In this highly entertaining memoir from one of the nation’s most popular comedians, Harry Hill takes an honest and hilarious look back at his life and career through the lens of what didn’t go right. We join him on the journey in childhood, and his starring role in the cub panto, through a short-lived career as a hospital doctor – where he was reprimanded for daydreaming during a life-saving operation – to slogging it out on the comedy circuit in the 90s alongside comics like Bill Bailey and Jo Brand – to becoming a national TV teatime favourite. He takes us behind the scenes of his ill-fated X-Factor musical I Can’t Sing! and on a very strange car journey with Simon Cowell. Harry’s was a fight to not quite the top of the showbiz food chain. Full of truthful reflection and uproarious stories, he finds joy in failure, creativity in struggle and revels in the lessons to be learnt from a flop.

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‘The funniest man in the world has written the funniest book in the world.’ DAVID WALLIAMS

‘A brilliant insight in to what it takes to go from regular funny bloke to one of the best stand ups I’ve ever seen.’ LEE MACK

‘Proper laugh-out-loud funny, fascinating, and doubles up as probably the best book of advice on how to be a comedian I’ve ever read. A must for anyone who’s interested in the business of laughter.’ JOE LYCETT

‘The funniest book I’ve read in years.’ ADAM KAY

From a childhood spent making smoke bombs, killing wasps and carving soap in 70s Kent, Harry Hill then found himself in charge of hundreds of sick people as a junior doctor. Out of his depth and terrified, he chucked it all in to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Battling his way through the 90s Comedy circuit he quickly rose to become a household name and one of the UK’s most celebrated comics, almost making it to the top of the showbiz tree . . .

From being chased around a car park by an angry heckler, getting fired from Capital Radio and watching every episode of Freaky Eaters, to a bizarre assassination attempt and cutting up Simon Cowell’s trousers, Harry takes an honest and hilarious look at the ups and downs of his life and career through the lens of what didn’t go right.

He shares his secrets on how to be a great comedian, finding joy in failure and creativity in struggle, whilst never forgetting that life is short . . .

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Weight 0.62 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15 × 3 cm






302 , 8 unnumbered of plates




792.7028092 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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