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Warming Up: Bye Bye Balham v. 1 Paperback – 10 Dec 2008

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Go Faster Stripe Ltd; 1st ed. edition (10 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956090109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956090102
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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prose from the alternative comedian


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Richard Herring is almost certainly the most prolific man in British comedy today. In any given 24 hour period, he seems to produce 25 hours of material, most of it highly entertaining. He seems to have challenged himself by making things as hard as possible for himself, though, coming up with less- and less-promising concepts: a series of live shows all written and performed in a day, an audio podcast of snooker commentaries on his own games with himself, and now the attempt to get people to pay for content that is available for free on his website. Somehow he manages the alchemy of turning these dreadful ideas into comedy gold, and there's no reason why this shouldn't do well, too.

For those of us freeloaders who lap up everything the man throws out there for free, this is one of the few opportunities to show our appreciation financially. I'd buy this even if I didn't have a Kindle. Happily I have. If you've never come across Richard Herring's work, this is a great way to rectify that fault. Expect engaging and suprisingly honest writing that will cause you to laugh out loud.
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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2012
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Why oh why oh why did I buy this? Most of the stuff on here is available on Richard's blog isn't it? Well yes actually but it's the added extras that make this work. Little insights, comments and daft observations are all in place and are added to by the extra commentary. My only gripe would be that the font size is smaller than my usual one for some reason so I have had to adjust that, but otherwise for any RH fan this is really good value.
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I have to admit, when I first heard about this book, I didn't hold out much hope that it would be any good. Simply re-printing 5 year old blog entries, all of which are available for free on Herring's website sounded like the ultimate lazy cash-in. However, I'm so glad I decided to buy it as it's turned out to be one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. For a start, there's something undeniably more satisfying about reading the entries on the printed page rather than off a screen, and Richard Herring's observations on life, often prompted by a seemingly trivial event which happened to him that day and seen through his pedantic and knowingly childish eyes, are very funny and sometimes even thought-provoking. But Herring has also added real value with extensive footnotes detailing what was happening "behind the scenes", some of which was too personal and too painful to make public at the time. He also looks back at the behaviour and attitudes of his 35 year old self, with the honesty and wisdom only hindsight can bring, while acknowledging that, in another five years, his current behaviour will no doubt be subject to the same disapproval by his future self.

OK, I'm making it sound a bit heavy now - at heart, this is just a very funny book with plenty of laugh out loud moments. If you like Herring's brand of humour, you'll love this. If you've never heard of Herring, give it a try you idiot!
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Having been a great fan of 'TMWRNJ' and 'Fist of Fun' back in the 90's I have always vaguely maintained an interest in Richard Herring's comedy, including occasionally reading his blog, 'Warming Up'. Life being what it is though, I'd frequently forget about it and miss whole months and even years worth of entries.

It wasn't until the podcast version of 'Warming Up' came out that I started listening to every post religiously. Being an every single day for over 9 years thing it's amazing how consistantly funny and interesting the vast majority of entries are.

This Kindle version is great because it's much more convenient to casually read early entries than on the website, and while it may seem strange paying for something that is available for free, it's well worth the price considering how much entertainment he provides me for free with all the various podcasts.

The retrospective entries he's made for the book are a welcome addition too. The whole blog gives a fantastic insight into Richard's life and mind and he's not afraid to show vulnerability or appear an idiot, or show any other side of his personality. It all makes him seem incredibly human and I can't help but really like the guy.

Most importantly though this book is very funny. It's something that gets better and better the more of his blog you read/listen to and often has me chuckling to myself long after I've put it down. I hope he never stops writing it.
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I am glad that we are living in a world where daily blogs -- freely available on the internet -- can be published, thus rewarding the writers for providing all those hours of free entertainment.

Herring's blog, Warming Up, is frequently hilarious and this collection of early entries stands up pretty well. It introduces us to the world of Consecutive Number Plate Spotting and the idea that being a writer is the hardest job in the world, the book adding context with footnotes and prefatory remarks to each month.

I would give it five stars, but the first edition is a catalogue of absolutely appalling typographical errors and spelling mistakes. Misplaced apostrophes, unnatural italics and strange footnote conventions blight what is otherwise a fun read.

Wait for the second edition when these things will hopefully have been corrected.
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