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I Laughed, I Cried: How One Woman Took on Stand-Up and (Almost) Ruined Her Life Paperback – 27 Jun 2013
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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)
Stand-up meets mid-life crisis in this memoir from journalist-turned-comedian Viv Groskop.See all Product description
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She has decided that she wants to become a comedian and takes on a self imposed challenge to perform 100 gigs in 100 nights, in the hope that she will be good at the end of it. In each chapter, Viv Groskop looks at several gigs together, describing highlights and lowlights - she talks about her emotions and the impact on the rest of her life.
A very chatty style is used throughout in an easy to read manner and I can hear her voice coming across. At times, the narrative is repetitive, although I found myself gradually warming to her determination. It's fair to say that life is repetitive too and I had to admire her perseverance.
As I was reading I found myself starting to really want her to be successful, whatever that took. I often google people while I am reading about them but I didn't want to here - I just wanted to get to the end of the book and find out how she was at the end.
At about the 200 page point (it's about 280 all together) I started to get a bit bored and found that I was skipping a few paragraphs to speed up the last few chapters.
The whole journey was good to read and I think the author found out more about herself than her comedy.
So when I fired up the Kindle I thought 'I'll give it 10 pages' then 'I'll give it a chapter' then 'I'll give it until 50%' and then...well it was such a good read that I finished it in 2 sittings! Really well written but also extremely heartfelt, Viv leaves nothing out and puts it all, literally, on the line.
This isn't just a story about comedy, it's a story about family and hope and ambition but mostly the message I got out of it was 'Are we ever too old to give up on our dreams?'. If you want to know what the UK comedy scene is like (warts and all) I would recommend this, but if you are also interested in the joys and pains of trying to realise your ambitions I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Oh and based on this I booked Viv for one of my comedy nights and she absolutely stormed it!
Thank you Viv and congratulations on the new career, long may it last.
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