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
I expected an interesting story with some funny bits. I think this is better than reading the book yourself as you get to listen to Micheal himself. While the book covers some sad and hard times in his life it is not depressing but very funny. He is also able to convey his feelings and emotions for both the sad and happy times to give you an idea of how he felt and what he was going through. The book had me in tears frequently, some tears off sadness but mostly tears of laughter. Fortunately I was home alone listening so no problem for the times when I just couldn't hold the laughter in.
He also gives the rest of us an idea of how hard it is to become a success in comedy, you don't just walk into a club and start telling jokes and bingo your famous. I've often thought that people in showbiz must all have big egos just to get up on stage and assume people want to see / hear them. I've never considered that they want to make us happy by performing or that their disapointment at lack of success might not be purely financially motivated.
I hope Micheal has many more years of entertaining ahead of him and that he has plans for further books.
He is a very funny man and if you have seen him on tv and like him then you will love his autobiography. His narration is brilliant.
I loved this audiobook. Have become a fan of Michael McIntyres comedy and found it a really interesting story of how he got to where he is today. It is not a book of all laughs, I had tears at times, but was an inspirational story by someone who has faced a lot to get his success. Read brilliantly by Michael himself. Would recommend.
Was great fun. I found his experiences to be very interesting and found his outlook to life refreshing.
His teenage years and his start in the standup circuit....
I started following Michael Mcintyre after this performance.
Laugh out loud !!
Absolutely would listen to this again. The author/narrator has such a wonderful outlook on life, he can find humor even in hard times.
I love how McIntyre opens the first few chapters by chiding the listener for being "too lazy" to read the book for themselves; there are other comments that he makes while reading that seem to be spontaneous as well. The delivery is so natural, so fresh and authentic.
I listened to almost half in one sitting, then the rest the following day.
Anyone who likes Michael McIntyre will enjoy his wry view of growing up and the starting of his career. It's told with with warmth, truth and humour.
He told the story with humour and the same sort of observations which make his shows so funny.
You'll leave laughing and uplifted.
Yes, ive already listened to it twice. you always pick up funny parts you may have missed the first time!!
so many....when his grandmother was telling his wife he takes massive sh**
The story is excellent
The usual gentle McIntyre humour.
Michael seems to have recorded this at his home office using a desk mike without a professional sound studio. The sound volume annoyingly fades in and out as Michael seems to change distance from the mike.
A fabulous funny and honest story of Micheal's life and made personal by his own narration.
When he was at the limit of financial disaster and his luck turned with the Royal Variety Performance.
Anyone would like this bio, particularly those who have seen Michael McIntyre shows.
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.
"Enjoyable, well read by the author -Easy listening"
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.
"Thoroughly enjoyed it"
Laughed out loud in the middle of the office on a number of occasions. Wonderful funny man x
There is so much more i have in common with him that I never knew before, not the comedy side of things but the growing up. fantastic book, throughly enjoyed it, highly recommend it to anyone who is up for a good old laugh.
If you like his standup you'll love this book. His stand up is largely about what's happened to him, this book is all about what's happened to him. It is so funny and it's brilliantly funny to hear him telling the story.
"Really enjoyed it, like listening to a friend"
Loved this book, really sad it ended - he's brilliant! Fascinating story about his childhood & how he met his wife & reading about his relationship between his father & mother x
"1st "Memoirs" I have read"
I enjoyed listening to all 26 chapters whilst driving too and from work. Some LOL moments and some poignant ones tinged with real sadness where Michael bares his soul. Somehow I think this book is better listened to as his true character and vulnerability emerges from behind his cloak of humour. All around excellent audio book.
"Fun and funny"
This really is laugh out loud funny. Very entertaining and also a good insight into the comedy world.
"Brilliant and heartwarming"
Great book told from the heart. Michael is funny as usual with elements of seriousness which really endears you to compelling listening.
Funny and moving do glad Micheal narrates it himself - you feel like you have spent time with him and know him like a friend
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