• "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"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "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"

  • "A minor masterpiece"

    The Guardian