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  • By: Lee Mack
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Where do comedians come from?

Why is it that one person is a funny bloke down the pub while another actually makes a living by standing up in front of an audience telling jokes?

And where does all that material come from?

Well, young Lee McKillop used to wonder that too.

Growing up in his parents’ pub, small and wiry in a world of bigger and chunkier specimens, Lee quickly learned that cracking jokes was a way to get attention. After a somewhat random series of jobs, which included being Red Rum’s stableboy and a bingo hall barman, it was as a Great Yarmouth holiday camp entertainer that he had his first crack at telling jokes on stage. It got him some laughs, the sack and a punch in the face.*

Now, as Lee Mack, he’s one of our best loved and most successful comedians, both as a live stand-up and on television. In Mack the Life, Lee tells the story of how he got there and gives extraordinary insight into what really makes comics tick. Hilarious and brilliant, it’s the kind of book which reminds you why you learned to read in the first place.

*Nearly.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Lee Mack (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"His book is a joy to read, full of homespun wisdom and hilarious asides." (Independent)

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SLIGHTLY OUT OF DATE, BUT AN ENTERTAINING LISTEN

The audiobook industry seems to be booming. There are a lot of my favourite entertainers who have written/read memoirs of their lives. I have a "rule" that I'm reluctant to shell out on an autobiography for someone who hasn't read their life story themselves. A couple of exceptions with Freddie Mercury (for obvious reasons) and Elton John. I had this book on my wish list for well over a year, and the release kept getting pushed back. Presumably Lee Mack was busy with other work? When it finally landed in my library, I enjoyed it a lot. Some have said they didn't like the psychiatrist parts, but I enjoyed them. If you like Lee Mack, and are interested in how he became the person he is, I've no hesitation in recommending this. My main criticism is that it is a read through of the original book which was released in 2012. A lot of what has happened in the last decade is therefore not mentioned. In saying that because the reading was recorded in 2022, some comments are updated. Loved the reading and am glad Lee did take the time out of his busy life to read the book himself. Recommended if you enjoy Lee Mack's comedy work.

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Little disappointed

Im a huge Lee Mack fan and was really looking forward to reading his book. Sadly, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
Lee’s humour just didn’t hit the mark for me.

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Wonderful storytelling engaging and entertaining walk through his driven and ADHD thought processes. A light listen that won't let Lee Mack fans down

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A Story of a Real, Working Hard, Entertainer as much as a Comedian

Enjoyed listening to Lee Mack. Not really a comedy read but lots of fun and interesting to hear how Lee Mack got to where he is and how he thinks to be as funny as he is.

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Just not funny

I have followed Lee Mac for many years, & enjoyed his humour
But this one was just not funny. Dull & boring

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Thank you for sharing your life

Highly interesting and funny. Thank you Lee. I hope you write about the latter years at some stage.

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Prepare to be bored

Lee Mack, a usually quick witted comedian does his best here to entertain you about his life. It raises two thoughts: Just because it happened to you doesn’t mean it’s interesting OR a more applicable; is it still a comedy if nobody laughs?
Sadly, a very disappointing effort from a genuinely funny man (if you’ve seen his stand-up or caught him on tv) and the reading performance from the author adds no enjoyment this time, Avoid this one. Seek out his other work.

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Laugh out loud

Plenty of laugh out loud moments, but also a thoroughly compelling insight into the world of stand up comedy. Really enjoyed hearing about Lee's own relationship with comedy, his desire to remain grounded and not let it rule his life, and the furious duck paddling that goes on beneath what often appears as a slick and 'special' surface.

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Laughing out loud and getting funny looks walking the dog!

Thoroughly enjoyed Lee’s well written witty memoir. My mum and aunts are from Southport and went to Stanley HS. Will recommend to them but with only a few “language warning” moments for their sensitive 70+ years and ears. The side notes with ‘Brian’ proof reader/psych were brilliant and had me crying laughing walking the dog, cleaning the house and mowing the lawn. This book made doing chores a breeze! Thanks Lee Mack*\\•> - legend

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Enjoyable

was good, although being Australian not English I didnt understand a lot of references. If you're a die hard Lee Mack fan, definitely listen!

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