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Lolly Scramble: A Memoir of Little Consequence

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  152 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Comedian Tony Martin has strip-mined his often unremarkable life to tell sixteen small tales fraught with laughter and detail. Choosing to ignore his many dubious achievements in the world of Australian show business (Martin/Molloy, The Late Show, a short-lived but torrid affair with Sharon on Kath & Kim), New Zealand-born Martin instead recalls dozens of tiny life-cha ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Pan Australia
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Mar 31, 2014 Alana rated it liked it
The problem with this book isn't Martin's writing style, which is aptly genius, especially when it comes to descriptions. It's not due to the length of stories, or the number. It's not due to the sarcasm meter being filled to the brim or the swearometer being smashed. It's just that Martin's stories are not very interesting and therefore not very funny. Although it's obvious strange things have happened to him and he's met some unusual people, he is purposefully avoiding talking about his life w ...more
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Feb 09, 2016 Derelict Space Sheep rated it really liked it

The best comedians are those whose humour derives from perspective. Kiwi turned Aussie Tony Martin is one such person, shunning the celebrity world to glean amusement from his everyday life. (Read aloud, his recounting of an amateur theatre mishap becomes life-threateningly funny.)
Lyn Ryan
Apr 23, 2015 Lyn Ryan rated it liked it
Unsurprisingly, Tony Martin's humour pervades this memoir. If you like him, you'll find this an entertaining read. Of little his own reckoning.
Beau Johnston
Mar 05, 2014 Beau Johnston rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography, humour
An entertaining read about the life that turned Tony into the comedian he is today. I've always enjoyed Tony's sense of humour because it's relatable.
Michael Pryor
Jun 22, 2015 Michael Pryor rated it really liked it
Hilarious, comical, well-kerned.
Sep 06, 2008 Yrinsyde rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Autobiography fans, and those interested in Australia's comedy
Shelves: public-library
I laughed so much reading martin's autobiography!! His stories of growing up in New Zealand reminded me so much of my own childhood (although I grew up in Melbourne AU). 'Badmin Admin' .... I fell about!! Oh gosh. For anyone who is a fan of Degeneration and/or Mick Molloy's and Martin's comic films, this is a must read.
Jul 26, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Tony's anecdotes are very funny, and had me laughing aloud on the train, at home and in the work lunch room. The 'slipping in chuck' bit, for some reason, sent me into an unstoppable giggle loop.
Mar 16, 2010 Kari rated it really liked it
This was a great book written in typical Tony Martin style. A few funny anecdotes about seemingly normal events - my favourite is the video on the bus story!
Meredith Walker
Oct 20, 2012 Meredith Walker rated it liked it
Very funny. loved that each chapter was a different story so it was easy to read a bit her or there. Made me want to watch Spinal Tap.
Kinjal Sharma-khanna
Hilarious!! A wonderful journey which gives you an insight into the becomings of a great comedian. I loved the skippy story!
Feb 10, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
Very funny read. Enjoyed his stories especially when he was diagnosed with a blood disorder.
Jan 11, 2009 Donna rated it liked it
A lot of fun, his humour shines through. Had me in hysterics at least once.
Jennifer Forest
Jan 21, 2012 Jennifer Forest rated it really liked it
From terribly sad to wildly hilarious, I've re-read this several times.
Apr 26, 2013 Irfan rated it it was amazing
Extremely underrated comic from New Zealand. And a superb writer. A must read.
Sep 25, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it
I tolds ya. Clint should be kerned right and Skippy goes mental.
Mar 15, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious all the way through
Mar 06, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Funniest book I've ever read.
Oct 14, 2011 Eta added it
witty book...enjoying it so far! Love the Kiwi humour!!! :)
Nov 09, 2010 Iva added it
Will read soon
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Tony Martin was born in Te Kuiti, New Zealand, in 1964. He was implicated in such projects as The D-Generation, The Late Show, Martin/Molloy, Get This and, more recently, ABC1’s A Quiet Word. He is the author of Lolly Scramble and A Nest of Occasionals. He lives in Melbourne and enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
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