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Alan Carr Autobiography

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  2,236 Ratings  ·  123 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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Adele McVay
Sep 08, 2009 Adele McVay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
JK
Nov 13, 2015 JK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't tend to enjoy non-fiction much, and in particular find autobiographies somewhat stale. I'd bought this one years ago, due to a real love for Alan Carr and his comedy. Being the only comedian who can make me cry real tears of laughter was the motivation for buying it, and my utter lack of enthusiasm for autobiographies was my excuse for putting it off until now.

Alan remains unforgivably himself throughout the pages. Autobiographies I've read in the past paint an entirely unrealistic pictu
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Xanthi
Nov 28, 2012 Xanthi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicolle Kane
Had one of those days where my brain wouldn't work and my eyes wouldn't work across a page. So picked this up - it had been left in my room by a housemate.

I thought wow I can't believe I'm doing this - I don't particularly like Alan Carr as a comedian (just isn't my kinda comedy). However I must admit I was secretly surprised, while not the nest written autobiography I have read. It was funny, engaging and I find myself liking Alan Carr - just him not his comedy still.

I was thinking when picking
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Ellie
Jul 03, 2009 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2009 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, comedy
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.
Andrew Chapman
Aug 12, 2015 Andrew Chapman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-bad
A lovely, warm and honest story of Alan Carrs' early days. From unambitious student, through soul destroying call centre jobs to television personality and presenter. This autobiography stops at the point of his first presenting job on the Friday Night Project.
This is the first such book that I have read and I'm now likely to read others. I found it lovely to take a trip down someone's very personal memory lane. I feel honoured that anybody would be willing to share such personal memories at all
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Rachel
Aug 02, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This made me laugh, out loud, on the beach like a loser.
:)
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
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John
Jul 08, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiographies
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Alison
Feb 06, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Mark
Aug 11, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, autobiographies
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
Michela
It is really 3 and a half stars. Not 4, because it was very nice but not Ferguson's autobiography-moving. I found it funny and entertaining, I appreciate he told a lot about his not-very-good years and finally the last page was really moving and sweet. I found a lot of things out about good old Alan and the stand-up comedy world that I was not really into before, and maybe I will not be again, but not out of Alan's book (it is simply not my thing for long, I am more a comedy-drama girl myself).
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Zoey Nealon
Sep 28, 2015 Zoey Nealon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the few biographies that have managed to keep my attention all the way through. I listened to the man himself reading it aloud on audiology. which turned out to be the best choice I made. Hearing Alan Carr talk about his life made it all the more wonderful and hilarious to listen to. I will definitely listen again in the future.
5 out of 5 stars!
Gill
Jan 24, 2012 Gill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sharon
Jun 26, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Tipper
Jun 08, 2015 Sarah Tipper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s great how Alan has managed to muddle his way into a successful career. It’s because he’s very funny. His early life wasn’t especially exotic but he writes about it so wonderfully you get sucked in to his story.
chucklesthescot
May 01, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 14, 2011 Adie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linda Davidson
Too scattered

I am a fan of Alan Carr however, I thought that this book was badly written. I felt like no one had proof read it before it was published.
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.
Kelly
Jun 28, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was brilliantly witty, hilarious and naughty! Alan Carr has got a natural flow about he's writing with his amazing humour coming through perfectly! x
Sian Wadey
Jan 06, 2011 Sian Wadey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiographies
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
Steph Butterfield
Jul 25, 2015 Steph Butterfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Needed a laugh and thought this would do the trick and it did not disappoint, it was a good read that had me laughing and kept my interest.
Lisa Bennett
Aug 02, 2011 Lisa Bennett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
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
Shirley Thomas
Preferred first two thirds of book - before he became famous/ a celebrity.
Sandie Beynon
May 29, 2014 Sandie Beynon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Leigh Koonce
Jul 05, 2015 Leigh Koonce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a nice autobiography! Alan Carr remains one of my favorite British television personalities and I certainly got a few laughs from this book.
Christine Busuttil
An enjoyable read from a very likeable ,funny, modest man.

The introduction however was dry ,and I was worried I might not get on with it ,however once past this introduction,it flew!
I wonder if it would of been better if he had not bothered with an introduction at all,just start from his childhood memories?

His insight into the world of growing up as an gay adolescent ,working in a call centre,to stand up comedy ,is lighthearted but honest.
Being a stand up comedian is certainly not for the faint
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