I Laughed, I Cried by Viv Groskop
How One Woman Took on Stand-Up and (Almost) Ruined Her Life

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Like many rookie comedians, Groskop's self-esteem is too linked to the reception she receives at gigs...she could afford to be more reflective about her material, comic persona and urge to perform, alongside the breathless recounting of the 100 gigs.
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Viv Groskop is fed up, recession-scarred and pushing 40. She always wanted to be a stand-up comedian. But surely that's not advisable if you have three children, a mortgage and a husband who hates stand-up comedy? With no time to waste, she attempts the mother of all comedy marathons, 100 gigs in 100 nights.
 

About Viv Groskop

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Viv Groskop is a journalist, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. She has written for publications such as The Guardian, The Times, The Mail on Sunday, Grazia and Vogue and has twice been short-listed for PPA Columnist of the Year (Periodical Publishers' Association). She appears frequently on TV's Sky News as well as on BBC Radio 4's Front Row and Woman's Hour and is a regular panellist on Any Questions.Viv first performed with Stephen Fry in a Footlights show in Cambridge at the age of eighteen. She then did nothing on stage for twenty years. After several false starts and a lucky break hosting Jo Brand's book tour, she started doing stand-up properly in 2011. As a comedian she is described as "charmingly leftfield with an oddball sense of humour." Which doesn't sound entirely complimentary but never mind.
 
Published June 27, 2013 by Orion. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment.
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Reviewed by Helen Zaltzman on Jun 22 2013

Like many rookie comedians, Groskop's self-esteem is too linked to the reception she receives at gigs...she could afford to be more reflective about her material, comic persona and urge to perform, alongside the breathless recounting of the 100 gigs.

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