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Life And Laughing: My Story

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,366 ratings  ·  365 reviews
Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second that sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 fol ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published 2010 by Michael Joseph
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Caroline
A real rags to riches story concerning one of our most popular comedians – Michael McIntyre. Bombastic, gauche, upper-class-twittery, sweet, charming Michael. He is almost as good on paper as he is in the flesh.

He comes from a very eccentric family, and that in itself makes entertaining reading. Add a sprinkling of Michael’s humour and you are guffawing regularly throughout the book.

I was struck by how much of his humour seems based on his real life. So many comedians tell outrageous stories ab
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Gemma (Passion for Novels)
May 27, 2011 Gemma (Passion for Novels) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys his comedy
Michael never ceases to amaze me on stage and in his book he is exactly the same! His funny attitude and character really shines through even in the difficult parts of his life. I would give this book to anyone I knew because McIntyre just makes you smile with every page turn!
Ryan
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW

Michael McIntyre is a British comedian that I love watching on TV and he has been actively performing stand-up since approximately 2006. This is his story.

This is the first AudioBook that I have ever fully listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The book is read by Michael himself and I'm glad he did it, it helped me understand the story better and definitely enhance the experience for me. "Life and Laughing" is Michael's autobiography and it tells his life story from the first
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Sophie
Overall this was a nice easy read. I was actually quite surprised to find out about McIntyre's family life, it would have made a great sitcom I'm sure!I assumed from his squeaky clean demeanour that he came from a perfect family life so I was taken aback by how eccentric and dysfunctional his family are. The book managed to be both funny and heart-warming in parts and if you are a fan of his then you are sure to enjoy reading "Life and Laughing". I loved the way he spoke about his parents, his f ...more
Katie Sheldrake
I really enjoyed this. It is a gripping story of the struggle to success, which I found difficult to put down.

The tone suits Michael's voice down TO A TEE! Stupidly, some of the sentences had me bobbing my head along in a McIntyre-esque style, as if delivering a punch line.

He also writes characters with bags energy and life, which is something I really appreciate in a biography. It is not self-centric at all. His grandmother is one of the best characters I have read in a biography … ever. She
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Danielle
Aug 16, 2011 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Micheal Mcintyre fans, comedy fans and everyone in general
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ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT.

I dont know what my favourite parts are because there are so many hilarious and wonderful moments!

It's just brilliant, witty, very interesting, written perfectly.
I recommend it to everyone (Except young children).

Wonderful read!
The pictures are brilliant and captions hilarious as expected.
Soph Goodswin
amazing, I laughed I cried Just a great book x
LitAddictedBrit
I'm a huge fan of Michael McIntyre as a comedian; I adore his stand-up and it always seems to make me laugh no matter how many times I've seen it! But, going into reading this, I was trying to balance that against my innate dislike of autobiographies. That's unfair, actually. Make that my innate dislike of modern autobiographies by celebrities. I've never read one and would still maintain that it isn't a habit. I wanted something funny to read; I know I find Michael McIntyre funny SO I spotted t ...more
William Clay
I like Michael McIntyre. I think he's one of the best comics around at the moment. And this book is extremely well written and put together. The beginning and end link very well. And it's actually quite fascinating to see how quickly he became so incredibly successful. A very interesting book about the life of a comic and how much they can struggle.

However, I was a bit disappointed. I will admit there are some great laughs in this book.
But the first quarter is basically about his parents when h
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Carry
basically, i picked this book up in a service station to entertain me on the 2 hours journey i had left between scotch corner and grimsby. it served it's purpose. it's a really insightful book, despite at the beginning worrying me that it probably wouldn't be that informative. it wasn't as funny as i'd expected, but obviously his life isn't ACTUALLY a complete joke all the time, and at points it almost brought me to tears. i really enjoyed it though, and advise it to anyone that's a fan, and per ...more
Abi Lowe
I wasn't a fan of Michael McIntyre when I first heard him (on Mock the Week) but as I watched some of his own shows like 'Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow', I began to see why everyone found him hilarious. I thought it would be a good thing to read his autobiography for curiosity more than anything. I am so glad I bought this book as it is such an easy read and I have been reading it for the past 2 months or so as just small bits at a time for some light reading. It had me laughing from the fi ...more
ZZ
It's so interesting to read the story of how this very talented guy. I had no idea about his background, his struggles, the details of his earlier life. I was always enjoying his stand-up material and I always laugh hard and loud at his jokes.
So, overall a very very good read.
Lynda
4.5 stars for me.

I listened to this book while recovering from a vitrectomy and it felt so good to laugh along with Michael and have my mind taken off my recovery process.

Having Michael read his autobiography was excellent and indeed touching. It was good to hear about his early years as well as the hard work he has put in to be the great entertainer that he is today. It was particularly interesting to learn how the confident Michael we see on stage is in fact quite an anxious and insecure perso
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Chris
With the notable exception so far of North America, there seem to be few parts of the English-speaking world that haven’t heard of Michael McIntyre: Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, even Dubai, Norway and Singapore seemed to have lapped him up. He has broken records for sell-out tours and venues in the UK, and the DVDs of his arena shows do well. He seemed, as is the nature of things, to have suddenly emerged as a fully-fledged and confident comic into public consciousness ...more
Roz
I love a good autobiography, and this exceeded others that I have read by other comedians. Michael McIntyre's story is one of 'rags to riches'. The book is truly insightful to Michael's early life and his life experiences. When reading the book, you can hear Michael sitting next to you, as if he is reading it aloud. His writing was every bit as funny as his stand up. It was amazing to see how Michael grew up and became the comedian that he is today. He didn't have it handed to him on a plate, he ...more
Elizabeth Harrison
Michael McIntyre is one of my most favourite comedians. A story of rags to riches, you learn all about how the funny man became so popular. The book had me in stitches and the pictures were a particular favourite.

He discusses his children Lucas & Oscar and how he met and fell in love with his wife Kitty, he also discusses how he never actually finished university - or rather doesnt remember what course he was studying nor if he finished.

This book is laugh out loud from start to finish.
Sahar Uzumaki
I don't normally read autobiographies (or ever as a matter of fact), but seeing that Michael M. was the first comedian to ever reduce me to actual laughter (thus becoming my favourite comedian to this day), my curiosity guided my hands to yank the hardback from the library shelf. Once I turned the last page of the book I lingered in my seat processing what I had just read and realised I was genuinely impressed. Upon reading chapter by chapter, I found myself (as expected) chuckling at some point ...more
Stacey
A really enjoyable book, I struggled to put it down! I always found Michael McIntyre to be a really talented comedian and found myself really moved by his autobiography. He chronologically writes about significant experiences in a really interesting and often humorous way, I found myself laughing and crying during this book and it's given me huge insight into life behind the glamour of a comedian. I'll never watch his shows in the same way again! Would definitely recommend.
HNC Library
This book was read by student Cameron Stott as part of the Six Book Challenge. Here is his review:

"With McIntyre being one of my favourite comedians, I was eager to read his biography in the hope of finding more laughter within the book. Unfortunately, just like I've found with many books about comedians, the comedy doesn't translate very well in book format. Although the book may not tickle the funny bone, it was still very interesting to find out about McIntrye's life and how got to where he i
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Paul Wardman
An absolute joy to read. This book had everything you want from an autobiography. The early life stories of family, friends, musings of maturing into an adult and tragic yet humoures stories of persuit of the opposite sex. The first steps and hardships that follow as the celebrity you're reading about finds their feet and gets the break in the career you already know they have. And then it's wrapped up nicely with a chapter talking about how things have got better and better 3 years after the bi ...more
linah
i never though that someone as talented as Michael McIntyre have struggled at the beginning that hard, he is great! this book was like his author funny . it was enjoyable and exciting .
Ellie
One of my favourite comedians, this book had me laughing out loud when I was reading it which made me look a bit odd since I was on a plane at the time.
Really enjoyable quick read
Wayne Morledge
From my review on NotJustGeekReviews

I’ve not read a great many auto-biographies but this is one of the better ones that I have. Michael McIntyre is, of course, a comedian famous for his jokes about everyday life and his non-stop running about on stage.

It feels like McIntyre has been around for a long time but this book really does show that his fame is quite a recent thing. This book is full of his humour and he pulls no punches when discussing his quest for love and fame, both with varying degr
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Charlotte Jones
When I first got into watching 'live' comedy on the television a few years ago on programmes such as Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You, Michael McIntyre was one of the first comedians that I absolutely adored. His jokes weren't too crude and he managed to somehow do some physical, acted-out comedy without it being ridiculous. His observational style was something I loved and remembering how much I enjoyed his autobiography when I first listened to it in 2012, I decided to ...more
Claire
Michael McIntyre's life and times is all told in this very adorable book. Yes that is what I would choose to describe it as. All in all, he is a sweetheart. Telling his tales from his parents messy relationship and divorce, including funny details of how the decor in his house changed from 80's to 90's, their new relationships, his siblings and family life.

The tragic death of his father when he was only 17, puts him on a more determined path, and after a gap year, where he tells the story of lo
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Katherine
I did thoroughly enjoy this insight to the life of one of my favourite, well known people. He had the most chatty tone as would be expected from someone like Michael. I honestly wasn't sure what I was expecting to hear when opening it, yet very little of it matched the few theories I had about his life. I'm not one to blindly follow celebrities as some do, and therefore I went in with no opinions of him or the life he lead; this, I feel, allowed me to read it with much more enjoyment than someon ...more
Ceri (welshy)
This is McIntyre’s book, chronicling his life and career so far. From growing up in Hampstead, his time in university to how his career started.,meeting his wife Kitty and the birth of his first child.

This book was ok, just ok. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments which was the saving grace in this book. His story isn’t wildly exciting, especially his career, he charts his rise from working the Jongleur clubs to finally making it at the Royal Variety Perfomance. The same story could be sa
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Hannah Webster
Brilliant read. It had me hooked straight away with a really coherent, fascinating account of his life which was very funny in parts.

I found myself laughing out loud several times, but it wasn't just a book full of jokes, there was a real depth to McIntyre's perspective and the way he expresses himself. Plus there are some pretty dark times he has been through but still managed to come out on top, despite numerous and constant rejections.

And he, quite sensibly and modestly, stops short of going
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Sandy
Not really a fan but bought on Kindle at a ridiculous price - got to try it!.

I really did enjoy the story of his life so far, being a young chap he will probably have another, updated copy out in a few years.

Brought up in a broken family he has some issues with his anxiety and acceptance. He persued his now wife for 2 years for instance (I would have called that too weird for me) and which idiot borrows £10k (He was broke by the way) in a bank loan for a honeymoon when the rest of his friends an
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Nanne
I don't read autobiographies all that often but every now and then there's someone in whose life I am genuinely interested who brings out a book. Michael McIntyre in one such person, ever since seeing his famous 'man drawer' bit years and years ago I have been a big fan and reading his biography only enhanced that feeling. McIntyre is brutally honest in this book and at the same time hilarious as he describes the more peculiar or life-changing events of his life, he certainly didn't have a typic ...more
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Michael Hazen James McIntyre is a British stand-up comedian. As well as his stand-up, he has performed on programmes such as Live at the Apollo and has his own programme, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

McIntyre has released two stand-up DVDs; Live and Laughing in 2008 featured material from his first nationwide tour, while Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley was released in November 2009 following
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