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A Funny Life: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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In A Funny Life -Michael McIntyre's second autobiography, released in 2021- the superstar comedian shares his incredible journey through fame since his big break at the 2006 Royal Variety Performance. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. One thing that is very apparent throughout the entire book is how important his manager, Addison Cresswell was to his career. In A Funny Life , Michael honestly and hilariously shares the highs and the lows of his rise to the top and desperate attempts to stay there. In A Funny Life, Michael honestly and hilariously shares the highs and the lows of his rise to the top and desperate attempts to stay there.

He is an obsessive character, his ambition spurring him on to greater and greater heights, as with his runaway Saturday night success with Michael McIntyre's Big Show. I read his previous autobiography many years ago and this follows on from 2006 and goes up to when he won a BAFTA in 2017. Without revealing any spoilers, there's room for pathos too - plus some embarrassing missteps as Michael looks to build on his success, and how he develops new ideas.It is clear that McIntyre is a man who is in his element when everything revolves around him, when there are others in the limelight, he is self aware enough to know that he does not do as well. Michael has had a silly life, a stressful life, sometimes a moving and touching life, but always A Funny Life.

The voice and acting of his agent Addison not only made me feel my life was lesser for never knowing the man, but also made me feel so happy whenever he turned up or rang up. I know he is a comedian that people either seem to love or hate, something he talks about in this book. Did he not think actually prepping and practicing might be worth his time, rather than just abandoning them?I love how he’s so open and honest about his almost crippling lack of self confidence and his fragility. There are some jokes that I do remember that I would love to hear again one day – maybe audiences could do a vote on what jokes out of a list of options could be included each night, with them mixed in with new material.

I don’t watch a lot of comedy these days and I truly cannot stand what many people seem to love, but he’s an exception. Of course as we've seen things turn out great for him but there was a learning curve for him to see what worked and what didn't and as big as the highs were some of the lows shattered his confidence. It all made for a very enjoyable read, with Michael coming across as likeable, honest, hard-working and just someone who doesn't take life too seriously. It has certainly not been the easiest of journeys, his luck beginning to turn with an appearance at the Royal Variety Show, and even then it was not instant.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The book is full of stories that will make you laugh out loud and other times when he is semi serious talking about his relationship with his agent Addison Cresswell. Michael McIntyre's spot-on observational comedy and ability to turn everyday situations into masterclasses of human exasperation have struck a chord with millions of fans, making him one of the most successful comedians in the world. We see how he and wife cope with starting a family and moving up the property ladder - all delivered with Michael's unique brand of wit and wonder. Looking back at this work, I’m fairly sure I’ve watched everything he’s done, have all his DVDs and have read all his books (all 2 of them!

There are so many anecdotes and stories but also private details of his earlier debt, the problems encountered with moving house and more. It’s clear this is what he’s always wanted and worked hard for, and I’m so glad he’s managed to make a success out of what he loves, and why shouldn’t you celebrate the gains that come with that? He pushed Michael further and higher than he believed he could go and the love and appreciation Michael felt for him is very apparent. Anyway, “A Funny Life” is great – there are mixture of emotions; plenty of humour and jokes, but with further insights into Michael’s life.

I really love the way he sees the humour in many things that to most people are just every-day occurences! The book is quite interesting though as it charts his progress from regular employment, through the comedy scene and into the mainstream media. Laugh along with Michael McIntyre as he lifts the curtain on his life in his long-awaited autobiography.

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