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Alan Carr Autobiography

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,547 ratings  ·  96 reviews
The brilliantly funny and inimitable Alan Carr tells his life story in his own words, from growing up in a football-mad family in Northampton to his rise to become one of Britain’s best-loved comedians.‘Puberty had been unkind. Whereas it had come in the night and left the other boys with chiselled, stubbly chins and deep masculine voices, I’d been left with a huge pair of...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Xanthi
I dare say that most Australians would not have heard of Alan Carr. I happened upon him by accident online. I saw a few episodes of his show "Chatty Man" and enjoyed it. Usually I find campness to be rather irritating but Alan is genuinely funny. His autobiography is funny, as you would expect, but also rather honest and sobering in regards to his dealing with his sexuality, growing up. He is often self effacing and not afraid to talk about the terrible attack of anxiety he gets before shows. I...more
Ellie
I was excited to read this as I really enjoy Alan Carr's comedy, fortunately this book has the same humour you find in his acts. He writes very much as he speaks, you can almost hear him in your head as you read it. For anyone who likes Alan Carr it's a must read.
Gemma Hartshorn
Alan Carr isnt really a man who needs and review you either love or hate him. Written from Alans few this is as funny as you would expect it to be. Light reading for when you need a laugh & have no time for intense concentration.
Rachel
This made me laugh, out loud, on the beach like a loser.
:)
Sue Harris
Alan Carr's autobiography. I have only just recently become a fan of Alan Carr (unfortunately I never delved into the delights of 'Friday Night Project') - nevertheless, I find him extremely funny and was expecting the book to be a 'laugh-a-minute' book. It wasn't but that didn't really spoil things as the whole book was still enjoyable to read.



At the moment, my baby daughter shares our bedroom and bedtime is the only time I get to read....I found it quite impossible at times NOT to laugh out lo...more
Cara Byrne
Alan Carr's autobiography. I have only just recently become a fan of Alan Carr (unfortunately I never delved into the delights of 'Friday Night Project') - nevertheless, I find him extremely funny and was expecting the book to be a 'laugh-a-minute' book. It wasn't but that didn't really spoil things as the whole book was still enjoyable to read.



At the moment, my baby daughter shares our bedroom and bedtime is the only time I get to read....I found it quite impossible at times NOT to laugh out lo...more
John
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Alison
I do love Alan Carr but I wasn’t sure I could see him as an author, even of his own autobiography. I picked up Look who it is!: My Story by Alan Carr as I do all autobiographies because I like the person or they interest me.

The book follows Alan’s life as an awkward child to just when his comedy career is really taking off. Of which he is very honest about – which I love.
He shares his school days with a distinctive comic loathing, doesn’t try to hide the fact at all that he was lazy at universit...more
Mark
Not as funny as the likes of Peter Kay's and Michael McIntyre's books but just as informative. I loved reading about how hard it is to break into professional stand up comedy and that if you're not sucesful you could be forever condemend to the likes of the comedy club and jongluers. It was also interesting to read just how uptight a lot of comedians actually are behind the scenes, especially the ones who still haven't made it onto the professional circuit. Also treading about the Edingburgh fes...more
Adele McVay
Working in a hospital means the staff room is full of old Heat, Now and OK magazines... mags I'd rather poke my own eyeballs out with than read! So I was horrified to find I'd forgotten my book and faced 30 minutes of Jordan & Peter or Kerry Katona's thin/Kerry Katona's fat stories. I went to the newsagent on site and it was slim pickings. Michael Jackson has just died, so it was pretty much wall to (off the) wall Michael Biographys, with that rubbish book Twilight which subsequently became...more
Gill
I'd never seen the Friday Night Project or anything else with Alan Carr, but was dragged to his live show (Tooth Fairy tour) by our nephew. Absolutely brilliant night of comedy ensued and I am now a fan.

