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Publisher's Summary

Evening Standard's the Best Comedy Books of the Year
2018 Skinny's Book of the Year, 2018

What better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily? 

In this touching and witty book, award-winning presenter and comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief?  

Informed by personal insights from Robin as well as interviews with some of the world's top comedians, neuroscientists and psychologists, this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. But it is also a powerful call to embrace the full breadth of our inner experience - no matter how strange we worry it may be!

©2018 Robin Ince (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Joyfully entertaining. Full of warmth, wisdom and affectionate delight in the wonder and absurdity of being human." (Observer)

"Funny, honest and heart-warming." (Matt Haig) 

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Robin Ince is a joy to listen to.

Absolutely loved this book. Would love to read more by Robin Ince. Robin is grounded and relatable and I immensely enjoyed listening to him narrate his story. A fan of stand up comedy, especially British comedy, I found this topic and his approach to it a really easy listen. Whilst alot of his podcasts, mostly science based, sometimes go over my head, this book was really interesting. Wished it had been longer.

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Highly recommend!

I read this for a light and entertaining read and it was really enjoyable but also actually very informative and thought-provoking as well. Great to have Robin Ince reading it himself too - that really added to it!

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He’s a joke and so am I

Loved it. Very thoughtful, often funny. Excellent- is that nine words now?? No, apparently not.

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  • A. Paterson
  • 23-10-2019

Thoughtful and fascinating.

For anyone interested in the mechanics of comedy, Robin Ince explores the neurological and psychological makeup of humour with his usual charm and wit. But if you can’t be bothered then it can all be distilled down to this one perfect lesson: Never reveal the cardigan too early.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-2019

Hugely entertaining!

Funny, fascinating and insightful. I listened to it in the car heading down to Dublin and couldn't wait for the journey back to finish it! Highly recommended.

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  • pbar
  • 06-10-2019

Wonderful.

I Listened To The Book In One Go.
Robin Writes Beautifully And Opens His Heart And Soul. I Loved It.

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  • stansdad25
  • 15-10-2019

great listen

if you like Robin Ince and like comedic psychology then this is the book for you. will liaten to this more than once.

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  • Dogma
  • 04-08-2019

I Love This Book

When a book is dedicated to Barry Crimmins it's probably worth reading. When it also includes insightful commentary on Doug Stanhope, Eddie Pepitone and Ken Dodd while mixing in some neuropsychology then it's definitely worth reading.

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  • Arran B.
  • 06-06-2021

Insightful and observational explanation of comedy

I found this to be a fascinating listen. Ince delivers his theories and musings in an erudite and intelligent way. It is so much more than a humorous book about the delivery jokes.

Ince uses other comedians' perspectives and viewpoints as well as his own to ponder and demonstrate the different approaches and attitudes to comedy and humour.

Well worth a listen, I'd definitely recommend this.

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  • Liam_H
  • 15-03-2021

Brilliant

Robin ince's work as a stand up I was aware of but never seen. got as part of a 2 4 1 deal. Excellent

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  • 27-02-2021

Super narrating, thoughtful, hilarious in parts

Entertaing, great if you are curious about the world of stand up comedians. Ponders the psychology and motivation of on stage entertainers, using anecdotes and Robin's conversations with his peers. Entertaining throughout and hilarious in parts - particularly the bit about sinister 1970s public information films. I would have liked more of that, but it wasn't that kind of book.

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  • Mr. S. W. Steel
  • 14-11-2020

Life, Death and the Universe

An entertaining exploration of what it is to be human told from a stand ups perspective. If you enjoy live comedy there will be a quote or story told by a comedian you've seen, either live or on TV. Robin's experience as a presenter comes through in his relaxed but clear speaking.

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  • MAH
  • 11-06-2020

thought provoking

A great way to explore why we act as we do, told with enthusiasm by the author

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  • mr c evans
  • 27-05-2020

fantastic listen, from a lovely human. enjoyable

A book that has made me feel sad, laugh, infuriated me.Everything I want to feel.

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  • Katie M.
  • 18-05-2020

interesting, funny and enlightening.

I very much enjoyed the book and to have Mr. Ince read it was just the best.
Fascinating stuff, I found some of it super useful for my own anxiety.

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