Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS No Joke Being a Comedian

Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS No Joke Being a Comedian

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Failure is the very stuff of comedy, but not of showbiz memoirs, so Small Man in a Book (Michael Jo seph, £20) i s unusua l. Rob Brydon's success came quite late, with Marion and Geoff in 2001, when he wa s 35, after an 'era of terrible job after terrible job', and it makes a happy ending to his book, which is otherwise a gently amusing account of his long and gruelling Kampf.

Born a Jones in Swansea , into a milieu of Sugar Puffs, Roy of the Rovers and discouraging teachers ('You think you're very funny, don't you? '), he gave his first stand-up per formance aged 14, with a rout ine pirated from The Two Ronnies' Joke Book. After dropping out of drama school, and parting company with Rad io Wa le s , he wa s reduced to playing Wyke Regis Working Men's Club, and flogging Paula Yates Hand Cream on the Shopping Channel. …

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