With any "celeb" autobiography you probably need to be a fan to pick it up in the first place. Certainly Carr's childhood and upbringing weren't particularly exceptional, nor his time at university and gap year travel. It's not at all introspective, although he writes quite touchingly about reali...more
Sharon
My Story follows Alan's early life up to him getting on the Friday Night Project. Most of it is about him growing up - his football crazy dad, family holidays and uni life. It also charts some of his highs - going travelling - to the lows - demeaning jobs. It then goes onto his first forays into comedy and some really cringe-worthy gigs (including seeing Russell Brand's willy on stage!)But gradually through perseverance and a strong spine he manages to get a name for himself in comedy. Alan come...more
chucklesthescot
May 01, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: celebrity gossip fans,anyone who wants a good laugh
This was a fantastic read.I don't watch Alan Carr on TV but I still loved this.Lots of us can relate to being the geeky outsider that nobody liked,stuck in crappy jobs while you dream of stardom and glory,going on holidays from hell and suffering the dodgy stomach that inevitably happens while you are on a long bus trip.I laughed like mad when he talked about trying not to appear gay while working in industrial factories and screwing it up by drooling at a French lorry driver and dancing to YMCA...more
Adie
This book is not, exactly, gripping, nor is it enormously hilarious; at best it’s an easy to read, comical in parts book with no real story line.
I have read a few autobiographies, all of which have been filled with fascinating anecdotes – only people with truly interesting lives should be allowed to write about them otherwise you are left feeling you are talking to a lonely man down the pub, who is boring you about the time he worked in a call centre and everyone did a Mexican wave. Fascinating...more
Catharine
Enjoyable with some true Alan Carr hilarious moments and tales from his real life. I expected it to be funny throughout but it is of course a biography and got a little deep too.
Sian Wadey
I was both surprised and disappointed by this book. To begin with I was a little disappoined because I didn't find it as funny as I thought I would. Having read other autobiographies where I found myself laughing out loud frequently, this only happened once or twice during Alan Carr's. I think mainly that's because with some comedians it's the way they tell their jokes, rather than just the words they use. On the other hand, I found it really interesting reading about all the jobs he's had and t...more
Lisa Bennett
An absolutely brilliant book. Totally hilarious, and such an easy and addictive read. So gutted it just stopped dead at the end, so i'm guessing he'll write a second book at some stage, possible 'Look Who It Still Is?' lol. I totally recommend this book. I LOVE IT! It's been a while since i've read a book, and howled with laughter when I read it. I never thought much of this guy when I first started seeing him on tv, but since he's been on Friday/Sunday Night Project, he's grown on me (and not i...more
Sandie Beynon
Entertaining from start to finish with laugh out loud moment aplenty.
Samantha Rich
High 3, just not quite a 4. I very much enjoyed it though :)
Sofie Roberts
This is a truly entertaining look into Alan Carr's life which brought a smile to my face and in some particularly amusing parts, a tear to my eye. As he relives his early life and brings his readers them back with him to explore his journey to becoming a comedian he really doesn't lose sight of the comedy, finding the 'funny' in all situations. This is a really lovely read and a great way to lift your mood. I couldn't recommend this more.
Joolz
At last, a book by a comedian that actually made me laugh out loud! Gives the background on his childhood and his path to fame, and even though it was sad to read in places, it was also funny in retrospect! At times I was in tears, and struggled to keep my laughter quiet whilst on a train to Manchester. One evening I was in bed reading with my husband asleep next to me, and the whole bed was rocking!
Emma
Alan Carr is one of my favourite comedians so I was very excited to read his book. I was let down though.

It is very funny at times but I actually got very depressed reading his book! He talked about how boring and what a waste of life the jobs before he became famous were - I will probably end up doing one of those jobs, we can't all trade it for fame. So that did annoy me.
Danielle
I love the Chatty Man.............AKA Alan Carr

I find him hilarious and I have heard people say that he is like "Marmite, meaning.....you either love him or hate him."
Alan does not take himself to seriously but there is emotion when needed. Ups and downs as in everyones life and his celebrity status has not just been handed to him he has had to work hard to get where he is.
Book Addict Shaun
Although it has been a while since I read this book I can remember it being hilarious. I loved it. Very funny but also a very honest read at the same time. I love Alan Carr, he is one of my favourite comedians however I do prefer him as a stand up rather than on his TV show (which I still like). Some very funny stories to be read here that Carr fans would be stupid to miss.
Dorrie
I wasn't sure about the first few pages of this book. I love Alan Carr but was worried that his humour wouldn't translate well onto paper. However, I wasn't disappointed. Some parts of this book made me laugh out loud which doesn't usually happen to me whilst reading. Any fans of Alan Carr, The Friday Project or comedy in general will appreciate this one.
Kenny
His writing style isn't the most sophisticated, and for most of the book I didn't have a lot of sympathy, even though he described his plight well, but as in life so as in the book, in the last few years he put in the hard yards to get somewhere, so towards the end there was a good bit of inspiring stuff. And a little tear-jerk moment for me right on the last page.
Vanessa Samuel
Alan Carr is very much an ordinary guy who by chance became one of the funniest comedians of our time, and his story is in all honesty is not that unordinary. He does however inspire you to go for your dreams, or rather what youre good at and it was still very much a comical and interesting read following his journey, the ups and the (not so low) downs.
Natalie
I really enjoyed this book. It's very refreshing to read a celeb bio that is so down to earth and normal, there are no tragedies, scandals or anything like that, just a very normal childhood, and tale of how he got into comedy!
Some great laugh out loud moments thrown in for good measure too, made this a really enjoyable read!
Lindsey Dewar
By far the funniest book I have ever read! Laugh out loud moments and plenty of them. I was on holiday when I read this book, sitting by the pool and unable to hold my laughter in. I had tears streaming down my face at times, the amount of people that approached me and asked what book I was reading was unbelievable. Such a funny book.
Roxanne
I like Alan Carr but i'm not like crazy about him lol. However this book was hilarious i've never read an autobiography that was this funny lol. He hasn't had the most interesting of life really, most of the book is just about the crappy jobs he had but even thats really funny so get this if you want a laugh.
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