You don't just wake up jaundiced and bitter; it's taken Jack years of dedication and commitment to brew his unique cocktail of disillusionment and bile. What turned this once optimistic young man into a grumpy middle-aged git? Was it working in an artificial-leg factory? Or delivering incontinence pads for the NHS? Or was it the time when he was shunned by his peers for daring to thrash a one-armed man at tennis?
In this hilariously frank account of his life, Jack finally answers the question, 'So how did you get started in comedy then?' Along the way, he shares his blatantly unreasonable views on everything from personal trainers to boutique hotels, from the overrated moon landing to 'people who hold their cutlery the wrong way'.
Once you've listened to this book, you'll never think of Jack Dee as a smiling, happy-go-lucky, friendly face again.
©2009 Jack Dee; (P)2009 Random House Audio
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"Jack Dee is FUNNY!"
Definitely top 10. Top 5 of my fave comedy books!
Maybe Lee Evans, but Dee's is much funnier
His own take and how he tells the story. That's why he's so funny.
What happened to Jack.
This was really interesting. Well read in his inimitable voice. Laughed out loud a lot while listening in the car. Worth buying. Glad to say it wasn't all 'Showbiz" stuff but about his life up to his first success. Hope there will be a sequel.
Jack Dee's miserable
I find Jack's narration fantastic, it is his normal dry miserable best. Jack's Story is exactly as you would imagine it to be with him generally disliking life and everyone else in it.
If you read the book you would always be imagining him reading it, so why not just listen to him read it.
Yes, it filled a long car journey happily.
Couldn't recommend it more.
"a must listen."
that jack dee read it himself in his usual deadpan manner.
yes!!!!!! yes!!!!! yes. and I have listened to it three times now, once with my son. I will certainly buy more of his book's. very funny.
I will go back to this one again, as its so funny, in such a deadpan way as only jack dee can express.
"If you get his humour you will get this"
I think a few people who have reviewed this book have found it droany and not that funny - personally that is what I liked about it! For me that IS the point of Jack Dee - he isn't outwardly laugh a minute funny - he is dry, sarcastic and witty. This book is dry and sarcastic. He tells his story exactly the way I was hoping he would and I really enjoyed it. He is monotone - again that is Jacks thing. He explains how he discovered that it is ok to be himself. To be a miserable git and that is what people find funny and that is exactly what I found. Expect that, want that and enjoy that and this book is for you. If you want jolly laughing and enjoyment get Alan Carr or Micheal MacIntyre - all three are great listens but have very different styles.
His fantasy of the disabling of a school friend.
"Couldn't believe it"
Excellent book by Dee. Slow to start, but hang in there, trust me, well worth it. I thought, I was a mad depressive who took years to fit into society. However, Jack Dee beats me hands down. He has the skill of making you laugh, while he tells his story of finding his calling in life. Brilliant thanks Dee
"I tried, but this is terrible"
Jacks Agent, maybe Jack himself...after that, i struggle to think who...
Only if i was thinking of ending my own life, or held by a middle east group who wanted to extract information from me, they would get it within 30 seconds in that case
Michael McIntyre, reading his own bio, that is the only way anyone would want to buy this, get Jack to forget it and just leave it to Michael. Really!
Disappointment, in buckets. At one point Jack starts to tell you about his desk at home, and the order of the plugs! For god sake. It was like a little briton sketch of the old lady writing a book, and to fill the 20,000 word she adds " we played on the swing, weee weeeweee weeeweee weeeweee weeeweee weee" just to fll the gaps...this book is that, but for real.
I like Jack Dee, but not this book
"Thanks for Nothing"
Very very funny, with Jacks droll dry wit, it will have you laughing out loud
"Jack Deer at his deadpan best"
I really enjoyed this book, so much that I have listened to it twice in fairly quick succession. He says a lot of things that we all feel, but don't dare to mention. I love his petty prejudices, and I must confess to agreeing with several of them, especially men who blow dry their hair! It is also nice to find someone who has had more crap jobs than I have!
"A brief history of Jack"
A good book well worth a listen. If you are looking for a laugh out loud book, then this possibly isn't for you, if you are looking for a very interesting book detailing Jacks early life and the hard work he put in to get to where he is today, then I strongly recommend it. I was a bit disappointed that Jacks character didn't really come out in the book, at times it seemed almost biographical as opposed to autobiographical, but having said that, I can recommend it as a good read/listen.
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