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Help by Simon Amstell; Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand – review

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Two driven comedians attempt to put their demons to the sword in this pair of entertaining confessional memoirsThe sad clown is a trope as old as drama; think of Shakespeare’s melancholy fools, with their discarded pearls of wisdom, or the likes of Tony Hancock and Robin Williams, spreading laughter on stage or screen while private pain corroded their lives until it became unbearable. In recent years it’s been fashionable in standup comedy to use that pain as material, often with the intention of encouraging audiences to talk about difficult issues with an acknowledgment of the black humour they entail. Since Simon Amstell started performing long-form standup 10 years ago, he’s made a virtue of
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