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Life and Laughing: My Story | [Michael McIntyre]

Life and Laughing: My Story

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.
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Publisher's Summary

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

But how did he get there? Michael reveals all and gives a hilarious performance in this audio edition of his remarkably honest autobiography. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school, and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour - all are revealed. Michael’s story is riveting, poignant, romantic, and above all, very, very funny.

©2010 Michael McIntyre (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Adam Deeside, United Kingdom 02-07-13
    Adam Deeside, United Kingdom 02-07-13
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    "What an experience!"
    Would you listen to Life and Laughing again? Why?

    I found this audiobook to be tremediously entertaining. Firstly, Micheal himself is reading, simply adding to the comedy value from the book. He tells stories as if he's on stage performing to a crowd.

    Excellent Book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life and Laughing?

    Although being sad, around Chapters 15 - 22, while Micheal's becoming more and more in debt and his struggles to pay everything gets more and more demanding. He adds a funny touch to this stressfull situation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Lackagh, Ireland 01-21-13
    Marc Lackagh, Ireland 01-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Laugh"

    Having Michael himself read the book makes it all the better and just makes the stories from his life even funnier. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong 12-24-12
    Kathryn Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Laugh out loud funny"
    Would you listen to Life and Laughing again? Why?

    Like listening to awesome stand up comedy. Seriously interesting story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Him!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His descriptions of early days


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You'll laugh until you cry


    Any additional comments?

    A great book written and read by a supremely talented and genuinely funny man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cape Towwn, South Africa 05-06-12
    Michael Cape Towwn, South Africa 05-06-12
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes this is extremely funny in places, it's Michael McIntyre, that comes with the territory. It is also an inspiring story of a man who literally worked his way to the top. I couldn't put it down...no wait that's not it.... but I did take the very long way home and became the worlds most courteous driver, to hear the end of this audio book. It was beautifully told by the man himself. It was an emotional journey which I truely enjoyed!


    Have you listened to any of Michael McIntyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was in some ways better than his DVD's as this is not a performance but a window into the humour of the man himslef.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lavanya 04-30-12
    Lavanya 04-30-12
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    "had fun :)"
    If you could sum up Life and Laughing in three words, what would they be?

    good clean fun :)


    Which character – as performed by Michael McIntyre – was your favorite?

    mcintyre father
    grandma
    uncle in Hungary


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Story behind the laughs


    Any additional comments?

    wish there could have been more stuff... more of the exagerated stuff by mike

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Ipswich, United Kingdom 11-09-11
    Louise Ipswich, United Kingdom 11-09-11 Member Since 2001
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    "very entertaining"

    This is a great biography from a wonderfully funny man. There were points during this book where I was crying with laughter. Remember that it is a biography and not a comedy performance. A wonderful insight into his life so far.

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    J. P. Doran Hamilton, New Zealand 06-13-11
    J. P. Doran Hamilton, New Zealand 06-13-11

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    "So much better than reading the book"

    This is thus far, the best audio book that I have listened to. Full stop.

    Having Michael tell you his story makes you feel like you're making a lifelong friend as you experience his journey with him. The sad parts are crushing, the funny parts, uproariously hilarious. During those, and everywhere in between, you get a genuine feel for the man behind the story and how the people and events of his life have shaped him.

    The opportunity afforded to the writer in narrating his own story is gloriously exploited with countless off-script ad-libs which enhance the experience immeasurably.

    A genuine, unpretentious, modest and thoroughly entertaining insight into a national treasure of Britain. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 05-30-11
    Robert 05-30-11
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    "Not funny"

    I expected a laugh a minute. There wasn't one. A nice little autobiography, but not a lot of laughs. Perhaps it's the way he tells it.

