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Lolly Scramble: A Memoir of Little Consequence

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  16 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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Pan Australia (first published 2005)
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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
Beau Johnston
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.
Sep 06, 2008 Yrinsyde rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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
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!
Very funny read. Enjoyed his stories especially when he was diagnosed with a blood disorder.
A lot of fun, his humour shines through. Had me in hysterics at least once.
Jennifer Forest
From terribly sad to wildly hilarious, I've re-read this several times.
Extremely underrated comic from New Zealand. And a superb writer. A must read.
I tolds ya. Clint should be kerned right and Skippy goes mental.
Absolutely hilarious all the way through
Funniest book I've ever read.
Oct 14, 2011 Eta added it
witty book...enjoying it so far! Love the Kiwi humour!!! :)
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Dr. Tony Martin is Emeritus Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, where he taught from 1973 to 2007. Prior to coming to Wellesley, he taught at the University of Michigan-Flint, the Cipriani Labour College (Trinidad), and St. Mary's College (Trinidad). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, Brown University, and The Colora ...more
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