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

Loved this book touching, honest and funny

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

I am not a fan of Johnny Vegas the comedian. I like Micheal Pennington the actor - I like him in Ideal and Benidorm so I wasn't sure I was going to like this book - quite the opposite I loved it. The book is very honest. So much so that some parts make you cringe - but this is what makes this book special. He does not hide the tough times, the embarrassing times and the times where he messed it up, he doesn't sugar coat his experiences or make excuses for what he grew up to be. This makes it a rare insight into the person behind the persona. Most would hide this and it needs to be commended for being so open.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Johnny Vegas?

The experience late at night in the priest school........

What does Johnny Vegas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Honesty raw open honesty.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- K. Bailey

Book Details

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