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Book Review: Look who it is!: My Story by Alan Carr

Ugh, I know I’m like 2 weeks late with this review but alas this book gave me some things to think about – which is for another post but finally here is the review!

Look Who It Is: My Story by Alan Carr

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 university even by student standards and the following 9-5 jobs that almost (literally in some cases) drove him insane. Not to mention those eccentric house mates along the way.

What I loved the most was seeing the extremes of Alan – from extremely nervous to travelling the world for a year. Seeing him see himself just as he had done before, even when success hit And even when things didn’t go so well – he still writes with such humour and wit about it.

The book is really well written and I found it surprisingly inspiring – which is why I would recommend it to anyone, not just Alan Carr fans – you might not appreciate the humour, but I think you’ll find some inspiration – it’s not exactly a rags to riches story, but even if you get knocked down – you gotta get back up.

I loved reading this comic wit dashed account of this portion of his life and rather hope he’ll write another book in the future – but that remains to be seen.

 

Review: Alan Carr – Spexy Beast (Pre-Tour)

 

Alan Carr - Spexy Beast Tour
Alan Carr - Spexy Beast Tour

As you may remember, I went to see Alan Carr at my local theatre on the 7th September, so I thought it was about time I sat down a did a review of that show.

I’ve never seen Alan Carr live before but he’s done a lot on TV particularly for channel 4 both comedy and TV presenting so I’ve watched a lot of that. He also does a radio show (which I confess I don’t listen to, but thinking about it – maybe I should!).
I’ve also never seen a comedian’s pre-tour before (which is where they still do a show but it’s like the final test out for their jokes before they head out on the tour itself), so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Local theatres are pretty small so for the vast majority of seats you have a good view of the stage, and no-one on the stage will look like a tiny dot – major advantage to seeing a comedian in a smaller venue, especially ones who have a lot of visual comedy in their actions of facial expressions. We had tickets in the lower circle at the side – second row. Which for this theatre is better than stalls/floor because those seats aren’t at different heights as you get towards the back. Being short, unless I’m in the front 4 or so rows, that means I wouldn’t be able to see.
There was only about 4 seats not taken for that show so it was definitely popular.

Alan stepped onto the stage with no stage clothes – just jeans, a t-shirt and a pair of gold looking trainers. The stage just dressed with a black starry lit background and a mic. No glitz and glam on a pre-tour show. Which I’m not used to but I have to say – it didn’t take away from it one bit. It was very relaxed but professional.
There was lots of chatting with the audience but nothing pushy (oh how I dread to get picked out to be picked on by a comedian) and the show just flowed extremely well.
Considering this wasn’t 100% polished yet, there wasn’t a bad joke in sight and I was kept laughing for 99% of the show (hey I had to breathe sometime right?) and I actually thought the guy just down from me wasn’t going to stop laughing.

One thing I really do love about Alan is he’s common and working glass, so although some jokes are totally meant to spread across the board, he does have a good grasp on real people’s lives and a lot of his comedy is inspired by that.

The show was fantastic, even though I could appreciate it wasn’t all put together at that point the talent is so obviously there for making people laugh. Alan is just that little gay man with pretty awful teeth, slightly balding that you can’t help but love.

I’d definitely see him again live, indeed I would be going to the actual tour if I had the spare money right now. Next time though for definite. I highly recommend that if you haven’t seen him live yet, that you do so!

If you haven’t seen or heard of him at all before, here’s the link to Channel 4’s Chatty Man, which Alan presents: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3E0B30ECE4975DCA