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I'm a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human Hardcover – 4 Oct 2018
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‘Clever, witty and wise. It's very revealing about the psychology of comedians - and the rest of us.’
Claudia Hammond – presenter of BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind
‘Clever, funny, kind and interesting - just like Robin.’
Sara Pascoe, comedian and author of Animal
‘Deceptively deep. Invaluable and inspiring.’
Stewart Lee, comedian and author of How I Escaped My Certain Fate
‘Profound, compassionate, eye-wateringly funny and immensely human. Robin investigates the big questions of the human condition with the razor-sharp insights and sensibilities of one of our very best stand-up comedians.’
Alan Moore, writer of V for Vendetta
‘Moving, funny and interesting! Robin leads us on a fascinating journey through our often quirky minds.’
Jo Brand, comedian
‘Insightful, informed, touching and funny in equal measure.’
Richard Wiseman, Professor of Psychology
‘One of the UK's most accomplished, versatile comedians.’
The popular comedian and science presenter blends memoir, wit, and popular science to examine the human condition.See all Product description
From the Publisher
Robin Ince is co-presenter of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He has won the Time Out Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, was nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Live show, and has won three Chortle Awards.
I'm a Joke and So Are You
The popular comedian and science presenter Robin Ince blends memoir, wit, and popular science to examine the human condition.
Informed by personal insights from Robin as well as interviews with some of the world's top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind.
Comedians interviewed in the book include...
- Ricky Gervais
- Tim Minchin
- Jo Brand
- Johnny Vegas
- Lenny Henry
- Sofie Hagen
- Steward Lee
- Sara Pascoe
What better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians?
Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face...
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I've been a huge fan of Ince's stand-up for many years now. His last tour was one of the best pieces of live performance I've seen in a long time. This book builds on a lot of the difficult themes in that show, but does so in a more considered and challenging way.
This book is funny. But it asks for the reader's engagement and introspection. It asks questions of who you are, how you make choices and of how you interact with those around you.
This is five stars because it's a comedy book that will also, hopefully, leave the reader a better person.
I'd also recommend this book if you have any interest in psychology, behavioral economics or judgement theory. It does add a layer of finesse to those areas.
"..afterwards you will drink Kahlua or Cherry Absinthe cocktails until dawn, trying to drag down your adrenaline levels."
An offering that allows you to relate to the inner workings and processes of the mind of Robin, in a way that connects 'you' to the journey, keeps you on track then delivers you to the destination; unscathed, almost.
Robin explores the human brain (and, in particular, the comedians brain) from all angles with humour and a genuine curiosity.
Along the way he gains insights from fellow comedians, scientists, & therapists.
Robin's interest in this subject is palpable and his fascination catching, you'll learn new things about yourself but you won't get all the answers handed to you on a plate, because life isn't like that, and what a boring book that would be. This is a philosophical journey into a compelling topic. The human brain.
If you're after something a bit deeper and thoughtful then this might be right up you alley. It's pretty deep at points (I confess when we were comparing Freud and Jung I started to glaze over a bit) and it does give some insight into what makes a comedian tick.
I especially enjoyed the final three chapters (so if you're struggling hang on in there until the end!) especially when the subject was "the imp of the mind". You know, that sneaky little voice we all have inside us that encourages our inner devilment.
I daresay that each reader will take something different from this book - depending on their own experiences of mental health - so there could be a bit of a marmite effect for that reason.
Whilst I couldn't personally identify with many of the neuroses described it was an informative look at what can be hiding behind the public persona.