This is the kind of memoir I love best. Rowland Rivron has lived and is still living a completely unpredictable, rich and interesting life. He seems genuinely thrilled with how his life has turned out for the most part and writes with a kind of unaffected relish of the situations he has found himself in. It isn't until you start reading that you realise just how many things you have seen him in and how he has helped shaped the comedy that I grew up loving. He is funny, articulate wonderfully indiscreet and entertaining and seems fond of the numerous people that crop up in the book who he has to talk to about various incidents in his life. This needing verification comes about because of Rivron's keenness for the demon drink. He interviews those he has worked with over the years to help fill in some of the more interesting gaps. I must say that even though he is a wonderful story teller and his tales are very, very entertaining I am glad I am not his wife because I expect he is a bit of a nightmare to live with.
Anybody that could offer his guests a cheese sandwich when appearing on TV's Come Dine with Me is clearly an unconventional sort of person, but Rowland Rivron did and it soon becomes evident from reading this book that Rowland Rivron is a VERY unconventional person. As a comedian his humour can be anarchistic and he has led a similarly anarchistic life. He is a man that enjoys a drink or four and he loves to party, all the time causing havoc on the way.
His career has never been conventional either. On leaving school he became a drummer, earning good money playing in the West End, but after associating with the alternative comedy crowd he drifted into humour, an area that obviously suited his off-beat personality down to the ground.
Rowland Rivron has never been my cup of tea whenever he has appeared on TV so I was not expecting much from his autobiography but I ended up really enjoying this book. Some of the things he does are tasteless or just plain crazy - but they are also very funny. Rivron writes very well and he comes across as being very likeable, if unpredictable, person.