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  • By Brian Clegg
    Jan 26, 2016
    Written by stand-up comedian Dave Thompson, The Sex Life of a Comedian delivers some home truths about the life on the road. It's hard not to believe that the main character Doug Tucker's last minute arrivals at venues, or the way he spends hours crossing the country for underpaid gigs in unpleasant dives, don't have some inspiration in reality. However, this is a novel, not a memoir, for which we can assume Thompson is thankful, because Doug Tucker's life is no bed of roses. Admittedly Doug seems to enjoy (with occasional regret and shame) the huge amount of (explicit) sex and drug taking he encounters, but there is a murky unpleasantness to his existence that shades into outright gangland violence. And Doug's luck rarely stays positive for long, while the car crash events that pull his life apart come with painful regularity. To begin with, as we hear of Doug's extremely colourful sex life, it's hard not to think of this as a modern version of those 1970s 'Confessions of a Window... More > Cleaner' type books. I never read one, but my suspicion is that they would have had the same, rather simplistic narrating style, with a series of sexual escapades. But as the Tucker story develops, I was reminded much more of the books of Leslie Thomas. This was due to the similarity to Leslie Thomas's classic story arc of a likeable but weak-willed central character who is manipulated sexually and practically by unpleasant people to produce a trajectory that begins with a degree of success but that ends in a disastrous spiral of destruction. Like the best of Thomas's central characters, Doug Tucker has an element of an innocent, introduced to a dark world that seems first enticing and then destructive. And he has a hint of mystery about him with his rabid dislike of children and frequent reference to his mummy's knife. I had been warned about the sex scenes, which are definitely not suitable for reading on the train if the person next to you glances at your book (as I experienced), but I found the rampant drug taking more disturbing, while the ending seemed rushed and not entirely satisfactory. I certainly wouldn't buy this if you are easily shocked or looking for a jolly romp, rather than a gut-wrenching story. However, by the time I was a quarter of the way in I had to discover Doug Tucker's fate, and it's a book that I won't forget in quite a while.< Less
  • By Tom Glover
    Oct 1, 2012
    The Sex Life of a Comedian is an excellent read for jobbing stand ups and comedy fans alike. The book is a fast paced blitz through the life of comedian Doug Tucker which surprises and delights you as it twists and turns in the most unusual and surreal ways, always remaining one step ahead. The book is as mucky as Fifty Shades of Grey (I suspect) but as funny as it is filthy, which is no easy achievement. The book doesn't just really on laughs though and despite the humour, and the innumerable character flaws of our eponymous hero, you can't help but be warmed to Doug, which can catch you off guard when you least expect it. A truly great read. Having met the author I would wager that at least some of the book is based on real experience. I only hope, for his sake, that much of it is not!
  • By Steve Withers
    May 30, 2012
    **ADULTS ONLY** Buy this book ... I did and I loved it... Dave is very funny and the escapades in the book are laugh out loud : ))
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Product Details

First Edition
Dave Thompson
April 22, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.43 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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