Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down – Jo Brand

Ok, so I said I wouldn’t be reading anymore celeb biogs, I’m a sucker for punishment I know. However, this was at the top of the ‘to be read’ pile and I quite enjoyed her first biog. As Brand was a psychiatrist nurse before being a comedian then at least she has some interesting stories to tell.

This book chronicles her career from leaving nursing to starting as a stand up comedian. She writes about her rise and includes chapters such as good and bad clubs which she has enjoyed doing her routines at. I quite like her, she seems very down to earth with a dry, sarcastic sense of humour.

In another chapter she says ‘I have narrowed down my favourite comedy moments to half a dozen, leaving out an incident in a hotel with two comics which I’m sworn not to repeat’. I personally find this annoying, why put it in the book without more of an explanation, even though she’s probably just letting the two comics know she hasn’t forgotten the incident, just send them an email, not mention it in your book!

The rest of the book ambled along nicely although I can’t help feeling it was written in ‘blog’ form. Naming her favourite books, films and plays in theatre’s. Disappointingly there wasn’t a list of her favourite cakes, one I would have enjoyed 🙂

This was an ok book, the usual comedian standard. Thankfully this has been written up to her life so far so we won’t be having another book for a good few years.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teresa (Lovely Treez Reads)
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 13:02:51

    “Thankfully this has been written up to her life so far so we won’t be having another book for a good few years.”

    This made me laugh, Ceri, I think you’ve succeeded in convincing me never to buy this! 😉 I’m not fond of JB, I don’t know what it is but something prevents me warming to her.


  2. bookfreak72
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 18:25:27

    I’m not sure if that was my intention Teresa lol. I do think she’s very funny but I agree with you about warming to her, not sure if it’s her appearance or attitude but there’s something that puts me off 🙂


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