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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

Got Tickets To See Alan Carr!

These tickets have been on sale for a while now, but in all honesty I did not want to go alone and I wasn’t aware of anyone who liked Alan Carr, so I put him on my pile of “too see one day list”.

Alan Carr
Alan Carr

However one day last week, I was chatting online to my friend Gemma and she randomly says she wants to see him. So we immediately look for tickets.

Now I really get a kick out of looking for tickets and booking them. Looking for the best seats, the best prices and racing to enter my details before my session times out and it gives my tickets to someone else.
I know that may sound strange, the downside is the stress, the pressure and the poor mouse wondering what on earth is happening that I’m refreshing so much. But! Getting those tickets, those front row come and sweat all over me tickets, is one of the best feelings. And then waiting for them arrive.

None of that this time, as I said tickets had been on sale for a while and well this is a theatre venue so seating is slightly different. You can get away with not being front row and there are many good seating areas unlike arenas.

Besides, I didn’t book them. Gemma did – seats where she’s sat before so I’m confident they’re good.

In case you haven’t heard of Alan Carr he’s an extremely camp (read: gay) comedian with a wicked sense of humour. He’s not afraid to make fun of himself either. He used to present the Friday Night Project (which was later the Sunday Night Project) with one of my favourite people Justin Lee Collins which was a fantastic show where celebrities once introduced ran the show, with some guidance of course.

The tour we’re seeing is called Spexy Beast Tour (yes I spelt that right), now if only I could get Alan Carr, Justin Lee Collins and Gok Wan (who is so cute, but just as gay as Alan dammit!) all in one room, I’d be one happy girly!

I should mention, this is the first comedian show I’ll be seeing live. I’m really not easily swayed by comedians so there are only a few on my list that I really want to see live and would pay out money to see. Top and next on that list is Lee Evans – only problem there being he makes me laugh too much. Ask my friends – I literally cannot breathe so I’m rather unconvinced that it’s a good idea for me to see him live, I mean I can’t pause him whilst I catch my breath again or clean up the juice I just spat out.

So, 7th September Alan Carr. Here’s a glimpse of one of his shows for you:

What shows are you going to see? What shows do you want to see?