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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"More autobiography than laughs"
An intimate and touching account from dropping out at school to finding his feet on stage. Although it only rarely made me laugh out loud - and there were long anecdotes, e.g. about burglary, that could have been edited out - this is a book that leaves you feeling glad you spent 8 hours in the company of its author.
really enjoyed listening about how Jack Dee got into comedy and his early stand up events.
would love to here more about once he'd started to make it and dealing with Addison Lee, great book non the less!
"Dee by name A+ by nature!"
If you like comedy, like Jack Dee or perhaps have failed to get into university and are hopping from job to job trying to find your place in the world then this book could be for you.
I loved the intelligent, witty general observations as well as the insights into Jack's early years before he finally made it. As it is read by the author it is even more entertaining and enjoyable.
I wish it had been even longer as I could have easily listened to more...hope there's a follow-up.
Jack Dee is a very likeable character - dead-pan, down to earth, telling it like it is. This book engages the listener with a frank and fascinating backstage peek into how he got to where he is now, and reveals what it took for him to get there. His honest account of his successes and failures is delivered out-of-character, and at many points evokes much sympathy from the listener. Jack is very much time-served as an entertainer, having worked his way up from nothing, despite the hostile and sometimes downright cruel environment of the comedy business that the public doesn't usually see. Highly recommended.
"Very much Jack Dee"
Really good listen and rare insight into a hard to read comedian well worth investing in
"classic Jack Dee"
more sentimental than I had imagined. but a very good listen especially as read by the man himself.
"A fascinating and funny read"
The book was excellent, filled with funny stories from Jacks road to fame delivered in his signature dry voice. Would highly recommend thanks jack!
Hey, it's Jack Dee talking what more do you need? Apparently I've got to use an exact amount of words.
"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.
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