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Summary

Evening Standard's the Best Comedy Books of the Year
2018 Skinny's Book of the Year, 2018

What better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily? 

In this touching and witty book, award-winning presenter and comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief?  

Informed by personal insights from Robin as well as interviews with some of the world's top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. But it is also a powerful call to embrace the full breadth of our inner experience - no matter how strange we worry it may be!

©2018 Robin Ince (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"Joyfully entertaining. Full of warmth, wisdom and affectionate delight in the wonder and absurdity of being human." (Observer)

"Funny, honest and heart-warming." (Matt Haig) 

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Wonderful.

I Listened To The Book In One Go.
Robin Writes Beautifully And Opens His Heart And Soul. I Loved It.

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great listen

if you like Robin Ince and like comedic psychology then this is the book for you. will liaten to this more than once.

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I Love This Book

When a book is dedicated to Barry Crimmins it's probably worth reading. When it also includes insightful commentary on Doug Stanhope, Eddie Pepitone and Ken Dodd while mixing in some neuropsychology then it's definitely worth reading.

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Unexpected and fascinating

Bought with expectation that this would be another biographical look at the life of a comedian I was surprised and delighted to find that it explores the very nature of comedians and their comedy and it's origins within their lives. A fascinating study, highly recommended.

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Profound embrace

A deeply considered, witty, compelling and kaleidoscopic exploration of the human condition, from the comic's perspective but much, much more. Replete with moving insights: a pleasure to return to for joy, strength and bolstered resilience.

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Insightful and observational explanation of comedy

I found this to be a fascinating listen. Ince delivers his theories and musings in an erudite and intelligent way. It is so much more than a humorous book about the delivery jokes.

Ince uses other comedians' perspectives and viewpoints as well as his own to ponder and demonstrate the different approaches and attitudes to comedy and humour.

Well worth a listen, I'd definitely recommend this.

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Brilliant

Robin ince's work as a stand up I was aware of but never seen. got as part of a 2 4 1 deal. Excellent

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Super narrating, thoughtful, hilarious in parts

Entertaing, great if you are curious about the world of stand up comedians. Ponders the psychology and motivation of on stage entertainers, using anecdotes and Robin's conversations with his peers. Entertaining throughout and hilarious in parts - particularly the bit about sinister 1970s public information films. I would have liked more of that, but it wasn't that kind of book.

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Life, Death and the Universe

An entertaining exploration of what it is to be human told from a stand ups perspective. If you enjoy live comedy there will be a quote or story told by a comedian you've seen, either live or on TV. Robin's experience as a presenter comes through in his relaxed but clear speaking.

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thought provoking

A great way to explore why we act as we do, told with enthusiasm by the author

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Thoughtful and fascinating.

For anyone interested in the mechanics of comedy, Robin Ince explores the neurological and psychological makeup of humour with his usual charm and wit. But if you can’t be bothered then it can all be distilled down to this one perfect lesson: Never reveal the cardigan too early.

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  • 19-06-19

Hugely entertaining!

Funny, fascinating and insightful. I listened to it in the car heading down to Dublin and couldn't wait for the journey back to finish it! Highly recommended.