Posted in Books, Reviews, TV, tagged Alan Carr, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, autogiography, Book review, books, Carr, Celebrities, Channel 4, comedy, funny, reading, TV on May 30, 2012 |
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Carr’s self-deprecating camp infuses this autobiography which unfortunately stops short before his fame gets started, suggesting all the good stuff has been saved for later volumes. It’s a shame because despite the good humour there is nothing remarkable here, unless you count the fact that Carr is surprisingly well-adjusted for a comedian.
Alan’s formative years seem no different to those of any ordinary middle-class thirty-something; nice family, depressingly menial part-time jobs, a pointless degree and some fun holidays.
Unfortunately the opportunity to offer advice on the perils of building a stand-up career is overlooked, with Carr being unduly brief and modest about such a difficult profession.
If you like Carr you’ll like this, but the best is probably yet to come.
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Posted in Books, Reviews, TV, tagged Arts, autobiography, Book review, books, Celebrities, Celebrity, Cheryl Cole, Entertainment, Heat magazine, Jordan, journalism, Mark Frith, media, People, reading on May 22, 2012 |
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Pure trash of course but also a fascinating insight into celebrity culture’s evolution throughout the noughties.
As the founding editor of Heat magazine Frith makes for a flawed and fabulous narrator, jealous of the success of fellow publications, often derogatory about the stars he refers to as “playthings” and covetous of fame. Frith is also fiercely loyal to his team and dedicated to an originally worthy ethos to de-bunk celebrity myth.
Ironically and unfortunately, normalising celebrities created a space for ordinary folk from reality shows to seize the spotlight. The subsequent rise of savvy PRs has enabled celebs to play the once revelatory magazines at their own game.
It’s a fascinating insight into a unique period of modern history by a smart, flawed guy who was actually there.
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