Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of thirteen. His parents had just divorced and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything.
HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage. To tell the truth so it can't hurt him anymore. Loneliness, anxiety, depression - this book as it all. And more.
From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you have ever been.
"Disarmingly, almost alarmingly, honest. I laughed out loud 57 times" MARTIN FREEMAN
"Enrapturing. Touching, funny and sweet" ALAIN DE BOTTON
"No one makes loneliness and anxiety as funny. Heartbreaking and hilarious" HADLEY FREEMAN
"Puts the fun in 'insanely honest introspection fun' " ADAM BUXTON
"A brilliantly funny, sad, clever, silly book. I loved it!" MATT LUCAS
"A beautiful and clever book about being human. All the warmth of his comedy without the inconvenience of his face" RUSSELL BRAND
WHAT IS THIS?
Simon's fifth stand-up show 'What Is This?' is a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love.
"His fifth and finest stand-up show. Propelled in equal parts by real jokes and a real sense of emotional unburdening, this was an uplifting, effortlessly entertaining hour."
– The Times ★★★★
"Wise and funny...a lovely hour that strikes a beautiful balance between perky and pained, anxious and ironic."
– The Guardian ★★★★
"In 'What Is This?', Simon Amstell finds comedy gold in analysing his existential angst."
– Evening Standard ★★★★
'What Is This?' will run from 1st-30th June at Theatre 80, New York City
'What is This?' will appear in Toronto for one night only on 25th June
at Berkeley Street Downstairs Theatre
'What Is This?' will return to London for one night only on 19th August at Regents Park Open Air Theatre
“I have written and directed a film about veganism. I’m sorry.”
Set in a utopian 2067, Carnage looks back at a time when human beings ate other animals. For the young people of this time, the idea that their grandparents could have been complicit in a bloodbath of unnecessary suffering is wholly unimaginable. The film aims to break the taboo around Britain’s animal eating past, whilst showing compassion for a generation now seeking therapy to cope with the horror of their unthinkable actions. Carnage combines archive with original drama and is narrated by Simon Amstell, who gives a unique comedic peek into a future where animals live equally amongst humans.
Carnage will premiere on BBC iPlayer in the Spring.