I'm a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human

I'm a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human

Evening Standard's the Best Comedy Books of the Year, 2018 'Joyfully entertaining. F ull of warmth, wisdom and affectionate delight in the wonder and absurdity of being human.' Observer 'Funny, honest and heart-warming.' Matt Haig What better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily? In Evening Standard's the Best Comedy Books of the Year, 2018 'Joyfully entertaining. F ull of warmth, wis...

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Title:I'm a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human
Author:Robin Ince
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B06ZZCD4W3
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

I'm a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human Reviews

  • Bruno Espadana
    Apr 17, 2019
    On the surface, it?s a book about stand-up comedy and comedians - but underneath that it?s really about all of us and what makes us what we are. Lovely written, getting more and more powerful with each page, and very funny. ...
  • Steve Gillway
    Oct 05, 2018
    A book that made me think. Although it is centred on comedians and their particular foibles, it is relevant to many other walks of life. There is a mixture of the personal from Ince's life, honestly recounted, but as he is quick to eek out this may just be perception, and interviews wi...
  • Andrew Doran
    Dec 12, 2018
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  • Michael Legge
    Oct 01, 2018
    Shame he dies in the end. ...
  • Mel
    May 14, 2019
    I spend most of my time reading this thinking how much my cousin Oli would have liked it. It was all about how humans work, and how comedians go about finding material based on how humans work. I think for the most part the comedians side of things didn't appeal to me that much. But I ...
  • Roger
    Nov 28, 2018
    A deep exploration about the human condition disguised as a book about stand up. Very honest and very moving. Thank you. ...
  • John Hepple
    Jun 15, 2019
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  • James
    Nov 09, 2018
    Smart, funny, insightful... Musings on what makes a stand-up, and therefore what makes a person. Confessional, probing, entertaining and ultimately reassuring. Anyone with even a passing interest in comedy should get something out of it. ...
  • Andrew Foxley
    Jun 26, 2019
    There are few comedians out there with the curiosity, love of ideas and ability to communicate them in a fun and accessible way as Robin Ince. 'I'm A Joke And So Are You' very much lived up to my high expectations of it - a really interesting reflection on humanity, comedy and the quir...
  • Tony
    Jan 07, 2019
    I like Robin Ince. I suspect he and I have similar backgrounds & grew-up in similar places. This is a rather lovely book that uses Robin's own experience as a hook for explaining why we are who we are as individuals. It catches you out a little occasional for being more moving ...
  • Colin
    Jan 26, 2019
    This book is about the art of writing and delivering comedy, and the relationship between that art and the ordinary mental states that make up the collage we call the human condition. It's not very "tight", rambling from one thing to another, like one of his routines or an episode of B...
  • Paul
    Jan 01, 2019
    Interesting enough but not an essential read ...
  • Phil
    Dec 25, 2018
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  • Kristina
    Jul 07, 2019
    Really interesting! Also very relieved to discover I'm not alone in my horrific impish thoughts! ...
  • Tim
    Apr 11, 2019
    Well written and thought provoking, but you need to be a serious fan of stand up (or a stand up comedian yourself) to get the most from this book. ...
  • Aamina
    Nov 30, 2018
    This is a pretty insightful and fascinating read about psychology of comedy and I learnt so much about! Comedy is something that keeps me going especially watching stand up comedy and psychology is something I've always been interested. So this book was totally for me. Before this...
  • Antoine
    Apr 06, 2019
    Excellent read On starting this book I was unsure as to where it might take me or whether I would even finish it. This book is a revelation, as to thought we all have, how they affect us and how unimportant many of these thoughts are. Robin Ince is a natural and talented writer ,who...
  • Tammy Tudor
    Sep 19, 2018
    Unique and got me thinking! I have never known a book like this, but it is exactly this that makes it so amazingly brilliant to read. The world from a comedians pespective seems interesting but it is so much more different that what it appears. It explores deep and meaningful themes...
  • Angela L
    Sep 22, 2018
    I suppose I imagined that this book would be funny, it being written by a comedian. If you are looking for a laugh out loud wander through a comedian's brain this probably isn't for you. If you're after something a bit deeper and thoughtful then this might be right up you alley. It's ...
  • Mark
    Jul 12, 2019
    Wonderful. Intelligent and engaging thoughts and insights into what makes us.....us..! ...
  • Chris Harris
    Nov 19, 2018
    Why would anyone want to stand on a stage and make people laugh at them? Why, particularly when they might have anxiety issues, or impostor syndrome, or any one of a raft of other conditions that seem perfectly designed to trip up an aspiring comedian? Why, in short, do people want to ...
  • Saarah Niña
    Nov 23, 2018
    More than fascinating... Robin Ince wrote this book to figure out if the world could learn anything from the life and experience of a comedian. His other motivation was to see whether everyone is equallly mad: so that we can embrace our 'hidden eccentricities, safe in the knowledge...
  • Isla Scott
    Sep 19, 2018
    I found this to be a quite interesting, insightful read and it certainly made me think about the mindsets of comedians and about the impact that, for example, a troubled childhood may have had on the persons likelihood of pursuing such a career as that of a comedian. I liked that it...
  • Mr Gary K Austin
    May 19, 2019
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  • Martin Bridges
    Oct 04, 2018
    I'd been looking forward to this book as I'm a big fan of Robin Ince 's comedy and science exposition, and it didn't disappoint. He explores the human condition and mental health as it relates to himself and other notable comedians. As well as the aforesaid great comedians (like Ricky ...
  • Kirstie Summers
    Oct 07, 2018
    I realise that this going to be entirely down to the kind of person that I am, but reading this book felt like a hug made of anecdotes and I was very sad when it was over. ...
  • Annie
    Sep 26, 2018
    'I'm a Joke and So Are You explores a range of personal issues and topics from the point of view of various stand-up comedians. It was nicely-wrriten and an okay read, so I'd award it 3 stars. The book is made up of 9 chapters, which cover topics such as dealing with grief through h...
  • Lydia
    May 10, 2019
    "... be a punchline people want to remember" ...
  • Helen
    Apr 03, 2019
    A much more cerebral book than you might expect. Funny, insightful, personal and beautifully written. Basically, we?re all bonkers, so don?t worry about it... ...
  • Clara
    Feb 16, 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed 'I'm a Joke and so are You' due to its truthfulness and the pure sincerity it was written with. I felt intrigued by the ideas and thought processes of Robin Ince, and I thought that the imagery and anecdotes used were relatable and accessible to any reader. There w...