Christmas comedy memoirs roundup
- Brian Donaldson
- 17 October 2011
Lee Evans, Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford and Simon Day all have books on the way
With the Christmas market positively saturated these days with stand-up comedy DVDs, publishers have clearly decided it’s time to cash in by launching a batch of memoirs from folk who may (or may not) have made you laugh down the years. Titlewise, Lee Evans has kept it simple with The Life of Lee (Michael Joseph), charting his ups and downs from cleaning toilets to wiping the floor with the opposition as he continues to set comedy box office records and makes the breakthrough in Hollywood.
It’s difficult to imagine the subject of Becoming Johnny Vegas (HarperCollins) ever gatecrashing the star system in Tinseltown, but the comedian and actor known to his kin as Michael Pennington retains a core following in the UK who will await his next move since the cruel axing of Ideal with anticipation. Another northern lad who seems to be perfectly content with life on his home patch is Jason Manford, whose grammatically-challenged Brung Up Proper (Ebury) includes the year Christmas was cancelled (1990, apparently) and ends just before real fame loomed, leaving a lorra room for the inevitable sequel.
Simon Day’s Comedy and Error (Simon & Schuster) holds little back in unveiling the sadder and seedier side to a comedian’s lot. For The Fast Show star this features various addictions, from fruit machines as a teenager to crack cocaine at the height of his TV career. It might not be the biggest barrel of laughs, but if you’re looking for brutal honesty, this could be the one to plump for.