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  • Tough Crowd

  • How I Made and Lost a Career in Comedy
  • By: Graham Linehan
  • Narrated by: Graham Linehan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (416 ratings)

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Tough Crowd

By: Graham Linehan
Narrated by: Graham Linehan
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Summary

Having cut his teeth in music journalism, Graham Linehan became the finest sitcom writer of his generation. He captured the comedy zeitgeist not just as the co-creator of Father Ted but also with The IT Crowd and Black Books, winning five BAFTAs and a lifetime achievement award.

Then his life took an unexpected turn. When he championed an unfashionable cause, TV commissioners no longer returned his emails, showbiz pals lost his number, and his marriage collapsed.

In an emotionally charged memoir that is by turns hilarious and harrowing, he lets us into the secrets of the writing room and colorfully describes the high-octane atmosphere of a sitcom set. But he also berates an industry where there was no one to stand by his side when he needed help.

Bruised but not beaten, he explains why he chose the hill of women and girls' rights to die on—and why, despite the hardship of cancellation, he's not coming down from it any time soon.

©2023 Graham Linehan (P)2023 Graham Linehan

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"A must-read. Funny and utterly compelling." (Jonathan Ross)

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Absolutely superb.

Dreadful what happened to Linehan by a deranged cult and spineless friends. A cowardice so revolting. History WILL vindicate him. It already has.

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An incredible story

What a time to be alive. The first half of the book is an interesting insight into how comedy production and writing works, filled with lots of humour. The second half is a lesson in how authoritarian people can be, how intolerant people are and proof that cancel culture is real.

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A great listen

Wow, did not know Graham had been involved in so many comedy hits. Why are Hatrick being so cowardly about putting on ‘Father Ted’ the Musical? Probably because one person in the company is a trans extremist.They should be ashamed of themselves.
Best wishes for the much better future you deserve, Graham.

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Fantastic and heart felt

A truly astonishing story in these interesting times. Everyone should hear it who is even vaguely concerned about societal shifts and audience capture through social media.

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Highly engaging and entertaining

I loved every minute of it. Having grown up in Dublin around the same time and having similar interests, there was a definite nostalgia for the comic and record shops mentioned in the early chapters. The recounting of his early days as a comedy writer is dramatic, exciting and educational, and the whole thing is told with such clarity and humour that you could never doubt his intentions.

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Excellent

Well worth a listen, it serves as a warning as to what happens to people who say anything relating to support previously established facts and knowledge that contradicts the current narrative

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Excellent

The first half of the book offers a fascinating insight into the craft involved in creating a successful sitcom. Father Ted is a masterpiece! The second half is a much darker account of the author’s experiences over the past six years. It’s extremely well written and made even more powerful by the author narrating it himself. I’m angered and saddened at what Graham has been put through and admire him immensely for having the courage to express views in the face of vitriolic persecution.

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excellent account of a very brave and gifted man

I never normally read showbiz / entertainment industry type biographies/autobiographies, and I'd never before even seen Father Ted, but I purchased this audible book as a gesture of support and respect for the authors brave stand against the trans madness, a stand which has come at a particularly high personal cost to both himself and his family.

it is a very engagingly written and passionate account, which articulates brilliantly the evils of this offshoot of the woke mind virus that is destroying our society. The narration by the author is excellent. Thoroughly recommended. I'm now seeing what I've been missing all these years with all his various sitcoms. 3 episodes into Father Ted and it's hilarious!

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Funny and Heartbreaking at the same time

Great book. Graham tells us the history of his TV career in a wonderfully entertaining way. The second half of the book focuses on his recent fight for the rights of women, girls and children which is as heartbreaking as it is encouraging

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incredibly funny and deeply moving

laugh out loud funny, Graham is a great among our best loved comedy writers. Thank you for a you do and have done, and thank you for Father Ted

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