Viv is fed up, recession-scarred and pushing forty. She always wanted to be a comedian. But surely that’s not advisable if you have a mortgage, three children and a husband who is, er, not exactly a fan of stand-up?
With no time to waste, Viv attempts the mother of all comedy marathons: 100 gigs in 100 nights. Sometimes the audience laughs. Often they don’t. Along the way she is heckled, flattered, hated, hit on and told that she is “not as funny as Miranda.”
A brave new start or the last desperate roll of the dice? Described as “like Jo Brand writing Eat, Pray, Love” and “Fever Pitch for the world of comedy”, this is a laugh-out loud, inspirational memoir about having the guts to find out what you were really meant to do with your life. Out now. Click here for Amazon link.
“Absolutely hilarious” — Jennifer Saunders
“Brilliant” — Jo Brand
“The working mum’s version of Eddie Izzard’s 50 marathons in 50 days. Hilarious” — Sally Phillips
“As funny as it is inspiring” — Tim Dowling
“A captivating account” — The London Evening Standard
“Heroic” — The Times
“Hilarious” — The Independent
“Frankly psychotic” — Mail on Sunday
— LATEST READER REVIEWS ON AMAZON: “This book did make me laugh and cry…. A great read…. Five stars…” “Beautifully written, no-holds-barred… Five stars…” “I loved this book and found it funny, touching and astonishing… Five stars…”
— COMEDY BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2013: Independent: “…sequinned mid-life crisis… you can almost feel the sticky carpets and smell the fear…”
— COMEDY BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2013: Independent on Sunday: “…provides wonderful summaries of each performance…”
I Laughed, I Cried featured in Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Sunday Express magazine, WeLoveThisBook.com, The Independent, The Times, The Guardian, GQ.com, The Observer, WhatTheFrock.com, LaughOutLondon.com, The Richmond magazine
“On the surface this is the diary of 100 gigs in 100 consecutive nights. Not very far beneath the surface, it’s a not-so-slow-motion mid-life crisis. My mission took me to venues legendary and louche across the country. I was booed at the Comedy Store (where I lasted 52 seconds against the brutal Gong). I was cheered at Lily Savage’s alma mater The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. And I narrowly avoided injury after a close encounter with a razor at the Leicester Square Theatre. From Brighton, Broadstairs and Cambridge to Lincoln, Sheffield and Truro, plus dozens of open mic shows across London and the Home Counties and an unexpected 72 hours in Atlanta, Georgia, where I was hailed as the natural successor to Hyacinth Bucket, I laughed, I cried and I tried to figure out if I could cut it as a stand-up comic.
“It’s the story of a painful, exhilarating and amazing time, told through the eyes of a jaded, confused but hopeful middle-aged woman with too many children and an exasperated husband who despairs of his wife’s “directionless comedy binge.” I started stand-up because it was the childhood dream I’d been too scared to follow. I did the 100 gigs because I needed to know if I could actually do comedy. I wrote the book because when I wanted to change my life in my late thirties, I couldn’t find anything that talked about what it’s like to start all over again – and not know if you’re going to succeed or fail.”
The Edinburgh show of I Laughed, I Cried: “Groskop’s inspiring show is a must-see, leaving you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Five stars.” (Broadway Baby) Returning in 2014 to La Favorita Freestival, 1-15 August (not 7, not 11), 9.45pm.
I Laughed, I Cried on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends on Saturday 12th July.