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This review is from: Under the Microscope: My Life (Hardcover)
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We all know Dave Spikey is a funny man. Emerging from the Lancastrian comedy scene which also bore Peter Kay, Neil Fitzmaurice (by way of Liverpool) and their peers as he did, his work on Phoenix Nights will stand the test of comedic time and demonstrates what a fine writer and comedian Mr Spikey is and shall be remembered as well after last orders has been called.
Throughout this book Dave's down to earthism, northern wit and upbringing leap from every page. But what also jumps out at the reader is what Dave Spikey doesn't tell us. Things like the supposed and alleged long running rift between Spikey, Fiztmaurice and the ubiquitous Peter Kay about a lack of Phoenix Nights credit, and the dark areas of Spikey's life, after his divorce, are skirted around, alluded to, but no more than that. To expose some more detail about this sort of stuff, especially the alleged Peter Kay situation, would have elevated this book into a must read for anyone interested in what goes on behind closed comedy doors.
As it is though, and probably to Spikey's credit as a man, the dirt is left firmly undished and as a result towards the end of the book at least, the tale turns thinner and more into a collection of clichés and anecdotes, all of which simply enforce the "Decent Dave" stereotype that Mr Spikey finds himself with.
All in all then, this is an enjoyable read with the chapters dealing with Spikey's northern upbringing, and time working at a hospital, bringing an especially warm belly chuckle that'll see most readers through many a cold winter's night, especially those from the North too. Just don't expect scandal, gossip or to learn anything other than Dave is a very decent, very funny, very talented man.