Author: Steve Coogan
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should 'be on the telly'. Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The late eighties and early nineties saw Coogan developing characters he could perform on the comedy circuit, from Ernest Moss to Paul Calf, and in 1992 he won a Perrier award with John Thomson. It was around the same time, while working with Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber on On The Hour and The Day Today, that Alan Partridge emerged, almost fully formed. Coogan, once a tabloid fixture, is now a respected film actor, writer and producer. He runs his own production company, Baby Cow, has a raft of films to his name (from 24 Hour Party People to Alpha Papa, the critically-acclaimed Partridge film), six Baftas and seven Comedy Awards. He has found huge success in recent years with both The Trip and Philomena, the latter bringing him two Oscar nominations, for producing and co-writing. In Easily Distracted he lifts the lid on the real Steve Coogan, writing with distinctive humour and an unexpected candour about a noisy childhood surrounded by foster kids, his attention-seeking teenage years and his emergence as a household name with the birth of Alan Partridge.
Anything You Can Get Away With
Author: Christopher Osborn
Publisher: Christopher Osborn
What will you discover in this volume of Easily-Distracted Tales? A racist gentleman suffering from Cotard's delusion! A play in real time for production companies with overbudgeted lighting departments that feel capable of attracting forgiving audiences! Several discussions on the nature of reality, all of which are inconclusive! A drinking glass which is completely empty of lemonade! Secrets and lies! A healthy, award-winning recipe for garlic knots! (Cut from the final draft!) True facts, buoyed by false facts! Your super-powered origins! Fairies performing martial arts! Several references to unpopular songs! An advice column from the afterlife! Less-frequent exclamation points than in this promotional summary! Blood! (A little.) Sex! (Somewhat more.) Rock and roll! (Far less.) The effects of caffeinated beverages on the progress of western civilization and the Enlightenment! Disguised alien interlopers sent on an information-gathering mission! More? Yes, definitely more!
Humor for the Easily Distracted
Author: Lindsey Allen
Observational humor to-go! Laugh out loud at 250 snappy one-liners, sharp puns and eccentric jokes. Here's a peek: "I'm not trying to brag, but this fly is super attracted to me." "I hate eating nachos with someone at the theater and our fingers touch. Especially if I don't know them, and they don't know we're sharing." "Second-guessing myself is pointless. Right? Maybe? Does anyone know?" "If Lincoln was asked for identification, and he dished out some pennies, that'd make cents." "I finally have a private investigator's license! And she's not getting it back. Finders, keepers." "Surprise party at my place! Please bring a surprise."