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WHERE DO COMEDIANS GO WHEN THEY DIE?,
This review is from: Where Do Comedians Go When They Die? Journeys of a stand-up (Paperback)
As a big fan of Milton Jones, an English comedian well known for his Hawaiian shirts and deadpan one-liners, it truly pains me to say that I found this, his first novel, a big disappointment.
The story of Jerome Stevens, an up and coming comedian. This felt a bit like a biography in as much as, written by someone who has been-there-and-done-that, it is obviously a very authentic read of life as lived on the comedy circuit. And indeed, though you couldn't mistake the not altogether likeable Jerome Stevens with Milton Jones, there are one or two comedians who, though renamed, readers may recognise - I'm sure I spotted Russell Brand and possibly Michael Barrymore in there.
Not unlike his stand-up persona (and as you'd probably expect) Milton writes with a wonderful turn of phrase. Though, just as you might also predict, whilst not exactly full of one-liners, his writing style is a bit erratic, the threads of the story not so much hopping as hurdling all over the place.
Amazing as a comic, I feel certain Milton has an equally amazing story in him. However, in my opinion, this isn't it.
Copyright: Petty Witter @ Pen and Paper.