A reveal-all autobiography set for release tomorrow by Northampton’s best-loved comic Alan Carr, sees the Chatty Man lay himself “out on the slab for your entertainment” as he takes a look at his life the other side of 40.
Alanatomy, the second book from the talk-show host and stand-up comedian, is due to hit the shelves on Thursday and follows on from his Sunday Times bestseller Look Who it Is.
The new memoir takes a look at Mr Carr’s last 10 years in showbusiness, his fiance’s battle with alcohol and his relationship with fellow Friday Night Project host Justin Lee Collins.
The comic said: “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 feel like an autopsy.”
The Chatty Man star says the book focuses more on his rise to fame, while his last looked more to his “feral youth” in Northampton and recounting his early television days hosting the Friday Night Project on Channel Four.
As might be expected, there are funny moments, such as rushing to buy a Rod Stewart Greatest hits CD before a corporate gig and riding in a light aircraft with Carol Vorderman.
But there are also difficult moments in the life of the comedian too, describing the moment his partner Paul Drayton suffered a pulmonary embolism.
“I am laying myself out on the slab for your entertainment; naked, stripped bare,” said Mr Carr. “Grab the scalpel, peel back the skin and go deep, have a good old probe at my life so far.
“Yes, you are going to find guts, a fair bit of cheek, maybe even a little bit of gristle, but hopefully you’ll find a whole lot of heart.”
While Mr Carr is best known for his on-screen antics, his latest stand-up tour saw him perform 350 shows in front of 250,000 fans across the world.
Sadly, he will not be coming to Northampton on a book signing tour - though he will be visiting the Waterstones at Milton Keynes on October 9.
Alanatomy, published by Penguin, will be in the shops in hardback tomorrow, priced £20.