Answer Me This Paperback – 4 Nov 2010
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'There's a post-Charlie Kaufman, post-Lee and Herring feel to their comedy, what with all the warmth, interactivity and media-savviness.' --Guardian
Answer Me This, by Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann, contains the answers to all the questions you never knew you wanted to ask.See all Product description
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I recommend you to line Helen & Olly's pockets to reward them for their continued existence.
Few know, because they are so modest, that Stephen Fry has the Answer Me This! team standing by on a 24/7 direct Bluetooth link (he is in reality a bit of a thicky). Or that Stephen Hawking has recently scaled back his research because he feels sure Helen and Olly will get there first and has instead decided to have a bit of `me' time.
We've all been tempted at some point to live our lives by Luke Rhinehart's The Dice Man philosophy but in this book there is another option. For a year I have been making every decision in my life based on the advice of Helen and Olly and I can honestly say it is a richer, more fulfilling existence in every regard. I've also made considerable savings on groceries and council tax now that I am incarcerated.
I can only hope that following what must surely be the huge and deserved success of this book (will it be the new Little Book of Calm?) that the AMT team set up a community in Mid Wales perhaps or San Francisco. Here acolytes will follow their teachings before Helen and Olly retire to a more tax efficient location and spend their free time cooperating fully with the authorities in respect to their activities at the Answer Me This! Centre.
Answer me this: WHY HAVE YOU NOT ORDERED THIS YET!!?
Thanks Helen and Olly
Will form Ipswich
Basically their podcast is a sort of smutty radio four type thing, with listeners posing questions, which Helen and Olly then proceed to answer or not. This can provoke humorous stories from their past, rants, or even an informative answer.
Before criticising, I would like to say that writing comedy is one of the most difficult forms of writing to do well, iambic penatameters in latin are probably more difficult to get right, but after that written comedy must be a close second. This book is consistently amusing, and had me laughing out loud in numerous places. It is like Stephen Pile's Book of Heroic Failures. Ideal for reading when you are visiting the smallest room in the house. So that is one of the places where I was laughing out loud. Learn from my mistake, don't lend it to anyone else. My copy of Heroic Failures legged it was enormous speed when I let someone borrow it, it must have felt like a drunken inter-railing student with an enviable trust fund.
Having said all that, some of the stories are not quite as funny as they were on the podcast. The book could have been broadened out slightly, I would have loved to see the place where the podcast is recorded, and a little more biographical detail. The dominant voice in the writing is clearly Helen, so the banter aspect did not translate readily to the printed page. If you, or a possible recipient, are not intrigued to learn how to fart unobtrusively while in bed with a spouse, then this book is possibly not entirely appropriate.
Helen and Olly deserve our love and support, buy this book to read, or give away to poor people.
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