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Underwhelmed..a biography that tries to be funny,
This review is from: Under the Microscope: My Life (Hardcover)
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David Spikey has always intrigued me ever since Phoenix Nights, as I had wondered if he was anything like the character he played in it. A slightly odd man who had aspirations but never made it big. I had seen some of his stand up and his game show hosting of Chain Letters and Bullseye on TV and had been underwhelmed by it. I find his delivery a bit disjointed and awkward, with a limited ability to be spontaneously funny. These characteristics are exactly how I felt reading this book.
On the positive sides, the book is a very easy read. Its split into short self contained chapters. The chapters relate to stages/times in his life and look at the World through his eyes. Its the sort of book you can read on a long journey or a bit every night at bed time. Read it, put it down and pick it up again without losing the plot of the book. I do believe he is being honest and sincere in what he writes. There is no controversy or insider scandal that he could have dished out about Mr "Super Ego" Kay. I feel that the book does suffer from some of the potentially juicer bits being left out. So as far as it goes he looks at his life, warts and all and is enjoyable to read.
The downside for me is that it reads like a comedy script rather than a biography and the script, like his hosting of the game shows is adequate but not that great. There are some amusing lines, but nothing that gives real belly laughs. I was born in Lancashire and still have a house in Lytham, so I do understand his "Lancashire" humour, but in many parts its just not funny. Biographies of comedians don't have to be funny to be good, but the problem with this book it sets out to be a funny biography and to me it fails to be that funny.
I did like the book and the story Spikey tells, its easy to read and is interesting. You do learn more about Spikey as a person and he does come across as a decent man. The downside is the style of writing, which tries to be funny on every page and in many instances fails to be that humorous. This is why I gave the book 3 stars, enjoyable but could have been better.