Jason Manford is firmly established as one of the country's favourite stand-ups and is up there with the best northern comedy legends. His career began one night in a pub in Chorlton when a comedian didn't arrive for his set and Jason, the 17-year-old glass collector stepped in to fill the gap. From that point on he's never looked back, until now that is....
This is the story in his own words of everything that lead up to that fateful moment - a colourful tale of growing up with lots of family and not enough money, of getting by and sticking together. It is a story of his shameless extended clan of wayward uncles and singing nans and a gobby little knobhead at the heart of it all called Jason. Featuring rock-hard great granddads, doting grandparents, pub-crooning nanas, football-mad dads, pet-obsessed mums, more dodgy uncles than you can shake a stick at, failed exams, dead-end jobs, paper rounds, prostitutes, shocked priests, manslaughter, winning goals, sudden losses, replica shirts, chip-fat incidents, scary pubs, pet meat, fighting Gandhis, cancelled Christmases, Sir Oswald Mosley, flooded tents, call centres, circumcision, puppy love, friends for life, difficult girlfriends, gigs from hell, heart break and, finally, true love....
With his laugh-out-loud tales of coming of age, Jason shows he's a generous storyteller and as natural an observer as he is on stage.
©2011 Jason Manford (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
The lack of storytime given to his comedy rise which at the end of the day is what interests us, not how poor he was in the 80s. His growing up story was not interesting and if anything made me dislike someone who id thought previously was interesting.
He mentioned his twitter indiscretion with one 15 second spiel, this doesnt really cut it. If your going to be brave and mention it in a book that people have invested in as an honest autobiography then you have to tackle the issue. I had briefly heard of this incident on the media when it occured and when i bought this book thought i would hear the truth, instead it is still hidden which really draws its own conclusions as a reader.
The best part is when Jason describes his first seeing a major act at the comedy club and how it inspires him, he then quickly gets a chance to have a go himself. You are thinking here we go this is gonnae get good and then it slips back into his very dull love life which jumps back and forth confusingly with little more decent mention of comedy.
This book is brilliantly funny. Download now. Always like to know about someones life in more detail.
Gives you more insite into how he came to bw famous and the help he gained from peter kay.
What a nice bloke. Worth my download credit
Well worth it, wasn't a massive fan before but am now. He shows a true skill in book writing, will be recommending it to all.
An entertaining read, and I enjoyed it's relaxed style of Jason's voice. No real surprises, and if you are a fan of Jason's it's well worth reading.
As a huge fan of comedy but a little wary of autobiographies this was a bit of an experiment for me. However, it had me laughing out loud and kept me up at night as I just couldn't turn it off. Love the fact that Jason Manford reads it and brings it alive. Highly recommended.
Jason's biography was excellent, read by the man himself made it more enjoyable as he told his life story which is very funny in parts. It is well worth listening to.
This was a really touching book, I really enjoyed it, very honest and very funny, shame it wasn't a bit longer though
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