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Jimmy Carr is really funny. I've mostly only seen him on umpteen re-runs of the few series of Cats that the SBS (Australia's Special Broadcasting Service) show. And at least once on QI during which he had me gulping for breath.
Turns out he puts together a really interesting book which he peppers with sound advice and common sense while also making you laugh and sneaking in a brief history of his life.
Jimmy comes across as a really good/nice person with a refreshing outlook on life. I ticked the "follow" button and look forward to reading more by him.
BTW I'm an old(er) person not yet ready for the scrapheap and more than willing to update/change my outlook on life fairly frequently. Thanks Jimmy.
Love this! Preordered on a punt and just finished on holiday (I like a review to save me disappointment!) but it’s brilliant! Self help with a dash of Jimmy, this could be a stand alone book that will help anyone feeling in a funk, like they aren’t doing what they should be, or even struggling with anxiety or sadness. It’s so much more than a comedians’ autobiography even though I do love those- he could have even released under another name and it would have been received well for people fed up with self help b***s but looking for some honest advice. I think many people will love this. I’ve highlighted so many passages that have given me food for thought already, and the information is passed on in a way that’s hit the perfect tone, it’s genuine and warm. If you aren’t sure about him, do give this a chance, I think you will be surprised at what this book has to offer.
Hopefully this will show people another side to a man who gets a lot of negative press. Often from people who know very little about him.
Snappy book with lots of poking fun at himself, some moving bits (losing his mum - finally talking about his son) and good advice about making the most of your life. Because you only get one shot.
It's probably advice that has been repeated in hundreds of other books - but it's less tedious here, because it's interspersed with funny anecdotes.
Bought the hardback and have also got the audio book (audible trial) so I can listen to Jimmy reading his words to me.
PS - totally get it re not being able to have his father in his life. My mother was a narcissist and I had to absent myself for her last 7 years (as did my sister). Although we did visit in her last weeks. Very difficult people to have as parents
PPS - to those in reviews who query the "funniest man in UK". A group of scientists took a bunch of stand up specials and got people to watch them in a controlled environment. They then calculated how many minutes per hour they actually laughed - and he genuinely came out top. Sure, comedy is subjective. But, when it's your job - it's gotta be nice for an actual study to decide you are top dog?? And wouldn't YOU want to use that fact to promote yourself?
I like Jimmy Carr, I even met him once, but I'm not a superfan or anything. So I had no particular expectations going into this book. And it was bloody brilliant. I loved it.
Disclaimer: my favourite books are biographies and self-help books and this is both so I am probably the exact target audience. However, because I'm really into personal development, I very rarely come across anything refreshing or new these days. And this was all of those things.
Jimmy tells a story really well, drops in the odd hilarious comment and has some 'genuinely useful' things to say about life.
The not so appreciative reviews on here are probably just a case of the book ending up in the hands of the incorrect audience, which isn't surprising when at a quick glance this book looks like any old comedian autobiography.
If you're not interested in self-development material at all, and you're looking for pure biography with some laughs, this is not the book for you. Do not buy. However, if you're open to some life insights, interested in the inner workings of the comedy scene and would like to read about the life and times of Jimmy Carr, add it to your basket now.
This is not only hilarious, it's a genuinely helpful self-help book. I didn't want it to end, it's that good. Whatever you write Jimmy, I will buy it. I was a fan but this is on a different level. There's basically something to make you laugh in virtually every paragraph. The pace is brilliant, it's honest and forthright. Top marks.
I don't understand the 1 star reviews. For me this book was a delight and a genuine surprise. Lots of candid moments revealed interspersed with wonderful stories which aren't always funny - sometimes they're beautiful - but often full of wisdom
Witty and wise from the UK's best known funnyman. Wasn't sure what to expect from this and I was initially sceptical that this was more a self help book than an autobiography. However, and somewhat ironically, I feel I know Jimmy Carr better now in this format as opposed to how much I think I know someone from other actual autobiographies I've read. He's communicating to the reader, for sure, but he's also no doubt communicating who he is by osmosis. Both genuinely funny and thought provoking. Splices engaging pieces with perfectly executed dry humour. Definitely recommend.
If you don't believe humour should have any cruel twist, look away now! Jimmy Carr can give you more cringe-worthy moments than most, but he is incredibly funny and if you don't mind annoying your spouse, kids, partner (whomever) by breaking peaceful silences with an unaccountable explosion of uncontrolled mirth - this is the book for you.