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Where Do Comedians Go When They Die?: Journeys Of A Stand Up

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Fizzing with the one-liners and surreal humour for which Milton Jones is famous, this is an authentic, hilarious story of the life of a stand-up comedian . A star of everywhere except his own home, it's hard for Jerome Stevens to balance the demands of touring with family life. The circuit is a cynical world of extremes where money talks, agents slither and audiences throw ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by JR
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Tracy Terry
As a big fan of Milton Jones, an English comedian well known for his Hawaiian shirts and deadpan one-liners, it truly pains me to say that I found this, his first novel, a big disappointment.

The story of Jerome Stevens, an up and coming comedian. This felt a bit like a biography in as much as, written by someone who has been-there-and-done-that, it is obviously a very authentic read of life as lived on the comedy circuit. And indeed, though you couldn't mistake the not altogether likeable Jerome
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Sheryl Garratt
Starts well, quite interesting about how stand-up comedy works, but falls apart in the second half for want of plot. By the end, it really was dying.
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Published: 01/07/2012
Author: Milton Jones
Recommended for: people who like Milton Jones

I thought that this book was absolutely brilliant! I absolutely loved to read it, I found it really easy to get stuck into and hooked on. It took me a while to find the book and hoped then when I finally read it, I wouldn't have got my hopes up for nothing... but I was really glad I did read it. It's very well written, it flows nicely between the chapters, features alot of funny moments to make you laugh. I wou
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Snoakes
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. I like watching Milton Jones on the telly, but I thought his novel might be like his stand up - a relentless succession of quips, which might become wearing over the length of a book.
I was very pleasantly surprised however. This very autobiographical novel has a good plot and characters - and yes, there are some funny bits too. It gives an interesting insight into a comedian's life and career - constantly mining every event and relationship for a
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Steve Gillway
This is good gentle reading although I think there is more to it than meets the eye. In theory it is fiction, yet the author is able to dig the knife in to certain audiences, promoters, MCs, comedians , the BBC etc. His name changes allow the reader to speculate. Who do you think Michael McIntire is? Apart from that , it is like anew genre - the bits in between. We pay to see the performers on stage, primarilty for the jokes. Here you get the post -gig thoughts on the way stuff. Enjoyable witty ...more
Chris
I LOVE MILTON JONES!!! THOUGHT I'D JUST MAKE THAT CLEAR.

You see these men and women standing in front of us, they say a few words, and before long we are absolutely crying with laughter.

The book tells us what its like to tell jokes for a living, but with the Milton Jones twist.

Can't really say much more, you have to read it!

Can't wait for his biography!
Kieran Delaney
Although peppered with the one liners he's famous for, unfortunately Milton Jones semi auto-biographical 'novel' falls flat. There isn't much of a story, instead the narrative just stumbles through a series of set pieces and anecdotes - none if which are funny enough to make you forget that there is nothing of substance behind the occasional gag.
Ian
I really wanted to like this, as I'm a big fan of MJ. In truth, though, it just didn't really grab hold of me, or really get me laughing. Gave up after a bit. Sorry Milton, though I still think you are great.
Annie Porthouse
Enjoyed this. Imagine it's more autobiographical than he makes out. Love it that 'he' (Jerome) is 38 (my age, for a few more weeks at least)... means I can relate to it quite well!
Eric
Written with a lot of heart and a unique approach to shedding insight to the life of a comic and the development of a career in entertainment.
Josh Carter
Really enjoyed this book. Very funny in places and a sneak preview behind the scenes of stand up comedy. Well worth a read.
Matt Yates
I really enjoyed it. Quirky but how else would one of his creations be?
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