- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (14 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718155815
- ISBN-13: 978-0718155810
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (731 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,990 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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
instant fame bunnies would have fallen at the wayside.In this book he leaves a breadcrumb trail to any aspiring comic of just how much graft and personal loss it takes just to get noticed and in turn delievers alongside the likes of Logan Murray,one of the best books on Standup that is out there. As to the audio book, McIntyre could have just taken the money and delievered a monatone read instead with brillant gusto he delievers a hilarious voiceover, peppered with adlibs. To the point you actually at times feel your having a one to one with a very funny and charming friend.....I raise my glass to you Sir.
It was really intriguing to find out how he met his wife Kitty and, at the same time, his struggle to become one of Britian's best loved comedians!
From coping with the death of his father to retelling hilarious anecdotes about the loss of his virginity, trying to attract girls and his legendary grandma this book is a must-read!
He certainly deserves the title "The King of Comedy"!
You won't be disappointed with it!
I especially liked reading about his teenage years, the best part of the book for me, couldn't stop smiling and giggling.
There are deeper moments, and these are equally well written, although it will come as no surprise that the 'funny stuff' is where he shines. The pace is slower towards the end of the book, before he gets the big breaks, but it was easily interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. This pictures are a welcome visual addition to his descriptions of the people around him.
All in all, thoroughly enjoyable!
I don't normally read auto-biographies or memoirs (to give them their `sexier' name) but I couldn't put this one down. I have loved Michael McIntyre ever since seeing his first performance at the Royal Variety (on T.V. obviously) and he had me roaring with laughter. I have since watched him on shows such as Mock the Week and Would I lie to you as well as buying both his DVDs and I really do wish to go see him live, he came to where I am last year but no one I knew wanted to go or wouldn't commit so I missed out... but I have made up my mind that if he comes back I am going whether it's on my own or not I don't care.
What's so great about this book is that not only is it funny from page one but you can imagine Michael saying it, it's his personality down on the page.
It's hard to believe that it took him a while to gain such popularity and played to audiences that didn't find his stuff funny, but that doesn't really matter now. He's a top comedian and now an amazing author too, his Mac and view did the job...or maybe it was the purple room and non-swivel chair but meh. A definite read for a fan or just anyone that wants a laugh.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great a must read book what more can i say now for the DVD
Funny deserves to be a winner
Everyone should read this book. It is hysterically funny, deeply inspirational, real and very motivational. Thanks Michael!
Enjoy your success- you have earned it.