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Great book - poorly printed
on 10 August 2003
Tony Allen is a bit of a legend - he's really good and everybody knows he's really good, but you never see him performing anywhere. This book, which is a personal meditation on the art of comedy, goes some way to expalining why. He tells of the how the TV show he was on was censored, he tells how alternative comedy has become a business. But he makes what might have been a boring rant entertaining (at one point he sneaks in the best shaggy dog story I've heard, dressed up as a piece of journalism). The potted history of comedy in one chapter makes the book worthwhile on its own.
The only problem was the printing - 10 point sans-serif light-grey type on white paper. I suppose this is supposed to be post modern, but it just makes the text very hard to read.