Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography

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Known for his intelligent and often surreal humor, Paul Merton’s weekly appearances on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You—as well as Radio 4’s Just A Minute and his travel documentaries—have seen him become an artfully rebellious fixture in our lives for over 25 years. He also has a real story to tell. In Only When I Laugh, his rich and beautifully-observed autobiography, Paul takes us on an evocative journey from his working-class Fulham childhood to the present day. Whether writing about school days, his run-ins with the nuns, and other pupils; his disastrous first confession; his meat packing job; taking acid; leaving home to live in bedsit; his early brushes with the opposite sex—and not forgetting his repeated attempts to break into the world of comedy—Paul’s writing is always funny, poignant, and revealing. And when his star finally ascends in the atmospherically drawn 1980s alternative cabaret scene, there is a sense of excitement, energy, camaraderie, momentum, and dramatic impending success. . . And then CRASH! In an unflinching and brilliantly written section that defines the book, we experience the disorienting and terrifying sustained manic episode that he suffered which landed him in the Maudesley hospital. These, and other tougher moments, are written about candidly and with sensitivity and honesty. Yet throughout Only When I Laugh, Paul Merton succeeds in telling his life story entertainingly, with warmth, humor and a big bucket load of wit. Ultimately uplifting, it is the story of a fascinating life, brilliantly told—and one of the best memoirs of the year.

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Paul Merton made his stand-up debut at London’s Comedy Store in 1982. In 1985 he joined the Comedy Store Players, an improvised comedy group which led, in 1988, to him appearing on Whose Line is it Anyway? for the first few series. He has appeared on Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Just a Minute. Other TV highlights include his eponymous surreal sketch series from 1991-3; interviewing Spike Milligan in what was to be his last major television appearance as host of Room 101; and making several programs about early cinema, including The Birth Of Hollywood.

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"Crammed with laugh-out-loud moments" Daily Telegraph "A rollicking good read" -- Bruce Dessau Evening Standard "A thoughtful, understated memoir" -- Joe Moran Guardian "Witty and enjoyable" -- Robert Elms BBC Radio London "Compelling" Chortle

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