Review: Before & Laughter by Jimmy Carr

 

Title: Before & Laughter: A Life Changing Book

Author: Jimmy Carr

Published: 28th September 2021, Quercus Publishing

Status: Read October 2021 courtesy Hachette Australia

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My Thoughts:

 

I ‘discovered’ Irish comedian Jimmy Carr when I stumbled upon the panel show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ on YouTube only a year or two ago. The show opened up an entire collection of British comedy programs I promptly binged, and given the incestuous nature of the business, Carr had a role in many of them. Whether acting as a host or  panellist, he often makes me laugh out loud, even if his humour tends to be more on the deliberately offensive, smutty side.

Billed as a memoir and self help book, I was somewhat surprised to find Before & Laughter leans far more into the latter than the former. There are glimpses of Carr here as he touches on his relationship with his parents, shares the story of throwing in his corporate job at Shell to take a chance on comedy, offers a mea culpa for his ‘tax thing’, and speaks of his partner and child, but largely this is a book of advice on how to find your purpose and be true to yourself.

Before & Laughter is funny as expected, with Jimmy sharing plenty of humorous anecdotes, but it’s also surprisingly sensible and insightful. There isn’t anything particularly unique about the essence of Carr’s advice, but his frame of reference – stand up comedy – is something different. Carr has an interesting perspective on life informed by the nature of his work, which involves more intense labour than you would expect. Though I don’t care much for self help blather generally, I think Carr offers some sound advice for anyone looking to enhance or change their life.

Whether you buy into the motivational message or not, Before & Laughter is an entertaining read.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz Dexter
    Oct 23, 2021 @ 04:36:01

    Great review – I saw him talking about this on the TV the other day; I tend to mistrust him as he’s pretty unpleasant in his comedy and “the tax thing” was bad, but it sounds like it does have decent intentions. I expect it’ll appear in the charity shops around here soon enough!

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  2. Amy
    Oct 23, 2021 @ 09:10:31

    I’m an avid British comedy panel show watcher so I’ve seen a lot of Jimmy over the years. It’s fascinating to see how his comedy has grown over that time and it’d be interesting to see his perspective on it all.

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  3. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Oct 24, 2021 @ 20:21:51

    This is definitely an unexpected self-help angle from a comedian. I think i would like to learn more about the perspective he brings from his experience as a comedian.

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