Tickling the English

Tickling the English

By Dara O Briain

  • Release Date : 2009-10-01
  • Genre : Travel Writing
  • FIle Size : 8.96 MB
Score: 4.0
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Tickling the English Nostalgia, identity, eccentricity, gin drinking and occasional violence... these are just some of the themes that stand-up comedian Dara O Briain explores in Tickling the English.

O Briain moved to England many years ago, but when he takes his show on tour around the country - from deserted seaside towns and remote off-shore islands, to sprawling industrial cities and sleepy suburbs - it's clear to him that his adopted home is still a bit of an enigma.

Why do the English pretend to be unhappy all the time?
Why can't they accept they rank about 5th, in everything?
And what's with all the fudge?

But this Irishman loves a challenge; he's certainly got the gregarious personality and the sure-fire wit to bring down the barriers of that famous English reserve, and have a good old rummage inside. Swapping anecdotes with his audiences and spending time wandering in their hometowns, this nosy neighbour holds England up to the light while exploring some of the attitudes he brought over here with him too.

As Dara goes door-to-door in search of England in this part tour diary, part travelogue, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle.


  • Well Done Dara!!!

    By Beanoooofadysuujki
    This book is well constructed and easy to follow. Intellectual due to the regular infiltration of facts and figures from history and present day. The comedy value is good - not outstanding. I'd say that it under delivers with the punchy humour expected from a comedian with regards to quantity but definitely not quality. The funny stuff is definitely laugh out loud material but just not enough of it. From the point of finding out how a particular occupation works it was a delightful insight behind the scenes in the working life of one of Britain's top comedians; how a show is put together; writing material and testing it; the logistics of getting to and from shows and the interactions with audiences and members of the production teams. Overall I'd call it a pleasant read.
  • Thought provoking..

    By RichmondBlue
    Not quite what I was expecting, but then again that was my fault. I didn't read the synopsis of the book before I bought it. I enjoyed all the anecdotes about audience members on tour, and the descriptions of different venues were interesting. But there is a more serious side to the book, about national characteristics and prejudices. I didn't agree with everything Dara has to say, but he makes some interesting (and sometimes quite serious) points with his usual good humour. I certainly wasn't disappointed, a good read.
  • An interesting look at the comedy circuit from Irish eyes

    By bs10064
    This book was one of the first I picked up from the iBookstore. At first you purchase this book because you loved the humour of Dara O Briain, but you finish the book with a good insight of his routine and the interesting characters he meets on tour. The only bad thing about the book is that it tends to go on too long. Stories in the book you would like Dara to talk more about are left unexplained, and elements of the book that Dara takes more time than you care about. I do recommend picking up this book as overall it is a really good read.
  • Tickling the English

    By Lynxobserver
    Very funny,well observed and superbly crafted........
  • Tackling the English too

    By lillygwilly
    This book not only provides a fascinating insight to life on a comedy circuit but also entertains the reader with clever and insightful observations about English culture in particular, most of which (as a kiwi who lived in London for ten years) I could affectionately relate to. It also provides tasty snippets of surprisingly interesting local history of the various towns that Dara mentions in Tickling the English. But, quite simply, the anecdotes and stories that Dara has chosen to include are very funny. A lot of laugh out loud moments were, not just from the dry and personable manner in which it's written, but mostly from the actual things that the audiences come out with in response to the interactive style of O'Briain's routines. I hope there will be more books like this from Dara, I enjoyed this one immensely.
  • I loved this book - what a great read!

    By BlueCoffeeMan
    Just finished reading this book, that I found hard to put down. Dara's amusing look at the British people as he toured the UK made me laugh so much. The Irish view of the English is also very funny. There are references to towns and some historical information and stats that add to the book. I feel that I have just finished the tour with him at high speed. Do read this book it is great light reading, unless you are a clairvoyant homeopath in which case you might want to pass. Thanks Dara,
  • I wish Dara was my mate

    By terrydabloke
    Funny, intelligent but not a snob (and definitely not a Cantab) he walks a wonderful line that has arrogance on one side and supplication on the other, yet he walks it with ease and efficiency. Sorry, I forgot to say - the book is excellent.
  • A legend creates a greater reputation.

    The brilliant sense of humor was throughly brought out in this view of English life written by Dara. I much preferred this to any of Jeremy Clarkson's books. I agree that it does drag on a bit but I still finished the book (still in hysteria). I went to see a show and decided to buy this book. It had me laughing 'till the end!
  • Historic & witty

    By travburt
    Tickling the English was a thoroughly enjoyable book for me to read. It had me laughing out loud to myself on several occasions. There are countless highlights I've made so I can return to laugh at my favourite bits. The only criticism I have was that I was about ready for the book to end after I got 3/4 of the way through - however, that could simply be an indication of my short attention span and it certainly doesn't detract from the humour! Very enjoyable & would recommend it to any of my friends. Well any of my British friends.
  • Dull and disappointing!!

    By hornerclan
    Expected so much more from this given his live performances. Goes into the history of each town too long would have preferred to hear more about the guys he lists on the beginning of each town. Cost an issue as well as this was half the price at airport come on iTunes you have a great product here and are ripping us of to squeeze that last bit of profit!!