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Crying With Laughter: My Life Story Paperback – 7 Jul 1994
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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)
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.See all Product description
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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.
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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