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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!
It isn't a celebrity biography (although there are mentions of Mr. O'Briain's life).
Nor is it a recreation of his stage show (yet it does include references to some of his routines).
What it is is an outsider's look at the idiosyncrasies of England as a country, and the English as a race, interspersed with a diary from his last nationwide tour.
Another thing which this book is not is one of those Christmas knock-offs - hastily thrown together and, just as hastily discarded.
Mr O'Brian has obviously put some effort into researching the social history of England (which he accepts is not a subject covered in great detail in Irish schools). This research manifests itself in a number of references to books, articles and speeches from various points in England's history.
It would be wrong to say that this is a dry, scholastic tome. There are plenty of incidents and anecdotes which amuse, and more than once I had to stop reading because I was laughing so much.
He seems genuinely impressed at how the English adapt to any situation which may arise, but always seem to moan about things even (especially) when things are going well.
If you have seen Mr. O'Brian live, you will know that a portion of his set requires interaction with the audience which can cause the show to go off on wildly varying tangents making each show an individual event. The two most used questions of his audience being: "What do you do?" and "Have you ever interrupted a crime". Some of the answers to these simple questions have since taken on a life of their own and became integral parts of the set - the story of the car thief can stand repeated telling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As ever, a very funny and light read which is good for dipping in and out of.Published 12 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 14 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 15 months ago by Mrs. MB LYMER