Tough Crowd

Tough Crowd: How I Made and Lost a Career in Comedy

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies
Hardback Published on: 12/10/2023
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A must-read. Funny and utterly compelling' Jonathan Ross The Bafta-garlanded creator of Father Ted and The IT Crowd tells of his rise and painful fall. Part comedy-writing masterclass, part diary of a gender wars 'cancellation'. Having cut his teeth in music journalism, Graham Linehan became the finest sitcom writer of his generation. He captured the comedy zeitgeist not just as the co-creator of Father Ted but also with The IT Crowd and Black Books, winning five Baftas and a lifetime achievement award. Then his life took an unexpected turn. When he championed an unfashionable cause, TV commissioners no longer returned his emails, showbiz pals lost his number and his marriage collapsed. In an emotionally charged memoir that is by turns hilarious and harrowing, he lets us into the secrets of the writing room and colourfully describes the high-octane atmosphere of a sitcom set. But he also berates an industry where there was no one to stand by his side when he needed help. Bruised but not beaten, he explains why he chose the hill of women and girls' rights to die on - and why, despite the hardship of cancellation, he's not coming down from it any time soon.

  • Publisher: Eye Books
  • ISBN: 9781785633065
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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Tough Crowd
Side -splittingly funny, moving, prescient and brave
This is a well written, fast paced account from one of our best love comedic writers. Those who have not understood why he is no longer at the forefront of... READ MORE
Jeannie Mackenzie
Tough Crowd
Beautifully written, touching and funny
This beautifully written book will leave you laughing at the sheer comic genius of the man and raging at the injustice with which he has been treated. The ... READ MORE
Maura Maxwell
Tough Crowd
Great Read
Great book - very honest - what a brave man
Andrew Burns
Tough Crowd
Everyone should read this book. A shocking account of speaking out & defending personal views in the UK today. Well done Graham. I really hope you get w... READ MORE
mary foster
Tough Crowd
Brilliant but emotional
Graham Linehan has to be praised in his brave fight for the rights of biological women. Wonderfully written, but very sad and emotional due to this talente... READ MORE
Tough Crowd
A well written and absorbing book written by a courageous author
‘Tough Crowd’ is a well written and absorbing book written by a courageous author, ‘cancelled’ award winning scriptwriter, Graham Linehan It is a sobering... READ MORE
Jenny Methven
Tough Crowd
Such a talent & so brave!
Graham is a brilliant writer & his book is both hilarious & heartbreaking. Let's hope the bullies who have persecuted him get their comeuppance. We could ... READ MORE
Linda Oubridge