Life and Laughing: My Story Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The riveting, poignant and remarkably honest biography from Britain's biggest comedy star, Michael McIntyre, brought to you by Penguin.
His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time.
Now he hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and has won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up.
But how did he get there?
In his compelling autobiography, Michael McIntyre reveals all.
With deeply personal and captivating narration, Michael unveils his incredible journey: from his showbiz roots, to his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, to going from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to half a million at his last tour.
Written and narrated by Michael himself, Life and Laughing is the hilarious performance and life story from one of the country's most loved comics.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 45 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||14 October 2010|
|Publisher||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,383 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Michael McIntyre has become one of my favourite comedians. He's very sharp and clever at observing people, including himself and showing us how hilarious our everyday lives can be. I've laughed hard at many of Michaels jokes/skits.
After exhausting YouTube and purchasing his DVD's this ebook was a must have.
Michael begins his story with his parents and how they met and from there takes us on the whole journey from his birth right through to, finally, his incredible success!
The interactive videos through the ebook bring a lot of the reading to life, although there are many links that you cannot view due to copyright which is disappointing.
In Michaels story, however, what resonates strongly in his life, before he reached the highest pillars of success, is the struggle he went through to finally become the success he is now. I really felt there would have been many a time that common sense and reason could have kicked in and changed his course But his sheer determination and grit to succeed in life and love are truely inspirational.
I haven't seen Michael perform live yet. I missed out last year when he toured here in Australia. But after reading his story, seeing him perform live has gone straight to the top of my bucket list!
It is so easy to read, he draws you in with warmth, humor, affection and has a real knack for storytelling. He is such a likeable fellow and I love how much he worships his family, esp his beautiful wife.
If you're a fan, you need to read this, he has an amazing story of how he got to where he is today, written so entertainingly well.
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I can honestly say that I have never laughed so much whilst reading a book, or had to wipe away tears of laughter. My husband kept asking me what was so funny - I couldn’t speak for laughing. The scene in his nursery school when a fellow pupil had had an ‘accident’ which caused a stink. I could actually picture the scene as I was reading it. Also MM’s reference to his family and him wanting to speak to them, but could only manage ‘ma, da’ and ‘shum’. He’s a great story teller.
He tells a hilarious story of inviting his half brother Billy to stay in his hotel room during a comedy festival in Montreal. It would appear to everyone that Billy was more like something from Pretty Woman, rather than a visiting relative. Unfortunately MM had to spoil the story by telling us he slipped Billy ‘a couple of hundred quid’. OK this made the story even funnier, as the handing over of money was seen by others BUT he didn’t have to mention the amount, or that it was money. I wonder how Billy feels reading it/hearing about it.
I’ve not yet finished, MM’s dad’s career is going well and I’m really having a great time reading, laughing and wiping my eyes. The last time I laughed like this was seeing Count Arthur Strong at one of his I’ve shows.
I do think the editor should have maybe done away with references to his rich gran (OK it’s funny), his dad having an enormous house with 35 acres - not everyone would warm to that.
Most heartwarming was to read of his struggles with debt while working as a jobbing comedian but being wholly supported by the love of his life, (won’t say who in case some readers don’t already know) It’s hard to imagine him living in a one bedroom flat with a small baby struggling to pay bills. So glad they are still together!
Fame does not seem to have gone to his head and this book gave me many laugh out loud moments. One question Michael if you are reading this...who did your grandmother end up leaving her fortune to??
Thankfully the book improves, and to give Michael credit this book is a very good read: we get a glimpse into the life of Michael McIntyre, with all its ups and downs. It's no holds barred and emotional. Although funny in parts, what makes this book special is that it shows how tough it is to be a stand-up comedian, and his struggle to make it in this field. I thought it was interesting and would definitely recommend it.
The only reason I haven't given it five stars is because I did find that in certain parts, he came across as quite arrogant, which I didn't really like. It may just be the way it came across in print - I'm sure if he was speaking this autobiography it would have been funnier - but that was the only thing that made this autobiography fall short of the full five stars.
Apart from that, if you are a McIntyre fan, this is a must read.