Monday, May 11, 2009

Book 30 of 52 -- Russell Brand's My Booky Wook

I read a bunch of reviews on this book and it was even Entertainment Weekly's Book of the Week one week.

Russell Brand's stage show is singularly his own, and so it would follow that his prose would be similarly unconventional.

I just didn't expect that it would be as good as it is.

How many working comedians have the time to write a 400+ page memoir at the outset of their careers?

For that matter, who has this much to talk about happening in their lives BEFORE stardom? Russell Brand, that's who.

The writing is pretty dense with English colloquialisms, so I'm not sure how those will translate for American readers.

Regardless, it's hilarious as hell, proving that Brand is a worthy successor to the outlaw comic crown previously worn by Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks.

The book's US subtitle is "Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up".

There's a fair amount of sex, but not as many drugs as you might expect (and very little stand-up, for that matter).

The book starts and ends with Brand's stay in a sex addiction clinic, but judging from his recent troubles with the BBC, he hasn't quite banished all of his sexual demons.

Can't wait for the sequel!

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