Tickling the English Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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A master-class in intelligent stand-up...It's thoughtful stuff, impeccably delivered. With material this strong, you don't need gimmicks (Guardian)
About the Author
Dara O Briain is the biggest Irish comic to have hit the UK in recent years. Already a huge star in Ireland, O Briain has now moved from being a sold-out festival favourite in Edinburgh to selling out theatres across the country and enjoying mainstream television success with his topical BBC comedy show, Mock The Week. He has been living in England for the past seven years.
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There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in the book (much to the irritation of my husband who wanted to know what I was laughing at but also wanted to wait to read the book for himself) and at the same time the book is full of interesting stuff. Dara also gives some insight into the life of a comic on tour and recounts many of the interesting people and conversations that he has had on tour.
If you like Dara's comedy then you're bound to enjoy his book. It's very well written, very funny and very clever. Highly recommended!
I have just three things to say to Dara: (1) Can I have Damon's job please? (2) Please tell me you didn't really wear only two shirts throughout the entire tour because that's gross. And (3) when can we meet so we can swap accents?
I'm also a fan of Dara O'Briain, the Author, so that was just another reason.
Tickling the English is a wonderful book, which actually uses statistics to break down national stereotypes, rather than fear-mongering to confirm them.
Bottom line is, if you are looking for an informative, intelligent and funny read about why the English aren't a bad lot, this is the book for you.
If you read the book purely as it stands and don't dig deeply it will be a joy and an easy read from front to back. However, now and again there were bits in it that grated. Being Irish Dara has the innate superiority of a nation who suffered under the English. It's not there all the time but it does surface now and again.
Then there is the politically correct reality of modern comedians. Dara, in all fairness, despite conforming to the BBC model of comedy is humorous. He does however retain the whiff of holier than thou morality over old school comics of the 70's.
Essentially this is a travelogue of a trip around England and parts of Ireland as his show moves on. At each venue we get a small chunk of local history and of course anecdotes from the show. Interestingly and to Dara's credit he does judge himself and writes about his successes and failures with honesty.
I suppose it would be churlish to say anything other than this is a pleasant, easy to read and fairly concise book ideal for a flight or a bit of beach time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As ever, a very funny and light read which is good for dipping in and out of.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Disappointing, thought this was going to be an enjoyable read, but stopped reading at chapter five, turned into an Irish man having a go at the English.Published 4 months ago by Miss K Orr
The fact that I lived in Dublin between the ages of 3 to 11 and had Irish parents enabled me to appreciate this book from both angles. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mrs. MB LYMER
It's a very entertaining book to read filled with wisdom, comedy and keen observacions.Published 7 months ago by ANCA PETERFI