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  • By: Lee Mack
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  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Where do comedians come from?

Why is it that one person is a funny bloke down the pub while another actually makes a living by standing up in front of an audience telling jokes?

And where does all that material come from?

Well, young Lee McKillop used to wonder that too.

Growing up in his parents’ pub, small and wiry in a world of bigger and chunkier specimens, Lee quickly learned that cracking jokes was a way to get attention. After a somewhat random series of jobs, which included being Red Rum’s stableboy and a bingo hall barman, it was as a Great Yarmouth holiday camp entertainer that he had his first crack at telling jokes on stage. It got him some laughs, the sack and a punch in the face.*

Now, as Lee Mack, he’s one of our best loved and most successful comedians, both as a live stand-up and on television. In Mack the Life, Lee tells the story of how he got there and gives extraordinary insight into what really makes comics tick. Hilarious and brilliant, it’s the kind of book which reminds you why you learned to read in the first place.

*Nearly.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Lee Mack (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"His book is a joy to read, full of homespun wisdom and hilarious asides." (Independent)

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A truthful account

What's it is really like to be a comedian. It's hard work and a lot of graft.

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lee mack fans will love it

it's gentler and less funny than his interviews on chat shows, and you don't really get the feeling you're getting to the inner man, as even in the spoof psychiatrist's interviews his comedy monologue iobserver s running throughout. but it is an amusing book which fans of Lee Mack will love

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Superb. Please please do Vol 2 ASAP!

So fresh to listen to an Autobio narrated with such gusto and passion.
Genuine honesty, just brilliant

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loved it

as funny as you would expect plus more. could listen again tomorrow (mainly cos I forget what I done this morning) defo recommend this audio

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Inside the mind of Lee Mack

I like the honesty he showed when. talking about his early - formative. - years and about the up hill journey to become the talented writer and performer he is now

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laugh out loud book

I absolutely adored this book. I laughed so much. with it been read by Lee, it was an added bonus. It was a great insight into his life and work. I can highly recommend it

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Loved this… very colorful and entertaining! Thanks Lee

Brilliant. Please write another one! So entertaining, and nicely spoken. Will miss hearing this on my long walks, making me laugh along the way!

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Seems normal

Interesting and engaging insight into the career of a guy I thought was genuinely and naturally talented. Turns out he works just as hard as the rest of us.

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Typical Lee Mack

In typical Lee Mack style… funny, interesting, sarcastic…. Would highly recommend.
Great audio book, thank you

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Warm, honest and full of Lee’s natural charisma

I was excited for this audio book, and having read the print copy several times, I was intrigued as to how Lee would deal with the psychiatrist dialogue. I can now say, I absolutely loved it. It’s a cleverly written and very funny autobiography anyway, but a real joy having Lee’s lovely voice tell the story. I really enjoyed all the bits with Angela McHale, and what a fabulous, unique idea to perform them as little sketches. It has been cleverly updated here and there, as the book is quite a few years old now, so it felt really current.
It’s a warm and honest storytelling, full of Lee’s natural wit and charisma, and reflective of the gentle, humble man behind the mask.
Lee ascertains throughout the book that comedians are not a special type of breed, but I think he’s pretty damn special.

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