Brenda Monk is a true stand-up, by her very nature - it is under her skin; itching and bubbling.
She is addicted to the feeling of being on stage, looking out at expectant, up-turned mouths, waiting for the first laugh to hit.
A first laugh that will not happen unless she creates it.
But Brenda is clueless. The on-off girlfriend of a prolific comedian, it is only after she realises his best stage material consists of recycled versions of her own restless, smart-arsed energy that she begins to wonder whether she might be better off keeping her jokes for herself - and so she finds herself making her very first walk to the mark on stage in front of a bare brick wall, with just a spotlight and a PA system for cover, wondering what we all wonder from time to time: am I funny?
A book as much about the thrill of performance as it is about what goes on when the microphone is switched off, Brenda Monk is Funny is a blackly humourous and devastatingly candid snapshot of the reality, the brutality and fragility of the comedy industry from an exciting new voice in fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 31/07/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781783520343