I Laughed, I Cried: One Woman, One Hundred Days, The Mother of all Challenges Paperback – 3 Jul 2014
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Viv Groskop has paid her dues so you don't have to. The story of her whirlwind comedy apprenticeship is as funny as it is inspiring, and may also give you nightmares. (Tim Dowling)
Absolutely hilarious (Jennifer Saunders)
Brilliant. (Jo Brand)
Viv Groskop is crazy, clever, brave and kind. But mostly she's crazy. A real insight into a secret world. I laughed, I cried, I dry-retched at her sheer balls. (Caroline Quentin)
The working mum's version of Eddie Izzard's 50 marathons in 50 days. Hilarious. (Sally Phillips)
An amazing book about stand-up that's also about love, determination and pursuing your dreams. (Lucy Porter)
This is exactly what it's like starting in comedy. Viv Groskop completely captures the rare highs and frequent plummeting lows. Warm, life-affirming and a hugely funny read. (Jo Caulfield)
Viv is the patron saint of anyone bonkers enough to do something they're shit scared of. (Sharon Horgan)
Viv Groskop tackles her mission with wit, honesty and a devotion that borders on total insanity. (Mark Watson)
A seize-the-day memoir to inspire anyone with a long-held dream. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)
Enjoyable mid-life crisis memoir from a woman of many talents. (THE BOOKSELLER)
It does what it says on the cover. (HUEY MORGAN, BBC Radio 6 Music)
She's flirted with, heckled at, hated and applauded in pubs and dingy clubs across the country, all the time pining for her husband and children and overdosing on Diet Coke. Groskop's account of the bewildering, triumphant and messy adventure is like whacking your funny bone: it makes you laugh and wince. (MARIE CLAIRE)
A classic of the male midlife crisis genre but for one twist: she's a woman. A mother of three small children, she is constantly torn between defiantly chasing the dream and worrying that it will wreck her marriage. Ostensibly a book about comedy, really it's about female ambition and the anxious ambivalence surrounding it: about the domestic price paid for success, or even for trying and failing, and whether it's still more acceptable for a man than a woman to pay it. (Gaby Hinsliff The Times)
An emotionally turbulent read, littered with moments of unbearable anxiety juxtaposed with massive highs. Rarely has the struggle of the newbie comedian been so perfectly captured. Heart-warming, hilarious, uplifting and a joy to read (GQ.com)
Stand-up may be enjoying a boom in the UK at present, but still only a small proportion of comics are female. Of that number, few are mothers, and of those, pretty much none started off doing stand-up when they already had three small children at home. Except for Viv Groskop.
[Her] attempt to combine stand-up with a stable home life makes for a breathless read.(THE OBSERVER)
Sometimes comedians can be the worst of companions: boorish, self-obsessed and oddly humourless. However, Groskop keeps her sense of the ridiculous firmly intact throughout. A gruelling and frankly psychotic experiment. [...]. She documents each gig with great honesty. We follow open-mouthed as Groskop chases the comedy dragon at the expense of all else. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)
Jack Whitehall among others, gave her the good advice to learn from long-term experience, not in a frantic rush. But the rush was what Viv wanted. Smell not only the greasepaint but the sweat... Heroic. (THE TIMES)
Groskop is clearly some kind of superwoman. Her devotion to the quest and energy levels are astonishing. It could make a great movie. Kristen Wiig in the lead role, naturally. A kind of Fever Pitch for the world of funny. (Bruce Dessau, editor of comedy website BEYOND THE JOKE)
Insightful nuggets on the peculiar existence of comics, presented here in all their neurotic, competitive glory [...]. There are some engaging snapshots from her childhood [...]. I Laughed, I Cried is essentially a mid-life crisis played out over 22 chapters. It is also about finding out what you're capable of at a time when your days revolve around school runs, daily deadlines, and uneventful evenings in front of the telly. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
Brave, yes. Crazy, almost definitely. But underneath all the jokes and bad nights, I Laughed, I Cried is the honest version of what pursuing a dream really feels like. (RED MAGAZINE ONLINE)
An inspiring look at following your dream (Candis)
A heart-warming entreaty for us to take life by the horns and leap over it. (MSLEXIA)
Viv Groskop's searing memoir charts the highs and many lows of her showbiz career to date, and is a tribute to following your dreams - even when they threaten to become a nightmare. (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)
100 gigs in 100 days...Groskop is terrific on the strain it puts on her family, and provides wonderful summaries of each performance. (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
'The working mum's version of Eddie Izzard's 50 marathons in 50 days. Hilarious.' Sally PhillipsSee all Product Description
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I Laughed I Cried is bound to become required reading for any newbie stand up comedian, alongside Stewart Lee's How I Avoided My Certain Fate and Steve Martin's Born Standing Up, but it's a wonderfully entertaining read for those of us who just enjoy watching it. Groskop is brutally honest about the emotional fall out from her single minded quest to complete 100 gigs in a 100 nights while still holding down her day job as a journalist and being a wife and mother of three. It's a compelling story told in self deprecating detail; you really feel you know what it's like to be a stand up comedian making their way on the British circuit i.e. a poorly renumerated, stressed, emotional wreck living for the next high of an appreciative audience that numbers more than six. The book moves along at a cracking pace and deftly avoids the potential pitfalls of what could have been a repetitious structure-Groskop's insanely accelerated learning curve gives the book real momentum and it's full of incident and insight.
Worth buying if you're just looking for a diverting read, but inspirational stuff too for anyone considering a life change of any sort.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It is an essential read for serious stand up comedy fans or those wishing to get into the business, or those who enjoy a good read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent insight into the open-mic world. I highly recommend anyone starting out in comedy to give this a read, not only does it show how much work you've got ahead of you, it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heather
I enjoyed this immensely, very easy to read and Viv really makes you feel the nerves and the excitement of stand up. Looking forward to the next book...Published 8 months ago by Mr. S. Jones
This book was very interesting and I felt that Viv honestly portrayed her experiences and some very personal moments in her journey. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Juliet J
So many reasons for reading this book, if you're interested in comedy or in giving it a go yourself, in how big stars have to start out on the circuit, personal life challenges,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by BZ
I laughed and I cringed. Some of it was too close to the bone as a comedian. I have far too many of those awkward, soul destroying moments. Her honesty was really refreshing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lorosae
Really enjoyable read, definitely worth buying. Viv writes with a refreshing honesty and a flow that makes this book hard to put down. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book for anyone interested in stand up comedy. It puts into words the Higgs and the lows for someone starting out, and was surprisingly addictive to read.Published 11 months ago by Vivienne Kay
An enjoyable read and one for all aspiring stand-ups to read and make notes from!Published 11 months ago by Mr A Thomas