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I'm a Joke and So Are You

Reflections on Humour and Humanity
Narrated by: Robin Ince
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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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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thought provoking

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

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fantastic listen, from a lovely human. enjoyable

A book that has made me feel sad, laugh, infuriated me.Everything I want to feel.

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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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  • mr
  • 28-02-20

far more than I expected

A really interesting discussion about mental health in the context of comedy. And the genius of Alan Moore too! Full of win. Robin is special, we need more like him.

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Top notch

Like all good AB's it finished way too soon. Robin ince is a humanitarian and a very funny one.

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  • MJ
  • 06-09-19

Great to hear it read by the author

Love listening to Robin Ince speak, so found this book hugely enhanced by being narrated by Robin himself. Both interesting and entertaining.

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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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Phenominal

A great book about comedy, comedians and the human mind in general. I will cerrainly give this a 2nd listen over the coming months.

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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.