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  • Rowan
    Wales
    10/21/10
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    "He does have floppy hair"

    His stand up is for everyone. Non offensive and pretty funny. His book is much the same. I enjoyed it from start to finish. The fact he is reading it makes it worth giving it a go as he does so with fun and pleasure. A funny book. Try it you wont be offended.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Funny, but shocking"

    When I purchased this audiobook, it was because I was a major Michael McIntyre fan, as would be expected. For the first few chapters, I was sat there laughing my head off as it was hilarious. Then it got seriously rude. I was sat there guffawing, completely disappointed by this turn of events. I was really disgusted and I couldn't listen any longer. I know it sounds awful, but it was actually disgusting, so I deleted it off my iPod and didn't listen any further. Apparently it gets better, but I didn't like it, so, if you are happy with it being rude, by all means, buy this audio book, but it is not for me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. G. Perrins
    Cardiff
    12/23/12
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    "Some Laughing"

    Wasn't all that impressed tbh. Enjoy the stage show, and some of that style comes out in the book. Bit slow and dull in places trying to make the mundane sound funny. So-so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    7/24/12
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    "Wonderful - I genuinely laughed out loud"

    This was a fantastic book made all the better by narration by Michael himself. I think reading it wouldn't have had the same impact. As other reviewers have said the accents are superb and very funny. Its such an interesting story and I really felt for him at every stage. Michael McIntyre has much more too him than people would assume based on first impressions, he's not necessarily the posh boy everyone thinks he is. I can't recommend this highly enough, I've read many other autobiographies by comics (Dawn French, Stephen Fry Alan Carr..) and this was by far the best. On a side note: Do not read Stephen Fry's autobiography the first 5 hours are painfully dull, Alan Carr's however is very good. Buy Life and Laughing you won't regret it, I laughed out loud on the tube and blinked back tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    Abbots LangleyUnited Kingdom
    12/14/10
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    "An excellent download"

    This book is one of the best autobiographies I've listened to. It is touching, clever and absolutely hilarious. Driving down the M1 with tears running down your face probably isn't totally safe - but is certainly a lot more enjoyable than normal. Get this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom
    2/10/11
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    "Excellent"

    Played this audiobook in the car, once a week, for an hour round trip in the dark winter evenings, till sadly the audiobook finished this month (Feb 2011). Had just the best laugh to myself listening to Michael telling the story of his life to date. Enjoyed Michael on TV but now that I've listened to how he got there, how he grew up, I'm going to listen to all his live shows on audible. This was so much better to hear him telling his story than reading it and imagining him telling it. I would say it's the best happy distraction to driving on a dark night that anyone could have. I am now a greater fan of Michael and would 100% recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh (and occasionally cry) at the antics of growing up a McIntyre and how he got to where he is now. I'm a few years older than Michael but I could relate to almost everything he told (I'm a mum so some of it was news to me but I have a son so will always knock before I enter the room..... thanks for that tip!). Brilliant! Fab! Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Earle
    6/30/15
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    "I laughed till I cried 😂"

    I'm not joking ... I really did.... Laugh till I cried. This has to be the smartest, funniest, wittiest book ever written.😄 Michael Mac life story is moving funny and very heart felt.
    I have never been more entertained by any book more than this. When I have felt a down I just play it for a bit and in minutes I found my self belly laughing in the car while driving !
    I have had to pull over and park on more than one occasion! This title should carry a Health & Safety warning.... Laughing like this is good for your Healy but park up and turn off your engine for safety !😄

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diana Hudman
    6/27/15
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    "fabulous!!"

    made me laugh a lot, loved every second of this book!! listened every night before bed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David J. Curzon
    6/19/15
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    "Great listen"

    Made me laugh and cry ! Mostly laugh, very open and honest rendition of a life
    being eventually turned around to success. Great guy, much respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donal M.
    6/13/15
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    "Enjoyable, well read by the author -Easy listening"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a funny well written autobiography which is excellently read by the author. Michael is able to observe the amusing aspect of his life's experiences with a boyish sense of wonder and enthusiasm even when these experiences are self-deprecating. His style allows one to experience his emotions too and I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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