James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like TASKMASTER, MOCK THE WEEK, LIVE AT THE APOLLO and WOULD I LIE TO YOU?
But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it’s disappointing a skydiving instructor mid-flight, hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, or annoying the Kettering Board Games club, a didgeridoo-playing conspiracy theorist and some bemused Christians, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.
Appearing on Josh Widdicombe’s radio show to recount these stories, the feature was christened ‘James Acaster’s classic scrapes’. Here, in his first book, James recounts these tales (including never-before-heard stories) along with self-penned drawings, in all their glorious stupidity.
I don’t normally read memoirs unless I really like that person, with James Acaster I do. Not long ago my husband and I went to see him in his stand up comedy show and I absolutely loved him, I couldn’t stop laughing, and laughing hard. Sometimes you just need a really good laugh then this is the book for you. James recalls stories over his child and adulthood and some of them are really funny. The best one for me is about his singing teacher Melissa. But all of them are pretty funny and I love the little drawings he has done too. It would be brilliant to have him write more as I am sure he has got lots more to share with his fans.
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