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A Funny Life: The Sunday Times Bestseller

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In A Funny Life -Michael McIntyre's second autobiography, released in 2021- the superstar comedian shares his incredible journey through fame since his big break at the 2006 Royal Variety Performance. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

When you see a comedian appear on panel shows and getting their own dvds you assume that their life and career must be one big high. In fact Michael if the comedy and light entertainment world ever becomes too much for you, trust me when i say, you can act boy!

The voice and acting of his agent Addison not only made me feel my life was lesser for never knowing the man, but also made me feel so happy whenever he turned up or rang up. His love for his family comes through clearly as well as the friendships and support he has received from the teams he works with. It is extremely funny, as you would imagine but also poignant at times, especially when he talks about his professional relationship with Addison his agent, who built up his career. I downloaded this as an audible book (which McIntyre narrated himself) and found it to be a really enjoyable experience where the comedic timing shone through! With his trademark observational wit and absolute candour, Michael looks back on the incredible highs and lows on the journey to becoming the biggest-selling comedian in the world.

From a biography perspective, it was interesting to see his rise in showbiz and especially learn about his relationship with his agent, but I felt the book turned into a bit of a cycle of "my agent pushed me to do this new thing, I was uncomfortable but did it anyway, it went great and I made a lot of money then bought xyz with it and won this award".

The book is quite interesting though as it charts his progress from regular employment, through the comedy scene and into the mainstream media. During the coronavirus lockdown he created and hosted a new game show, The Wheel , which once again pulled in millions of viewers.

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