Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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'Simon Day is the funniest person I know, and he thinks so too' --Paul Whitehouse
'Astonishingly frank... Pulling no punches and endlessly self-deprecating, this autobiogaphy is refreshingly honest and brutally funny' --News of the World
'Hilarious, heartfelt and hair-raisingly honest' --Charlie Higson
'Compelling... Day has a good story to tell and he's good at telling it' --Evening Standard
Simon s quite quirky. There times when I d wonder why he was behaving in a certain way, so it was like being given an instruction manual. It was refreshing to read such an honest account of how a career in showbiz can have a dark side; how it can go wrong and how you can better yourself. We ve known each other for years but I know him a lot better now. That s how all autobiographies should be. --John Thomson, 60 Second Interview, Metro
About the Author
Simon Day began his career as a stand up comic, winning the Time Out New Act of the Year Award in 1991. He worked extensively with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer before rising to prominence in the hit TV comedy The Fast Show, and as well as making many television and film appearances he has toured extensively performing as his comic characters. He is bald and does not turn down hot food.
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Top Customer Reviews
I wouldn't want to share a flat with him, or even be in the same round as him at the pub, but he's a cracking companion for the 200 or so pages of this book.
And then when it gets to the Tommy Cockles/Fast Show era, it becomes apparent that for a long time the only thing that's changed is the money. The tales of lonely holidays, the inability to kick the drugs, the lack of purpose, the squalor, completely at odds with how I imagined his life to have been at the time. And all the while told in a way that's as engaging as the man's performances. It's a superb book, one that seems to have slipped under the radar slightly. Absolutely recommend you get this.
This sounds like exaggeration, but it's one of those stories which can be genuinely life-changing for the reader. (actually, that DOES sound like exaggeration, but I think it's true, nonetheless) Although I had a feeling I liked Day as a person and a comedian, I initially thought it would be about his career, which to be frank, would be a bit thinner than most autobiographies.
It's not like that at all. Day's personality is so engaging, complex, relatable, but almost childlike that it's impossible not to connect with this story. As a guy with ADHD and a highly addictive personality, his life has been one of extremes - not least due to addictions to fruit machines; weed; alcohol; cocaine; and crack. The content is extremely funny and well written, but most of all seems to be exceptionally honest. All of his vulnerabilities and weaknesses are discussed in a chatty, extremely readable way.
He has a great turn of phrase, and amazingly down-to-earth analysis of his own stupidity. I've read a lot of biographies. I don't think I've read anybody as insightful and funny as Simon Day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story. Homelessness, borstal, addiction - and comedy. I was pleased it all works out in the end. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by O'Daytime
Brilliant read. Very funny stories especially about his childhood.Published 20 months ago by Foxkid
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