Comedy, Tragedy, Therapy
Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of 13. His parents had just divorced, and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything.
Read by Simon Amstell, and interspersed with footage from his stand-up tours, HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self onstage. To tell the truth so it can't hurt him anymore. Loneliness, anxiety, depression - this book has it all. And more.
From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you've ever been.
"A beautiful and clever book about being human. All the warmth of his comedy without the inconvenience of his face." (Russell Brand)
"Hard to imagine anyone not loving this... go Simon Amstell!" (Stephen Fry)
"Amstell is a likeable, self-deprecating guide to his own flaws, and has spent enough time in therapy to dissect his own navel-gazing with a nicely dry self-awareness." ( Observer)
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Great stuff but just so little thats new.
I would have loved it to be much longer, I pre ordered the book as I love Simons stand up not knowing anything else about the book. I kinda wanted to go in blind. The book is expansions and comment on previous stand up routines he has done with exerts of the performances performed live thrown in. This would probably be great for someone new to his stuff but I did find myself wanting more. At only three hours long I was kinda disapointed.
His performance and energy are why I bought this book in the first place.
Really good performance and writing but very slim on content.
- Mr. A. P. Barker
Excellently told story climb to "normal"
- Vincent Smith