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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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Entertaining, thought-provoking and I learnt a lot

I listened to this over about 24 hrs. I would recommend.

A very harrowing detail of the worst kind of child abuse was shared towards the end and I wasnt expecting it. Maybe a warning is needed?

Other than that it was super interesting and read at a good pace for me (you can be too fast for me to keep up when you are live Robin)

Thank you

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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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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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Hmmmm.

I guess it's me but felt this fell between two divergent objectives.
Humour vs intellectual

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I'm not a joke and I will bore you

A comedian's take on life with some good jokes always appeals. This did not. In fact it is just a long depressive mid-life crisis which seems obsessed with death, his own in the future, his friends and the parents of all comedians he has ever met. I found him making a joke about his mother's death within a week of her dying very distasteful and not even redeemed by being funny. Definitely the worst book I have bought through audible with very little insight in to the human condition and very few reasons to laugh. The times I did was when he included other comedians' jokes. He said he was close to giving up being a comic. I would fully support that decision.

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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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interesting, funny and enlightening.

I very much enjoyed the book and to have Mr. Ince read it was just the best.
Fascinating stuff, I found some of it super useful for my own anxiety.

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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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Funny Deep

Loved it. Thinking is interesting, especially others people's.
I had to add another six words

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  • 23-10-19

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.