If you've ever sat with a beer, late at night after a gig deconstructing comedy you will see yourself in this book. It is part memoir, part diary, part treastie on comedy. As an ex stand-up comic myself I did find some of it interesting as it is mainly a very personal history of alternative comedy told through gig reviews and reminiscences. Impressively some of them slag off other comics, in these days where we're all afraid of upsetting people I was genuinely amused and it does show that if nothing else Tony Allen does have tons of the attitude that he so keenly promotes. Anyone with an academic interest in the history of the 1980's alternative comedy scene in Britain will love this book.