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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Edition edition (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141045671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141045672
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (755 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second that sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking fifty-four date Arena tour.

But how did he get there?

Michael reveals all in his remarkably honest and hilarious autobiography Life and Laughing. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour. Michael’s story is riveting, poignant, romantic and above all very, very funny.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael McIntyre is a stand-up comedian who in 2009 sold out a record six nights at Wembley Arena and four nights at London's O2. He was born in South London in 1976. His parents were both in show business. His Hungarian mother was a dancer and his Canadian father co-wrote The Kenny Everett Television Show. He lives in North London with his wife Kitty and their sons Lucas and Oscar. This is his first book.


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I have read other biographies and some I have enjoyed and some I have had to leave reading part way through for the boredom. This book is full of laughs, ups and downs. You can hear him speaking to you in your ear as you read.

I kid you not when I say, I bought this book for my son who loves him along with the DVD, my husband who doesn't read anything except a newspaper and only then looks at the pictures! read this book from cover to cover and all I saw when he was reading it were smiles, frowns and then hiccups of laughter. So I just had to read it. You just have to read it!
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I love this book, but then I'm very much a Michael McIntyre fan. The only problem is, I haven't yet finished it as it makes me laugh out loud, so I have to be careful where I choose to read it! Thank you Michael McIntyre for the sunshine you bring to everyday life!
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Very light fun read to get your mind off the routine for a couple of days. Prepare yourself for a lot of private details!
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Yes it was funny
I'm a big McIntyre fan he's probably my favorite stand up alongside gervais
It just wasn't has funny has I thought it would be,obviously its about his life from childhood which was interesting but went on a bit to long for me, it gets a lot better when he grows up
On the whole a good read but never 5/5
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excellent book
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Nice easy reading. Interesting life Micheal has had. Very similar to mine. Except someone kept on stealing my material... that Jay Leno...
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Excellent book!
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I have read quite a few (favourite) stand-up biographies but I have to say that this is the best one I have read to date. I actually saw Michael Macintyre live at a small venue before he became famous and it has been great to see such a naturally funny guy prosper ever since. `Life and Laughing' has everything; it is very funny and so well written that you actually get pulled in to the life story rather than just chuckle at interesting anecdotes. The book maps Macintyre's early life with his talented gag-writing father (for Kenny Everett no less) and glamorous mother through the trials and tribulations of a marriage break-up and time split between 2 families with his sister. The awkwardness of adolescence coming from a single sex school is written with just the right level of wit and pathos; ditto MM's pursuit of his future wife, Kitty. MM's Hungarian grandmother is such a strong and amusing character throughout, and you really feel for how MM's relationship with her ends on such a sad note. Finally there is the struggle to make it as a comedian, and believe me MM has to work for his success, putting all else on the line. This is no overnight success story, and that is perhaps why I have even more respect for Michael Macintyre now having read his excellent life story (to date) . Would make a really good film.
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