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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (22 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857210254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857210258
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great read and highly recommended!" -- Inspire Magazine "Totally unputdownable and our book of the year." -- Sorted Magazine "Meticulously accurate, entertaining, surprisingly moving. Kind projects an accessible, warm, upbeat demeanour that makes for an easily enjoyable read." Chortle.co.uk (Chortle is the major comedy website in the UK) -- Chortle.co.uk

About the Author

Andy Kind is an award-winning comedian, one of the pioneers behind the wave of Clean Comedy hitting the UK circuit. He has appeared on BBC1 and Radio 5Live and performs to live audiences of about 10,000 people a year.


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I read this a while ago and should have reviewed it at the time. I found it a really funny read. I'd just read Michael McIntyre's account of his own rise to fame as a stand-up comic and expected to find it funny - it was sometimes but not much. Andy's book is laugh-out-loud funny and a great insight into the life of an up-and-coming stand-up comedian. Recommended if you're trying to make it as a stand-up yourself, or even if you wouldn't dare stand on a stage and need to be reminded why that's a wise move!
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The twelve formative months of a fledgling comedy career packed neatly into a paperback. Stand Up & Deliver is sure to be a revelation to many and a relief to others. A revelation to those that think comedians appear fully formed on television without years of toil, triumph and heartbreak. A relief to anyone making their own way as a comedian, particularly knowing that everyone hits the same roadblocks along the journey.

Recommended to anyone that considers themselves a fan of comedy or just enjoys a good read.
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An straightforward account of a year's experiences in stand-up; genuinely funny and occasionally moving. The most striking aspect is the honesty - there is a strong impression that all stand-ups have been here at some point, and persevere through talent, determination and a thick skin.
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Hilarious, moving and honest. Andy Kind recounts his first year in stand-up comedy with wit, intelligence and frankness, creating a great book for any Comedy lover, an honest and funny account for any Christian and a must-have comedy journal for any comedian trying to make it pro.

If you are any of the above, don't hesitate to buy this. I laughed out loud on the train like a headcase and got my highlighters out to make note of the gems of wisdom.

Can't recommend enough.
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Having read different autobiographies of well known stand ups that left me mildly bored I came to this and how refreshing it was to read. Andy basically takes you on a blow by blow journey of his first year in stand up comedy. It's a funny read but also fascinating and at times moving. You get the lows where no one finds you funny, the joys of success and also times of reflection. It gives you a lot of insights into just what it's like to start as a stand up. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the next book.
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I was privileged last night to witness a cultural extravegansa of near Live Aid proportions, bringing with it music, songs, poetry and a surrealist sketch improvisation involving an axe, straw and a bucket with a hole in it - to one of the most culturally deprived areas of the country; That place being Andys home town of Stoke on Trent. Not having seen him perform for over 7 years my senses tingled with anticipation, possibly helped along by the sugar rush provided by the free rice crispie cakes and pop. Once his carefully chosen support acts had primed the select audience, the show began...

This book reminds me of the 1970s in many ways, when humour was innocent and simple, it is very like having a comedy show in your house when there is a power cut. Charting the highs and lows, hopes and fears experienced in the complex and demanding task of encouraging people to laugh now and again. It is an engaging and fun human story, one that should be read by anyone thinking of standing up in front of people for a living, especially those who may be venturing into a job like teaching without considering why you need those really long holidays all the time. It is a perfect nights entertainment for the many people who can never find anything worth watching on the telly.

Unfortunately Andy has scribbled his name in the front of this book, I hadn't realised that he wanted it back so I will have to go and watch his show again because he owes me a fiver.

;o)
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"Stand up and deliver" is one of those books that you just can't put down - in fact i literally didn't until i had finished reading the entire book in just 24 hours and for someone who wouldn't call themself a 'reader', that's saying something! Andy's unique take on his first year in professional comedy is just the right mix of laugh out loud funny, honest, real, thoughtful and relatable. Whether you're interested in comedy/stand-up or not, it shouldn't matter - this book is worth a read regardless, and particularly so if you can identify with someone who has given up everything to pursue his lifelong dream, tackling a host of challenges along the way and then sharing them with us through engaging anecdotes and hilarious stories. As many people have written in their review, you would expect this book to be funny and it doesn't disappoint on that score, but I certainly wasn't expecting to be moved in equal measure. A really inspirational read and i'd recommend not just buying this one, but pre-ordering the next one at the same time!(if only we could!)
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The till in the coffee shop on Cheltenham Road in Bristol shot open again as I handed over another crisp five pound note for a Latte and an oatmeal cookie. I had to stay in there, not because it was raining and I'm a wuss when it comes to rain, but because I had to take in another chapter from Andy's excellent account of his first year as a Stand Up comedian.

Heads shot up from their Guardian, (the cafe is a pretty liberal hang out) as I giggled at another hilarious simile which delightfully pepper Andy's tales of life on the comedy road. The characters are alive, and made to be the readers friends just as much as they are Andy's. From page one Andy is your mate and you are there with him willing his gigs to go well, you celebrate with him when they do and share in his disappointment when circumstances go against him.

This book stands up (no pun) with any comedy memoir written by the big name comics.
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