by Alan Carr , Abridged by Kati Nicholl
Category: Biographies / General
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1 October 2008
Famed for his gentle innocence and brilliant observational wit, comedian Alan Carr describes his childhood growing up in a football-mad family in Northampton and his rise to become one of Britain's best-loved comedians. 'Puberty had been unkind. Whereas it had come in the night and left the other boys with chiselled, stubbly chins and deep masculine voices, I'd been left with a huge pair of knockers and the voice of a pensioner.' Alan Carr Alan Carr grew up in one of the most boring towns in England -- Northampton. A place known for making shoes. It was also famous for its football club, Northampton Town FC. Alan's dad as manager of the club was a local hero. A dream come true for most lads, but not Alan. Alan wore glasses and had man boobs at 14. He did not like P.E. In his very first book, Alan tells his life story ('oh and what a life') with his unique twist of natural, observational humour -- 'I'm not saying I'm a fantasist but there have been times when things that I've seen on television when I was younger have tended to seep into my subconscious and blended into my own life. I remember telling my Mum about the time I stopped that woman from having a diamond encrusted necklace stolen and she'd say 'No Alan, that was Poirot.' With his tongue-in-cheek, end of pier humour that has made him famous, Alan describes an ordinary life in bursts of technicolour. His journey from awkward schoolboy hiding his man-boobs on the pitch, drinking tea with the dinner ladies and working in a call centre, to becoming one of our best-loved comedians likened to the great Frankie Howerd, will make his book a guaranteed tickler with a laugh-out-loud gag on every page.
What the papers say:
[He] mixes the populism of Peter Kay with the camp of Larry Grayson.' Evening Standard 'joyous stuff that anyone can relate to.' Independent 'Alan Carr is the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd.' City Life 'My ballbag slipped out of my body stocking during a Bums and Tums class. I only realised when an old lady tried to poke it back in.' 'The pool was filled with so many chemicals if you did more than two lengths you changed sex.' (on school swimming lessons). ALAN CARR
Alan Carr was born in Weymouth in 1976 and grew up in Northampton. He is famously the son of football manager Graham Carr. He won the BBC New Comedian of the Year in 2001 and his stand-up tour, filmed for a DVD Tooth Fairy, released at Christmas; was a nation-wide sell-out. He lives in Manchester.
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