Josh Widdicombe’s comedy has gone from screen to paper … Watching Neighbors Twice a Day | Books | Entertainment
Television has occupied his time and his thoughts, and in this book he celebrates the shows he gorged himself on between the ages of 9 and 18, from Gladiators and Beadle’s About to TFI Friday and Big Brother.
It also weaves together stories about his disastrous teenage love life and a hilarious misguided drug anecdote in Glastonbury.
But we have the impression that he hesitates to tell us about his own life.
Yet, I have swallowed up this book.
It’s true that, as someone born in the early 1980s, with clearer memories of the 30-year-old Neighbors storylines than what I watched on Netflix last week, I hit their target audience.
But Widdicombe is funny everything he writes.
Unlike many comedians, he’s managed to transfer his comedic voice from screen to page – in his case, the cheesy, familiar prefect character of The Last Leg and Hypothetical.
This allows him to easily switch between mocking the rest of the world for being so irrational and getting laid for being so strict.
This book captures life in the 1990s better than some formal stories I’ve read – and it made me laugh so much that my wife ordered me out of the room.
● Watching Neighbors Twice a Day, Josh Widdicombe, Blink, £ 20