ALAN Carr is turning 40 and like many before him it’s a milestone that has spurred him to take stock of his life - and write a book about it.
Alanatomy was published by Michael Joseph earlier this month and on Saturday, Carr brings his book tour to the Traverse, where he will be in conversation with Lee Randall.
A Q&A and signing session will follow. You might even get a bit of stand-up. Before that, however, here’s the funnyman himself on turning 40: “Well, as I turn 40 and take stock of my showbiz life over the last 10 years or so, I have learnt to embrace my flaws and face my shortcomings.
“In fact, strange as it might seem, the things I hate about myself have become my trademark and I am slowly, begrudgingly learning to, if not love them, to at least live with them.
“I am ready now to take a long hard look at myself and that’s what Alanatomy is, the story of my rise to fame: the joys, the traumas, the parties, the disappointments. Hopefully you will find it witty, fun, heartwarming, but more importantly honest.
One of the UK’s most successful comedians, Carr’s unique humour makes him part of the backbone of British comedy. His hugely successful chat show is not only in its 16th series but now shown around the world, however, Edinburgh remains a city dear to his heart.
He reveals, “I have a soft spot for Edinburgh. It’s always been a lucky city for me. I won the BBC New Comedian of the Year Award in 2001 and it was at the Fringe in 2005 where I got spotted by Channel 4 and got my big break with the Friday Night Project.”
After the success of his previous autobiography Look Who It Is!, Alan’s new memoir Alanatomy promises to be a must read.
He adds, “Alanatomy is the chance for you to get beneath my skin and see the real me because, and to continue the anatomical theme if I may, this showbiz existence can sometimes feel like an autopsy - picked at, probed and scrutinised, every inch of your body held up for analysis, but unlike an actual autopsy, you are very much alive.”
An Evening with Alan Carr, Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Saturday, 7pm, £7 or £20 (includes a copy of Alanatomy), 0131-226 2666