Look Who It Is – Alan Carr

Now I am not the biggest fan of autobiographies (even though I get them by the shed load for Christmas) in fact the last one I bought was one of the Spice Girls but lets mover swiftly on as that was about ten years ago. I wasn’t even sure that I was going to include autobiographies on the great gay reads but then that would mean leaving out some works by Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris and Edmund White to name just a few. However Alan Carr’s was in a lovely pile from Harper Collins that they deliciously sent out to me and so I thought oh go on then plus I really like Alan Carr and think he is one of the funniest gay men on television at the moment.

Actually scrap that last sentence I think Alan Carr is hilarious, I gather he is a bit like marmite in the fact that some people love him and some people hate him, no one seems to sit on the fence when it comes to him. I did wonder what an autobiography of his would entail as he isn’t old. I knew it would be funny, and I was proved right on that. I haven’t laughed out loud on a tube so much reading a book ever, the looks I was getting were something special. He is incredibly funny. I promise you there will be much mirth reading this book. “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.”

In terms of him not having enough to write about I was proven completely wrong. He starts from his younger days when his father was in charge of the football clubs with his son being the least football interested child and how that felt, travels around the world after university to doing data entry for Mr Dog. There is a lot of heart in this book and what I find interesting is Alan Carr’s self doubt that he could make people laugh and that for him until a few years ago comedy was something he never even dreamed of doing as he didn’t think he could. He of course tells you all this with such comic timing and writing that you are giggling all the way through. My particular favourite stories involved him and cats or dogs they seemed to make me laugh endlessly but I think it’s the way that he writes it.

Though he doesn’t specifically talk about being gay a lot when he does it can be tragic, heart warming and incredibly funny. In fact when he writes of the night that he first actually stayed at another mans house that had me nodding in agreement of what can happen, laughing at how foolish we can be and then feeling sad at the outcome of the situation because I had been there myself. Well not actually there but I had experienced similar things.

There is definitely the possibility of a second autobiography as this book finishes pretty much at the start of his joining The Friday Night Project so you don’t get to hear what the celebrities he has met are like which come Heat Magazine fans might have loved to see. What you do get is a delightful insight to a boy growing up in Norwich, dealing with slight confusion of who he is and what he is all about and going on to drama school and eventually the comedy circuit with all the highs and lows along the way. I recommend this to anyone who like a laugh and if you are an Alan Carr fan this is unmissable.

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~ by greatgayreads on May 15, 2009.

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