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Classic Hegley, but exceptionally sparse..., 6 Aug 2009
This book is classic Hegley humour in the Mundane and nonsensical, but it is exceptionally short...

This would have been better as a seperate section in another book... Maybe a collection of his poetry with this at the back...

There are a lot of blank pages and I would presume that you could fit all the text in this book onto about 6 pages...

On his website John has links to Green sites, so I presume he is interested in Environment issues and waste...

Surely then he cannot justify so much paper for so little text, I expect that level of hypocrisy from Al Gore, not John Hegley.

Funny though...

Blind Faith
Blind Faith
by Ben Elton
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This man just cannot manage Dystopian art., 12 Jun 2009
This review is from: Blind Faith (Hardcover)
This is my third Ben Elton novel I've read, previously being very pleased with both Popcorn and Dead Famous.

This one though is very poor. There is no humour in it and the world he creates is totally unbelieveable and mockable.

in 1984 Orwell creates a world that truly terrifies, in Blind Faith Elton creates a vision that not only is quite implausible but it it also weak and uninteresting. I felt absolutely no sorrow at the end and found the main characters to be boring.

Ben Elton once set a dystopian vision to the music of Queen, the most Establishment-friendly, Apartheid sympathising Rock Band there is. This should have told me that he really does not understand Dystopian visions and therefore I should not have read this book...
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Who Writes This Crap?
Who Writes This Crap?
by Joel Stickley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Personification of Ghastliness, 11 April 2009
This review is from: Who Writes This Crap? (Paperback)
Very badly written, very unfunny, Very bad full stop.

One can but make the presumption that the 5-star reviews are written by friends of the authors...

I don't think a book has ever bored me as much as this.
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The Hurdy Gurdy Man
The Hurdy Gurdy Man
by Donovan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars When is a poet not a poet..., 25 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Hurdy Gurdy Man (Paperback)
Ah Donovan, Innovator, artist, Teacher of Beatles and a man who knows how to make the world free from war and tyranny...

Well that is if you believe the words he writes himself in this poorly written biography.

Now I have no doubts that he is all these things, but the trouble is he claims on a repetitively dull basis that he is above all a poet... and then he peppers his prose with his poems and song lyrics which contradict this totally...

Check out his lyrics for Dark-eyed Blue Jean Angel, where he includes a cringe-inducing rhyme of Trincket and Kink it... It doesn't fit... He includes the words of Atlantis as if he's proud of them... Without the music they are strictly ghastly as most of his lyrics are... Just be pleased you sold songs to people Mr Leitch because a poet you are not...

Even the text in this book is un-poetic and plodding... I could not wait until I finished this book as I found the text quite bland and wanted it to be more exciting because of the life he has led...

Les Dawson's Secret Notebooks
Les Dawson's Secret Notebooks
by Les Dawson
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comedian who loved words and knew how to use them., 22 Mar 2009
I heard that Les once wanted to be a poet, but was too embarrassed, having literary ambition coming from a working class background, to parade his poetry...

If this is true, it is in many ways, unfortunate, as his love of words and phrases is so evident, I'm sure he would have been a wonderful poet, but if he had been a poet, maybe we'd never have heard the out of tune piano...

This book demonstrates that Poetry's loss was comedies gain... Les worked at his act and these notebooks show how much... His one-liners and monologues show a wonderful diction and a glorious sense of the absurd...

His world-weary persona is so well known that you can't help hearing Les's voice as you read these words...

Ben Elton would love to have a vocabulary as broad and as wonderful as this, and he would also wish to be half as funny as this as well...

Les you are missed, but books like these always ensure that you can be experienced over again...

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
by Steve Martin
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Genius and How he became one., 10 April 2008
I have been a huge steve Martin Fan ever since I saw a clip of him doing stand-up on BBC Comic Relief in 1989. Since then I have seen all his films, purchased his comedy albums and all his books, This book is the best of the lot.

I was in America the day this book came out and I bought it on that day. I couldn't put it down it was such a well written, enjoyable read. It was finished within the day I bought it. His description of him and his fathers relationship is dealt with exceptionally well, the early years at disneyland and the Bird Cage Theatre, The realisation on a sunny day that he is now going to have to write his own material so he can achieve Originality, his relationships, his television writing, his lonely life on the road, all the way through to his enormous success and eventual step-down are all written about in a wonderful, sometime self deprecating, way that I have returned to sections of this book many times since reading it originally.

It is also a book that explains the culture of the late sixties through the seventies from someone who was there but not out of their head all the time... His description of the 'Streets Of SanFrancisco simmering with a toxic vitality' makes me wish I was around at the time as well.

If I have any complaints about this book it is in what he left out, although the stories were mentioned briefly there was no mention of the publication of 'Cruel Shoes' Also there is no mention of his appearance on the Muppet Show, a Television show as Subversive and funny as SNL which he mentions... Also I was disappointed to learn that the white suit he wore, had a practical purpose and wasn't just to make him look crazier...

Excellent Read... Especially for any Comedy Performers out there.

Pour L'amour Des Chiens + DVD
Pour L'amour Des Chiens + DVD

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album... You have been missed., 9 Jan 2008
Being Humourless is the new Rock'N'Roll. Todays music scene takes itself more seriously than it deserves too and certainly more serious than it should... today's music is made up of, boring guitar bands who can't write decent lyrics, silly little rich girls who rail against consumerism whilst presenting there own clothing range, TV talent show winners and women who have made Soul music Un-Sexy(Travesty)...

Luckily this is not the new Rock'N'Roll, it's the Bonzos... Vivian may be there no longer, but there is still a lot of fun, great music and appropriate targets being mocked in a good humoured way...

Excellent album... You have been missed.

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