The Sound of Laughter

December 28, 2006 4:49pm CST
I was given a copy of "The Sound of Laughter" for my last birthday - it's Peter Kay's autobiography for those of you who haven't heard of it, and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys his comedy. He's a really down-to-earth comic, and absolutely hilarious, whilst not making anyone the butt of his jokes. He strikes me as the type of person who really likes people and their quirks, his humour is hilarious, and affectionate towards the people he portrays. The stories are very funny, and the whole book is constructed like one of his stand-up shows, and is written in that style too. Very funny - less like a book though, and more like written stand-up! You'll be laughing out loud as you read it - I was! Has anyone else read this - in which case what did you think, and which bits were your favourites, or for those who haven't, whose autobiographies can you recommend, and why?
2 responses
@shatman (728)
21 Jan 07
this is a great book, i have never laughed so hard just from reading, his style is incredible, he makes you laugh from the simplist of things. i got it for christmas, and have read it twice over and the second time i found different things funny, because you realise what they mean
21 Jan 07
Thanks for your answer - I'm glad you enjoyed the book too. I'm not surprised you found more to enjoy on the second reading - that's the sign of a good writer/comedian, when you continue to get more out of the same piece of work every time you go back to it.
@neilf49 (810)
31 Dec 06
I'm glad you can recommend it as I have just bought it today. You may be a little too young to remember the other great comic whom I first felt Peter had modelled himself on, Mike Harding, the Rochdale Cowboy. I've spent a few hours in the bar with Mike and he too was hilarious and his humour came from his observations of daily life, just as Peter's does. I've not yet had the honour to meet Peter but I'm sure I will before to long, he doesn't live far from me.
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1 Jan 07
No, I'm not too young to remember Mike Harding, and my Dad used to be active on the folk scene, so played at open mic night at Mike's club in the 1970s a few times, and met the guy (and people like Martin Carthy too) there (lucky sod!). Observational humour is excellent, and seems to be something which we northerners do very well, and is yet another reason those southerners hate us!! My partner has met a few famous people around Manchester too, Steve Coogan and Tom Baker to name but two. Steve Coogan's humour is also based around his keen observations of different people and their quirks, which is why his characters are so good. Enjoy the book, and good luck bumping into him - maybe a Catholic club in Bolton might be a good place to start!!