Top positive review
An excellent book for all aspiring standup comedians.
on 4 November 2016
Whether you wish to read and enjoy an insight to a woman's experience of challenge and determination, or if you are an (like myself) an aspiring standup comedian wishing to share in the hurdles that they may encounter on the path of live entertainment, Viv engages with the reader at a credible and camaraderie level immediately. With a tone driven through the thought processes of its author, we also follow her external daily routines and expetitions. Very often we become witness to the collision, or near miss at the very least when the variables of time, duty and headlong energy prescribe the outcomes good or otherwise of Vivs bid to reach the finishing line of her 100th gig in 100 days. Vivs style of writing enables the reader to appreciate the thought processes and various insecurities that manifest and compete for her attention, as the frequency of circumstances gather pace. Though supported by a system of friends, and an increasingly remote family, as a reader I found myself wishing I could be at Vivs side with a diet coke and words of reassurance as her inner thought processes threaten to overwhelm her. Suffice to say, this story is only one layer of a very skilled and competent woman, Viv Groskop working in the arenas of serious journalism.