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Crying With Laughter: My Life Story by [Monkhouse, Bob]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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"An entertaining and abrasive canter through his up-and-down life - Witty, moving, candid - and very well written" (The Sun)

"It makes a refreshing change to read some real revelations from the life of a true, old-fashioned star" (Daily Mirror)

"Riveting - packed with cracking true stories" (Gary Bushell The Sun)

"Winning - genuinely funny" (The Sun)

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A classic autobiography from one of Britain's most loved and most famous comedians. Known for his witty one-liners, Bob Monkhouse was a hilarious stand-up comedian, hugely popular game show host of programmes including Family Fortunes and The Golden Shot, and legendary chat show host of the eponymous Bob Monkhouse Show.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1704 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (29 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00755HV9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A really interesting and well-written book, containing so much more than the usual autobiography Full of laughs, anecdotes and by the last page you are sorry that there isn't more! An engrossing read from the first page - recommended (providing you aren't too easily offended by a "warts and all" account)
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I was never a huge fan of Bob Monkhouse but a friend had this book on holiday and kept reading bits out to make us laugh. When I got back I ordered a copy and it had me giggling from start to finish. Its great to read about such a consumate professional who took his craft very seriously and cheered millions of people in the process. Recommended
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Most of my memories of Bob are as a gameshow host but I did realise he was funny because of his adlibs and general interfacing with contestants, some people thought he was a bit smug but you could tell that he was razor sharp when it came to comedy, this book opened my eyes to just how funny he was and to the fact that he had a whole career before my era as a gameshow host, though I do remember him doing a sort of chatshow where all the guests were comedians. This book deals with his whole life and reveals a lot of stuff of which he deals with quite candidly, from the ladies he has known to the frightening experience with Frankie Howerd, from his brush with the law for nothing more than having a private collection of films which nearly cost him his freedom to his ill fated nightclub he pulls no punches, a good read about a man who in my opinion was terribly undervalued.
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It's incredible to believe, but there was a time when Bob Monkhouse wasn't regarded as the national treasure he is today; with the coming of the alternative comedy boom of the 80's, Bob's slick, gameshow host image made some see him as a joke. This book did more than anything else to turn his career around and make people appreciate his mastery of his craft. It has everything you could want from a showbiz memoir - starry-eyed reminiscences of meeting his heroes; vivid portraits, both flattering and not, of some of the big names he encountered; candid confessions of some of his more indiscreet moments, and a glimpse into some of the behind-the-scenes politics that went into making each half-hour of light entertainment.

But despite the book's disarmingly conversational style, there's some real soul-bearing here. As the title suggests, amidst all the laughter there are some genuinely emotional moments, and the author is surprisingly hard on himself when addressing them. His memories of his disabled son Gary are particularly touching, and his - perhaps undeserved - sense of guilt over his writing partner's suicide is strongly felt.

The book is worth a read for anyone with even the slightest interest in comedy, as it provides a valuable insight into a comedian's mind and how the whole process of putting together an act or show works. This was a man who was renowned for his encyclopedic joke memory and who championed up-and-coming talent, and students of Comedy will find some real wisdom in these pages.
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I enjoyed watching Bob Monkhouse in his various roles over the year and his sense of comedy resonated with me. His book is written in a conversational style - I could almost visualise him saying the words. There are some laugh out loud moments and some dull passages (the two extremes) but I expect different people will find these aspects in different parts of the book. If you liked Bob Monkhouse, or just curious about him, you'll like this book. I'm glad I read it.
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Bob Monkhouse was a UK TV institution (and he probably would use that old gag about needing to be in one!)
Here is an autobiography of the (now late) man who was a writer/performer. And books that are written by writers are always better than those that are written by non writers. He may only have done a few failed films, cabaret and be best known for TV fluff -- but boy has he some funny stories to tell about clubland and live TV.
If I was to fault the book it doesn't get very deep in to the soul of anybody else. Not living anyway. I'd love to have known what Benny Hill was like or even what was said by Bob Hope when a microphone wasn't around - but we get little of it.
If you loved Bob Monkhouse read the book. If you don't like Bob Monkhouse read the book -- it is funny, sad and a lesson in the swings and ladders of show biz. Many lesser lights have spread their story over three or four volumes - for Bob it is the one and only. I am sure he could be just as good with the bits he missed out.
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Bob Monkhouse, who for many years was one of the great entertainers and game show hosts in Television history tells his life story in candid fashion, honest, frank, light hearted; on every page revealing a life with its many ups and downs, his triumphs and tragedies, his life and soul is all here within 330 pages or so.

He also reveals the difficult relationship with his mother who always felt that Bob's brother was a better man than he was, and that Bob would never be a success in life, whether in show business or his family life. Of course, as an entertainer, he proved himself over and over again. His private life was a different matter. His first marriage ended because of unfaithfulness by both himself and his first wife; then there was the trauma of having a severely disabled son, Gary who died quite young. And then there was his obsessions with the accumulation of a vast library of films and video tapes, mounting up to 50,000 copies which were discovered in his garden shed at the time of his death. Many of these copies have proved to be priceless, copies of television shows long thought lost.

I really enjoyed reading this book, which is very revealing and very frank, particularly in dealing with his relationships with other celebrities of the time such as Diana Dors and Frankie Howerd. A marvelous read, and will be enjoyed by anyone wanting to know more about the real Bob Monkhouse and his contributions to television history.
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