Becoming Johnny Vegas

  • by Johnny Vegas
  • Narrated by Johnny Vegas
  • 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

‘My name is Michael Pennington, and I am not a comic character. I'm often mistaken for one though. You might know him by another name. Johnny Vegas.’
From BBC Dickens adaptations to Benidorm and Ideal to the PG Tips ads, Johnny Vegas has become one of Britain's best-loved comic actors. But before he'd ever drunk tea with a knitted monkey or made himself the exception that proves the rule in terms of the predictability of TV panel game regulars, Johnny Vegas was perhaps the most fearlessly confessional stand-up comedian this country has ever produced.
How did an eleven-year-old Catholic trainee priest from St Helens grow up to become the North West of England's answer to Lenny Bruce? That's just one of the many questions answered by this eye-poppingly frank memoir.
Becoming Johnny Vegas establishes its author as the poet laureate of the Pimblett's pie. Once you've finished this darkly hilarious tale of family, faith and the creative application of alcohol dependency, you'll never look at a copy of the Catholic men's society newsletter the same way again.


What the Critics Say

"This man is one of the true comic greats" (The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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What made the experience of listening to Becoming Johnny Vegas the most enjoyable?

This is, without doubt, the most enthralling and entertaining book I've listened to in years. I've a new found respect for Johnny, or rather Michael. The convergence of the characters, the full gory detail of the development of Johnny is intoxicating.

The Dr Death character is spine chilling and beautiful in equal measures.

Funny, sad and concerning but above all expertly crafted and wonderfully narrated.

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- Gordon

Funny and touching in equal measure

Would you listen to Becoming Johnny Vegas again? Why?

I would certainly listen to this again. It was funny, touching and full of insight and humanity.

What did you like best about this story?

The shocking honesty

Which character – as performed by Johnny Vegas – was your favourite?

Faultless performance throughout

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, cry, cringe, sadness, shock - a gambit of emotion

Any additional comments?

A celebrity autobiography for those that hate celebrity autobiographies - it's rare that someone has so much insight into their own behaviour, and Michael Pennington's honesty is what ultimately keeps you listening. You just want to give Michael a huge hug all the way through.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-09-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited