Love, Stand-up Comedy and The Queen Of The Night
Frank Skinner's brilliantly funny first novel combines wild fantasy with sudden bumps down to earth and throughout Skinner's unique style of outrageous sex comedy.
Reality? Listen my friend. I'm a fifty-year-old man in a black catsuit. I've got hairy ears, I'm held together by scar tissue and, to this day, I carry a severe bladder-infection caused by one of the Venom Master's germ darts. Don't talk to me about reality. I piss reality every morning.'
Thus speaks Thunderman, tired of trying to live a comic book life in a very real world. Can Geoff Phillips get him back on the mean streets where he made his glorious name, of has the hero's recently acquired, sugarcoated celebrity lifestyle un-warriored him forever?
If Geoff can't resurrect his hero, who will save the nation from the Lottery-fuelled lunacy and twisted religious fervour of the Reverend Chaos and his band of surprisingly sensitive desperadoes?
Thunderman and Geoff Phillips is a book about heroes and hero-worship, about beef jerky and the Bible, about the sound a head makes when it's bashed against a brick wall, about the electric beauty of dwarf girls
'Thunderman... who had the courage to tell the well-intentioned would-be liberal reformers why, sometimes you needed an iron fist in a socially conscientious glove; who championed addict help centres and literacy programmes but could still sleep easy, forty minutes after throwing a paedophile off a skyscraper.
“I cannot recall a book that so entertainingly lays bare the neediness, self-consciousness and weirdness of the professional comic's life. His one-liners are immaculate, too.”
“Skinner is insightful, erudite and, naturally, funny when dissecting the craft of writing and performing successful stand-up comedy.”
“He manages to provide a fascinating insight into the world, and the insecure mind, of a stand-up comedian ... This is a real, honest account of life on the road. And you can't expect more from a tour diary than that.”
“Quite possibly the best book about stand-up ever written.”